Why Are 100-year-old Blocks Washing Up on European Beaches?

Things that typically emerge from the ocean: cigarette butts, clumps of seaweed, maybe a piece of sea glass. But Cornwall, England resident Tracey Williams' beach strolls took a turn for the weird when she found a plank made from a gutta percha, a rubber-like substance. The word "Tjipetir" was carved into it. » 12/04/14 10:30am 12/04/14 10:30am

This century-old abandoned ship now hosts a floating forest

Sydney's Homebush Bay is home to many a broken and forgotten ship, but at least one of those derelict boats still houses a bit of life. The SS Ayrfield, long decommissioned, has a mangrove forest growing from its corpse. » 5/18/13 4:00pm 5/18/13 4:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: A Baroque Dinner Party Aboard an Underwater…

Despite rotting at the bottom of the ocean, this long-wrecked ship plays host to a group of elaborately dressed party goers. What could possibly be going on in this under the sea scene? Let's hear your best fictional explanations. » 1/19/13 12:00pm 1/19/13 12:00pm

Read a bittersweet comic about a man shipwrecked with a talking gorilla

Being stranded on a deserted island has a way of changing one's priorities. In Simon Roy's very short comic Shipwrecked with Dan the Gorilla, Brian has been living on just such an island with only a talking gorilla for company. But when Brian has the opportunity to escape, will it affect his friendship with Dan? » 7/29/12 7:30am 7/29/12 7:30am

The novella that predicted the wreck of the Titanic

In early April, a luxury ocean liner set off across the Atlantic. The boat didn't carry enough lifeboats to hold its 3,000-odd passengers, but that didn't matter since the liner was deemed to be "unsinkable." One fateful night, the liner struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland, causing the boat to sink and… » 4/08/12 9:00am 4/08/12 9:00am

Blackbeard terrorized the high seas with scrap iron missiles

Blackbeard, who is almost certainly history's most infamous pirate, is a figure shrouded in myths and wild rumors. Now archaeological excavations into his sunken flagship is revealing that the historical Blackbeard was far scarier than any legend ever could be. » 6/12/11 9:00am 6/12/11 9:00am

Join the First-Ever Search for a Shipwreck on Mars!

We've seen the astounding images of the Phoenix Lander that the HiRISE satellite camera sent from its bird's-eye view in Martian orbit. But what about the rest of the robot explorers on the Red Planet? There are five successful landers other than Phoenix and HiRISE has found those, too. Now the search is on for the… » 6/03/08 9:35am 6/03/08 9:35am