History Stories
The Last Slave Ship Survivor Gave an Interview in the 1930s. It Just Surfaced
May 3, 2018

Zora Neale Hurston’s searing book about the final survivor of the transatlantic slave trade, Cudjo Lewis, is being published nearly a century after it was written. Read More

How the Sinking of Lusitania Changed World War I
April 17, 2018

A German U-boat torpedoed the British-owned steamship Lusitania, killing 1,128 people including 128 Americans, on May 7, 1915. The disaster set off a chain of events that led to the U.S. entering World War I. Read More

Norway’s Trees Are Still Scarred by Nazi Chemicals
April 12, 2018

The artificial fog used by Nazis to hide battleships had major effects on the environment. Read More

Did Vikings Use Crystals to Rule the Seas?
April 5, 2018

Those Viking sunstone rumors appear to be true. Read More

World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle Discovered in a Gin Bottle
March 7, 2018

It was thrown overboard as part of a German science experiment in the 19th century. Read More

How Times Square Became the Home of New Year’s Eve
December 27, 2017

The surprising maritime origins of New Year’s Eve’s biggest party. Read More

The True Stories That Inspired ‘Titanic’ Movie Characters
December 1, 2017

It’s Jack and Rose’s movie, but a lot of the people they meet had their own incredible stories. Read More

SS United States May Be Sold for Scrap
October 15, 2015

The group that owns SS United States, once the world’s fastest ocean liner, warns that “America’s Flagship” may be sold for scrap at the end of the month. Read More

Chicago’s Deadliest Day
July 24, 2015

On the centennial of the capsizing of SS Eastland, which claimed 844 lives, look back at the deadliest disaster in Chicago history. Read More

Remembering the Sinking of RMS Lusitania
May 6, 2015

Get the story behind the ill-fated British ocean liner. Read More