Writing Blanks: Marine Views on Bibliodyssey
Wilhem Keitel signing terms of surrender. May 7th, 1945 (greatestgeneration)
V-E Day celebrations – major-hellstrom
Colored Copper Plate Engraving; Neptune, Mermaids, Seashells, 1810 (via allmermaids)
left: thegildedcentury: Amazing Stories, January, 1943 – right: Men’s Adventure Magazines; cover paintings from the Oberg Collection – Part 3: originals by Bruce Minney, Walter Popp and Vic Prezio
Royal Naval College and HMS Fisgard; about 1875 – HMS Fisgard (more on wiki) was a 46-gun fifth rate Leda-class frigate of the Royal Navy. She spent sixty years in service on a variety of duties. From National Maritime Museum; UK (new photos)
Colossus of Rhodes (The World’s Tallest Statues) on Res Obscura
Candygram: ca. 1884, “Carcharodon carcharias (Great White Shark)”, Vail Brothers Studio; from the Smithsonian Institution Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Fishes – via tuesday-johnson
Illustration – provenant de la collection originale des illustrations botaniques et zoologiques; l’expÃ©dition espagnole de 1787-1803 d’exploration au Mexique, by Martin de Sesse y Lacasta (1751-1808) & JosÃ© Mariano MociÃ±o (1757-1820). via darksilenceinsuburbia
Mel Craig on dirtyriver
artist Bruce Minney on dirtyriver
The Finely Appointed Beaver; San Francisco & Portland Steamship Company; Sailings February-November 1911. The Bear and The Beaver (4,507 grt, 380 ft. long) were built in 1910. The Bear was wrecked in 1916, while her sister was taken over by the U.S. Navy in 1918 and converted to a submarine tender. She served until 1946 and was scrapped four years later. (Get your mind out of the gutter)
Let Slip the Dogs of War
“I had a dog his name was ‘Blue’,
Blue wanted to be a SEAL too..
so I bought him a mask and four tiny fins…
took him to the ocean and threw him in…
Blue came up, to my surprise,
with a shark in his teeth
and a gleam in his eyes…”
…a dog was among the contingent of commandos sent to kill Osama bin Laden. The two lead photographs show dogs jumping out of aircraft, which I find totally mindblowing.
Read on and see the other photo that blew Alexis Madrigal’s mind at The Atlantic.
-via coldisthesea –
Morning on the Beach, Atlantic City, 1955 on hoodoothatvoodoo
Why people sailed to New Zealand: A Passage from No Simple Passage
– On my bedside table at the moment is Jenny Robin Jones’s account of a family that migrated to New Zealand in 1841. Right now, I am still enjoying the daily account of the voyage on the ship London, told from JRJ’s own perspective — she has used the unusual and rather beguiling device of putting herself into the story, by placing herself at the skirts of her great-great-grandmother, Rebecca Remington…
“… Walton Boat Yard during the Early 1880s, he notes that one of the boats owned by the Walton’s during this time period was the GIPSY and that this boat later became the I. N. BUNTON.”
Steamboat Building in Elizabeth, PA; A Journal of daily activities at the Elizabeth Marine Ways 1898 to 1925
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea”
Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry via ginger-ninja
Lovely Greenport, L.I. wooden freighter which carried oysters, potatoes, lumber, cordwood, and stones for jetty construction. She plied the Sound, making trips from as far as Massachusetts to Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Read more and see full size on Bowsprite
slang-king: the artist is Phlegm. http://phlegmcomicnews.blogspot.com/ — More info at
Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba prepare to moor alongside the Mexican Navy ship Baja California. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.
submitted by E. A. Westfall, CDR, USCG
Commanding Officer; USCGC ESCANABA (WMEC 907)
… My father was Captain in the British Merchant Navy and one of my favourite modern novels is Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love (a strange & dark tale about a circus folk family). So it’s really no surprise that I fell in love with the paintings of Evan B. Harris. Depicting rich sources of narrative such as the “carny-life” of the circus and nautical folklore seems to be a common thread in Evan’s work. Though these are images that have been worn out by many artists over the years, Evan brings his own unique twists in his approach to these subjects and accomplishes such beautiful work…
French physician and naturalist RenÃ© PrimevÃ¨re Lesson (1794-1849) enlisted and served in the navy during the Napoleonic wars. In the 1820s he sailed around the world aboardLa Coquille with a scientific expedition headed by Louis-Isadore Duperrey.
Chief among Lesson’s duties during the voyage was collecting zoological specimens that served as the basis for a number of well regarded monographs. He is best remembered for the books he released on some of the most beautiful birds in the world: hummingbirds from the Americas and birds of paradise from New Guinea.
From: ‘A True Relation of the Unjust, Cruell, and Barbarous Proceedings Against the English at Amboyna in the East-Indies’, 1624. The multi-page pamphlet – [source] – records the torture and execution for treason of employees of the British East India Company by the Dutch East India Company; known as the Amboyna Massacre (Ambon island, Indonesia). (on msbehavoyeur)
- via (see full image)
Portland Star Match Company – Commercial Street – Portland MAINE – Original (993 x 821) — Match factories were usually located a good ways from the business centers, as they had a tendency to explode. Instead of making a safer workplace, they just moved them a few blocks down the tracks so they didn’t do as much damage when they went KABLOOEY! (*still standing & occupied, near The Old Port; Google map (bldg complex dead center of image))
Erwin Stolz (1896 – 1987) – The Mystic (detail) — on yama-bato
Simon, Hero of the Yangtze Incident, Is Remembered with a Wreath-Laying Ceremony
“Simon’s company and expertise as a rat catcher were invaluable during the months we were held captive. During that terrifying time, he helped boost the morale of many young sailors, some of whom had seen their friends killed. Simon is still remembered with great affection.” — Stewart Hett, Lieutenant Commander, HMS Amethyst — right: “Neat Trick” by Bill Layne 1950’s from vintagegal
“The Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerika was a long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft developed during World War II for the German Luftwaffe. It was intended to support U-boat operations far into the Atlantic, serving both as a scout to direct the attack, as well as launching attacks of its own.
“The design was later selected as a competitor in the Reichsluftfahrtministerium‘s (the German Air Ministry) “Amerika Bomber” programme, which intended to develop a strategic bomber capable of attacking New York City from bases in France or the Azores, although it is highly doubtful that this would have been achieved with a meaningful payload, if at all.” –via feastingonroadkill
Sarah Blake / septagonstudios
The Last Three Ships by Margaret St. Clair – from Weird Tales. vol. 42. # 4
see the whole story on Two-Fisted Tales of True-Life Weird Romance!
Modern! Fast! Thrilling! (via feastingonroadkill) who is known for being quite thrilling his own damn self.
45andsingle: QUEEN – Seaside Rendezvous
Happy Mothers’ Day from cargohoo