Wednesday, December 7, 2022

In the Last Days of Sail: Life on Board the Clipper Ships

For a start, the salt sea spray had a knife-edge sting. The wind could be savage and the temper of the open sea was...

A Short History of Opium

In recent years, the so-called Golden Triangle of parts of Laos, northern Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) has become well-known as a leading exporter of...

A History of Dentures: The Ancient Origins of Dental Hardware

In 2006, archaeologists in Mexico discovered the skeleton of a 4500 year old man. These archaeologists were shocked to realize that this ancient human...

The Old John Bull: The world’s oldest still functional self propelled vehicle

The John Bull is probably the most famous, and definitely the only one still operational, of the early steam locomotives. The John Bull was first...

The TIGHAR Project – What Really Happened to Amelia Earhart?

TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) is the acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery. It is a non- profit foundation whose activities include all...

The History and Mythology of Amber

Michael Crichton’s brilliant book may have popularised amber, but this gemstone has featured in man’s culture and history since the beginning of time. Amber...

Variety in Anchors – Prehistoric, Ancient and Modern

With a rock-and-rope anchor, prehistoric boats such as hollowed-out tree trunks or round, bowl-shaped coracles could be held in place by sheer weight. Either...

The search for Robin Hood’s true identity

We all grew up to the tales of Robin Hood, the dashing bandit who robbed the rich to help the poor. Movies starring...

Pioneers of the Sky – Amy Johnson and Charles Lindbergh

An American aircraft designer, Glen Curtiss, had already built a machine to attempt the first trans-atlantic flight, when the outbreak of World War One...

The Birth of Airmail: On May 15th 1918 the Army Air Corps Began Carrying...

The Army had been detailed to help the Post Office with an experimental project to inaugurate airmail in America. This was the first regular...