Tag Archives: Maritime History

Smithsonian Online Exhibit: On the Water

Thanks to my colleague Greg Cooper for letting me know about this great exhibit. The Smithsonian Museum has an amazing online exhibit: On the Water. The exhibit, divided by era and theme, explores physical artifacts, maps, narratives and accounts, as well as songs and stories all connected to man’s relationship with the Ocean. The exhibit, primarily focused on United States history, explores whaling, piracy, travel, and more.

In addition to content and material, the exhibit also provides numerous learning resources for educators, including lesson plans and activities.

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Worms Tell the Story of the Ground Zero Shipwreck

Last year, historians and archaeologists were excited and curious when the ground zero excavations uncovered an 18th century ship wreck. Now the material has all been removed and put into storage, preserving the delicate timbers, allowing scientists to begin their investigations on the mysterious artifact.

The ship has been dubbed the USS Adrian, after the lead excavator of the site. In spite of all of the attention and effort in its investigation, little is known about the ship including its origin and purposes.

“This shipwreck gives us a glimpse of the past—the last chapter in a complex story. We can start rebuilding and rewriting those other chapters of a ship’s life by doing things like dendrochronology,” says tree-ring specialist Pearce Paul Creasman of the University of Arizona, in Tucson.

Specialists are working on identifying its age and original provenance. Read more about the excavation in this article in Scientific American and view the slideshow here.