Cruise Industry News: Top Cruise Photos from Oceanliner Pictures

New-to-me, from Cruise Industry News: Top Cruise Photos from Oceanliner Pictures. “With the global cruise fleet in a temporary and extended service pause, take a look at these top cruise photos from expert photographer Oceanliner Pictures (by Oliver Asmussen), which is the largest cruise ship photo archive for photos of cruise ships, interior photos and maritime travel, currently with over 780,000 photos.”

Asian and African Studies Blog: Digitised East India Company ships’ journals and related records

Asian and African Studies Blog: Digitised East India Company ships’ journals and related records. “Enhanced catalogue descriptions have been created for journals of ships that visited ports in the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula, and these journals have been digitised and are being made freely available on the Qatar Digital Library website as part of the British Library/Qatar Foundation Partnership. They constitute an extraordinarily rich and valuable set of primary sources for numerous areas of research, including: the history of global trade networks; encounters between British merchants and crews and diverse people in different parts of Asia, Africa and elsewhere; the origins of British imperialism; rivalry between European powers in Asia; long-distance marine navigation; the experience of everyday life on board ship, and during lengthy voyages, for members of the crew; and historic weather patterns over the course of more than two centuries.”

Flickr Blog: Welcome the US Navy Bureau of Medicine to the Flickr Commons!

I haven’t gotten to do one of these in a while, so I’m excited! Flickr Blog: Welcome the US Navy Bureau of Medicine to the Flickr Commons!. “Items in this collection include albums and historical photographs of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as naval hospitals, including hospital ships, around the world. The collection also includes modern images of the Navy Medicine corps work to ensure the health and well-being of all beneficiaries.”

State of Michigan: New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore

State of Michigan: New interactive map highlights Great Lakes shipwrecks and their lore. “The Syracuse and the Cedarville are among 1,500 shipwrecks submerged in Michigan waters, making up one-quarter of the estimated 6,000 wrecks found throughout the Great Lakes. Now, thanks to the recently launched Michigan Shipwrecks StoryMap, it’s easy to learn about the mystery and tragedy surrounding these ships.”

Phys .org: 360 degree virtual dive in Iceland shipwreck

Phys .org: 360 degree virtual dive in Iceland shipwreck. “October 16, 2019 marks 360 years since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt (Milkmaid) was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island during a clandestine trading mission…. To mark this anniversary, digital archaeology specialists at Flinders University have collaborated with maritime archaeologists at the University of Iceland to release a 360 degree virtual dive on the wreck.”

TechCrunch: Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020

TechCrunch: Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ research ship will use IBM AI tech to cross the Atlantic in 2020. “A fully autonomous ship called the ‘Mayflower’ will make its voyage across the Atlantic Ocean next September, to mark the 400-year anniversary of the trip of the first Mayflower, which was very much not autonomous. It’s a stark way to drive home just how much technology has advanced in the last four centuries, but also a key demonstration of autonomous seafaring technology, put together by marine research and exploration organization Promare and powered by IBM technology.”

The Beacon: Lake Erie shipwrecks guide updated, on display in Port Clinton

The Beacon: Lake Erie shipwrecks guide updated, on display in Port Clinton. “Ohio Sea Grant and partners have released an update of Shipwrecks and Maritime Tales of the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, a web guide to Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, their history and location. First created in 2008, the website now features five additional shipwrecks beyond the 26 listed in the accompanying brochure, as well as 22 lighthouses and nine maritime museums along the shoreline.”

EurekAlert: 3D slave ship model brings a harrowing story to life

EurekAlert: 3D slave ship model brings a harrowing story to life. “A 3D model of an 18th century slave ship, which captures the cramped, dirty and stifling conditions experienced by enslaved Africans, has been launched as a new digital teaching tool.”

DutchCulture: 3D scans of Dutch VOC ships uncover secrets from the past

This is from February but I missed it then. From DutchCulture: 3D scans of Dutch VOC ships uncover secrets from the past. VOC ships were apparently the Dutch East India Company ships. “In 2018 maritime archaeologist John McCarthy spent 10 weeks visiting European museums to 3D scan models of Dutch VOC ships dated to the 17th and 18th centuries.”

The Guardian: Huge historical archive of mail from captured ships to go online

The Guardian: Huge historical archive of mail from captured ships to go online . “An archive of thousands of undelivered personal letters from all over the world, seized from ships captured during Britain’s naval wars over three centuries, are to be digitised in a project offering an intimate glimpse into people’s lives. The letters, found in mailbags, with many bearing wax seals and some still unopened, have so far yielded personal accounts, some heart-rending, and journals, sheet music, drawings, poems and a packet of 200-year-old seeds from South Africa.”

Dorset Echo: Divers remember sunken First World War ship

Dorset Echo: Divers remember sunken First World War ship. “As part of the centenary of the First World War, different projects have been set up to commemorate those involved in the war effort. One of which is a four-year project by the Maritime Archaeology Trust. The project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, coincides with the centenary to raise the profile of the fallen ships in and around our seas, rivers and estuaries. South coast wreck sites, which include merchant and naval ships, passenger, troop and hospital ships, ports, wharfs, buildings and foreshore hulks, have often been unrecognised…. The final result of this project will be an accessible database which will provide all the information regarding the shipwrecks.”

The National Archives (UK): Prize Papers Project launches at Oldenburg Castle

The National Archives (UK): Prize Papers Project launches at Oldenburg Castle. “Imagine being the first person to open a letter written 250 years ago but which never reached its intended recipient. What might you find? What might you learn? This is the part of the daily work of the Prize Papers Project, exploring around 160,000 undelivered letters seized in their mail-bags from ships captured by the British in the wars of the 17th to the 19th centuries. Some of these letters are still unopened.”

Irish Examiner: This new Interactive map shows the location of nearly 4,000 shipwrecks around Ireland

Irish Examiner: This new Interactive map shows the location of nearly 4,000 shipwrecks around Ireland. “The Irish coastline is first and foremost known for its cliffs, beaches and overall breathtaking beauty. … Not only that, today a new website has been launched allowing us to access information about the thousands of shipwrecks hidden in our waters. The Wreck Viewer interactive map is linked to the Wreck Inventory of Ireland database and contains exact locations for around 4,000 ships.”

Bristol 24/7: The Story Of Every Person Who Ever Travelled On The SS Great Britain

Bristol 24/7: The Story Of Every Person Who Ever Travelled On The SS Great Britain. “After 18 months of painstaking work, volunteers at the SS Great Britain have unveiled a huge new database that holds all the names and details of every single person that ever traveled on the ship throughout its lifetime – both crew and passengers – offering an insight into their life on board.”

The Times: Looted wreck of the SS Thistlegorm preserved by digital model

The Times: Looted wreck of the SS Thistlegorm preserved by digital model. “She has since been so badly damaged by looters and scuba-diving tourists that marine archaeologists have now preserved her remains in virtual reality. Researchers have assembled a digital model of the Thistlegorm from more than 24,000 high-resolution photographs of the wreck.”