Founded by Dr. Clive Cussler, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) is a non-profit, volunteer foundation dedicated to preserving our maritime heritage through the discovery, archaeological survey and conservation of shipwreck artifacts.
As they board, passengers see lifeboats lashed in tightly above first class cabins near the bow. Above them, one of four majestic stacks stands tall as if ready to belch smoke before embarking on a voyage that will launch the travelers back in time…to April 15, 1912. That’s when the 883-foot White Star liner—sailing from Southampton, UK, to New York—suffered one of the most tragic voyages in maritime history. more »
The decommissioned U.S. Navy submarine rescue vessel is a popular artificial reef sunk in 65 feet of water off the north end of Seven Mile Beach. Managed by the Cayman Islands Tourist Association, licensed dive operators and visitors pay a modest fee to snorkel or scuba dive on the Kittiwake where waters are usually calm and crystal clear. A 250-foot-long steel hull vessel with 18 bulkheads and five decks, this wreck can be visited many times without seeing the same sections twice. Strategically cut holes in the superstructure enable divers to safely navigate the captain’s cabin, crew’s quarters, wheelhouse and other spots aboard the ship. Jacks, morays, grunts and turtles are just a few of the marine inhabitants that hang around in numerous nooks and crannies. more »
For shipwreck enthusiasts, there’s a ready made maritime trail in Florida waters waiting for them and their list. The Florida Maritime Heritage Trail, stretching from the panhandle to the keys offers 15 historic shipwrecks, most of them in shallow waters. Many of them are snorkeling sites suitable for families. Mom, Dad and the kids can actually see and perhaps photograph the remains of an authentic treasure ship. more »
The restored replica of the original schooner was launched amid cheers and applause. With smaller deck houses and more topside space, Bluenose II sails out of Lunenburg six months out of the year with a live-aboard crew of young Nova Scotian sailors. For the rest of the year, it joins other tall ships that visit Halifax and other ports throughout the world. more »