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November 26, 2018

Archaeologists excavating early Ming dynasty tombs in China sometimes find small gold ingots. They are generally stamped with Chinese characters that describe the precious metal as having been come from the “Western Ocean”. This was the Ming name for the Indian Ocean,...

November 19, 2018

At dawn on the 14th December 1798, the Royal Navy frigate Ambuscade 32, was patrolling the estuary of the River Gironde on the west coast of France.  As grey light spread across the sea, they spotted the sails of another ship coming from the west. The Ambuscade approac...

November 12, 2018

For much of its existence, Greenwich has had little connection with the sea. It lies close to London, on the south bank of the River Thames, a short boat ride from the bustle of the capital. For this reason, it proved popular as a convenient rural retreat for successiv...

November 5, 2018

In the old naval dockyard at English Harbour, Antigua there used to be an anchor that was known locally as “Peterson’s Anchor”. It was reputed to mark the spot where Lieutenant Lord Camelford shot Lieutenant Peterson dead in 1798. Local legend tells that the two office...

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