Smithsonian.com – In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, ceremonies remembering and mourning the victims of Hitler’s “final solution” are happening around the world. One of the most sobering remembrances is taking place on Twitter.
Software engineer Russel Neiss and Rabbi Charlie Schwartz are using the medium to share the manifest of the MS St. Louis, a passenger ship full of German Jewish refugees turned away by Cuba and the United States and forced to return to Europe in 1939, a time when officials were aware of what sending Jews back to Europe meant.
Many of the passengers were later murdered during the Holocaust.
Built by the Bremer Vulkan shipyards in Bremen for the Hamburg America Line, the St. Louis was a diesel-powered ship and properly referred to with the prefix “MS” or “MV”, but she is often known as the “SS St. Louis”. It was named after the city of St. Louis, Missouri.
The St. Louis regularly sailed the trans-Atlantic route from Hamburg to Halifax, Nova Scotia and New York and made cruises to the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco. The MS St. Louis was adapted as a German naval accommodation ship from 1940 to 1944. She was heavily damaged by the Allied bombings at Kiel on August 30, 1944, but was repaired and used as a hotel ship in Hamburg in 1946. She was later sold and was scrapped in 1952. more on wikipedia
Cunard Line is widely recognized for having some of the most famous ocean liners in history. Largely overlooked is their vast fleet of cargo liners which reached a pinnacle of sorts in the 1950’s and early ’60’s. keep reading
Taboo is a British television drama series set during the War of 1812. The eight-part series, set in London, begins with James Delaney (Miss Monkey’s newest crush, sizzling hot British movie star Tom Hardy) returning to Britain after twelve years in Africa, where he seems to have picked up some very strange habits.
He assumes control over his recently-deceased father’s shipping firm and takes on the monolithic East India Company. Started by a Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth I in December of 1600, the company was originally tasked with acting as the “Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies”. They soon rose to account for half of the world’s trade, particularly in basic commodities including cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, saltpetre, tea and opium.
They went on to rule large areas of India with their own private armies; exercising military power and assuming administrative functions. Company rule in India effectively began in 1757 and lasted until 1858. more on wikipedia
The series stars Hardy in the lead, (and is based on a story written by him) Oona Chaplin (granddaughter of English silent film star Charlie), Michael Kelly, (House of Cards) Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) as a German brothel keeper, and Jonathan Pryce as a very disturbed Sir Stuart Strange, Chairman of the East India Company.
How true is Taboo? The real history behind the Tom Hardy drama on The Telegraph
It has now come to our attention that EVERY cruise needs a high seas adventure cartoonist. Lucy Bellwood’s comic on her three weeks at sea with the Schmidt Ocean Institute is just perfection. As the artist-at-residence on the R/V Falkor (a 272-foot former German fisheries protection vessel purchased from the German government in 2009) she describes the ship, the science and the techs/technology/scientists behind the science. Read on Deep Sea News
British Defense Ministry Michael Fallon launched the first salvo on January 25th saying that the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is the Kremlin’s “ship of shame.”
“We will keep a close eye on the Admiral Kuznetsov as it skulks back to Russia. A ship of shame whose mission has only extended the suffering of the Syrian people,” Fallon said.
A Royal Navy warship escorting a Russian aircraft carrier reportedly “watched [its] every movement” as it passed through the English Channel. The Russian Defense Minister fired right back belittling the Royal Navy for providing “escort services” and suggesting that Fallon’s statement was a way to deflect attention of British tax payers away from “real problems of the state of the Royal Navy”. keep reading on Heatstreet
Being skinned alive has got to be one of the most horrifying forms of torture imaginable. It’s a bloody, painful, and slow process, and you’ll be conscious the entire time. Still, maybe you’re morbidly curious about exactly what being skinned alive feels like. Since we don’t recommend you try it first hand, let us take you through the experience, step by grueling step, right up to the bitter end. Keep Reading
what was supposed to be the original blurb, but I got sidetracked:
The 14 Most Gruesome Ways Pirates Have Killed People Throughout History
The Jindo County is an archipelago of 250 islands, of which Jindo Island is the third largest in Korea. Every year at the end of February and again in mid-June, extremely low tide causes a natural land pass 2.9 km long and 10–40 meters wide to appear connecting the main Jindo island and a small Modo island to the south of Jindo.
The pass stays for about an hour before being submerged again. The event is celebrated by a local festival called “Jindo’s Sea Way” when visitors and tourists gather to watch the phenomenon and walk the path in the middle of the sea.
A collaboration between the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and Silentworld Foundation has discovered four 19th century shipwrecks off the Queensland coast following a week-long expedition to the Coral Sea. While diving in water depths ranging from one to ten metres, the expedition team found more than a dozen iron anchors, several copper-alloy fasteners and examples of copper-alloy ship’s hardware, and at least a half-dozen cannons.
Silentworld Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established to further Australian maritime archaeology and historical research, and to improve public awareness of Australia’s early maritime history. Keep reading
Old Salt Blog; Obituary Week: Writer Douglas Reeman has died at this home in Cobham, Surrey, at the age of 92. Reeman, perhaps best know for the novels written under the pen-name Alexander Kent, wrote close to 60 books and has left an indelible mark on the literature of the sea. keep reading
- Alexander Kent on Historic Naval Fiction
- Alexander Kent on GoodReads
- reviews and images: British hardcover first editions
- bio and representation information on unitedagents.co.uk
- more Novelists and 18th & 19th Century Sea Battles