Maritime Monday; Sept 5, 2011

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Would you like Friesland with that?


Mark Polk grabs a couple of lines from a docking tanker by OneEighteen
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Japanese Nagato class battleship undergoing major reconstruction

The Nagato-class battleships were two battleships (Nagato and Mutsu) of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The name Nagato comes from the Nagato province. They were the first battleships to be built entirely in Japan. They were the first battleships in the world to mount 16 inch (410 mm) guns and were considered as the Japanese navy equivalents of the British Navy’s ‘Queen Elizabeth’ class battleships. At the time of their completion in 1920-21, their armament, armor, and speed made them the most powerful capital ships in the world.  more »

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Battlewagons!! – A gun from the Mutsu on display at the Yamato Museum in Kure, Japan


Menu Card Mail Steamer “Pretoria” – Hamburg-American Line; March 29, 1903 – full


Sailing Ship – Edward Vischer Drawings, Photographs and Other Material


Schooner Ardelle Tattoo By Tattoo Artist Paul Slifer by Joey Ciaramitaro
Fishermen Tattoos (Set: 37)


London Sound Survey

Just like Being There time! A sound map of London’s waterways. Just click on a destination to get those day or nighttime loveable cockney sounds. No sign of Dick Van Dyke or Miss Poppins unfortunately, but feel free to sing along with excerpts of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as needed.


The forgotten wreck… USS Utah, Pearl Harbour

While everyone knows about the wreck of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, most people forget that another sunken ship remains in situ still bearing the remains of some 50-odd of her crew killed when the ship was lost on 7 December 1941. That ship is the USS Utah, a former battleship converted to a target ship and sunk by the Japanese who apparently took her for an active battleship. The wreck was never raised and remains where she sank, off-limits to most visitors to Pearl, but a memorial site nonetheless.  –posted by umbry101

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Original (1000 x 645) – Greetings from Providence, Rhode Island


left: Kings Specialities Tradecard – Unrecorded History; King’s Specialites of Newcastle & Edinburgh (Foods) – “Unrecorded History” (series of 37 issued in 1915) – King’s shops issued these cards inside the products packets… so you can find cards with traces of flour and tea still on them! – right: The Modern Boy’s Comic “Album of Mechanical Wonders of 1935”Original (1713 x 1359)  —posted by cigcardpix


Princes Pier, Greemock, Renfrewshire, Scotland 1921
see also: Princes Pier 1800’sPrinces Pier 3Albert Harbour 1904



The paddle steamer at the pier is MacBrayne’s PS Glencoe which was the regular ship on the Mallaig – Kyle of Lochalsh – Portree route in the 1920s. In the days before Stagecoach buses and Scottish Citylink coaches, this steamer was how you got to Portree from the end of the railway at Mallaig or Kyle. Or you could walk.

more: MacBrayne’s Ships (Set: 484)


The Andy Stewart Songbook

The use of tartan patriotism and stereotypical Scottish humour, goes back to Sir Harry Lauder and music hall songs.

In the 1960s this strand was continued by the entertainer, Andy Stewart.He was born in Glasgow in 1933, the son of a teacher. He moved to Arbroath as a child, and then trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He had several hit singles – “Come in-Come in”, “A Scottish Soldier” (36 weeks in the UK Singles Chart in 1961), “Campbeltown Loch”, “The Muckin’ O’ Geordie’s Byre”, “The Road to Dundee”, “Tunes Of Glory”, and “Dr. Finlay” (1965).

He is also remembered for being the compere of the The White Heather Club. This was a BBC Scotland television programme that existed as an annual New Year’s Eve party (1957 – 1968), and also as a weekly early evening series (1960 – 1968). Donald Where’s Yer Troosers? was a hit in 1961   —more »


Never Trust an Undersea Prime Minister

Fury Comics: Science Comics was published by Fox Feature Syndicate, between February 1940 and issue #8 in September 1940. Navy Jones; pages 53 to 61


The Ethiopian Navy under Haile Selassie

After the end of World War II, Ethiopia was given control over Eritrea and its ports, allowing the creation an Ethiopian Navy.

In 1958, the Ethiopian Navy became a separate branch of the armed forces. Haile Selassie I appointed Norwegian naval officers to help organize a coastal navy. Also, a number of retired British naval officers acted as advisors and trainers until the advent of the Derg in 1974.

The Emperor also founded the Ethiopian Naval College, located in Asmera (now part of Eritrea). The education comprised a 52-month program of study. Some members of the navy also went on to study at Leghorn, Italy.

Celebrations for Ethiopian Navy Day were held in Massawa, such as the occasion in 1969 when the USS Forrest Royal (DD872) and ships from other nations observed the 1st graduation of new midshipmen; the Forrest Royal also hosted a celebration aboard ship which the Emperor attended. The Emperor was presented with a painting of the Forrest Royal at the celebration.

The former USS Orca (AVP-49), (above) a World War II-era Barnegat-class small seaplane tender launched in 1942 (similar to the USS Suisun), was transferred to Ethiopia in January 1962. It was re-christened as the Ethiopia (A 01), and served as a training vessel until the loss of the Red Sea coast to Eritrea in 1991. Though unserviceable, it escaped to Yemen, where it is presumed to have been sold for scrap.

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Aboard the motor ship Frieslandsee also brass detail


Passenger Ship Friesland, The Netherlandsmore photos on


Skûtsje (traditional Frisian ship) in Allingawier. Friesland, The Netherlands
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Skûtsjesilen Langwar

A skûtsje (pronounced ‘skootshuh’) is a Frisian sailing boat of the tjalk type, originally an ordinary cargo boat, but today a prized ship and one of the icons of Frisia (Friesland, or Fryslân in Frisian). Skûtsjes were built from the 18th century until about 1930, 12 to 20 m long and on average 3.5 m wide, with a maximum of 4 m (based on the standard dimensions of Frisian bridges and sluices).

Originally an old tradition between cargo skippers, skûtsjesilen has now become a sport. Every Summer the skûtsjes meet to race each other, and much store is set by winning, as the victor will be famous all over Fryslân. Many skûtsjes are supported by villages or municipalities (financially as well, for this is not a cheap hobby!) and sail for the honour of their home town.

See the flickr set posted by Davydutchy


Sailing on the Waddenzee

The history of the Spes Mea – The Spes Mea, a seafaring “tjalk” (a Dutch inland ship for low tides) from Groningen, was built in 1902 by commission of Jan Dost, at shipyard Boerema in Martenshoek (Closeby Hoogezand in Groningen). She was first let to water as a coastal sailing vessel of 91 GRT (Grosse Register Tonnage = 2.8 m3), transporting salt, lumber, coal and livestock to England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Because she sailed through the Baltic Sea (In Dutch: de Belten), she was nicknamed the “Beltvaarder” (vaarder = sailer). In other words, the Baltic Sailer.

Dutch Friesland-class destroyer HNLMS Friesland (1956)

The Friesland Class destroyers were built for the Royal Netherlands Navy in the 1950s. They were a larger modified version of the Holland class destroyer with more powerful machinery. Eight ships were built. They were replaced by the Kortenaer class frigates in the early 1980s and seven ships were sold to the Peruvian Navy where they served until 1991. Full resolution‎ (2,048 × 1,523 pixels)


1892; International Mercantile Marine Company operating a steamship line between New York and Antwerp


The Red Star dock in Antwerp

imageThe Waesland was a 25-year old vessel with a capacity of 1,620 passengers, of which 120 were first class and 1,500 third class. It had previously been the Russia of the Cunard Line and had been retrofitted for the immigrant trade. “The day of embarkation finds an excited crowd with heavy packs and heavier hearts, climbing the gangplank. An uncivil crew directs the bewildered travellers to their quarters, which in older ships are far too inadequate…”

Thirty-four year old Adriaan Bustraan and family (five boys, one girl, and one six-month pregnant wife) left Wemeldinge for Antwerp on April 4, 1892. There the family boarded the Red Star Waesland bound for New York.


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Fighting Undersea Commandos! #03 (Avon Comics, September 1952)
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The Black Reef Iron leeching from shipwreck destroys previously pristine coral reef

A scientific study published today at The ISME Journal shows that the shipwreck is releasing iron slowly into the surrounding waters, thus fertilizing the iron-poor waters of Kingman Reef and causing a population explosion of algae, and microbes. The result is the killing of one km of reef in less than three years.

To add insult to injury, a number of these ships sank on reefs that are pristine and protected by the U.S. as Marine National Monuments. In particular, the wrecks are within the 12-mile Wildlife Refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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The Atlantic Sea Serpent – Washington Post, January 21, 1942 – via thegildedcentury


Virgil Finlay cover – via grottu

Blackbeard: More Legend Than Fact on Deep Sea News

The pirate Blackbeard made a legendary name for himself by terrorizing those he encountered. Although he is the world’s most notorious pirate, he had a fairly short career. Blackbeard expert and Nautical Archaeologist David Moore recaps the career of Blackbeard, the world’s most notorious pirate.

My lifelong fascination with Blackbeard is not dampened in the least bit though. He remains the epitome of a pirate, as much to my 8 year old self as today!

See also: Hurricane Irene round-up »


Sea monster and giant robot by Ryan Heshka

Super Punch: The Man Ray is for an upcoming show at Copro. The giant robot is the cover of Cinelli’s cycling catalog. There are various Ryan Heshka prints on sale here.
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I took this picture of #22 in early summer at Lake Ozonia in the New York Adirondacks. I moved back to the North Country from Seattle in June. I made these changes to become Curator of Watercraft at the Antique Boat Museum, up on the St Lawrence River.

In coming days I will be catching up the feed by putting up pictures from the summer, about the boat museum, life on the river, etc. Along with, more interestingly, people and things I have come across related to maritime culture in contemporary design, art, and other subjects.

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Passenger List Pamphletfull size image

‘List of Second Cabin Passengers. United States Mail Steamer “St. Paul,” From Southampton for New York, Saturday, May 30th, 1896.’

Founded in 1871 in Philadelphia, the American Line generally operated between the United States ports of Philadelphia and New York City, and the British ports of Southampton and Liverpool. Her sister line, the Red Star Line, ran between Antwerp, Belgium and Philadelphia. Philadelphia shipyard William Cramp and Sons built most ships of the American Line.


April 1918 SS St. Paul – via

imageThe first USS Saint Paul (SP 1643) was a cruiser in the United States Navy. She was launched on 10 April 1895 by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a steel passenger liner , On 15 November 1899, St. Paul, enroute from New York to England with Guglielmo Marconi on board supervising the ship’s new wireless telegraph equipment, became the first liner to report her imminent arrival by radio.

She was then chartered for United States Navy service as an auxiliary cruiser from her owner, International Navigation Company and commissioned on 20 April 1898 for Spanish-American War service.

After service in the Spanish-American War, she was again taken over for wartime service on 27 October 1917. Operated by the United States Shipping Board as a transport on the War Department account, she retained her merchant crew and carried a naval armed guard on board. She made twelve voyages between New York and Liverpool, England. She was transferred to the Navy account in April 1918; designated SP-1643; and overhauled at New York. Then, while being towed to her berth from dry dock on 28 April, she capsized in the North River.

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image: S.S. St. Paul by Johnston, John S., photographer


USS Indiana BB-1

USS Indiana (Battleship No. 1) was the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time. Authorized in 1890 and commissioned five years later, she was a small battleship, though with heavy armor and ordnance. The ship also pioneered the use of an intermediate battery. She was designed for coastal defense and as a result her decks were not safe from high waves on the open ocean.

Construction of the ships was authorized on 30 June 1890 and the contract for Indiana—not including guns and armor—was awarded to William Cramp & Sons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who offered to build it for $3,020,000. The total cost of the ship was almost twice as high, approximately $6,000,000. The contract specified the ship had to be built in three years, but slow delivery of armor plates caused a two-year delay

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The Last Night of the Proms celebrates British tradition with patriotic music of the UK

Most people’s perception of the Proms is taken from the Last Night, although this concert is very different from the others. It usually takes place on the second Saturday in September, and is broadcast in the UK on BBC2 (first half) and BBC1 (second half). The concert is traditionally in a lighter, ‘winding-down’ vein, with popular classics being followed by a series of British patriotic pieces in the second half of the concert. This sequence traditionally begins with Edward Elgar‘s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory), and continues with Sir Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs, which culminates in Thomas Arne‘s Rule, Britannia!

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Fantasia of British Sea Songs Part 1Fantasia of British Sea Songs Part 2


postmarked 16 July 1907 at Dover, England and 25 July 1907 at Philadelphia; British One Penny stamp full size


1940’s postcard – vintagegal (full size)


Norman Saunders cover for Weird Thrillers #4, 1952 – from DON’T PANIC!


Celluloid Button issued by the American Baptist Publications Society c. 1915


Bon Voyage Card and Envelope; 1937 — Independence Seaport Museum

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