What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor? There’s an App for That!

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*+-The Navy knows it has a drinking problem.  Fleet Week means vomit in the streets and evenings that sailors best not remember. The official Pier Pressure app combines a game with a suite of educational tools. The tools, which address alcohol abuse and how to avoid it, are actually pretty useful. But the game half […]

Maritime Monday for March 3rd, 2014: Heck Yeah NC Wyeth

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*+-NC Wyeth Illustrations for The Ladies Home Journal 1920-31 N. C. Wyeth The Courtship of Miles Standish by Longfellow (1920) The Courtship of Miles Standish is an 1858 narrative poem by American poet and Maine-nave Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about the early days of Plymouth Colony, the colonial settlement established in America by the Mayflower Pilgrims. […]

Maritime Monday for February 10th, 2014: More Nautical Philately

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*+-Christopher Columbus; Bahamas Centennial of the Opening of Japan by Matthew Perry (991 × 640 pixels) 1913 10 cent Parcel Post; Steamship & Mail Tender Steamboats were carrying mail as early as November, 1808.  Initially letters were carried either unofficially by crew and passengers – bypassing local Post Offices – or under the existing provisions […]

Maritime Monday for February 3rd, 2014: More Ship Stamps

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*+-Trawler, designed by Icelandic artist Stefán Jónsson, engraved by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued by Iceland on October 12, 1950 airmail stamp depicting views of the custom-built schooner Antarctica, which was used by French polar explorer Jean-Louis Étienne’s team during “Mission Erebus” in 1995-96, and a map of Antarctica showing Dr. […]

Maritime Monday for January 27th, 2014 – RMS Philately, Encore Edition

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*+-Jules Verne Stamps; First Day Covers ; France—3 June 1955 Robert Fulton; 1765-1965 American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing the first commercially successful steamboat.  In 1800, he was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to design the Nautilus, which was the first practical submarine in history. Raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  young Fulton showed […]

Maritime Monday for January 13th, 2014 – Hard Water Sailing; Encore Edition

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*+-This week’s Maritime Monday is a re-run. Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1117 x 738) Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions EASTWIND (WAGB-279); Antarctic Operation Deep Freeze (1955-56); PENGUIN DRILL TEAM Soviet postage stamp, 1976, commemorating Icebreaker Feodor Litke Icebreaking steamship Fyodor Litke (1909) – built in 1909 as an icebreaking freight and passenger steamer in Barrow-in-Furness, England for the […]

Maritime Monday for January 6th, 2013: Dead Men Tell No Tales

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*+-Blackbeard the Pirate (RKO, 1952) Robert Newton exhibits absolutely no shame in his portrayal of the title character in Blackbeard the Pirate. If you thought that Newton’s “Arr, matey“s got out of hand in Treasure Island, wait til you see this one. + Newton is best remembered for portraying the feverish-eyed Long John Silver in […]