‘Idle Women’ – the land girls of the waterways
Most people are familiar with the ‘Land Girls’; women who volunteered to work the land to aid the war effort during World War Two. Less well known, however, are their canal-based equivalents; known undeservedly as the ‘Idle Women’.
This nickname, derived from the initials ‘IW’ (for Inland Waterways) displayed on their badges, was given by native boatpeople to those women who volunteered to operate canal barges carrying vital supplies through the country’s waterway network. keep reading
We Couldn’t Believe Our Eyes’
A Lost World of Shipwrecks Is Found
NY Times – Archaeologists have found more than 40 vessels in the Black Sea, some more than a millennium old, shedding light on early empires and trade routes.
The medieval ship lay more than a half-mile down at the bottom of the Black Sea, its masts, timbers and planking undisturbed in the darkness for seven or eight centuries. Lack of oxygen in the icy depths had ruled out the usual riot of creatures that feast on sunken wood.
This fall, a team of explorers lowered a robot on a long tether, lit up the wreck with bright lights and took thousands of high-resolution photos. A computer then merged the images into a detailed portrait.
Archaeologists date the discovery to the 13th or 14th century, opening a new window on forerunners of the 15th- and 16th-century sailing vessels that discovered the New World, including those of Columbus.
When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist. IMDb
Watch Your Stern is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Gerald Thomas and starring Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker and Leslie Phillips. Though it shares its cast and production team with the Carry On films, it is not an official member of the Carry On series.
The Imperial Yacht Standart was built by order of Emperor Alexander III of Russia, and constructed at the Danish shipyard of Burmeister & Wain, beginning in 1893. She was launched on 21 March 1895 and entered service in early September, 1896.
She was fitted out with ornate fixtures, including mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers, and other amenities that made the vessel a suitable floating palace for the Tzar and his family, and was manned and operated by a crew from the Russian Imperial Navy. As Royal yachts go, she was the envy of the crowned heads of Europe. All that bling, however, did not spare her from a fate as grizzly and humiliating as that of Nicholas II, his wife, and children.
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