Take a Caribbean Cocktail Cruise

Where Rum Is the Main Attraction Whether you enjoy the delicate taste of silver rum mixed with tropical juices in a smiling tiki glass or prefer the robust flavors of aged rum sipped neat in a tumbler, the islands deliver whatever your lips desire. As the birthplace of this divine elixir, the Caribbean is a Read More

Cruising Through History – Monterey California

LITTLE OCEAN TREASURERS LOCKED IN A TIN How Monterey Became the Sardine Capital of the World “Cannery Row is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps, sardine canneries of corrugated iron, honky tonks, restaurants and whore houses, and little-crowded groceries, and laboratories Read More

Fabulous Forts of the Coastal Southeast

The ports and river inlets of the Eastern Seaboard offer a unique glimpse into the history of exploration, colonialism, independence and the Civil War. Ships planted the American colonies here, and trade by sea propelled the United States into the powerhouse economy of the world by the turn of the 20th century. However, maintaining a Read More

Mallows Bay

On a sunny afternoon in May 1915, a German submarine off the coast of Kinsale, Ireland, unleashed a torpedo that exploded on the starboard side of the RMS Lusitania. In 18 minutes, the luxury ocean liner sank to the bottom of the sea, taking 1,198 passengers and crew, including 128 Americans, to a cold, watery Read More

Martha’s Vineyard vs. Nantucket

Two seaside towns that embody New England’s quintessential beauty and charm go toe to toe. Who wins in the Martha’s Vineyard vs Nantucket showdown? Beaches Martha’s Vineyard Carved by glaciers millions of years ago, the epic Aquinnah Cliffs line the half-mile stretch of pristine coastline that makes up Moshup Beach – a prime destination for sunning Read More

How New York City Landed on the Map

The story of Henry Hudson exploring the Hudson River begins in the first decade of the 17th century, the Dutch and English vied to be the dominant world powers. Both countries used their seafaring tradition for trade and colonization, which during that era was the key to national prosperity. However, both of those nations were Read More

The Changing Shape of Michigan Maps

ALTHOUGH the Great Lakes of Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior all played a vital role in the lives and histories of the Native American people living along its shores, it’s only been in the last five hundred years that printed maps of the Great Lakes have existed. The first printed maps and charts were Read More

The Gold Rush Days of San Francisco

A favorite destination in San Francisco, for locals and visitors alike, is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market along the waterfront north of downtown. The fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and fish sourced from around the Bay Area are truly a gourmand’s delight. The Ferry Building, built in 1898 as a terminal for ferries crossing San Francisco Read More

The Great Galveston Hurricane

On September 8, 1990 a hurricane made landfall at Galveston, Texas. With winds up to 140 miles per hour, it left between 6,000 and 12,000 dead. A storm surge in excess of 15 feet also left a terrible aftermath of property destruction with 3,600 buildings swept away. To this day, the Great Galveston Hurricane is Read More

Steamboats of the Chesapeake Bay

As soon as they saw puffs of smoke rise above the trees at the river’s bend and heard the blast of a ship’s whistle, townsfolk rushed at breakneck speed to the wharf. From farmers, watermen and preachers to housewives and especially children, everyone knew when the steamboats of the Chesapeake Bay arrived in the remote Read More