Maritime Monday for November 7, 2011; Return from Sabbatical Edition
M/V Seawell in Aberdeen Harbour
I’ve been doing a series of promo/documentation shot for Fugro Survey AS. Who said that being on a seismic ship did not enable to get some more “artistic shots” ? On the North Sea, you can get some interesting sceneries.
Useful trades in England 1829; 1829 – see the set
Derbyshire to Devonshire – Part 12: “Hutchinson’s Britain Beautiful” magazine. Edited by Walter Hutchinson in about 48 fortnightly parts, which could be bound into volumes in the cover of your choice. Published by Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, London. 1920’s
The vessel is the first of its kind to have been discovered relatively intact and dates from a series of attempts by Kublai Khan, emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, to subjugate Japan between 1274 and 1281.
Researchers have previously only been able to recover anchor stones and cannonballs from the scattered wrecks of the Mongol fleets and they believe that this latest find will shed new light on the maritime technology of the day.
The warship was located with ultrasonic equipment about 3 feet beneath the seabed at a depth of 75 feet. The archeological team, from Okinawa’s University of the Ryukus, had been carrying out a search of the waters around Takashima Island, in Nagasaki Prefecture, because the area had yielded other items from Mongol ships.
We are the 99% on Deep Sea News
For more details of the story behind this album see
Miss Ripley’s WW1 postcard album on What’s This Picture
Armies of Europe (1890) – Fedor von KoÌˆppen
Puffin Books 229 – C S Lewis – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Published 1965; reprint 1974 – Cover Artist: Pauline Baynes
Cartoon “The Blockade On The Connecticut Plan” 1862
The artist ridicules the government’s early efforts to overhaul and augment a somewhat outdated Union fleet to blockade Southern ports and effectively defend against Confederate privateers and blockade-runners. Navy Secretary Gideon Welles of Connecticut is disparaged as two Union vessels–essentially wooden washtubs armed with small cannons–try to block the path of a sleek Confederate steamer, the “Nashville.”
The first Union vessel, the “Cambridge” (left), has a stove on which a large kettle boils. Its captain addresses the “Nashville’s” crew, “Ship ahoy! Heave to, and surrender!! Don’t you see that the Department’ have bought and fitted up this magnificent vessel, on purpose to catch you?” …
An ocean in the making, in the Ethiopian desert: The Afar RIft »
Plate tectonics is not a spectator activity. The Afar Depression, for example, pulls apart at the staggering rate of less than an inch per year. Given 30 million years, however, even slow progressions such as this one can produce dramatic results.
The Arabian and African Plates meet in the Afar Desert in Northern Ethiopia, and in 2005 a 10-day period of seismic activity led to a 35 mile rift that is over 20 feet wide at certain points. The eruption of Dabbahu, a volcano at the northern edge of the rift, signaled the start of a series of volcanic breaches in the Earth’s crust that shot magma and clouds of ash into the sky and sent earthquakes throughout the region.
Researchers have taken particular interest in the Afar Rift because of new studies indicating that changes observed there mimic those that occur in ocean formation thousands of miles below sea-level. Indeed, it is now believed that within the next million years the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden will both pour into the Depression and meet, creating a new ocean in what is now desert.
Scientists hope that by studying the Rift they might gain insight into processes that have, up until this point, been shrouded in mystery. Activity in underwater mantle usually occurs too deep in the ocean to be monitored by current technology, and already the data from the 2005 eruptions have challenged theories as to how oceans were created.
“Bookmaker at Epsom Derby, 1933”
Bill Brandt: a life – Google Books Result: – “…Another fertile seam for Brandt appears in his ‘Sailor Cox’ picture from the 1933 Derby: … The bookie Sailor Cox stands in uniform like a captain on his bridge…”
PCBs are nasty pollutants—they mess with hormones and have been linked to cancer—but until they were banned in 1977, dumping them in US rivers was a common practice for companies like GE. While plenty of wildlife suffered from ingesting PCBs, some fish in the Hudson and other be-sludged rivers evolved an immunity to the poisons, a intriguing example of quick adaptation that scientists have been watching with interest. A recent Economist article focusing on this research describes the fascinating genetic ju-jitsu that allows fish in the Hudson and in the harbor at New Bedford, MA, to keep themselves alive in PCB-contaminated waters.
“Wolftrap Anglerfish” – Galatheathauma axeli (now Thaumatichthys axeli)
Check out that hanging thing inside this fish’s mouth. Unlike the other anglerfish, which have their bioluminescent lures on a fishing-rod sort of protuberance attached to their head, the Thaumatichthys spp. all have their lures dangling from the front of their top jaws.
They’re just aquatic mousetraps attached to stomachs!
The Galathea Deep Sea Expedition, 1950-1952. Translated from Danish by Reginald Spink
HMS Ark Royal 1941
Sinking in the Mediterranean sea Nov. 14, 1941. Taken by my father, a Marine on board HMS Malaya. Only one fatality occurred during this incident, that of Able Seaman Mitchell who was killed at the time the ship was hit by the torpedo. All other hands were saved. Many of the 1,487 survivors being taken on to HMS Legion who can be seen attending the Ark Royal in this set.”
Escape from Sub, artist- Paul Dudley ‘Boy’s Life’ 1942 – posted by x-ray delta one
Frigate Jylland; ship’s bottom and rudder/propeller arrangement, diameter: 4,8 meters
Frigate Jylland; open gun deck. Take note of the massive funnel, which under sail can be lowered.
Many more photos of this incredible ship here »
Researchers at the University of Rennes in France have put together all the experimental and theoretical evidence they could muster, and they’re pretty sure they know exactly what this sunstone was. It was, in fact, a transparent calcite crystal known as Iceland spar. It’s found all over its namesake country, and Vikings could have used it to depolarize light, which means the crystal is able to split light along different axes. Viking sailors simply had to place a dot on the top of the crystal and then look up at it from below…
sovietpostcards: Karl Melbarzdis — Gurzuf. House of Anton Chekhov (1955)
In 1896, acclaimed author H.G. Wells released his novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau, a chilling tale that was equally disturbing and controversial. Since then, Hollywood has consistently tried to bring the story to the screen, often with mixed to mediocre to flat out awful results. One of these films, however, serves the original story justice while at the same time existing on its own merits and that film is 1933’s Island of Lost Souls.
A long thought lost classic from the beginnings of the sound era (resurrected and brought to the High Def world by the always wonderful Criterion Collection), Island of Lost Souls is a tremendous horror/thriller that manages to work on one level as a genre picture, but also has a layer of social commentary that touches on some subjects that is still to this day a bit taboo, making it even more so in the 30’s when it was released, leading to its often banned status in several countries across the world.
A new iceberg is forming in western Antarctica — set to break off from the Pine Island Glacier — and it’s a big one. When the massive chunk of ice is finally fully separated from its even more massive parent chunk of ice, it will measure about 308 square miles, scientists say, about the same size as New York City.
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‘Whisky’ the cat, pet and mascot of HMS Duke of York – This photograph is featured in Arctic Convoys, a new photographic exhibition looking at the experiences of those who served on the Arctic Convoys. It’s on at the National Maritime Museum until March 2012, www.nmm.ac.uk/convoys/
Arctic Convoys set on National Maritime Museum’s flickr site
The vice-regal family at the celebrations for the arrival of the first Royal Australian Navy, in the grounds of Government House, Sydney, 1913. The steam yacht on the right, the Comet, was sent as the representative of the German Navy. From the collections of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au
R.M.M.V. Carnarvon Castle “Famous British Liners” – W.D. & H.O. Wills – 1930’s
New York City plans to turn part of the Staten Island waterfront into a port or other maritime business under a proposal launched on Friday.
The city issued a request for expressions of interest for developing a 33-acre waterfront site in the western section of Staten Island, one of its five boroughs.
The site includes a 2,000 foot stretch of shoreline along the Arthur Kill Channel, a busy shipping channel. While the New Jersey side of the channel has already been developed by industry, the Staten Island section still has salt marshes.
One possible hitch is that the Arthur Kill Channel is only 35 feet deep. The Port Authority is now dredging New York Harbor to a depth of 50 feet so that the new generation of large ships can sail in its waters.
Bad Medicine for Big Bombers; 1942 – posted by x-ray delta one
“What are you going to do about your tattoos when you’re older?!”
“…dunno mate, probably grow an epic beard and hangout with other badass tattooed dudes and generally look awesome. What are you going to do when you just look like every other old bastard?”
“I fucking love when I see old guys with tattoos. There was a 90 year old man at my old job with full sleeves. One day I sat down with him and he told me where, and the story behind all of his tattoos. <3 Best day at work ever.”
Gary and Dell’s Thai Crab House, Route 97
north of Westminster, Maryland USA
Nov 3, 2011
David Attenborough’s latest nature documentary, Frozen Planet, will be heading to the Discovery Channel in Spring 2012. But if you can’t wait until then, we have put together a gallery of images and found some clips that are sure to get you excited for this extraordinary series.
Filmed by BBC’s Natural History Unit and from the makers of The Blue Planet (2001) and Planet Earth (2006), Frozen Planet is a seven-part series focusing on life in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Baltimore, Maryland. 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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