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  • Boats, boats, and more boats!

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage

    How many boats and ships does The Mariners’ Museum and Park have on display? But this question also brings about another question – what is the difference between a boat and a ship?

  • Iceland and the European Floods of 1783-1784

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Science

    A look back at the 1783 eruption of the Lakagígar fissure and Grímsvötn volcano in Iceland and its effect on several European cities in the winter of 1783-1784 and the world’s climate.

  • Beyond the Frame: Purely His Own

    • Art
    • Cultural Heritage
    • USS Monitor

    Robert Turner Ewell, a Coast Guard Veteran, a Shipbuilder, and a Norfolk, VA native was one who was inspired by the story of USS Monitor. In this episode of Beyond the Frame we'll explore the ways in which USS Monitor's story met aspects of Ewell's life and led him to create a work depicting the Ironclad in a style that is purely his own.

  • The Evolution of Naval Ordnance: 1820-1866

    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict
    • Shipbuilding
    • Technology

    Major changes to 19th-century seaboard weaponry forced the transition from wooden ships to armored vessels. By the dawn of the 20th century, every major warship would be made of steel – steam-powered and armed with rifled guns – a new way of waging war at sea.

  • Digital Horizons: Photographing the Peter Ifland Collection

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Photography
    • Technology

    This past year we undertook a project to photograph all 275 instruments in the Peter Ifland Collection. Here’s how it went!

  • Are Oysters Really That Good?

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage

    I encourage anyone reading this to explore your family’s history. You never know what you might uncover and to what extent you, too, are connected to maritime history.

  • Mutiny at Sea: Death and Destruction on USS Somers

    • Civil War
    • Military
    • Military Conflict
    • Shipbuilding

    The brig-of-war USS Somers is one of the most ill-fated ships in US naval history. Its story is filled with powerful politicos, mutiny at sea, executions, and famous authors.

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