This Day in Marine History

August 22

1711: Ships from British Admiral Hovenden Walker's Quebec Expedition flounders on rocks at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River.

1780: James Cook's ship HMS Resolution returns to England (Cook having been killed on Hawaii during the voyage).

1787: John Fitch's steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton.

1851: The U.S. yacht America outraced the British Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.

1950: Rotterdam dock strike ends.

1962: The world’s first nuclear-powered passenger-cargo ship, NS Savannah, completes its maiden voyage from Yorktown, Virginia, to Savannah, Georgia.