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Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Icon

'When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn't tell anyone who he truly was'

(Newser) - Five years after the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law allowed gay sailors to serve openly, the Navy plans to name one of its ships after California's first openly gay elected official. A Military Sealift Command ship, one of several John Lewis-class oilers currently... More »

Professor Tells the Secret Story of the 'Nazi Titanic'

Accidental bombing of Cap Arcona killed thousands of concentration-camp inmates

(Newser) - The ship was fashioned after the Titanic, and met an end no less tragic, but the tale of the Cap Arcona—and the thousands of concentration-camp prisoners who lost their lives aboard it—is one you've likely never heard. The "Nazi Titanic" gets its due in a new... More »

This $1.4B Warship Doesn't Work in Warm Water

British destroyer basically loses all power while sailing in Persian Gulf

(Newser) - Crew members in the British Royal Navy keep coming up against a pesky, possibly dangerous Achilles' heel as their $1.4 billion warships cruise through the Persian Gulf: warm waters. Water temps there can hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and that's causing the ships to lose power, CNN reports. During... More »

'Boaty McBoatface' Name Will Live On

But in a slightly different way

(Newser) - "Boaty McBoatface" was the public's clear winner in a naming poll for a UK research ship, but Jo Johnson, Britain's science minister, more or less said a couple of weeks ago that the quirky moniker wasn't going to happen . He was partly right, per the Guardian ... More »

Royal Caribbean Asks 'Boaty McBoatface' Guy to Help Name Ship

He's offered a cruise as publicity stunt

(Newser) - Royal Caribbean has crowdsourced the public before to help it name its cruise ships, but it's tapping into a rather unusual source this time around: the guy who came up with "Boaty McBoatface." The company invited British bloke James Hand—whose "whimsical moniker," as a... More »

On Collision Course With France: Tilting Cargo Ship

Modern Express will crash into coast in next 48 hours if rescue workers can't harness it

(Newser) - A coastal resort and a national park are in peril if salvage workers aren't able to harness a listing cargo ship poised to crash into France within the next 48 hours. Since the 540-foot Modern Express began tilting Tuesday off the coast of Spain, rescue efforts have been dogged... More »

Legendary Ship Won't Be Scrapped Just Yet

SS United States received more than $100K in donations for temporary reprieve

(Newser) - If you've recently spotted the hashtag #savetheunitedstates , it's not an offshoot of Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign: It's a last-ditch effort to keep the SS United States—once the fastest ocean liner on Earth—afloat instead of becoming scrap metal , the AP reports.... More »

Scrapyard Looms for 'America's Flagship'

Campaigners are scrambling to save the SS United States

(Newser) - The SS United States is a gigantic—and still useful—piece of American history that is just weeks away from the scrapyard, warn the owners of the legendary passenger liner. The huge ship, which was considered an amazing technological achievement when it was launched in 1952, is owned by a... More »

450 Missing in China Ship Disaster

Only 10 people rescued so far

(Newser) - A small cruise ship sank overnight in China's Yangtze River during a storm, leaving at least one person dead and nearly 450 people missing, most of them elderly, state media reports. Ten people have been rescued so far. Search teams heard sounds coming from within the partially submerged ship... More »

Ship Carrying Tons of Fuel Adrift Off Canada

Rescue ships hope to get there before it runs aground in British Columbia

(Newser) - The coast guards of the US and Canada are hoping to avert disaster in the form a container ship laden with fuel that is adrift off the northern coast of British Columbia, reports the CBC . Rescue vessels from both countries are en route to try to make sure the Russian... More »

China Seizes Japanese Ship Over Debt ... From 1936

Move could harm business ties: Japan

(Newser) - China has seized a Japanese cargo ship, saying the move is tied to payment that's been missing since 1936. At that time, Japan leased a pair of Chinese ships which later sank, the BBC reports, citing Japan's Kyodo News. The "sudden seizure" of the ship, acknowledged by... More »

Navy's New $3B Ship Looks Like Fishing Boat on Radar

USS Zumwalt christened in Maine

(Newser) - The US Navy's newest destroyer was christened in Maine last Saturday as you'd expect—with Champagne—but the USS Zumwalt strays from the norm from there. The 610-foot-long vessel, the first of a new class of destroyers, features an angular shape (Gary Robbins describes it as "knife-like"... More »

North Korean Ship Crosses South's Border

South broadcasts 10 warnings in overnight violation

(Newser) - A North Korean patrol ship crossed a maritime border with the South multiple times last night, South Korea's defense ministry says. It finally ended up in North Korean waters—but not until the South had broadcast 10 warnings, Yonhap News reports. The border crossing may have been "part... More »

Record-Breaking 'Ship' So Big It's Not a Ship

Shell's Prelude takes to the water as world's largest floating vessel

(Newser) - Picture the Empire State Building. Now picture it floating on its side at sea and you've got a pretty good idea what the world's largest floating vessel looks like. Shell's Prelude—a liquefied natural gas facility—has entered the water in South Korea and at 1,601... More »

Billionaire Spills Details of 'Titanic II'

This one has more lifeboats...

(Newser) - An Australian billionaire has revealed detailed plans for a new Titanic —this one much safer than the original, its designer says. The Titanic II "will be absolutely the most safe cruise ship in the world," says Markku Kanerva, of the Finnish firm behind the replica. That doesn'... More »

HMS Bounty Crew Member Found Dead

Tall ship's captain still missing

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has recovered the body of one of two crew members missing from the HMS Bounty, a tall ship that sank off the North Carolina coast after running into Hurricane Sandy. The replica sailing ship was built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty, and Claudene Christian,... More »

Buckshot Wrecks Tall Ships' Battle Reenactment

Crew member accidentally loads cannon with live ammo, not blanks

(Newser) - A pair of tall ships staged a mock battle Saturday night that could have used a little more "mock" and a little less "battle." Their cannons were supposed to be using blanks, which somehow got lost in execution when an Amazing Grace crew member accidentally loaded one... More »

Exxon Valdez's Final Journey Hits Speed Bump

India refuses ship entry

(Newser) - The Exxon Valdez will live a few days longer. Though the infamous ship, now dubbed the Oriental Nicety, was sold for scrap in March , India—the country that was to dismantle it—won't let it in. India's supreme court ruled that it must be decontaminated prior to dismantling,... More »

Solar-Powered Vessel Travels 'Round the World

MS Turanor PlanetSolar lands safely in Monaco

(Newser) - A cool, spaceship-like catamaran dropped anchor in Monaco yesterday after completing the first-ever round-the-world trip by a solar-powered vessel, the LA Times reports. The MS Turanor PlanetSolar left Monaco in September of 2010 with the goal of showing "that we have the technologies as well as the knowledge to... More »

On a Sinking Ship? Better Save Yourself

In boat disasters, male chivalry 'a myth,' says study

(Newser) - A hundred years after the Titanic sank, two Swedish researchers say today that when it comes to sinking ships, male chivalry is "a myth" and more men generally survive such disasters than women and children. Economists Mikael Elinder and Oscar Erixon of Uppsala University also showed in their 82-page... More »

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