Steering a small boat across oceans by yourself – why do it? Kim Chakanetsa meets two women who have been alone at sea for months – and they chat about encountering sharks, avoiding pirates and having to call their mums.
Not many lead singers from an 80’s rock and roll band could write a compelling song about ship scrapping, but then Mark Knopfler is not just any singer/songwriter. Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland on the River Clyde, which was once a major shipbuilding center. In the early 1900s, a fifth of all ships in the world were built on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow.
via Facebook: It’s not every day you get to watch a sea otter pup come into the world! But when a pregnant wild otter took shelter in our Great Tide Pool Saturday, we had a unique opportunity to see it happen. More
In the summer of 1937, men flensing a sperm whale at the Naden Harbour whaling station located in the Queen Charlotte Islands made a remarkable discovery. As described in Dr. Paul LeBlond and Dr. Edward Bousfield’s 1995 Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep, the remains of an unidentifiable animal were removed from the whale’s stomach and laid out on a five foot table to be photographed.
The carcass possessed a discernable head said to “bear resemblance to that of a large dog with features of a horse and the turn down nose of a camel”, a smooth (although one witness described it as being covered by a “fur-like material”) elongate body stretching around twelve feet in length, signs of a dorsal crest or vertebral column, short foreflippers, and a fluke which was “spade-shaped” or resembled “a single blade of gill bone as found in whales’ jaws”. The individuals at the whaling station claimed that the body was not that of any marine fauna previously pulled from the stomach of a sperm whale… keep reading
hyperallergic.com – Facebook blocked a photo of a 16th-century statue of Neptune that stands in Bologna’s Piazza del Nettuno for being “sexually explicit” and revealing the human anatomy “to an excessive degree.” Read article on The Guardian
There is a seafood place near Halifax Harbour that was once home to the city’s oldest mortuary. It’s now the Five Fishermen Restaurant, but was once Snow & Company Undertakers, who tended to the bodies of not one, but two major tragedies of the early 20th century. Keep reading
Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s memoir of a miserable Antarctic expedition, The Worst Journey in the World, was ranked number one on National Geographic’s list of the 100 greatest adventure books of all time. “As War and Peace is to novels, so is The Worst Journey in the World to the literature of polar travel: the one to beat,” wrote the magazine.
Born in 1886, the explorer was only in his twenties when he volunteered to go to the Antarctic with explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his men. Their mission: to be first to make it to the South Pole.
The expedition did not go as planned—at all.
- “The Worst Journey in the World” comes to the Web
- Freeze Frame: Historic Polar Images (1845-1982) from the Scott Polar Research Institute
- read The Worst Journey in the World online
Hancock (one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II) was commissioned in April 1944, and served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning four battle stars. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA).
In her second career she operated exclusively in the Pacific, playing a prominent role in the Vietnam War, for which she earned a Navy Unit Commendation. She was the first US Navy carrier to have steam catapults installed. Hancock appeared briefly in the movie “The Deer Hunter”, depicting her role in Operation Frequent Wind.
Decommissioned in early 1976, she was sold for scrap later that year. more on wikipedia
The ship was first identified and discovered by the geologists working for the mining company De Beers; the geologists discovered the ship off the coast of Namibia near Oranjemund in April 2008. The Bom Jesus left Lisbon sometime in 1533 under the supervision of Sir Francisco de Noronha, but vanished without any trace on its way to India… its precious cargo lost. More
Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History tells the story of a time when water was full of deadly bacteria, making alcohol the safest liquid to consume. Author and spirits entrepreneur Steven Grasse says, “this book is about survival.”
“Before democracy, there were spirits, and from spirits we created taverns,” writes Grasse in the book, “it was in those taverns that we laid out the blueprint for a new kind of country. … In other words, we got drunk and invented America.”
(In it’s pages you will) find stories about Ass’s Milk, Cock Ale, and Lambswool (only one of which does not actually involve farm animals) A tongue-in-cheek history of each concoction in question and modernized versions that sound, actually, quite palatable. Keep Reading
5 Colonial-Era Drinks You Should Know About (seriouseats.com)
Vinho do Porto (also known as Porto, or Port Wine) is a fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet red, most often served as a dessert wine.
The wine produced is fortified by the addition of a neutral grape spirit known as aguardente in order to stop fermentation, (leaving residual sugar in the wine) and boost the alcohol content. The wine is then stored and aged, often in barrels stored in a Lodge before being bottled. The wine received its name, “port”, in the later half of the 17th century from the seaport city of Porto at the mouth of the Douro River, where much of the product was brought to market or for export to other countries in Europe. Traditionally, the wine was taken downriver in flat-bottom boats called ‘barcos rabelos’ to be processed and stored. more
The British had it made to screw the French
Way back in the 1600s, when England went to war with France, the British boycotted French wines. They then started getting it from Portugal, and in order to prevent the wine from spoiling during transport, they added Brandy to it.
The German Warship UJ-2216 was actually a luxury yacht, built in Leith (UK) for Henry de Rotschild, named Eros. She was taken over to the Marine Nationale Francaise during 1939, when she was at Le Havre, and renamed to serve in Meditarranean as AD 196. At the end of 1942 she was captured by the Kriegsmarine, and transformed in anti submarine corvette with the name of Uboot-Jäger UJ 2216. More