Since leaving the band in 1968, he has released approximately 30 albums. Of his solo work, Cale is perhaps best known for his album Paris 1919, and his cover version of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah“. Cale was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010. more on wikipedia
USS Independence (1814) was a wooden-hulled, three-masted ship, (originally a ship of the line) and the first to be commissioned by the United States Navy. In 1836 she was cut down by one deck and re-rated as a 54-gun frigate, (Originally 90). Launched on 22 June 1814 in the Boston Navy Yard, she immediately took on guns and was stationed with frigate USS Constitution to protect the approaches to Boston Harbor.
Placed in ordinary at New York on 3 July 1852; retired to the Mare Island Navy Yard on 2 October 1857, served as receiving ship there until decommissioned on 3 November 1912.
Plans to renovate and use her as a restaurant for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in 1915 never came to fruition. On the night of 20 September 1915, Independence was burned on the Hunter’s Point mud flats. more
From left to right Fortune (YT-11), Grampus (SS-4), Pike (SS-6), and Receiving Ship Independence / NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive; Grampus / A-3 (SS-4)
USS Grampus (SS-4) was a Plunger-class submarine (later named A-3) was the fourth ship of the United States Navy, laid down on 10 December 1900 at San Francisco, California, by Union Iron Works; launched on 31 July 1902. On 18 April 1906, men from her crew participated in relief efforts which followed the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906.
The submarine torpedo boat operated locally off the California coast until assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet on 28 June 1912. Toward the end of this period of active service, on 17 November 1911, Grampus was renamed A-3. During World War I, A-3 patrolled the waters off the entrance to Manila Bay. Dismantled and used as a target by ships of the Asiatic Fleet, A-3 was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 16 January 1922. more
ban-gull – Summer sea breeze of Scotland. barber – At sea, a severe storm, carrying sleet, snow or spray, when the temperature is close to feezing. Blackthorn winter – In England, cold dry winds in the Thames Valley during March and April.
weatheronline.co.uk: Regional climate and weather phenomena are often as typical as the landscape where they are ocurring and thus often have local names, too. Here, we present a selection of typical British weather terms. This selection is by no means complete. Read on
On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette (1878), a three-masted former British navy vessel specially adapted for Arctic waters, set sail from San Francisco on a mission bankrolled by the owner of the New York Herald. The 33-man crew of the Jeannette attempted to locate a hypothetical warm-water current, which supposedly created a “Thermometric Gateway” to the top of the world, the Washington Post reported.
The warm water current proved to be a myth and the Jeannette remained locked in sea ice for nearly two years before the hull was crushed. Only 13 men survived the 700-mile voyage, escaping in small ships boats and by foot.
But something else also survived – the ship’s logbooks. keep reading
How countless sailors have drowned off idyllic holiday shores during centuries of shipwrecks
Its shores are considered one of Britain’s most idyllic holiday destinations. A new study of documents spanning centuries has revealed that Cornwall should also be remembered as Britain’s most dangerous coastline, as it has claimed thousands of lives since records began in the 14th century. The far-western county’s shores, with its profusion of solid, shallow and sharp rock reefs lurking beneath the ocean surface has taken hundreds of ships over the years.