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Is Blackbeard’s Treasure Real?

300 years later, his infamous treasure is still lost.

The Centuries-Long History of the Panama Canal

Dreamt of for hundreds of years, the artificial waterway is a feat of engineering.

10 Naval History Books to Dive Into Right Now

From the Spanish Armada to Pearl Harbor and beyond.

In 1708, the Spanish Galleon San José Sank—And So Did Its Treasure

Somewhere off the coast of Colombia, a treasure worth billions lies on the ocean floor.

The Wager Mutiny, an 18th-Century Sensation

The shipwreck and mutiny was followed by a court martial.

Violet Jessop: The Queen of Sinking Ships

Having survived deadly disasters at sea, she was known as "Miss Unsinkable".

Victory at Sea: The Dramatic Rise and Fall of Naval Powers During World War II

Historian Paul Kennedy chronicles the emergence of a new world order.

The Tragic Wartime Sinking of Passenger Ship RMS Lusitania

The torpedo attack killed hundreds of civilians and turned international opinion against Imperial Germany.

How the Battle of the Coral Sea Set the Stage for the Allied Victory at Midway

The Japanese won the battle, but their advances into the Pacific were halted.

A Research Team Has Found the Endurance Shipwreck

106 years after it sank in the Antarctic, the historic ship has been located.

The Harrowing Ordeal of the Essex, the Ship That Was Sunk by a Whale

This terrifying wreck, and its cannibalistic aftermath, inspired Moby Dick.

Simon the Cat Won a Dickin Medal for His Royal Navy Service

This four-legged friend prowled the decks of the HMS Amethyst, where he was present for the Yangtze Incident.

The Daring Voyage of the James Caird

Discover one of the greatest polar rescue missions ever completed.

A Shocking Incident Led to the War of Jenkins' Ear

One man's mutilation instigated a major conflict between Britain and Spain.