1. NOAA: structural remains of the 258-foot iron hulled British sailing cargo ship Dunnottar Castle

    Lost at Kure Atoll (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument) in July 1886 — Built in 1874 and home ported in Scotland, the Dunnottar Castle was bound from Sydney, Australia, to Wilmington, Calif., with a load of coal when it struck a reef at full speed.

  3. Found: The Pequod! (Almost)

    Marine archaeologists at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration have found the sunken wreck of the Two Brothers - the second whaling ship helmed by George Pollard, Jr. Pollard had previously been the captain of the Essex, which sunk after being attacked by a sperm whale. The sinking of the Essex was the inspiration for Melville’s Moby-Dick.

    more on The Boston Globe

  4. Weeee!

    (via coldisthesea)

  5. deepseanews:

    What’s the difference between a collection of Osedax “Zombie worms” and the 112th United States Congress?  One is a population of spineless, sedentary, opportunistic life forms that thrive in darkness while devouring the bones of the dead.  The other are a species of deep sea polychaete worms.

    Click the pic to find out why!

  7. A Waterspout off the Florida Keys
    Credit: Joseph Golden, NOAA

    The above image was taken in 1969 from an aircraft off the Florida Keys, a location arguably the hottest spot for waterspouts in the world with hundreds forming each year.

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  8. Experts say they’ve found hard evidence of the ship Two Brothers 600 miles (970 kilometers) from Honolulu (map). If confirmed, the discovery would be the first of a wrecked whaler from Nantucket (map), Massachusetts—the birthplace of the U.S. whaling industry….

    Two Brothers was captained by George Pollard, Jr. The Nantucket native had the dubious distinction of commanding two whaling ships and losing both.

    Pollard’s first ship, the Essex, sank in 1820 after being rammed by a sperm whale—an incident that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

    Adrift at sea in small whaleboats for more than three months, the starving crew of the Essex resorted to cannibalism. Before being rescued by another ship, Pollard helped execute and eat his 18-year-old cousin, who had drawn a bad lot.

    Despite the Essex tragedy, Pollard was offered another captaincy soon after, this time of the Two Brothers.

    In the early 19th century, whaling voyages often took two years or more. The Two Brothers set sail from Nantucket in November 1821. By winter 1822, the ship had rounded the tip of South America. The crew was on its way to newly discovered whaling grounds near Japan when tragedy struck in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

    Before departing, Pollard had said he believed “lightning never strikes in the same place twice,” according to Gleason. Yet on the night of February 11, 1823, the Two Brothers hit a shallow reef and quickly broke apart in the heavy surf.

    The ship’s crew was rescued, but Pollard’s career as a whaling captain was over…

    The Telltale Harpoon?

    The Two Brothers remained lost until 2008, when maritime archaeologists participating in a NOAA expedition in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands discovered a large early 19th-century anchor in the shallow waters of French Frigate Shoals.

    The team suspected from the beginning that the wreckage belonged to the Two Brothers, but they lacked strong evidence until 2009, when more artifacts, including the tip of a whaling harpoon, were discovered.

    “A whaling harpoon is an exciting artifact to discover at a shipwreck site,” said Gleason, who is leading the Two Brothers archaeological survey.

    “The technology of the whaling harpoon changed a great deal over the course of the 19th century, so you can match a whaling harpoon to a specific time period and place of origin.”

    Also, “blacksmiths would have also etched the name of a ship on the harpoon, because if a harpooned whale got away, they wanted to make sure whoever caught it next knew that the whale was already claimed.”

    (via redsassafras)

  9. mpdrolet:

    Nine-lens camera fully assembled, designed by Oliver Scott Reading in the early 1930’s. It was the state-of-the-art aerial camera for many years

    via NOAA’s Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection, 1938

  10. mpdrolet:

    Angelo Ferrara operating velocimeter, an instrument to measure velocity of sound in water, in transit, Seattle to Norfolk, Virginia, 1968

    From Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect

  11. mpdrolet:

    Wiredrag gear on the stern of the Lester Jones, c. 1946  via NOAA’s Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey (C&GS) Collection

  12. R/V Albatross

  13. Albatross!

    R/V Albatross - 1881: Congress authorized an appropriation totaling $148,000 for the construction of the vessel. Plans were drawn by Charles W. Copeland of New York and a contract for construction was awarded to Pusey & Jones of Wilmington, Delaware. The keel was laid in March 1882, the ship was launched in August, and she made her trial run on December 30.

    Thus began the long career of the United States Fish Commission steamer Albatross, the first vessel built especially for marine research by any government. During her forty years of service she surveyed the Newfoundland Banks, the Bering Sea, visited scattered archipelagoes of the Pacific, and served in two wars.

    Images of Albatross from www.photolib.noaa.gov

  14. sandypoint:

    The 2010 Hurricane Season is over, via www.noaanews.noaa.gov

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

  15. yama-bato:

    Photo Courtesy of
    James Minot, Slater IA