History

Book Review: Coastlines
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A nature journalist explores the practical and metaphorical meanings of the British coast.

The Captain and the Punch Bowl
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Those were the days—when booze and pottery cemented social relationships.

Manjirō Nakahama: From Castaway to Samurai
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The first Japanese person to live in the United States, Manjirō’s incredible journeys are seafaring legend.

The Little Post Office That Could
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When Britain dubbed Herm Island too tiny to merit a post office, the islanders found a way to get that problem licked. 

The Surfing Sculptor
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In Mahabalipuram, India, a fisherman turned surfer turned sculptor helps shape the region’s growing surf scene.

Navigating a Sticky Situation
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People from the Marshall Islands created beautiful, unconventional charts to navigate across the sea.

Five Islands We Are Really Sick Of
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An island stay sounds dreamy, but the reality of these five quarantine islands was often a nightmare.

Striking While the Water Is Warm
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The current sea star wasting epidemic may have more in common with past outbreaks than previously believed. 

The Scientific Afterlife of Sharks
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When four sharks died in Florida, their corpses were split among a dozen research projects.

Close Encounters with a Big Squid
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Giant squid are so elusive they seem mythical. Here are five places that prove they’re real.

Stories from the Seven Seas
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Coastal stories that washed up on our shore.

Reluctant Saviors
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How tragedy and Mediterranean migration complicates the age-old ethic of rescuing seafarers in distress.

The Ghosts of Cannery Row
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Despite its picturesque beauty, Canada’s cannery row was straight out of the Industrial Revolution, with an added measure of racial segregation....

The Paper Boats of Troy
Features

With the right design, paper and water can mix to make a floatable boat.

The Pirate Naturalist
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Talented navigator, diligent observer, and bad-boy buccaneer, William Dampier may be the most accomplished travel writer and naturalist you’ve...

Old Coast, New Coast: Doha, Qatar
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From ocean to desert and everything in between, unearthing Doha’s coastline in photographs.

From Scales and Fins to Shiny Tins
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Travel back in time to 1938, when canneries lined Canada’s west coast, salmon filled the bottom of boats, and housewives served canned salmon on...

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