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The St. Mary’s Enigma

A 19th-century painting of a warship sailing into Mobile Bay offers a small dose of history — and a large serving of mystery.

On the Fringe of History

A long-lost document reveals an officer’s account of a reconnaissance mission from Mobile during the Battle of New Orleans.

The Largest and Most Commodious Bay

A 1558 Spanish voyage yields one of the oldest descriptions of Mobile Bay.

Book Excerpt – The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History

In a sampling from his newest book, local author and MB contributor John Sledge tells the tale of a German submarine attack on a ship headed for Mobile.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Theodosia Burr

A pirate’s deathbed confession in Mobile added a further layer of intrigue to one of history’s unsolved mysteries.

The Wreck of the Ivanhoe

Relive the night of action that sent the blockade runner to her resting place off Fort Morgan.

Paddy Scott

Encounter Mobile Bay’s notorious piratical scoundrel.

The British Royal Navy Pays Mobile a Visit

A little more than 200 years ago, the world’s most frightening fleet anchored off our shores and stayed for months.

Jean Laffite’s Mobile

A reformed pirate struggles to make a respectable business deal in early 1800s Mobile.

A Mobile Classic Turns 70

“Remember Mobile” — a romantic, affectionate look at our past in prose and drawings — is a book still worth remembering.

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