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Last Kon-Tiki raft crewman dies

Knut Haugland, the last crewman of the Kon-Tiki voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft in 1947, has died. The explorer died of natural causes in Oslo's hospital, the Kon-Tiki museum director said. The expedition was launched from Peru by anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl to demonstrate that South Americans could

Wreckage from British WWII-era warship found in Corfu Channel

Pieces of a British warship that was damaged by Albanian mines in 1946 have been found in the Corfu Channel. The wreckage was found 50 yards (meters) under water in the Corfu Channel between the Albanian mainland and the Greek island of Corfu. It is believed to be a section of

How 67 sailors survived German sinking in WWII

A British seaman's war-time log has been discovered that discloses how 67 sailors survived 20 days and 1,200 miles adrift at sea after their ship was sunk by a German U-boat. The men were stranded in four lifeboats and survived on water biscuits, raisins and the odd raw fish caught by

Artifacts from Henry VIII’s Mary Rose

Newly revealed items from King Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, show what life was like onboard the ship. A urethral syringe used for curing syphilis, a perfectly restored comb with nits still inside and a bowl with graffiti marks made by the sailor who owned it are among the items

Masabumi Hosono: The Man Condemned for Surviving The Titanic

Uncle John's Unsinkable Bathroom Reader has an interesting story about Masabumi Hosono, the man condemned by a nation for surviving the Titanic. No, the harshest attack against Hosono came from his own countrymen. For in surviving the Titanic disaster, he had broken two cultural taboos. Not only had Hosono chosen ignominious

Last Titanic survivor dies at 97

The last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, Millvina Dean, has died at age 97. Millvina Dean was nine weeks old when the liner sank after hitting an iceberg in the early hours of 15 April 1912, on its maiden voyage from Southampton. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 1,517

WWII ship sunk in order to become reef

A WWII ship, the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, was sunk off the coast of Florida in order to create an artificial reef. Officials hope the reef will attract divers, boosting the economy by $8m (£5m). They also say fish, coral and other marine life will be drawn to it. "The sinking of

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