About Us

MaritimeMatters presented news and detailed history about passenger ships from 1998.

MaritimeMatters remains proud of some of the best maritime journalism and unique content in the nautical web.

MaritimeMatters is honoured to have been quoted in the New York Times, USAtoday, Wikipedia, and visited by thousands of readers worldwide.

Founded and Published – Martin Cox
Former Co Editor – Peter Knego
Writers included: Martin Cox, Shawn J. Dake, Kalle Id, Peter Knego and the late Peter Newall.
Contributed Articles from: Michael Bennett, Jonathan Boonzaier, Gordon Ghareeb, Allan Jordan.
Information Architecture: Anh-Phuong, Ezra Pendleton.


"Southampton Docks 1930" by Don Stoltenberg
“Southampton Docks 1930” by Don Stoltenberg

MaritimeMatters online since 1998 and was based in Los Angeles.


Martin Cox

Publisher MaritimeMatters

The Port of Southampton provided an early inspiration for maritime investigation. Currently, based in Los Angeles, Cox works as a photographer, writer and publisher of MaritimeMatters.

He founded MaritimeMatters.com in 1996 and launched the one page site. Initially articulated his fascination with maritime topics, specifically ocean liners that he witnessed and researched in Southampton. By 1999 he had been introduced to Peter Knego who was doing stellar work in the maritime history field. He invited Peter to contribute to the site, to elevate his writing to a wider audience. Cox and Knego traveled together exploring liners of the world while Cox began to expand MaritimeMatters as platform to research contemporary and vintage ships and aspects of maritime culture and technology.

Cox began a lengthy project, to write a comprehensive history of the then unheard of Los Angeles Steamship Company. The research took almost ten years. In 2009 the Steamship Historical Society of America published the book that Cox co-authored along with local maritime expert Gordon Ghareeb, filling an important gap in West Coast maritime history. The book “Hollywood to Honolulu; the story of the Los Angeles Steamship Company” (published by the Steamship Historical Society of America) covers a vital part of Los Angeles’s development, when the fledgling city ran its own shipping line to Hawaii, and on cruises and coastal voyages during the 1920s using former German transatlantic liners and other interesting vessels.

Cox served briefly as West Coast Editor for magazine Steamboat Bill, and as President of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Society.

More recently he focused on his photography career and his work was show in galleries and museums in the US and aboard,  he is represented by Brewery Projects in Los Angeles.