History

All Three Sides of the Story
Article - Short

Five geographical triangles that shaped the ocean’s history. 

Stories from the Seven Seas
Article - Short

A weekly roundup of coastal news.

Under the Crab-Claw Sails
Article - Short

When food was short, Pacific Island sailors loaded their boats with pottery and set off on long trading journeys in striking triple-hulled canoes...

How Hurricane Katrina Saved Cameron Parish
Article - Short

Not a month after Katrina, an even stronger hurricane slammed into Louisiana. Almost no one died.

Peace: That Ship Has Sailed
Features

Dragged from the muck of a California bay, the original “peace boat” that sailed in 1958 to protest nuclear weapons is back. Sort of.

[Pirate] Talk Is Cheap
Article - Short

Pirate dress, however, is a bit of an investment.

Plankton Bloom Heralded Earth’s Greatest Extinction
Article - Short

Nutrient runoff may have triggered a burst of marine life before death set in.

The Great Quake and the Great Drowning
Features

Mega-quakes have periodically rocked North America’s Pacific Northwest. Indigenous people told terrifying stories about the devastation but...

Cod Currency
Article - Short

Before cold, hard cash became common in Newfoundland, salty fish served as the currency of choice.

Trial by Fire: the End of the Beothuk
Article - Short

Traces of a mysterious fire, recently discovered, signal the beginning of the end of the indigenous culture.

New Orleans Is Katrina-Ready—Is it Also Ready for the Future?
Article - Short

Climate change, rising sea levels, and strengthening storms mean the new levees, pumps, and barriers might not be enough.

Getting the Drift
Article - Short

Messages in bottles are not just good fun; they’re also good science.

Finding Utica’s Hidden Harbor
Article - Short

Archaeologists are honing in on the ancient Phoenician city’s long lost harbor.

Ancient Vikings Settled Greenland for the Ivory
Article - Short

New archaeological research hints at a new reason for Vikings’ Greenland occupation.

Bird-Bone Needles and Sinew Thread
Article - Short

Artful kakpik (a needle case) carved from ivory or bone carried sewing tools essential for Arctic survival.

Book Review: Barbarian Days
Article - Short

The memoir of a life lived on the water, from a veteran writer and surfer.

Echoes of Lives Lost on Haida Gwaii
Article - Short

The crumbling poles of a Haida cultural site speak to visitors.

Lessons from the Bohemian Salmon
Article - Short

How central Europeans tried, and failed, to stop the local extinction of the Atlantic salmon. 

A Requiem for an Ice Shelf
Article - Short

Ellesmere Island’s ice shelves are fading, and with them the legacies of generations of polar explorers.

Old Coast, New Coast: Victoria, British Columbia
Article - Short

Victoria’s harbor has hosted paddling rivalries and marked cultural milestones for generations.

Pages