On the 13th May 1787, the eleven ships of the “First Fleet” set sail under Captain Arthur Phillip from Portsmouth, England, to establish a penal colony in Australia.
The British ship RMS Lusitania sank after being attacked by the German U-boat U-20 off the coast of Ireland.
23-year old Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian led a mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty.
The raid by the Royal Navy and British Commandos was overseen by Combined Operations Headquarters.
By the start of the 17th century merchants from the Dutch Republic had begun to undertake voyages to the ‘Spice Islands’ of the Indian Ocean.
The German ocean liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse became the first vessel to transmit a ship-to-shore wireless message.
The ship’s insurers refused to pay out for the deaths of the slaves and the ensuing court cases found that the killing of slaves was legal in some situations.
Concerned that the entire fleet might be shared out between the victors as the spoils of war Admiral von Reuter, the German officer in charge of the interned fleet, decided to purposely sink the ships.
To the ship’s crew the voyage to the New World was just a delivery contract between the Pilgrims and the ship’s master, Christopher Jones.
Exxon Valdez had only recently departed the Valdez Marine Terminal when the captain, Joseph Hazelwood, left Third Mate Gregory Cousins in charge of steering the vessel while he retired to his quarters.