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Episode 019 is now up and running! This episode features quite a few letters between Bronze Age rulers of places like Ugarit, Hattusa, and Egypt. What they tell us is that famine, drought, and seaborne invasion all converged during the high point (or low point) of the Late Bronze Age Collapse, between 1230 and 1175 BCE.

http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ep-019-ugarit-in-flames/
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RMS Carpathia sank off the coast of Ireland after being torpedoed by a German U-boat on this day in history, 17 July 1918. Carpathia made her maiden voyage in 1903 and became famous for rescuing the survivors of RMS Titanic after it struck an iceberg and sank in April 1912. Carpathia was used during World War I to transport American and Canadian troops across the Atlantic.

On the summer morning of 17 July 1918 she was torpedoed in the Celtic Sea by the Imperial German Navy U-boat, U-55. Of three torpedoes fired at the ship, one impacted the port side while another penetrated the engine room, killing two firemen and three trimmers. All 57 passengers and 218 surviving crew members boarded lifeboats as the vessel sank. U-55 surfaced and fired a third torpedo into the ship and was approaching the lifeboats when the Azalea-class sloop HMS Snowdrop arrived on the scene and drove away the U-boat with gunfire before picking up the survivors from Carpathia.

#RMSCarpathia   #OnThisDay   #history   #WWI  
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Perhaps the greatest Swedish naval victory in their history occurred when they defeated the Russian fleet at the Second Battle of Svensksund, on this day in history, 9 July 1790. The severity of the Russian defeat (7,400 casualties and 19/20 frigates lost) forced them into negotiations which resulted in the end of the Russo-Swedish War of 1788–90. #history   #OnThisDay   #Svensksund  
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Our latest episode is live! This time we look at the Akrotiri Fleet Fresco, the massive volcanic eruption that shook the Minoan world, and the theory that the Minoan Civilization was the basis for Plato's Atlantis legend.

http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ep-013-akrotiri-atlantis-and-the-thera-eruption/

Show notes are on the website, as is more info about the 'Pirate Hunters' book giveaway. Entry is simple and those who entered the last giveaway are still eligible for this one. Entry closes July 18.

#history   #Akrotiri   #Atlantis   #bookgiveaway   #PirateHunters  
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Henry Grace à Dieu was launched on this day in history, 13 June 1514. Also known as ‘Great Harry,’ Henry Grace à Dieu was an English carrack of the King’s Fleet in the 16th century. She had the high forecastle, typical of English carracks of the period, and at 50 meters (165 ft) long, weighing 1,000–1,500 tons and having a complement of 700–1,000 men, she was one of the largest warships in medieval Europe. #history   #OnThisDay   #HenryGraceàDieu  
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The Naval Battle of Riachuelo was fought on 11 June 1865 on the rivulet Riachuelo (Argentina), between the Paraguayan Navy on one side and the Brazilian Navy on the other. The Brazilian fleet heavily outnumbered the Paraguayan fleet, and Brazilian victory was crucial for the later success of the Triple Alliance (Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina) in the Paraguayan War. #history   #OnThisDay   #Riachuelo  
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A short reminder for anyone who hasn't yet entered the book giveaway! Entry is simple and is open through the end of the week. Also, some news about my trip to visit the Hermione.

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The basic rules for entry to the book giveaway contest are:

1. Contest runs from today (May 30) until the end of the day on June 13, 2015, EST.

2. Entry limited to residents of U.S. and Canada w/a mailing address therein. (Sorry everyone else! Int'l shipping is just more than I can currently afford)

3. Method of Entry - Either leave a review of the podcast on iTunes or your pod catcher of choice, or tell a friend about the podcast.

4. Notification - Message me on Facebook or Twitter, or email me at brandon@maritimehistorypodcast.com with the username you used to leave a review or how you told a friend about the podcast.

5. Drawing - I will verify review entries and enter all participants in a random drawing that will be conducted during the week of June 13.

6. Winner - I will notify the winner via the method they entered within a day of drawing. The winner has one week to accept the prize. If it is not accepted by initial winner, I'll conduct a second drawing with the remaining entrants.

7. Prize - The prize is one (1) copy of the ‘Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Complete Illustrated Edition: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.’ More info about the book can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Wreck-Whale-Ship-Essex-Extraordinary/dp/076034812X. The Maritime History Podcast will pay for shipping costs involved in getting the prize to the mailing address provided by the contest winner.

Complete Rules are on the website at: 
http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/book-giveaway-contest-wreck-of-the-whale-ship-essex/
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