HMS Hawke; Royal Navy Christmas postcard
St. Nicholas Blessing the Sailors – Circa 1500
Giant red fish [+] This illustration depicts a giant red fish encountered by a shark fisherman in northern Japan. The head of the angry fish is said to have measured about 2 meters across.
‘Kaikidan Ekotoba’ monster scroll – a mysterious handscroll that profiles 33 legendary monsters and human oddities, mostly from the Kyushu region of Japan (with several from overseas). The cartoonish document, whose author is unknown, is believed to date from the mid-19th century. It is now in the possession of the Fukuoka City Museum.
Video: Caleb Holloway, a floor-hand on the Deepwater Horizon, recalls his final minutes on the rig. Related article »
A Disaster in the Making
The Deepwater Horizon had a number of defenses against blowouts. But members of the crew hesitated at critical moments and failed to coordinate a response in three key areas. read »
deepwaterwriter - Christmas Eve crepuscular rays over Cuba.
Lightship Gillingham LV21 (full image)
Built in 1963 Light Vessel 21 is a unique 40 metre steel-hulled lightship, the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House. LV 21 saw most of her service off the Kent coast on the Varne, East Goodwin and Channel stations. In 1981 she was involved in the worst Light Vessel collision in which the Lightvessel had survived. She was retired from service in 2008. Read more
Canal scene illustration by C R W Nevinson, from ‘Colour’ magazine, 1917
The Royal Thames Guide illustrated by Helen McKie 1937. McKie did various publications for the Thames Steamers Services – she also illustrated publicity for the Southern Railway. See entire pamphlet: Thames Steamer Guide (Set of 14)
World’s Biggest Cruise Ship
On November 13, 2010, Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, arrived from Finland at its home in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cruise ship is sister to Oasis of the Seas, which has been sailing since 2009.
Allure and Oasis are identical in many ways…
They both sit 213 feet above the waterline, have 16 decks and can accommodate 5,400 guests and a crew of more than 2,000 people. On paper, they both measure 1,184 feet long, but technically, the Allure is about two inches longer than the Oasis, making the new passenger vessel the Biggest Cruise Ship in the World.
Pufferfish in Santa Rosa, Costa Rica.
dredge elbow - Pusey and Jones Corporation photograph collection
The Gift That Keeps on Giving – US Navy VD poster collection
Future Freighter 1968 – This “Cargo Catamaran” discharges loaded barges, plucks newly loaded ones from dockside… nests them high and weather-tight to its central hull. Cargo and barges are rushed intact to destination, where unloading and reloading occur with minimum port time. see full image and text
Portrait of Elsie Schuenemann at the wheel of the Christmas Ship, near the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The boat carried Christmas trees to Chicago from Michigan.
Her father, Captain H. Schuenemann, died when the Rouse Simmons, a ship carrying Christmas trees, sunk in 1912. Though the story of Barbara Schuenemann and her three daughters carrying on the tradition of the Christmas Tree Ships has perhaps been a little over-romanticized, there can be little doubt that the Schuenemann family and the many others who participated in the difficult trade of hauling Christmas trees south as the storms of winter closed in were heroes cut from a cloth that isn’t found too often today. keep reading »
The Kiss of the Oceans: vintage postcards celebrating the Panama Canal
Christmas at sea; How to be a Retronaut
Christmas at Sea By Robert Louis Stevenson on Scuttlefish »
South Korean Marine Corps’ amphibious vehicles and the Navy’s Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) ship “Dokdo” (background) take part in a mock landing operation in the sea off Incheon, west of Seoul, September 15, 2010. The operation marked the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-led United Nations troops’ Incheon Landing Operations during the 1950-1953 Korean War. (REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak) #
Greenwich, London Christmas card illustration by Rowland Hilder, 1936/7
Rowland Hilder was a prolific illustrator of greetings cards as well as for books and posters. This is of the Thameside scene at Greenwich in London. Original (5400 x 3696) See Also: Thames Riverscene by Rowland Hilder , 1939
Cliff Roberts; Ford Treasury of the Outdoors – Go see Animalarium’s Seahorse Safari
National Geographic April, 1916 – blog.modernmechanix.com/
Steamboat on hoist; Panama Canal Construction – A. B. Nichols Collection of Glass Negatives
A photo of the S.S. Ancon, the ship that made the first official transit of the Panama Canal. Dated the day of the event, 15 August, 1914. Note the array of signal flags decking her out for the occasion. More about the Ancon on Wiki
“Visit the Dockyards – Chatham, Portsmouth, Devonport” – poster for the Southern Railway by Leslie Carr, c1936 – read more »
Supermarine Stranraer – The Whistling Shithouse
Due to its less than favourable reception by flight and ground crews, the Stranraer gained a large number of derisive nicknames. It was sometimes referred to as a “whistling shithouse” because the toilet opened out directly to the air and when the seat was lifted, the airflow caused the toilet to whistle. MORE »
Manhattan circa 1908. “New York skyline.” Part of an eleven-section panorama. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size on Shorpy
- Someone say Panorama? (stitched together; all 11 sections)
Hendrick AVERCAMP – River Landscape
Logo for the Compania Trasmediterranea 1934 – The Spanish shipping line, Trasmediterranea, has served numerous coastal and island destinations for many years – this logo is found on the reverse of a 1933/4 guide book to the Las Islas Canarias (Canary Islands). Original (2809 x 3981)
Crachovent disparait (17 images)
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