Thames Houseboats

10,000 People Live in Houseboats on London’s Waterways

High rent prices have driven Londoners onto the water

Ice yacht on the Hudson

It Was Cold Enough This Winter to Go Ice Yachting on the Hudson River

This high-speed sport only happens when conditions are just right: a frozen river, lots of wind, and cold temperatures

Ninety percent of all goods travel via the shipping industry.

How the Shipping Industry is the Secret Force Driving the World Economy

What percent of goods are shipped via the sea? It’s much higher than you think

Where is the Costa Concordia Now?

The ship that went aground one year ago is slowly but surely being turned upright and salvaged

The USS Zumwalt, the Navy’s next-generation warship. The 600-foot, 15,000-ton vessels is being built by General Dynamics in Maine at the Bath Iron Works.

Introducing the USS Zumwalt, the Stealth Destroyer

Set to be christened in 2013, this new naval warship will amaze, leaving almost no wake in the open seas

Today, 245 floating homes nose into the five docks at Sausalito's Waldo Point Harbor.

Livin' on the Dock of the Bay

From the Beats to CEOs, the residents of Sausalito’s houseboat community cherish their history and their neighbors

Ariel and Taeping at sea during the great Tea Race of 1866. Oil painting by Jack Spurling, 1926

The Great Tea Race of 1866

At the height of the sailing era, four of the world's fastest clippers raced home with the season's precious early cargo of tea

Stately palms and winding walks imbue the Castleton Gardens with an aura of refinement.

Captain Bligh's Cursed Breadfruit

The biographer of William Bligh—he of the infamous mutiny on the Bounty—tracks him to Jamaica, still home to the versatile plant

Volunteers prepare to place the Onrust into the Hudson River.

Setting Sail on the Hudson River 400 Years Later

Using 17th century techniques, volunteers built a replica of Henry Hudson's vessel in honor of the anniversary of his exploration

Hong Kong rowing teams compete during one of the many races that take place during the Dragon Boat Festival.

The Legends Behind the Dragon Boat Festival

Celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, Duanwu Jie honors storied history with culinary treats

Bar pilots risk life and limb to guide ships across the "Graveyard of the Pacific."

Steering Ships Through a Treacherous Waterway

Braving storms with high seas a group of elite ship pilots steers tankers and freighters through the Columbia River

The Sea Stallion from Glendalough

Raiders or Traders?

A replica Viking vessel sailing the North Sea has helped archaeologists figure out what the stalwart Norsemen were really up to

Lunt Harbor, looking toward the mountains of Acadia National Park

The Life and Times of a Maine Island

An excerpt from a history of Frenchboro, Long Island, one of Maine's last remaining year-round island communities


On the Job

A lobsterman in Maine talks about the lure of working on the water

Marine archaeologists rescued the shipwrecked H.L. Hunley (above, a computer rendering) in August 2000 more than 135 years after it sank during the Civil War.

Saving Our Shipwrecks

New technologies are aiding the search for one Civil War submarine, and the conservation of another

The first thing Terry Smith did after moving to Washington in 1977 was buy a boat and sail it on the Bay.

A Great Adventure

Terry Smith, author of "Beyond Jamestown," sailed in the 400-year-old wake of colonial explorer Capt. John Smith

A sailboat floats at the dock. From the Annapolis harbor, it's only a couple of miles to the wide open Chesapeake Bay.

Life Aquatic

The sailing world docks in Annapolis

After his son David located the Arabia under 30 feet of mud, Bob Hawley (pictured) dug in.

Pay Dirt

When self-taught archaeologists dug up an 1850s steamboat, they brought to light a slice of American life

Vikings sailing to Iceland

The Vikings: A Memorable Visit to America

The Icelandic house of what is likely the first European-American baby has scholars rethinking the Norse sagas

A life vest from the Titanic.

Titanic Sank This Morning

An artifact from the doomed ocean liner evokes that catastrophic night in April 1912

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