Maritime Monday 242: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

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December 6, 2010


Remember Dec. 7th!Allen Russell Saalburg, 1899-1987 (artist) Boston Public Library; War Posters (Set: 81)


A glaringly patriotic spread from the wartime comic, Remember Pearl Harbor

This amazing comic, resplendent in its symbolism, was printed shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941. It retold the story of the assault in comic form with a smattering of text. It was published by Street and Smith in early 1942, and featured the artwork of Jack Binder.

Considered wholly and appropriately patriotic in its day, it would no doubt today be scorned as propaganda in various corners source abovesource below


December 7 1941 A Day That Will Live In Infamy


View full screen virtual tours of the Admiral Nimitz Museum, located in the old Nimitz Hotel on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg, Texas

Rescuing a survivor near USS West Virginia (source, full size, & additional image)

Albert M. Davis: Shipbuilding, 1934
gouache and pencil on paperboard
28 7/8 x 36 1/2 in. (73.2 x 92.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Compass rose with compass points – cropped and cleaned up somewhat from a newly digitised hand-written manuscript, online at Harvard University’s Houghton Library: [MS Typ 57] ‘La Sphere du Monde..’, 1549, by Oronce Fine. Celestial Mechanics »

More Great Guinness Art

John Thomas Young Gilroy (30 May 1898 – 11 April 1985) was an English artist and illustrator, best known for his advertising posters for Guinness, the Irish stout.

DeepWaterWriterWeighing the starboard anchor


Video: Shark kills German tourist

A German woman has been killed in a shark attack while snorkelling off the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, officials say.

The death comes after four people were injured in similar attacks at the resort earlier in the week. Egyptian authorities hunted down and killed two sharks thought to be responsible for the attacks, and lifted a ban on going in the sea.

But the BBC’s Jon Leyne says local people in the Red Sea resort are skeptical that the right sharks have been caught.  watch


(Source: octopoda)


Sea Shepard’s GODZILLA is reporting: Japanese whalers to face new enemy in ‘Godzilla’

A controversial animal-rights group preparing to embark on its annual harassment campaign against Japanese whalers has stepped up its effort this season by enlisting the aid of … Godzilla.

The swift and ominous-looking interceptor vessel has the moniker Gojira, named after the ferocious monster in the legendary Japanese film, which in English means Godzilla.  more on Bitter End»

Big Print – I’ve often wondered how big a file would print out. This one is 4′ x 6′. I did it for the pilot office.

The image is slightly cropped from the original and the ppi on it, as printed, was about 43. The detail is more than acceptable even up closer than you’d want to look. Ideal viewing distance is about 6-10 feet. It was done by HPI here in Houston. Real nice group of people over there. We’re working on a project to do some 8×12 foot enlargements for Manchester Terminals, down on the ship channel.

The original Flickr post of the photo can be found hereby OneEighteen

USS Wisconsin BB-64 – Crew members in a bar 1950s – source is reporting:

How Sinking Giant Ships off the Coast of Rogue Nations Could Help Detect Secret Nuclear Reactors

French scientists seem to have an idea for locating secret nuclear reactors, which involves loading a supertanker ship with 138,000 tons worth of protons, and sinking it off the coast of any troublemaker nation, like, say, North Korea.

The complete post by Adrian Covert is here.


Olympia Porthole by Sailor Gil – The USS New Jersey BB-62, as seen through the very thick and cracked porthole glass of the Crusier Olympia C-6, across the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA.  (source) – see also: pilot house wheel on board the Cruiser Olympia

Cephalopod on Cephalopod Crime:

DEEP SEA NEWS – New work in the Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society indicates that ammonites were likely preyed upon beaked squids.  The Chamouth Mudstone Formation on the British Coast is famous for its ammonite fauna from 183-195 million years ago.  Twenty percent of the ammonites were found to have damage toward the rear of shell.  This spot is the exact point that would allow for severing of  the muscles that held the ammonite within its shell.  Few predators would be capable of such a precise and adept kill. MORE »

Noorderlicht by António Ramos – The 46 meter long two-masted schooner Noorderlicht (aurora borealis or northern lights) was originally built as a lightship in the Baltic. With her fascinating red color and sails hoisted, the 1910 schooner sails in the arctic waters of Spitsbergen and Norway.

Originally, the ship was rigged as a three-master; fore and aft masts each equipped with a light. The ship had no engine. From October 1 through to April 1, the sails were bent in order to be able to sail away in case of an emergency. A small engine unit produced compressed air for the foghorn.


China, Taiwan, Philippines search for ship crewmen

Associated Press Sunday, December 5, 2010 – MANILA, Philippines — Coast guard rescuers from China, Taiwan and the Philippines battled rough seas and fierce wind Sunday to search for up to 10 crewmen from a cargo ship that sank two days ago. At least 14 others have been rescued, officials said.

The 27,996-ton Hong Wei sent a distress call that was picked up by the Japanese coast guard before sinking Friday in the high seas between Taiwan and the northern Philippines, Filipino coast guard chief Wilfredo Tamayo said.

A passing Chinese cargo ship plucked 12 sailors from the rough sea while a Taiwanese coast guard helicopter rescued two others, he said.

Rescue teams aboard ships and planes from China, Taiwan and the Philippines were jointly searching for the missing crewmen of the Panamanian-registered ship, Tamayo said. Their efforts were hampered by monsoon wind and big waves, he said.

An oil slick has been sighted near where the ship was believed to have sunk but it was too far from land to affect any coastal community, he said. (more)


Dreadnought – Glass Negative

USS Severn preparing to enter the upper lock at the Gatun Locks, Panama Canal Zone, with four 1st Submarine Division submarines alongside, April 1914. see also

Sir Norman Wilkinson (CBE) aka Norman L. Wilkinson (November 24, 1878 – May 31, 1971) was a British artist who usually worked in oils, watercolors and drypoint. He was primarily a marine painter, but he was also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime camoufleur. During World War I, Wilkinson was the first to propose the use of disruptive coloration in naval camouflage, for which he coined the well-known term “dazzle painting” or dazzle camouflage.  more on Wiki

clay souvenirs by Russian Artist Natalie Ul’yanova

Frank Mack October 1944Otis Historical Archives Nat’l Museum of Health & Medicine


“The idea is simple, brilliant, and ecologically positive. The cremated remains of a loved one are mixed with cement and secured into the ever-growing Neptune Memorial Reef (more pics).

“Not only does this consume less terrestrial real estate than a traditional cemetery, it also creates an artificial reef habitat. Over time this cement will become encrusted with all the variety of coral reef organisms found on nearby, natural coral reefs. A guaranteed reincarnation of sorts”

On the Quayside at Devonport – 1935

A photo from the 2 February 1935 edition of The Sphere magazine titled, “Outward Bound For 2 1/2 Years Foreign Service”. The heavy cruiser H.M.S. Norfolk leaves for the East Indies after being re-commissioned. Three Royal Marines in their white pith helmets are visible at the left of the photo.

Opening Day of Salmon Fishing on Loch Tay 1935

A photo from the 26 January 1935 edition of The Sphere magazine. The caption reads,

A Piscatorial Custom: Neil Brown, the head ghillie, carrying out the time honoured ceremony of breaking a bottle over the boats on the opening day of the salmon fishing season on Loch Tay, while other members of the party drink the toast of ‘Tight Lines’. In the background is the Old Bridge of Kenmore.”

(The case on the shore is labeled. Thomson’s “Deer Stalker” Old Scotch Whisky) see larger


imageCharles Dwight Sigsbee and the Sigsbee Sounder

(January 16, 1845 – July 13, 1923) was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. In his earlier career he was a pioneering oceanographer and hydrographer. He is best remembered as the captain of the USS Maine, which exploded in Havana harbor, Cuba, in 1898. The explosion set off the events that led up to the start of the Spanish American War.

Sigsbee served aboard the Monongahela, Wyoming, and Shenandoah from 1863 to 1869, when he was assigned to duty at the Naval Academy. In 1871, he was assigned to the Hydrographic Office. He was first posted to the Hydrographic Office in 1873. He was assigned to the Coast Survey in 1874 and commanded the Coast Survey steamer Blake 1875-1878. He returned to the Navy Hydrographic Office from 1878-1882 and served as Hydrographer in the Bureau of Navigation from 1893 to 1897. During his period on the Blake he developed the Sigsbee sounding machine which became a standard item of deep-water oceanographic equipment for the next 50 years.

Scottish Antarctic Explorer, Commander J.R. Stenhouse, aboard the Discovery, 1925

In 1925, the Antarctic explorer, U-boat killer and treasure hunter, J.R. Stenhouse, took command of Captain Scott’s old ship, the “Discovery”, during the National Oceanographic Expedition.

Previously, Stenhouse had commanded the “Aurora” on Shackleton’s ill-fated “Endurance” expedition of 1914-17, and had then hunted U-boats and fought the Bolsheviks in North Russia during WWI.

Stenhouse would later seek pirate gold on R.L. Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and pioneer Antarctic tourism before finally dying for his country in WWII. For full details of Stenhouse’s extraordinary career, see “Ice Captain: The Life of J.R. Stenhouse” by Stephen Haddelsey. (source)

Male magazine April 1955 – Man versus nature – on this occasion especially, a lopsided contest!. Cover art by Mort KünstlerMen’s Adventure magazine collection


1935; Turbines for the Queen Mary

This photo appeared in the 16 March 1935 edition of The Sphere magazine. The caption was,

“Makers of Mighty Machines: Adjusting the blades of one of the modern geared turbines which will drive the Queen Mary and will give her a reserve of speed almost certainly superior to that of the turbo-electrically driven Normandie now nearing completion at St.Nazaire, France.” see larger

King George V aboard Britannia

A dapper King George looks out across the waters of the Solent.This photo appeared in the 25 January, 1936 edition of The Sphere magazine as part of a tribute to the late King.  see larger

“Florida’s Weeki Wachee presents the only show of its kind in the world, with a completely new mermaid show starting every Oct. first. Visitors view this spectacular underwater performance while seated 14 feet below the surface of the water in the new $1,000,000 underwater aqua-theatre.”  via bad-postcards

USS New Mexico Race Boat crew, 1934

Turning bombs into…furniture?

Old Salt Blog just posted an interesting albeit slightly odd story about an Estonian sculptor named Mati Karwin, who is creating furniture with the marine mine husks left behind by the Soviets when they pulled out of Naissaar Island area following the Cold War. Go to his site here. via boatswainsandbacteremia

Henk Helmantel’s Ocean Artifacts now on Scuttlefish


Buster Keaton, The Navigator (Diver Scene)


No Horizon by Richard J. van Bennekom – Amsterdam, North Holland, NL

Water Wench: Lifetime Award Recipient via Never Sea Land

Wicked Water Wench – art of Frank Frazetta

Fog over Friday Harbor by Nicolas Bouvier

Norman Wilkinson, Transports under shell-fire, Suvla Bay, 1915

I had the glorious privilege of seeing this yesterday.  I cannot urge you strongly enough… Go today to wherever you buy your dvds and grab a copy.  It’s BRILLIANT. Invite over a handful of similarly obnoxious friends and give it the MST3k treatment.  Makes a great stocking stuffer! Settle in with some Starbucks and enjoy the ride. mf

The Asylum (the same people who brought you Titantic II and Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus.) generally tackle recent releases with their line in mockbusters but here they have decided to adapt classic literature with a modernized take on Moby Dick.

2010: Moby Dick begins with Ahab’s (Barry Bostwick) first encounter with the five-six hundred foot whale in 1969. Taking down the submarine that Ahab is serving on the whale tears it in two, ripping off Ahab’s leg in the process. Flash forward to 2010 and Ahab is the captain of a state of the art submarine and intent on exacting vengeance on the whale that took his leg. In order to track it down he enlists the help of scientist and whale call expert Michelle (Renee O’Connor).  keep reading

2010: MOBY DICK Trailer on You Tube

Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Portland, Maine.  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 [email protected].  She can also out-belch any man.

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