Marine History

Learn about the fascinating field of marine history. Here we’ve covered a number of historic ships and historic moments in the military and commerical industries. From WWII carrier ships to other historic moments in marine engineering, explore the history of this exciting profession.

The Warble Narrowboat

Warble Narrowboats was a highly regarded canal boat building company that carried out construction to their own designs at their boatyard in Hyde, England. They were renowned for their steel hulled boats that were specifically designed for waterways and canals. They ceased trading in 2004.

Kursk, Member of the Oscar Class – Project 949

The series of cruise missile submarines known to the west as the “Oscar Class” were designed and built in the Soviet era for the explicit purpose of hunting American aircraft carriers. The Kursk was a member of this class which suffered a fatal explosion in its forward torpedo room during exercises

IJN Shinano: A Behemoth Born as a Battleship

The IJN Shinano, named in honor of the Shinano province, was originally laid down as a Yamato class battleship. However, battle losses during the course of the Second World War led to Shinano’s conversion to an aircraft carrier during construction. She was the largest WWII aircraft carrier.

The Sinking of the OBO Carrier MV Derbyshire

MV Derbyshire was built at Swan Hunters Yard at Wallsend on the River Tees in 1976, being originally named MV Liverpool Bridge. She was the last of six oil, bulk, ore (OBO) carriers built for the Bibby Line. She was lost in the South China Sea in 1980 during a typhoon, going down with all hands.

The Most Famous German Pocket Battleship: Admiral Graf Spee

The Battle of the River Plate involved the most famous German pocket battleship: Admiral Graf Spee, and three British cruisers operating in the South Atlantic. One of the first surface engagements of the Second World War, it ended in the scuttling of the Admiral Graf Spee outside Montevideo harbor

Companion to the Bismarck: The German Cruiser Prinz Eugen

The Prinz Eugen was a Hipper class heavy cruiser of the German Navy during the Second World War. Her primary claim to fame is that she was the companion of the legendary battleship, the KMS Bismarck, during her spectacular breakout into the North Atlantic in 1941. She was sunk during atomic tests.

The German Pocket Battleships in World War Two

Although the designation of “pocket battleship” was never adopted by the German navy, the Deutschland class of Panzershiffe (armored cruisers) were unique and capable surface raiders that terrorized the Atlantic in World War Two and tied down dozens of British capital ships in the Atlantic Ocean.

What Happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald?

On November 10, 1975 Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior taking with it all 29 crew members on board. No definite cause has been attributed for the accident. The tragedy is remembered in literature and pop culture, with a song by Gordon Lightfoot as one example.

The Carolyn Dorothy – First Hybrid Tugboat

The first diesel – battery electric hybrid tugboat Carolyn Dorothy has been built and is operating in San Pedro Harbor. The distinctive design combines a diesel engine, power generator, batteries and main drive electric motors/generators, reducing fuel consumption and emissions to the atmosphere.