Maritime Monday; week ending July 10, 2011
HMS Implacable first saw service in the Napoleonic Wars. It was originally a French ship, captured in the last action of the Trafalgar Campaign in 1805. The stern gallery shown here is on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in the UK.
- Intricate Ship Sterns: Art on the Ocean on Dark Roasted Blend
L: Spicy Adventure Stories, RT: Cover of Thrilling Adventures – via theticketthatexploded
The title says it all. If you are at all interested in this war, time period, or what have you, then I highly suggest picking up Ian Toll’s book, Six Frigates. He gives an excellent, rousing account of the Quasi-War and the War of 1812. Click the title to go to the original post from the Naval History Blog.
National Geographic 1972 – via sailorjunkers
Taking place in our temporary, pop-up venue, Solomon Monk’s Pump House, Metal presents Shorelines: The World’s First Literature Festival of the Sea – a small, powerful, intelligent and thought-provoking festival celebrating some of the great writing across the ages that has the sea as a central theme. Curated by acclaimed writer, poet and performer, Lemn Sissay and artist and writer, Rachel Lichtenstein to provoke discussion, re-awaken senses, excite the adventurous spirit and discover new and classic texts about the sea.’
Former W.Va. lawyer works to preserve Pilgrim history
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A lawyer who once practiced in West Virginia is now working to preserve the early history of the Pilgrims and Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
Michael Farber works with people who recently built an exact replica of the Elizabeth Tilley, a shallop used by Pilgrims after they landed on Cape Cod back in 1620.
“The Elizabeth Tilley was a work boat Pilgrims used to do their trading around Cape Cod Bay. It was 40 feet long and single-masted,” said Farber, who now lives in Cape Cod. “The Mayflower was huge, weighing 180 tons. Cape Cod Bay is relatively shallow. This is the type of boat the Pilgrims used.”
The original Elizabeth Tilley was stowed on the Mayflower on its 1620 voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Stored in pieces, the shallop was reassembled to explore the Cape after the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown.
The Graving Dock – bottom of Graving Dock 5, Old Brooklyn Navy yard on NY TUGMASTER’S WEBLOG
Sailing ships by Geo. W. Blow, from The Daily Mail Annual for Boys and Girls – undated, inscription 1949.
The Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for its circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. She was originally known as the Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578, as he prepared to enter the Strait of Magellan, calling it the Golden Hind to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose armorial crest was a golden ‘hind’ (the heraldic term for a female deer). Hatton was one of the principal sponsors of Drake’s world voyage.
The SS Solon Turman, a 960-foot long cargo ship that had been rotting away in Suisun Bay for years, sits on blocks in a Mare Island drydock in Vallejo, Calif. awaiting recycling on February 18, 2011. The Turman is the first ship from the nearby Mothball Fleet to be recycled locally. Most of the other ships have been recycled in Brownsville, Texas.
San Jose Mercury News: From ship to scrap (click through for video report)
There is nothing easy — or pretty — about disposing of an old ship.
Call it scrapping. Or recycling. Or ship-breaking. By any name, what is taking place slowly at a dry dock at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard is gritty, loud work.
For the first time in decades, a decommissioned ship from the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet is being scrapped on the West Coast. What was once the SS Solon Turman — a 9,520-ton, 690-foot cargo ship built in 1961 — is now a shrinking cadaver.
Its ribs were showing last week; its bow, decks, holds and nearly all its superstructure have disappeared. The tops of tanks that once contained bunker fuel to drive its massive engines were ripped off, revealing thick, black gunk that is heated to liquefy it before it is pumped away for disposal as a hazardous material.
Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) via sovietpostcards
WW2 Air Raids Affected the Weather
Allied bombing raids leaving from Britain seem to have affected the local climatic conditions. Rob MacKenzie, now at the University of Birmingham, and Roger Timmis of the British Environment Agency looked at weather records from 1943 to 1945 and found that after massive air raids the areas the planes flew over were cooler than similar areas nearby.
“Witnesses to the huge bombing formations recall that the sky was turned white by aircraft contrails,” said MacKenzie in a Wiley-Blackwell press release.
“It was apparent to us that the Allied bombing of WW2 represented an inadvertent environmental experiment on the ability of aircraft contrails to affect the energy coming into and out of the Earth at that location,” MacKenzie said.
- see also: Physics Debunks Baseball Myths
Fightin’ Navy Comics no 77; Charlton Comics, October 1956.
TÃ©lÃ©phone Homard Dalinesque – Deux versions
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110704.html (click to see larger version)
Southern Ocean Sky
Image Credit & Copyright: Alex Cherney (Terrastro); Music: Redmann
Explanation: Clouds and sky both show illuminating changes during this time lapse video from the south of Australia. In the foreground are scenes visible over a rocky coastline toward the Southern Ocean. Dark clouds flow across the sky, sometimes from different directions, sometimes blocking background starlight, but other times causing stars to appear to flare as they move in front. In the first sequence, looking toward the southwest, a nearly vertical band of zodiacal light is seen at sunset just before the band of the Milky Way Galaxy appears to settle into the sea. Soon the unusual dark patch of the Coal Sack Nebula can be seen on the Milky Way band, near the famous Southern Cross. Later, looking toward the southeast at about 2:10 in the video, Orion can be seen rising appearing nearly perpendicular to how it rises in northern skies. The composite video, winner of an award STARMUS astrophotography competition, took over a year to compile in 2009 and 2010 from over 30 hours of exposure.
The Rocket Warship; see full size: Amazing Stories, May, 1944 – via thegildedcentury
Introducing: the new Scientific American blog network!
Yes!!! It finally happened! The shiny new Scientific American blog network is now live! We are excited to announce that 39 new blogs joined the network
Many of you (may already be) familiar with the eight blogs we’ve already had on the site for a while (Observations, Expeditions, Guest Blog, Solar At Home, Anecdotes From The Archive, Extinction Countdown, Bering In Mind, and Cross-Check).
H.M.T.S. Monarch with the California-Hawaii telephone cable: Manufactured by Submarine Cables Ltd. (2030 nm) and Simplex Wire & Cable Co. (2380 nm), the 1957 telephone cable from California to Hawaii was commissioned by AT&T and the Hawaiian Telephone Co., and was laid by CS Monarch (4) and CS Ocean Layer.
Monarch commenced laying the cable from Point Arena (San Francisco) on 11 July 1957, and after laying 1900 miles met in mid-ocean with Ocean Layer, which put down the remaining 665 miles of cable into Hanauma Bay on Oahu. The first message through the cable was sent on 3 August 1957, and the ships then laid the eastbound cable, completing the installation in the Autumn of 1957.
Angelsey [Wales]; Antiently called Mona. DeÅ¿cribed 1608
BibliOdyssey: John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine is one of the world’s great cartographic treasures. Published in 1611/12, it marked the first time that comprehensive plans of English and Welsh counties and towns were made available in print. A slice of Tudor and Jacobean life in miniature, its influence was so great that it was used by armies on both sides of the English Civil War.
The Cutty Sark and The Days of Sail – By Frank G.G. Carr. Produced by Pitkin Pictorials
The National Maritime Museum: Time and a Place: The National Maritime Museum’s £35m extension reconciles the rich architectural heritage of its Greenwich home with the need to provide thoroughly modern facilities. Building celebrates a building firmly anchored to its surroundings
Architects Purcell Miller Tritton and CF MÃ¸ller have just completed a £35m extension to the National Maritime Museum: the Sammy Ofer Wing. “Obviously we were conscious of the world class location and heritage,” explains PMT project architect Elizabeth Smith, “but we remained committed to our core concepts, which were to present the museum with a new facade onto Greenwich Park, to provide a clearer link between the main museum and the Royal Observatory, to deliver contemporary architecture that was sensitive to its historic surroundings and to provide up-to-date facilities that allow visitors to experience the full breadth of what the museum can offer.”
creatures of the deep on Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook
this one laid in harbor mud, was salvaged, and now is the Waterfront Museum, the host of the Creatures of the Deep art show. Curated by Karen Gersch, the show is currently on view until August 22. The Artists’ Reception will be on July 22 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
An absolutely gorgeous mid-career Wellge birdseye of Norfolk, Virginia finds him at the height of his craft.
Easily one of my favorite birdseye maps. The sprawling harbor seems regal and stately; the layout and proportions are perfect.
For more map resources and imagery from this period in Norfolk’s history, check out the Virginia Historical Society’s website.
The 5th International Marine Show, that is one of the leading shipbuilding shows in the world, finished its work. 350 enterprises from 28 countries (67 of them are foreign) took part in the exposition. Participants placed their items in pavilions with the total area of 13,000 sq.metres, in open exhibition areas, in the water area at moorings of the maritime passenger terminal and near the exhibition complex. Among participants there were all leading companies of the maritime industry of Russia. Manufactures of assembling equipment, devices, electronic components, informational technologies and dual-use goods occupied the most territory of the exhibition. 55 separate delegations from 47 countries also came to the show. 2 Defense Ministers, 7 Chiefs of the Navy and other high-ranking officials were included in these delegations. 496 journalists from 148 medias reported about the event. More than 29,000 professionals worked over the show.
Judy Joins the WAVES (1951) was a give-away comic published by Toby Press, and distributed by the U.S. Navy. The WAVES were a World War II-era division of the U.S. Navy that consisted entirely of women. The name of this group is an acronym for “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service”
1931; USS Constitution Navy Yard, Boston
First time in 32 years has the capstan pulled the anchor up as it did years ago. (glass negatives)
Anton Otto Fischer; Your 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Picture of the Day on Michael May
OneEighteen has posted some new photos – Outbound, Houston Ship Channel. 8 second exposure
Lock City – Vintage postcard folder from Soo, Michigan – dated 1948
This Week’s Mystery Photo
‘Deep Sea Diving’ Cigarette Cards c.1930s on howtobearetronaut (49 images)
1905 swimming St Michel – vintage postcard
Deep Sea News – Why an Octopus is more awesome than your Mom
Maritime Monday is compiled by Monkey Fist
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 and The Scuttlefish
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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