The Scilly Naval Disaster – 22 October 1707 (O.S.)

One of the worst maritime disasters in British history happened off the Isles of Scilly on this day in history, 22 October 1707. (O.S.) In the summer or 1707, Commander-in-Chief of the British Fleets, Sir Cloudesley Shovell, had led a fleet of 21 British ships in their Mediterranean campaign against the French as part of the War of the Spanish Succession. At summers end, the fleet, led by Shovell’s flagship HMS¬†Association, departed Gibraltar on 29 September, bound for England. The entire return voyage was plagued by bad weather and strong gales. The portion of their journey that traversed the Atlantic...


Archaeologists Claim Possible Remains of Viking King Olaf Guthfrithsson

Scottish archaeologists have proposed a theory that outlines the possibility that an excavated skeleton is that of Viking King Olaf Guthfrithsson. The skeleton was unearthed in Auldhame in East Lothian during a 2005 dig conducted by the AOC Archaeology Group. Archaeologists point to the artifacts uncovered along with the skeleton as indications that the bones may be those of the 10th century Viking king. One artifact in particular, a belt buckle like those popular in Viking controlled Ireland, is seen as an indication that the burial was for a person of high rank who probably spent time in the royal...