Maritime Monday 253: He-Men and Sea Planes

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High Seas Adventures 1934 (see original)

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“Published under the auspices of the Eastern Way Company or Toho-sha, Front was created by the Japanese Army’s intelligence bureau and civilian editors, photographers, and graphic designers as a vehicle of pro-military propaganda for foreign audiences. Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo, and other companies that relied on military contracts financed the publication.

According to internal documents cited in Barak Kushner’s The Thought War: Japanese Imperial Propaganda (2006), Front‘s focus was “proclaiming to the Chinese and other nations the Japanese empire’s true form in this time of extreme international change.” Published in fifteen languages, Front focused on all aspects of Japan’s military engagements in Asia including issues dedicated to the Imperial Navy, the Imperial Army, and Manchuria”

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Women in Uniform from thewidowflannigan (click links below to see full size)

(L) Metropolitan Railway, 1916 — (RT) Joan Fontaine in (This Above All, 1942)

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In The Hemingway Patrols: Ernest Hemingway and His Hunt for U-boats, writer Terry Mort examines Hemingway’s decision to join the Navy efforts for several months during World War II.  In 1942, the U.S. Navy enlisted Ernest Hemingway and friends to equip his 38′ wooden fishing vessel, the Pilar, in order to seek and destroy German submarines.

Mort studies Hemingway’s role as a father, fisherman, and patriot during this time, questioning what it was about his character that generated his motives to futilely employ such a small wooden fishing vessel against the steel-hulled German U-boats.

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seaplane: Dornier Flugschiff Do X mit 12 Motoren — Original (1500 x 1073)

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1917 On the Bridge of a Zeppelin – Original (2393 x 1724)

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LEFT: USS Macon (ZRS-5) under construction 1933RT: 1925  Zeppelin at Sea (full size)

USS Macon (ZRS-5) was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting. She served as a flying aircraft carrier, launching Sparrowhawk biplanes. In service for less than two years, in 1935 Macon was damaged in a storm and lost off California’s Big Sur coast, though most of her crew were saved. The wreckage is listed as USS Macon Airship Remains on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.   more on Wiki

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L Robert Fawcett & Manuel Auad on Doing Your Best Work (apparently his work is ship’s lumberjack)

R – American Legion Magazine, 1951

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Atlantic City NJ, the play-ground of the world

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U.S.S. Growler (SS-215) — McClelland Barclay – Oil on canvas, May 1943

This painting was presented to the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut after the War by Commodore James Fife where it remains on display today.

Works by McClelland Barclay in the Navy Art Collection: “Heroes of the South Seas” and “Submariners”

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This photograph is taken in Canada Dock in Liverpool, 1909. The gentleman in uniform is Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer, John Currie. See all 13 images in the Mauretania set on Flickr

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A Box of Magazines on Stephen Kroninger’s blog

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Vintage Sleaze Tattoo Art and Artists: The Lost Art of the Tattoo Gag

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Base ball team from the battleship Maine – All blown up at Havana except no. 1, J.H. Bloomer

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1946 Victory Parade HMNZT Maunganui departing the Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand. 20 April 1946

join or die

“Join, or Die”, drawn originally by Benjamin Franklin. The cartoon appeared along with Franklin’s editorial about the “disunited state” of the colonies, and helped make his point about the importance of colonial unity.

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Baikal; 1896 – The icebreaking steamer Baikal was built at Walker in 1896. This picture shows her under construction. She was one of a number of icebreakers built at the Walker shipyard. Original

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The cruiser Yoshino was built at the Elswick shipyard in 1892. Here a representative of the Japanese navy inspects the ship during construction. It was not uncommon for Japanese Navy officers to travel to Newcastle to see the work Armstrong did for them.  Original (1047 x 760)

more photos on Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ Flickr photostream

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Laughter magazine 1926
Journal of the Brotherhood of Boiler Makers and Iron Ship Builders of America; 1906

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S. Clay Wilson‘s classic, Captain Pissgums and His Pervert Pirates (see full panel)

S. Clay Wilson (born July 25, 1941) (Steve or Steven) is an American underground cartoonist and central figure in the underground comix movement. Wilson is known for aggressively violent and sexually explicit panoramas of “lowlife,” often depicting the wild escapades of pirates and bikers. He was an early contributor to Zap Comix, and Wilson’s artistic audacity has been cited by R. Crumb as a liberating source of inspiration for Crumb’s own work.

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see full size on fuckyeahcartography

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Sea Devils ComicsFrogmen Comics

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USS IOWA in Drydock at Hunters Point – The Battleship IOWA (BB-61) at Hunters Point Navy Yard drydock #4 at the beginning of her January, 1945 refit. A later photo of IOWA at sea and dated 5 March, 1945; captioned after her last wartime overhaul, that she had just received the new enclosed bridge, some new electronics, and she now carried SC-1 Seahawk aircraft.  Original (4109 x 3344)

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The Art of Virgil Finlay

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Rebecca Lardner; British Artist:

Rebecca studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art & Design and then at Sir John Moore’s University Liverpool. Influenced by the southwest and its coastline, her oil paintings depict life at the sea, especially harbours using blues, greens and subtle tones to depict the scene.

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George Gross; more art and info on Two-Fisted Tales of True-Life Weird Romance!

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Royal New Zealand Air Force: Boeing Canada built PB2B-1 Catalina Flying Boat Bu73000 GF-C NZ4025 of No 3 Operational Training Unit operating from Lauthala Bay, Fiji. Delivered 04 April 1944. Broken up in 1952.

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Halavo Bay Solomon Islands 1945 – Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Flying Boat base at Halavo Bay, Solomon Islands viewed from the wing of PBY-5 Catalina XX-T NZ 4017. XX-F NZ 4007 is in the bacground. Halavo Seaplane Base was built in December of 1942 and was a maintenance base for PBY’s in the Solomon Islands. RNZAF 6 Squadron conducted its first patrol from Halavo on Christmas Day 1943.   Original (5000 x 3944)

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Saturday Night Sirens: RUDOLPH BELARSKI (1900-1983) noted for “pulp fiction” and paperback detective images. more art and info on Two-Fisted Tales of True-Life Weird Romance!

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Special thanks this week to: drtuesdaygjohnson, fuckyeahtattoos, mpdrolet, thewidowflannigan, mudwerks, and x-ray delta one


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.