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Days of Adventure: New Adventure Comics # 28, July, 1938see also - via theticketthatexploded

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Panoramic Photograph: The United States fleet in Colon Harbor, Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal

The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. These panoramas offer an overview of the nation, its enterprises and its interests, with a focus on the start of the twentieth century when the panoramic photo format was at the height of its popularity. The images date from 1851 to 1991.  –via greatestgeneration

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Wind turbine bursts into flames as hurricane-force winds hit Scotland »

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Honolulu, US: a sailor holds an urn with the ashes of Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy during an internment ceremony. Soucy, who died last year at 90, wanted to have his ashes interred inside the USS Utah. Photograph: Marco Garcia/AP  –via mabelmoments

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front cover for the program for the 1978 Chatham Navy Day »

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Nude with Lobster ~ Richard Müller (Austrian 1874-1954) Etching, 1912 (via msbehavoyeur)

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Colours of the reef by Tom Judkowiak on Flickr (via 100leaguesunderthesea)

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USS Iowa Tow day 1 – 2011-10-27 »

The Iowa-class Battlehip U.S.S. Iowa (BB-61) just before she leaves the “mothball fleet” of Suisun Bay, California for a 2-day “push-tow” by 4 of the Bay Area’s largest tractor tugboats. Day 1 is the shortest, but not easy. She’s in the mud, must clear a huge shoal, then cross under 3 side-by-side bridges, including a Union Pacific railroad bridge that must be raised; even then, a man on the battleship could practically jump and touch the bridge! After clearing the bridges, she’s turned and moved to her overnight berth at the Benicia auto pier. Most of her crew sleep onboard during her overnight stop. It’s an expensive ‘room for the night': $9,000! She will resume the tow the next morning

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Greg Harlin’s mural at the US Naval Academy depicting the Ranger about to engage HMS Drake.
via ihavenotyetbeguntofight

Annapolis-based illustrator, Greg Harlin, has spent much of his twenty-five working years living in the past. His historical re-creation paintings have brought renewed life to archaeological discoveries from the earliest fossil recordsto turn-of-the-century America. His work has appeared in National Geographic (magazine, books,and television), the National Park Service (publications, waysides and exhibits) and the Smithsonian (museums and books).

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Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial: The Blockade comes to Florida – I think historians of the Civil War Navies have established that blockade duty was boring, drudgery, tedious, and taxing. It was also a vital part of the Union war effort.

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Map: Wood’s map of Portland, Oregon (1890) originally posted to the BIG Map Blog. See also: Three Maps of the Proposed Panama Canal (1895) and Vingboons’ Map of the Hudson River (1639)

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Fritz Willis (1907 – 1979) – via hoodoothatvoodoo

The Pin-up Files: In 1946, Esquire announced an important new feature entitled the Esquire Gallery of Glamour & the magazine selected Fritz Willis to supply the inaugural illustration – it was his first published pin-up, and it launched a spectacular thirty-year career.

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Kommissar X / Heft-Reihe; Espionage & Action Art Gallery

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The Corpse Comes Ashore, 1945The Affair at the Boat Landing, 1943

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Mitre gates on a navigational river or canal lock; Machine Power »

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Amazing Stories, October, 1941 »

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Vintage Men’s Mags #20: 100+ Pages of Pulp – via theticketthatexploded

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Poster for Killers of the Sea (1937, USA) | Wrong Side of the Art – via mudwerks

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Dell Books 351 – Errol Flynn – Showdown (with mapback)

A crusty old Marine Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation. “Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?”

“Negative, ma’am. Just serious by nature.”

The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, “It looks like you have seen a lot of action.”

“Yes, ma’am, a lot of action.”

The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, “You know, you should lighten up. Relax and enjoy yourself.” The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner. Finally the young lady said, “You know, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?”

“1955, ma’am.”

“Well, there you are. No wonder you’re so serious. You really need to chill out! I mean, no sex since 1955! She took his hand and led him to a private room where she proceeded to “relax” him several times. Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned against his bare chest and said, “Wow, you sure didn’t forget much since 1955.”

The Sergeant Major said, after glancing at his watch, “I hope not; it’s only 2130 now.”

–via Seaman Stains

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A couple is photographed moments after learning that their 19-month-old child had been swept out to sea at Hermosa Beach. That morning, Times photographer Jack Gaunt was at his beachfront home when he heard a neighbor shout, “Something’s happening on the beach!” Gaunt grabbed his Rolleiflex camera and headed toward the shoreline. His photograph appeared on the front page of The Times the next day. The image won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for press photography; the Pulitzer committee called the photo “poignant and profoundly moving.” But for Gaunt, the image was hard to bear at first, his daughter recalled in Gaunt’s 2007 Times obituary.

View 130 photos for The Times’ 130th birthday on Framework »

Photo credit: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Time – via oneblackline

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Unflinching Portraits of Pearl Harbor Survivors »

Seven torpedoes and two bombs struck the USS West Virginia. John Rauschkolb (above), then just 20 years old, felt the USS West Virginia shake violently as the torpedoes slammed into its portside below where he stood as a Navy signalman.

He witnessed comrades die within feet of him and recalls explosions occurring in spots where he had just been standing. The crew managed to counterflood a portion of the ship to prevent it from capsizing, but the USS West Virginia sunk into the muddy harbor floor, its deck left just above the water’s surface. In a small boat, Rauschkolb made his way to the even worse stricken USS Arizona, where he helped recover bodies.

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–via mabelmoments

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Japanese soldiers wave at a plane from under their flag just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor 70th anniversary »

Some 100 survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor will gather in Hawaii today 70 years after the day which drew the US into World War II. The Japanese air and naval strike on the American military base claimed nearly 2,400 lives, destroyed over 160 aircraft and beached, damaged or destroyed over 20 ships. President Franklin D. called it ” a date which will live in infamy” when he addressed the Congress the next day asking to declare war with Japan. – Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

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Huge model of battleship USS Missouri under construction in California »

A team of professional model-makers in Yorba Linda, Calif., is building a 28-foot replica of the battleship USS Missouri, which fought in World War II and is now a museum ship. The group at V-CAT Naval Models is using a technique called “stereolithography,” assisted by specialized computer-aided design software from SolidWorks of Waltham, Mass., to build an operational model of the warship for displays in museums and educational sites.

“Battleships like the Missouri bring waves of emotion to people. Seeing these floating parts of history conjures memories of sadness, joy and wonder,” said Donn McKinney, who’s leading the V-CAT team. “My goal is to bring living history to those people and cities who feel connected to these now almost mythical battle ships.”

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One of the Joys of Being a Marine »

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lance-on-deck; Penobscot Marine Museum »

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HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT: San Francisco Album, 1855 »

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The USS Akron over San Francisco, California

Early 1930’s. The Akron carried 4 Curtis F9C-2 Sparrowhawk aircraft inside, to be  launched or retrieved by means of a trapeze.  Look closely and you can see a Sparrowhawk approaching the trapeze. Below the lower fin is another Sparrowhawk waiting to hook on to the trapeze.

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Scientists Assess Radioactivity in the Ocean from Japan Nuclear Power Facility

With current news of additional radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear.

A new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged in the first four months after the accident. It draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean.

The study was conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

More on National Science Foundation »

 

Japan Disaster Was Two Tsunamis Rolled into One »

The tsunami that spawned by the 9.0 earthquake off Japan this March was a disaster of massive proportions, reaching heights of over 130 feet in some areas and traveling up to six miles inland in others. Scientists at NASA and Ohio State University have now found another factor, beyond the sheer strength of the quake, that made the tsunami so ferocious: It started out as two separate walls of waves that combined to form one taller, more powerful “merging tsunami.”

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Deepest Trench Now With More Deep »

Deep Sea News: A new survey puts the depth of the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, at 10,994 meters, nearly 75 meters more than deepest of prior estimates…  MORE »

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Antarctic Flight and Photography

Admiral Richard Byrd checks a sun compass from an aircraft in Antarctica (Watch a video on the Byrd expedition).

In 1929, carrying both the compass and a National Geographic Society flag, Byrd and four companions became the first to fly over the South Pole. In the process they photographed 60,000 square miles (155,400 square kilometers) of Antarctica from the air.

National Geographic’s Top Ten Discoveries »

see also: Best News Pictures of 2011: Your Picks From Nat Geo News »

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If you’re a Simpsons fan, this fish looks awfully familiar. The three-eyed wolf fish was found in a reservoir in Argentina alongside other mutants. Named “Chorro de Agua Caliente,” or “Hot Water Jet,” the reservoir gets its water from a nearby nuclear power plant. The fisherman who caught it had no intention of eating the fish. Instead, they sent it in for tests and hope to have it preserved.

Top 25 Weirdest Stories of 2011: Photos »

The Kalakala faces seizure on January 1st, 2012

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The Howling Wolf via grottu

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Float Home / Designs Northwest Architects »

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photographer unknown – via lance-on-deck

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Mort Künstler »

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oldbookillustrations: A mandarin’s travelling boat. From The costume of China, written and illustrated by William Alexander, London, 1805. (Source: archive.org)

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Knowledge Increases (posted by paul.malon)

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Santa in downtown Annapolis via captainrande

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Atelier Levitt-Him, Skamander Magazine cover, 1937 (via Take a Look at Me Now (1) – 50 Watts)
see also: Take a Look at Me Now (2) – 50 Watts »
both via heracliteanfire


Monkey Fist

Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Baltimore, Maryland.  In addition to compiling Maritime Monday, she blogs about nautical art, history, and marine science on Adventures of the Blackgang.

Submit story ideas, news links, photographs, or items of interest to her at MM@gcaptain.com.  She can also out-belch any man.

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