Maritime Monday — America the Slut

Week Ending July 3rd, 2011

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“I’ll force you to Obedience you Rebellious Slut”
“Liberty Liberty for ever Mother while I exist”

Yes, that’s right.  You just saw a 1776 cartoon of Britannia calling America a slut – Toons Gone Feral

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Busy scene at Liverpool Pier Head Jun 64 – Seacombe Ferry “Leasowe” (far left) nearing Liverpool Pier Head with two IOM Ships – “Lady of Mann” (distant) and “Manxman” (close) – photo by David Christie, taken on June 24, 1964 in Liverpool, England, GB.  See full size and more

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Tor Hates Cephalopods on Michael May’s Adventure blog (click thru to see full comic)

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Safety First!

file under “situational awareness” – via novocainelipstick

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The steam examination for masters and mates, as required by the local marine board, (with illustrated diagrams), showing all the internal and external arrangement of boilers, engines, common and compound, adapted to the wants of those who know nothing about the engine. By the Preparer for the Liverpool Examination.

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Two Alphonse Mucha style mermaids I got with the amazing Kate from Inka in Brighton. For my second tattoo this was quite a big one and it was fair to say I was a little nervous, but Kate made it a really great experience despite the pain! Took about 8/9 hours in total and I LOOOOOOOOVE them! fuckyeahtattoos

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photo by Horace Roye c. 1950’s – via hoodoothatvoodoo

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His pieces are made of salvaged wood. His work consist of colored bit and pieces of wood nailed together to form an image.  They aren’t repainted in order to fit his work. With these found pieces he compiles these enormous reliefs of sometimes everyday objects he finds interesting. These sculptures are usually in extreme perspective and he uses this to his advantage.

more on Les’ Illustration Concepts; (bottom of the page) ♣RON van der ENDE (About) more photos

Science is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve

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A pioneer in the realm of natural science films, who aimed to entertain as well as instruct (outraging the purists by so doing), Jean Painlevé, along with his partner Geneviève Hamon, made over 200 films of mysterious nature in all its squirming, twitching, teeming, lubricious glory.

Set to a range of musical accompaniment (Love Life of the Octopus sounds like Delia Derbyshire and the BBC radiophonic workshop let loose with their oscillators on an episode of Life on Earth), they are eccentric, delightful, and have an eye to the poetry of events.

This selection is filled with magical moments – acera bobbing though the water like angels in a quattrocento fresco, a shrimp shedding its casing ‘like a ghost emerging from its diaphanous cloak”, a male seahorse expelling its young, or (to a Duke Ellington number), a grimacing vampire bat suckling blood from a guinea pig; this last film gaining allegorical resonance from being made at the end of WWII.  (via tanuchi)

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incurable:  The Asian Giant Softshell Turtle looks like a cross between a pancake and obesity.

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British War-time Greeting Card Depicting Dogs Dressed In Uniform Having A Pint At The Barvia briganda-omalley

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When boys go out to party. – comicallyvintage

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Stamps showing Battle of the Saintes (12 April 1782)

The Battle of the Saintes (known to the French as the Battle of Dominica) took place over 4 days, 9 April 1782 – 12 April 1782, during the American War of Independence, and was a victory of a British fleet under Admiral Sir George Rodney over a French fleet under the Comte de Grasse forcing the French and Spanish to abandon a planned invasion of Jamaica.

On the stamp block from left to right: Magnanime (F), Aimable (F), HMS Duke (B), Glorieux (F), HMS Agamemnon (B),  HMS Formidable (B); Ville de Paris (F), Namur (B), HMS Canada (B), HMS Albans (B), Hector (F).  via

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Thrilling Wonder Stories; Hazard to Navigation – via x-ray delta one

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Royal Navy’s former flagship HMS Ark Royal could become the largest artificial reef in Europe

A group of professional divers is working on a scheme to acquire the 20,000 ton vessel from the Ministry of Defence and scuttle her as an artificial reef off Torbay.

Michael Byfield and James Doddrell, from Torbay, believe turning the former Portsmouth-based ship into a reef could bring £40m into the Devon economy, creating the largest artificial shipwreck reef in Europe. It would mean towing the vessel to a port to be stripped and made clean enough to be sunk.

(Heh. The Argentine Navy had the same idea back in 1982)

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Floating Fortresses; U.S. Battleships At War – vintage small-format children’s book, published by Rand McNally, Chicago, 1942. Cover art by Herbert Rudeen.  —posted by PopKulture

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Ship Spotting Beach Babes — see full image on schundundschmutz (nsfw)

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mabelmoments: Picture: LAURENTIU GAROFEANU/ BARCROFT MEDIA – More pics of these two here.

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John Newton Hewitt (artist) 1885-1958; MORE via briganda-omalley

Illustrator and landscape painter John Newton Howitt (1885-1958) was born in White Plains, New York. His is the classic case of an artist torn between the divergent worlds of commercial and fine art and between what he considered the higher and lower levels of commercial illustration. After a successful career in major magazine illustration, he was forced by the Depression to paint for the pulp magazines, which he disliked intensely. askart.com

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The Larboard WatchShip with Sails Furled and Arrow Pointing to the Right (1475-1485) by Netherlands artist “Master W with the Key.” Engraving on paper, 171 x 123 mm. In the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Cigarette Card – The Union Jack

Pattreiouex Cigarettes “Maritime Flags” (series of 26 issued in 1931)
#1 The Union Jack

Cigarette Card Back – Union Jack back

Pattreiouex Cigarettes “Maritime Flags” (series of 26 issued in 1931)
#1 The Union Jack

 

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Map of the Hudson River – Dutch Cartographer Johannes Vingboons made for us this map of the Hudson River from Albany, NY to its mouth astride the island of Manhattan in New York Harbor.

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Another New York Harbor Timelapse Video

from Control Geek; John Huntington’s Entertainment Technology Site

Christina, the great artist of Bowsprite fame, saw the quick little time lapse I shot from an office window last week, and suggested a great location for another time lapse, which we shot yesterday.

Unfortunately, my little Nikon P7000 crashed after a few hours, so I didn’t catch the sunset, but it’s fun anyway (next time I bring the DSLR).  Many more of my time lapses here.

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War Plan Red, aka The U.S. Invasion of Canada

from 5 Unfought Wars That Would Have Changed Everything

While Anglo-American relations may seem awesome now thanks to J. K. Rowling, Monty Python and Shaun of the Dead, the fact remains that the U.S. and UK spent a lot of time trying to kill each other before settling on their common interests. War Plan Red was America’s playbook for a worst-case military scenario with the entire United Kingdom: Britain, India, Canada, anywhere that flew the Union Jack.

By 1902, the U.S. had already fought two wars with England and nearly fought a third one in 1896. So when the UK established an alliance with our not-friends Japan, the U.S. government got a little jumpy. Things cooled off after WWI, but the U.S. Secretary of War and the Secretary of Navy nevertheless approved War Plan Red as late as 1930. Nobody thought we would ever use it until something kind of scary happened in 1937… there were rumors that King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom was pro-Nazi.

Invasion Routes to the U.S.,1940

JF Ptak Science Books  Post 1532

In the 27 May 1940 issue of Life magazine appeared an article on Franklin Roosevelt’s call to American action in constructing an entirely new air force.   For years the air corps arm of the American military lingered in a kind of low-numbers unresolved limbo–but by May of 1940, it became painfully obvious that something drastic must be done.  By this point the European War was about eight months old, and the possibility of Nazi victory looked very real.

Roosevelt and his advisers knew that America was headed into conflict, and knew that the country needed to get onto a war-time production basis. One way to begin preparations was for FDR to call for the increased production of the newest and one of the most important aspects of modern warfare, the airplane.  And not only an “increase” in production did the President call for, but a mountainous bump, an order of magnitude more in manufacturing of military planes…

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German submarine from the first world war found off Denmark’s west coast

A Danish commercial diver have succeeded locating the German submarine UC 30, the last submarine from WW1 157 km Southwest of the fishing port Thyborøn on the west coast of Jutland

“There is only missing about two yards of the front, and we can see that all the steel is bent outwards,” diver Gert Normann told the local station TV / MID-WEST, who happened to have an reporter on board the diving vessel Cable One when the uboat was found.

Divers will return
The divers believe that the remains of 23 of the 26 sailors are still on board. It will become clear when the divers will visit the wreck on their next trip in about a month.

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Being righted

in this shot the Empress of Canada has started to move from her watery grave and is about half way to being righted,you can clearly see the position of one of her funnels,everything other than her main superstructure has already been removed. –posted by Jibup

Original (2908 x 1933) – See also On her side

RMS Empress of Canada (1928), originally the Duchess of Richmond; served as troopship in World War II; renamed Empress of Canada in 1947; caught fire and capsized in Liverpool in 1953; scrapped the following year

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English Russia: Today we’ll have a chance to see the preparation for the maneuvers on gun support river motorboats that take place in the Caspian Sea (more) – See also: The Pride of the Russian Heavy Machinery

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Rage For Men: “….Sex-crazed Pirate Women!” – on grottu

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Scottish plant closes as jellyfish swarm clogs up filters

By Mark Brown for WIRED UK – A nuclear power plant in Scotland has been forced to shut down two reactors after a swarm of jellyfish clogged up a cooling water pool and its filters.

EDF Energy’s Torness plant in East Lothian remains offline as workers attempt to fish out the nuisance invertebrates from the filters. The plant was shut down manually as a precautionary measure, and EDF says the critters proved no danger to the public.

It’s a relatively rare occurrence in Britain, but quite a common problem around the world, including Japan.

Earlier this month the marine animals bombarded a seawater cooling pipe at a Japanese nuclear power plant, forcing the station to lower its generation capacity. Not very handy as utility firms struggle to meet demand after the shutdown of Fukushima.

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L: Time and tide wait for no man RT: Faint heart never won fair lady
John Bewick, from Proverbs in Verse, by John Trusler, London, 1811
archive.org via oldbookillustrations

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Evening Luau | Carlton Originalsvia sailorjunkers

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imageThe S.S. PORTLAND; Steamer that Started the Alaska Gold Rush!

On July 17, 1897, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle from Alaska with 68 miners and a cargo of “more than a ton of solid gold” from the banks of the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This set off a rush to Alaska and an era of prosperity in King County that lasted for more than a decade.

People were immediately infected with Klondike Fever. By 9:30 a.m. the city’s downtown streets were so crowded with people that some streetcars were forced to stop running. Seattle Times reporters, longshoremen, and others quit their jobs on the spot and looked for passage to Alaska.

keep reading on Cruising the Past

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via mudwerks

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl_onFMjJWA&hl=en&hd=1]
Music by Yuval Ron.

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Interlude de la Artsy-Fartsy

The Scuttlefish: “Selections from the film Proteus, a documentary concerning the life, work, and philosophy of Ernst Haeckel, a 19th century naturalist. The film tells of the man’s character and influences while using his detailed engravings of Radiolaria, single celled marine organisms, to make animated progressions…”

Click thru the video to YouTube for more clips about Ernst Haeckel.

If you already know about Haeckel, it’s a visually cute high speed tiptoe thru the tulip catalog.  If you don’t know about Haeckel, go freakin look the man up on wikipedia, do a Google Image search,  and for chrissakes, try to keep yourself an interesting person.

It’s worth the effort and your crew mates will thank you.

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Octopus marginatus lives for art, and you’re fucking with his flow so stop walking back and forth, god damnit how is he supposed to concentrate on his piece?!

video link and viewer criticism via rhamphotheca

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msbehavoyeur: July 4th, The day we celebrate ~ Vintage Postcard via

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Starks of Dunbar advert – 1932

Many will recall Starks of Dunbar – latterly as a bus operator as a subsidiary of the Scottish Bus Group – but they also had ‘shipping’ interests as the advert shows. I seem to recall that one of their Bedford OB buses had a Ford Marine engine fitted – taken from one of the launches shown!  see full size

see also: Aircraft of World War One – illustrated by A N Wolstenholme, 1958