Maritime Monday 246 for January 9, 2011

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Eric Zener’s Underwater Paintings via m-memeng

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ATTENTION USA – War News Fresh From The Front…

Drawn by my father while he was aboard the minesweeper USS Hamilton (DD-141) during World War II – see full size

Big Dudes with Big Noses : an Interview with Drew Weing – One of the most visually breathtaking comics we’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, you might be surprised to learn that Drew Weing’s original intentions for Set to Sea were for it to be a casually-minded side-project in which he could (in his own words) “knock out one panel every day”. The story of a gargantuan poet – whose nautical dreams turn to nightmares after he’s shanghaied into labour aboard a merchant ship – originally appeared on Weing’s website, and has just received a much-deserved (and rather handsome) hardcover release via Fantagraphics.

Three Lascars of the Viceroy of India standing behind the wheel of one of the ship’s tenders. The RMS Viceroy of India was an ocean liner that was owned and operated by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Ltd. of Great Britain. During World War II she was converted to and used as a troopship. The Viceroy of India was sunk in November 1942 by German U-boat U-407.

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Bitter End Blog: Homeslice Prat Peterson, the last whaler, Richmond CA

Prior posts have included information on my home town, Richmond, CA.  It was the site of the last commercial whaling in the United States. On January 1, 2011, Monkey Fist over at Adventures of the Blackgang, posted a picture of Humpback being “processed,” at Pt. Molate. That pic is here.

imageI wrote Monkey Fist to inform her that my sister’s best friend in school, (Terri Peterson’s) father had been the harpooner on that ship, and that as kids we’d go down to the dock to watch them “process” the whales.  My Dad used to be in contact with the ship via Ham Radio, and we knew when she was coming in.  Monkey Fist lead me to the series of photos (via KQED that included Prat above.

The KQED series is here.

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Never Sea Land: Mission to the West Coast’s Last Whaling Station – Inspired by posts from blog-pals  Monkey Fist’s Adventures of the Blackgang and Capt. Richard Rodriguez (Bitter End Blog), the NSL investigative team of David and Char decided to see for ourselves what might be left of the whaling station at Point San Pablo, a 75 minute drive north of where we live.

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Walrus killed in Franklin Pierce Bay – George White 1875

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ship’s cats, HMS Hawkins c.1919-21

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The Bishop Rock lighthouse, Isles of Scilly, Englandphoto by Ian Cowe

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This needs to be updated to include “Biblical Flooding” via fuckyeahcartography

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Australian flooding – The Big Picture – Boston.com – Rodney Dowton ferries a boatload of kangaroos through floodwaters near Wellington, Australia. (AP Photo)

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Drawings of the Amistad Prisoners, New Haven 22 pencil drawings by William H. Townsend (1822-1851)

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Visual Distress Signal Demonstration; NY’s Governors Island Harbor School

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School (NYHS) is a public high school located on Governors Island. This school is unique in the city in that it attempts to relate every aspect of its curriculum to the water. The school is part of the Urban Assembly network of 21 college-prep schools in New York City.
A stated focus of the school is to continue to work with organizations such as Waterkeeper and the Governors Island Alliance to ensure the improvement of the harbor.  more on Wiki

photo by Bowsprite

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This originally came from the P&O ferry Strathlairg and is now exhibited in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

A Loudaphone. Yes, you heard me – a LOUDAPHONE! Manufactured by those fine upstanding young men (and very possibly women) at Clifford & Snell Ltd, Sutton, Surrey, England in 1951. Hear, Hear, I say!  –by An Gobán Saor

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The Three Stooges; cavorting with sailors (click thru for set)

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marlinspike instruction, or what knot to do (full size)

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(via thingsihappentolike)

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You’re Gonna Cry 96 Tentacles…

It is very rare in nature to find octopuses with extra tentacles, but in December 1998, a common octopus was captured in Matoya Bay, Japan, which had a whopping 96 tentacles.

The unusual octopus had the normal 8 appendages attached to the body, but each one of those branched out to form the extra tentacles. The specimen survived for five months after its capture, and even laid eggs, which hatched into normal 8 tentacled octopi. Upon its death, the 96-tentacled octopus was preserved and now remains on permanent display at the Shima Marineland Aquarium in Shima, Japan.

(via fuckyeahsquids)

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On the Deck of the Leviathan (SS Great Eastern) 1857 – by Robert Howlett

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Oranda-sen – woodblock of a Dutch ship made in Nagasaki; mid 19thC

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Baron Renfrew Timber Ship (Timber Drogher) 1825

A four-masted barque built of wood in 1825 by Charles Wood, Anse du Fort, Quebec. Dimensions 92,65×18,59×10,36 meters [304’×61’×34′] and tonnage 5294 GRT. Built of mostly square timbers with the intention of being taken apart at the arrival at the destination and sold for her timbers.

1825 June – Launched at the shipyard of Charles Wood, Anse du Fort, Isle of Orleans, Quebec, with 4000 tons of timber already onboard. A previous attempt had failed when the grease on the launching ways was consumed by fire caused by the friction.

1825 October 27 – Wrecked on the Goodwin Sands with a pilot onboard and under tow by two tugs

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dee st mural dedicated to those who lost their lives; from the Harland & Wolff flickr set

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Black Eagle Wharf with the schooner Express of Alnmouth 1856-60

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I totally want to go drinking here: The riverside tavern Prospect of Whitby on Wapping Wall c 1890 . A Blackgang reader left this comment:

“Its a good pub with a GREAT view. There’s still a jibbet outside. Very old. See THAMES FILM by William Raban (BFI films)

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Whistles on the Steam tug Adelaar  (28 images) by Michiel2005

Built: 1925 by N.V. werf Hubertina v.h W.H. Jacobsachinefabriek, Haarlem Holland Gross tonnage: 20 ton – Length: 20.10 m. – Beam: 5.10 m. – Draft loaded: 2.00 m.

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oneblackline – ‘Skyscraper’ fishermen’s sheds, the Stade, Hastings, Sussex, 1956

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L’Arsenale: Vista dell’Arsenale dalla Vespucci – La Spezia, Liguria, ITALY – photo by Lorenzo Mainardisee also: Amerigo Vespucci

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Photo: Spending an afternoon in Scheveningen: Plimsoll line on the Nova Florida

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evsboats: Brigitte Bardot aboard her Riva Junior runabout, 1968. I think this picture is from the memoir of Gigi Rizzi, an Italian playboy who dated Bardot at the time. They spent a lot of time on the water in St Tropez. Perhaps not for long, though; Rizzi famously declared that Bardot changed Rivas with every new boyfriend.

A little more about these times and the storied Riva boat company here.

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A small vessel on the stocks at Yarrow’s Yard about 1895

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Water Wench Wednesday for January 5th, 2010 now on Scuttlefish

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Albatross!! Eleazar Albin – A Natural History of Birds, 1731, London

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Annual Lobster Festival, Maine, USA, 1952 – Vintage National Geographic Scans

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An English Tattooing Family Dynasty: Bristol Tattooing Club, 1955; Showing off their new lip tats – Skuse Family History In Pictures

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Vintage Labels 1900-1950 – Mariner Brand


imageMonkey 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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