Category Archives: 19th Century American Maritime

5 Things To Know About Blockade Runners

Today we’ll delve into five fascinating facts about blockade runners during the American Civil War. Facts beyond the basics. (Check out last week’s infograph for the introduction!) Did steam or wind propeller these 19th Century vessels? What were their favorite … Continue reading

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Cruisers & Blockade Runners: A Simplified Comparison

I used to get very confused about Blockade Runners and Confederate Cruisers during the American Civil War. Were they the same or not? Since we’re launching into our discussion of the Union blockade and Southern blockade runners, I thought it … Continue reading

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5 Fast Facts On The Union Blockade During The Civil War

It’s time to focus on some aspects of maritime history during the American Civil War. We’ll spend the rest of the year (on Wednesdays) taking about Blockade Runners – their voyages, international politics, ships, captains and crew, and other aspects … Continue reading

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American Lighthouses: Then What Happened? (And What About Today?)

We’ve chatted about lighthouse history in the last couple months, and in 2018 there will be more lighthouse posts specifically related to my new novel, Lighthouse Loyalty. However, today will be the final lighthouse post since we’ll move on to … Continue reading

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8 Things You Should Know About American Lighthouse Keepers

We’ve been talking about lighthouses, their history, lamps and lenses, and even lighthouse poetry, and some very important people haven’t had their own blog post or spotlight time in our series. I’m referring to lighthouse keepers. In today’s post, I’ve … Continue reading

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Lighthouse Poetry

Written by Celia Thaxter, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, this poem reflects on the challenges and triumphs of a keeper and his family in a remote location. We’ll share historical details about American keepers and their families next week, … Continue reading

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