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The Endurance:  The Shackleton Expedition

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The USS Olympia

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The Gaspee Affair

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The Brooklyn Bridge

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The Endurance:  The Shackleton Expedition

 

        

 

An exploration expedition to Antarctica  led by Ernest Shackleton in 1914.  Just one day's sail from Antarctica the ship Endurance became frozen in the ice unable to move.  Use the links below to learn more about this amazing expedition.

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The American Museum of Natural History:  The Endurance

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Nova Online:  Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance

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Endurance Expedition Photos

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Cool Antarcitca:  Sir Ernest Shackleton

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Antarctic Connection:  The Endurance

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Kodak:  The Endurance

 

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The USS Olympia

Launched in 1892, the Olympia is the only surviving vessel left from the Spanish American War.  She was Admiral Dewey's flagship and fought in Manila Bay. Olympia served until 1922 when she was decommissioned.  Today you can tour the Olympia  at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.  To learn more about this fascinating ship and the museum where she currently resides use the links below.

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USS Olympia

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The Cruiser Olympia

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Olympia's Service Medals and Campaign Credits

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Ships of the World: The Olympia

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California Military State Museum:  The Olympia

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The Gaspee Affair

Nearly a year and a half before the Boston Tea Party, Rhode Island colonists looted and burned a British ship to the waterline.  Use the links below to learn more about this historic event. 

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Gaspee Virtual Archives

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Listen to a song about the Gaspee

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John Brown and the Gaspee Affair

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Modern Gaspee Days Celebration

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The Brooklyn Bridge

       

So many things went wrong during the construction of this bridge, from the death of the designer to the severe illness of his son, that the bridge almost did not get finished.  Use the links below to learn more about this fascinating story.

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Brooklyn Bridge:  Historic Overview

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Emily Roebling and Her Involvement with the Bridge

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Washington Augustus Roebling

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John Roebling

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