Spectacular photos of the US Navy's most powerful battleship ever

This is the USS Iowa, the first of the largest, most powerful battleship class ever in the United States Navy, equipped with nine 16-inch (406mm) guns that could fire nuclear shells—the only American ship in history with this capability. This photo series is old but still stunning. » 6/22/14 10:09pm 6/22/14 10:09pm

Archaeologists may have found the wreck of Columbus' Santa Maria

After 500 years, archaeologists believe that they have found the wreck of the Santa Maria— Christopher Columbus' flagship—at the bottom of the sea off the north coast of Haiti. The leader of the expedition, Barry Clifford, told The Independent that all the evidence "strong suggests that this wreck is Columbus' famous… » 5/13/14 1:07am 5/13/14 1:07am

Cruise Ship Plays the Loudest Seven Nation Army You've Ever Heard

The 964-foot-long MSC Magnifica isn't just a luxurious, $550 million cruise ship. It's the world's first 4,500 passenger musical instrument, and it rocked a slow, loooouuud rendition of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" at this weekend's 825th Hamburg Port Anniversary in Germany. Talk about rocking the boat. » 5/11/14 3:30pm 5/11/14 3:30pm

The Audacia Lays 100 Feet of Pipe On the Ocean Floor Every Minute

Undersea energy pipelines constitute a vital physical link between deep water wells and onshore refineries, but it's not like we can just lay these lines like oversized bendy straws. That task of constructing and sinking these tubes instead falls to vessels like Allseas' newest addition to its pipelaying fleet, the … » 5/09/14 11:40am 5/09/14 11:40am

The Floating Super-Factories Spawned By Our Insatiable Hunger For Gas

The world's ever-growing demand for gas is driving companies deeper and further into the ocean to drill for it. And, to do so, they're building a new type of ship: small city-sized floating factories that drill, process, refine, and barrel gas while still out on the open sea. Think of them as one-stop gas shops that,… » 4/04/14 1:40pm 4/04/14 1:40pm

How Far Can This Ship Shift Sideways? Enough to Break the Ice

Today's largest cargo ships can exceed 130 feet—in width—making any sort of passage through the arctic's ice-encrusted trade routes nearly impossible without the help of not one but two conventional icebreakers. But with just a single one of these triangular ships leading the way, even the largest container vessel can… » 2/03/14 1:20pm 2/03/14 1:20pm