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How Industrial-Scale Tar Production Powered The Viking Age

How Industrial-Scale Tar Production Powered The Viking Age

Vikings acquired the capacity to produce tar at an industrial scale as early as the 8th century AD, according to new research. The protective black goo was applied to the planks and sails of ships, which the Vikings used for trade and launching raids. Without the ability to produce copious…

Section Of US Warship From WW2 Discovered Off Alaskan Coast

Section Of US Warship From WW2 Discovered Off Alaskan Coast

In August 1943, the USS Abner Read struck a Japanese naval mine while conducting patrols in the Bering Sea. The explosion sheared the ship’s entire stern section, sending it and 71 US sailors to the bottom of the Bering Sea. Lost for 75 years, the World War II destroyer’s severed…