This Guy Saved a Famous Martha’s Vineyard Lighthouse by Moving It

Photo credit: Save the Gay Head Lighthouse via facebook

by Tom Moroney (Bloomberg) -- Chewing a cheap cigar atop an old bulldozer, Jerry Matyiko is at work in his office -- the stunning, colorful and rapidly eroding cliffs of Gay Head on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Matyiko is in town to rescue a local treasure. The 68-year-old Navy veteran moves stuff -- big stuff, like airport terminals and multistory office buildings -- … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for February 24th, 2014: Ship of State 2; Military Vessels Named After US Presidents


HMS President (1918) Formerly HMS Saxifrage, was a Flower-class anti-submarine Q-Ship completed in 1918, and is one of the last three surviving warships of the Royal Navy built during the First World War. In 1922 she was moored permanently on the Thames at Blackfriars, and became a Royal Naval Reserve Drill ship for sixty-five years. Her new name, HMS President, was … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for February 18th, 2014: Ship of State; Vessels Named for Presidents of the United States


 The steam ship President (1,536 × 1,116 pixels) (1,536 × 1,117 pixels)  caption: "The Steam Ship President, The Largest in the World. Lieut. Roberts R.N. commander on her last voyage from New York to Liverpool. As last seen from the Packet Ship ORPHEUS Capt. COLE in the terrific gale of March the 12th 1841 at 5 o'clock P.M. Lat. 39, 46. Long. 71, bearing N.E. by E. by … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for February 10th, 2014: More Nautical Philately

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Christopher Columbus; Bahamas Centennial of the Opening of Japan by Matthew Perry (991 × 640 pixels) 1913 10 cent Parcel Post; Steamship & Mail Tender Steamboats were carrying mail as early as November, 1808.  Initially letters were carried either unofficially by crew and passengers – bypassing local Post Offices – or under the existing provisions for ship … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for February 3rd, 2014: More Ship Stamps


Trawler, designed by Icelandic artist Stefán Jónsson, engraved by Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd., and issued by Iceland on October 12, 1950 airmail stamp depicting views of the custom-built schooner Antarctica, which was used by French polar explorer Jean-Louis Étienne's team during "Mission Erebus" in 1995-96, and a map of Antarctica showing Dr. Étienne's route, … [Read more...]