Maritime Monday for August 21st, 2017

Here’s an incredible series of underwater photos showing a diver being dwarfed by the gigantic structure of an oil rig. They were shot by award-winning Mexican photographer Anuar Patjane Floriuk – via Maritime Monday’s newest intern, Simon Egleton.
USS Indianapolis (CL/CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy launched 7 November 1931. (image) On 30 July 1945, after a high-speed trip to deliver parts for Little Boy, the first atomic bomb used in combat, to the United States air base at Tinian, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58.

Her sinking led to the greatest single loss of life at sea, from a single ship, in the history of the U.S. Navy. wikipedia

On 19 August 2017 a search team financed by Paul Allen located the wreckage of the sunken cruiser in the Philippine Sea lying at a depth of approximately 18,000 feet (5,500 m).

Wreckage Of USS Indianapolis, Sunk By Japanese In WWII, Found In Pacific

Jonathan Privett and his dog Star in front of their floating bookshop. London is a city rich in canals and waterways. If you take a walk down the Regent’s Canal, just behind King’s Cross train station, you might bump into a boat covered in ivy and books. It’s the home of book enthusiast Jonathan Privett, who has been bringing literature to unexpected places for most part of his life.
Photo Credit: Alice Gioia – Release date: 16 August 2017

London’s Floating Bookshop on the BBC

The Only Place in the World Where Sea Level Is Falling, Not Rising

US Senate committee rejects most of Trump’s proposed cuts to NOAA

Cuts reduced from $900 million to $85.1 million

National Fisherman – The committee voted to fully fund NOAA operations, including ocean monitoring, fisheries management, coastal grants to states, aquaculture research, and severe weather forecasting, according to the press release. The bill rejects the proposal to eliminate NOAA programs, including Sea Grant, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Coastal Zone Management grants, and the Regional Coastal Resilience program, according to a press release from Senate Democrats. The bill also provides $75 million to begin building a new NOAA survey vessel. 

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Frisk bris ved den norske kyst – Hans Fredrik Gude (Fresh Breeze of the Norwegian Coast) see full size

Hans Fredrik Gude (13 March 1825 – 17 August 1903) was a Norwegian romanticist painter. Around 1860, Gude began painting seascapes and other coastal subjects. Gude would spend a few weeks each summer near the Baltic coast where he drew material for (his) paintings.  more on wikipedia (more paintings)

Pink Floyd concert in Venice on 15 July 1989 – historicaltimes

Pink Floyd’s show in Venice, Italy, on July 15, 1989, unintentionally resulted in the mayor and the entire city council resigning in the aftermath of their performance.

The band, sympathetic to the city, agreed to reduce the volume of its performance from 100 decibels to 60, and performed from a floating barge in a lagoon 200 yards from the square. It was the audience, which numbered 200,000 (only 60,000 people live within the city limits), that did the most damage, however. Officials said that they left behind 300 tons of garbage and 500 cubic meters of empty cans and bottles. And because the city didn’t provide portable bathrooms, concertgoers relieved themselves on the monuments and walls.

The Story of the Pink Floyd Concert That Brought Down Venice’s Government

33 Amazing Photographs of Pink Floyd Concert in Venice on a Massive Floating Stage in 1989

“Towing”, by Adolf Bock (Finnish, 1890-1968) – maritimetech
In Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since the Portuguese arrival in 1543 (Credit:Lucas Vallecillos/Alamy)

The Truth About Japanese Tempura

BBC Travel – In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up on the Japanese island of Tanegashima. Antonio da Mota, Francisco Zeimoto and Antonio Peixoto – the first Europeans to ever step on Japanese soil – were deemed ‘southern barbarians’ by the locals because of the direction from which they came.

The Portuguese remained in Japan until 1639, when they were banished because the ruling shogun Iemitsu believed Christianity was a threat to Japanese society. As their ships sailed away for the final time, the Portuguese left an indelible mark on the island: a battered and fried green bean recipe called peixinhos da horta. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since.  keep reading

The 65,000-tonne carrier is the largest ever built in Britain

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Navy’s new flagship a true feat of engineering

This was the culmination of a massive feat of engineering which has seen parts of the carrier constructed at yards across the UK and assembled at Rosyth, in Fife. It took three hours to get out of the dockyard where she was built. At more than three times the size of HMS Ark Royal, Queen Elizabeth had a much tighter fit to enter Portsmouth. No wonder the Navy has spent months dredging millions of cubic meters of mud from the seabed at the entrance to the port.

more about the HMS Queen Elizabeth on SkyNews

Isaac Grünewald (2 September 1889 – 22 May 1946) was a Swedish-Jewish expressionist painter born in Stockholm – click image to see full size – more Isaac Grünewald
Daniela Forti’s “Jellyfish” Glass Tables with Dripping Tentacles That Look Like They’ve Been Created by the Sea
Edward Cecil Allcard (31 October 1914 – 28 July 2017) was an English naval architect, marine surveyor, yachtsman and author. photo

Born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in 1914, Allcard was educated at Eton College. He went on to take an apprenticeship in the shipbuilding yards of Harland and Wolff, in Glasgow, and later with D & W Henderson, on the Clyde, qualifying as a naval architect prior to World War II. He was the longest-standing member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Allcard learned to sail at the age of six and made his first single-handed voyage in 1939, sailing from Scotland to Norway and back. more on wikipedia

Sailing Great, Edward Allcard, Dies at 102 on Old Salt Blog

Sailing’s ‘dean of loners’ survived shark-infested waters, a hurricane and a 16-year journey at sea – Obituaries on the Washington Post

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Katie Spencer gives us a tour of the ship that’s been broadcasting illegally for more than 50 years

Radio Caroline: Ship that changed the face of radio

George Hare’s Caroline Memorabilia

BBC – Radio rebels go straight: Pirate station Caroline gets a licence

Under-the-pillow listening, the radio station your Mummy doesn’t know about

by Simon Egleton

BBC radio in the UK in the mid to late sixties was incredibly vanilla and predictable. Radio 1, a chart-driven pop station with transcendentally annoying I’m-so-funny-and-drunk-on-the-sound-of-my-own-voice hosts. Radio 2, the station that your Mum and Aunties listened to, featuring soft, Jim Reeves-ish crooner music, and Radio 3 and 4: I can’t remember much about them other than one played classical music and the other had a lot of droning, intellectual adult voices.

Radio Caroline North pirate radio memorabilia

Enter the pirate radio stations. Peter Gabriel would later sing “When the night shows, the signals grow on radios” and he was right as far as AM radio propagation is concerned. A converted cargo ship with a 200ft antenna mast, moored at sea off the Thames Estuary, with a transmitter from the 1940’s, could flood East Anglia at night, where I lived, with music that you’d NEVER hear on “The Beeb.”

Deep cuts from rock albums and pop tracks that had you imagining the rave ups and drug cigarettes that you’d never attended, or smoked. Even its name Radio Caroline, was cool…why not have all these aural delights delivered by something with a female name? As a schoolboy, this was truly something you had to be sneaky to enjoy.

Initially I had a tiny Japanese-made Dansette™ transistor radio (in a beautiful leather case!) that I would place next to my ear under the pillow. But this proved uncomfortable for long listening sessions. So, by being a particularly delightful grandchild, I managed to acquire enough money from the elders to get a bigger radio with an earpiece extension. The transmissions were mono, so no point in an unwieldy pair of headphones, plus the earpiece was perfectly concealable if my Mum would check in on me. Those nights were where my musical education beyond The Beatles began.

VIDEO: British Pathé; “Pirate” Radio Afloat (1964)

The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame:

Europe’s first commercial offshore station, Radio Mercur, had begun broadcasting off Denmark in 1958, followed by Veronica off Holland in 1960, and Radio Nord and Radio Syd, off Sweden, in 1961 and 1962 respectively.

Veronica ship “The Norderney”, Scheveningen, 7 April 1973 – Veronica; Elvis Costello 1989
Broadcast ship “The Norderney” of the dutch offshore radio station “Radio Veronica”. Location: Kempisch Dok, Antwerp (Belgium)
Liebig’s Extract of Meat Tradecard; ” Iceland, Land of the Edda” series, German issue, 1911
A patrol boat from the Sri Lankan navy rescues two elephants that were swept out to sea off the east coast of the country. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock; The week in wildlife – in pictures on The Guardian

Watch the Sri Lankan Navy Rescue an Elephant Stranded at Sea

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McALLISTER TOWING – Jennifer Lawrence shot the 125th anniversary Vogue pictorial with Annie Leibovitz on the tugs Marjorie McAllister and the Bruce McAllister.
Thanks to the Captains and crews on these tugs in allowing them to capture these amazing pictures! (via facebook)

Jennifer Lawrence’s September 2017 cover on Vogue
Dropkick Murphys – “Rose Tattoo” (Video)

NPR: “If there’s a soundtrack for last call in a Boston dive bar, the Dropkick Murphys’ music is on it.”

Dropkick Murphys: A ‘Rose Tattoo’ Tells A Life Story

It took 35 tons of equipment and a lengthy voyage to remote Western Australia.; Arriving at Eighty Mile Beach. Lick Observatory Photographs UA36 Ser.7/ Special Collections and Archives, University Library, UC Santa Cruz –atlasobscura

The 1922 Eclipse Adventure That Sought to Confirm the Theory of Relativity

Campbell had previously traveled to faraway destinations—Spain, India, Ukraine and Kiribati—to record eclipses. However, getting the right conditions for the 1922 eclipse was crucial. The purpose of this expedition was to test Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, which had been published in 1915. In order to do this—to see whether Einstein’s prediction that light from distant stars would bend around the sun was correct—Campbell needed perfect conditions to photograph the sun during totality.

In July, Campbell—director of California’s Lick Observatory—had sailed roughly 7,500 miles from San Francisco to Sydney. From there, he crossed Australia by train to reach Perth, then traveled north by ship for 10 days to reach the town of Broome.

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What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipses

“The sky starts to get cool and dark, a couple minutes before totality. And all of your instincts, all of a sudden, start to freak out. Something’s going wrong. . . . There’s this deep basic panic that sets in as the whole world changes in a way it’s not supposed to. All of a sudden it feels like you’re standing on another planet.” – Keep Reading on Smithsonian

By the time Christopher Columbus sailed westward in 1492, navigators were already using hefty volumes containing astronomical tables to guide them across unknown seas. These books often included detailed instructions for manipulating navigational instruments and for computing geographical positions from celestial observations.

The Eclipse That Saved Columbus

Nearly 2 years after sailing from Cadiz in 1502, Columbus and his restless, disgruntled crew were stranded on the north coast of Jamaica, confined to worm-eaten, leaking ships. The native inhabitants were no longer awed by the newcomers.

Weary and ill, Columbus had withdrawn to his ship. There, he pondered his precarious situation. Returning to the stained pages of the Ephemerides, he noted Regiomontanus’s prediction of a total eclipse of the moon on Feb. 29, 1504. On the day before the predicted eclipse, he summoned the leaders of the native inhabitants and warned them through an interpreter that if they did not cooperate with him, the moon would disappear from the sky on the following night…  keep reading

How Eclipse Anxiety Helped Lay the Foundation For Modern Astronomy – During the afternoon of March 9, 2016, a total solar eclipse was visible in parts of southeast Asia and a partial eclipse was visible in parts of Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and America Samoa. An eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun. When the moon’s shadow falls on Earth, observers within that shadow see the moon block a portion of the sun’s light.

The MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra Satellite captured this image of a solar eclipse moving across the South Pacific Ocean on the morning of March 9, 2016 at 01:40 UTC. NASA’s Aqua satellite took an image of the eclipse that afternoon at 03:05 UTC. Photo: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

What happens in the sea during a solar eclipse?

On July 20th, 1963, three scientists sat on a research ship 200 miles south of Woods Hole, MA, waiting for something remarkable. They were nearly 4000m above the seafloor, and using sonar, they could ‘see’ a line of creatures resting in the deep. By this time, biologists were beginning to unravel the mystery of this ‘false bottom’–a layer in the ocean that looks the the sea floor on sonar but isn’t–which covered much of the ocean.

This false bottom rises in up at night and sinks down during the day. This rising and falling is in fact caused by the largest migration of animal on Earth–everything from fish, shrimp and jellyfish, moving hundreds of meters in unison up and down each day. But how and why these animals rose in fell in the ocean wasn’t clear. As the scientists watched their instruments, the light began to fade. Not from the setting sun, but from something else.

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VENICE — Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable; comprised of about 190 works, including gold, silver, bronze, and marble sculptures, is undoubtedly the most expensive artistic flop in living memory. On Hyperallergic
Joanna Braithwaite – artistprofile  – more images

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