New exhibit: "Imagined Depths: Sea Monsters in Cartographic History"

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Good afternoon, Readers!

I wanted to share some great news with you today. Do you recall this post from January, “Rare Maps & Sea Monsters“? Well Mariaelena DiBenigno has been very busy since then curating, “Imagined Depths: Sea Monsters in Cartographic History”, an exhibit that is now on display at The Mariners’ Museum Library.   Read more

Let's Take a Dive

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Good morning, readers!

I wanted to share a few interesting photographs with you today to show you some of the pieces we have on the early diving suit because they weren’t always so sleek and appealing. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of you ran away if someone happened to bring out one of these “antique” suits displayed below on your tropical scuba diving excursions…   Read more

Underwater Photography in 1913

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Lately, we’ve been having 70° days here in Newport News and I can’t help but daydream about the beach.
Today, I wanted to share a few of the images that we have on underwater photography, specifically MS0175, the collection of John E. Williamson Photographs.

Collection MS0175 consists of photographs taken by John Ernest Williamson, a photographer for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot until 1913. Williamson is recognized as the first person to successfully photograph under water and actually went on to work on feature films such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island. Below I’ll show you some images that were taken to chronicle a dive on the wreck of a blockade runner in the Bahamas.   Read more

Amazing Imagery… Part 2: At Sea

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Hello readers!
Here’s part two of my blog featuring stunning images that really caught my eye as I was looking through our photographic collection. This time, I’ve focused on images at sea. Enjoy!

The image to the left features a view of three jibs on the mast of the Enterprise. This photograph was taken by Edwin Levick in 1930.   Read more