Some Cold War scientists perfected the art of injecting ticks with new diseases. Others released ticks into new areas to study their spread. But is that the end of the story?

Dr. Daniel Fisher, the most successful whaler of them all, never went to sea.

A. Bowdoin Van Riper

The Vineyard, it turns out, is more than one or two islands.

Chris Baer

Who was Philip Tabor? Where is Toad Rock? And what happened to the Toboggan Slide?

The museum’s crown jewel gets a new setting.

Richard C. Skidmore

The history of the Uncatena, the Unicorn coffeehouse, Union Chapel, and more.

Commercial fisherman Oscar Pease and his catboat Vanity.

Some ships have afterlives that far surpass their actual lives. Think of the Titanic. Its useful career lasted just five days, but in the wake of its sinking by that infamous iceberg has come a ceaseless flood of attention for more than a century: books, movies, expeditions of discovery, recriminations, theorizing, all making it the most famous ship in history, an archetype of glamour and vainglory.

Karl Zimmermann