Maritime Monday for August 22nd, 2016

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Dinosaurs arriving for the NYC 1964 World’s Fair
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The ship will set sail from Alaska, on a 32-day 1,000-mile journey via Canada and Greenland to New York via: Crystal Cruises

World’s Most Dangerous Cruise?
1,070-capacity ship takes on the Northwest Passage

There’s an obvious buzz of excitement among the 1,070 cruise passengers but also – and I don’t think I’m imagining this – a faint air of trepidation.
Trepidation, because Crystal Serenity is about to become the largest ship ever to attempt the Northwest Passage. At 9pm this evening the ship will set sail from Seward, Alaska, on a 32-day, near 1,000-mile journey via Canada and Greenland to New York.  Read on The Telegraph

Crystal Serenity is equipped with state-of-the art forward-looking sonar and ice-detecting high-resolution radar. Credit: rex features
View from the Crystal Serenity on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – via mashable

To plan for an emergency involving the Serenity or other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard and other agencies conducted emergency exercises in April.

The Canadian Coast Guard has estimated it will have a response time of 11 hours for ocean-going vessels in its Arctic waters, which could be too late to prevent deaths in an incident involving a large cruise ship with so many passengers.

As an added safety measure, the Serenity will be accompanied by an escort ship that will have a helicopter on board to look for ice ahead of the ship’s course. This ship will also serve as an icebreaker.  more on Mashable

HMAS Whang Pu – 3,204 ton riverboat of the China Navigation Company that was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) for the Second World War; one of a group of vessels called the “China Fleet” requisitioned for the RAN. more
The waters of the Maldives glow for longer than other places in the world

Part of being an experienced traveler is having at least one good story about experiencing bioluminescence.

Best Places in the World to See Bioluminescent Sea Creatures on Thrillist

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise run by Mersey Ferries from Liverpool to Salford

Could Merseyside become the Silicon Valley of the maritime world?

Hi-tech barges could be built at Merseyside’s Cammell Laird as part of plans to make the region “the Silicon Valley for the maritime sector”.

The aim is to replace the thousands of lorry journeys expected to be generated when the massive new Liverpool2 port is fully opened with tidal and solar powered vessels.

Plans are now being drawn up for the barges – which could even be automated – to transport freight containers from the new deepwater port further inland down the Manchester Ship Canal to Salford docks.  Keep reading

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vintage postcard – Ship Canal, Manchester, England

The Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile-long (58 km) inland waterway in the North West of England linking Manchester to the Irish Sea. Starting at the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool, it generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet (18 m) up to Manchester, where the canal’s terminus was built. Along its route is the Barton Swing Aqueduct, the only swing aqueduct in the world.

Construction began in 1887; it took six years and cost £15 million (equivalent to about £1.65 billion in 2011). When the ship canal opened in January 1894 it was the largest river navigation canal in the world, and enabled the newly created Port of Manchester to become Britain’s third busiest, despite the city being about 40 miles (64 km) inland. more

barton swing
The Barton Swing Aqueduct is a moveable water bridge in Barton upon Irwell in Greater Manchester, England, that carries the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal. The swinging action allows large vessels using the Manchester Ship Canal to pass underneath and smaller narrow boats to cross over the top.

The aqueduct, which is the first and only swing aqueduct in the world is considered a major feat of Victorian civil engineering. Designed by Sir Edward Leader Williams and built by Andrew Handyside of Derby, the swing bridge opened in 1894 and remains in regular use.

More: The Three Most Impressive Water Bridges Around the World

HMCS Niobe between 1910 and 1915 – Original file (4,554 × 3,179 pixels)

 Niobe was a protected cruiser in the Royal Navy. Built by Vickers Limited, Barrow-in-Furness and launched on 20 February 1897, entering service in 1898.

She served in the Boer War and was then given to Canada as the second ship of the then newly created Naval Service of Canada as HMCS Niobe. Damaged in the 1917 Halifax Explosion,  which caused serious damage to her upper works, and the deaths of several of her crew. She was broken up in 1922 in Philadelphia.

On Patrol – crew of HMCS Niobe preparing to board a liner to check for a contraband in 1915
Highlanders from Aberdeen, Scotland aboard a ship
Original Hipster: Boatswain’s Mate First Class Garnet Whitehouse of Louisville, KY – Signal Corps Pics WWII (243 items)
Seattle waterfront, April 16, 1927
Sailing Ships entering the harbour at Lowestoft on the North Sea coast; the most easterly settlement of the United Kingdom. Some of the earliest evidence of settlement in Britain has been found in Lowestoft and the town has a long history as a port, which developed due to the fishing industry. It is also a traditional seaside resort. Whilst its fisheries have declined, the development of oil and gas exploitation in the southern North Sea in the 1960s led to the development of the town, along with nearby Great Yarmouth, as a base for the industry. This role has since declined and the town has begun to develop as a centre of the renewable energy industry within the East of England. More
sunset on the Danube, 1968
royal mail
The Royal Mail Line Photograph Album – (52 images) Voyage aboard RMS Asturias, a Royal Mail Steam Packet Company passenger liner; 1927
Underneath HMAS Daimantina
Engine room on HMAS Diamantina, the last surviving River Class frigate from WWII at the Maritime Museum, Brisbane

HMAS Diamantina (K377) – named after the Diamantina River in Queensland, is a River-class frigate that served the Royal Australian Navy. Constructed in the mid-1940s, active until 1946, placed in reserve, then recommissioned as a survey ship from 1959 until 1980. more on wikipedia

D-Day preparations, unspecified English port (high rez 1380 x 1080)

lace miniThe delicate War Laces of World War I – National Museum of American History

WA Crowle and Lorna on the good ship MY White Sapphire

The yacht was registered at Southampton, and prior to the outbreak of World War II, sailed the Mediterranean under the British flag. Later commandeered by the Italian Navy  and converted into a Navy Patrol boat fitted with aircraft gun fore and machine gun aft, and painted grey. Eventually sunk off an island somewhere along the coast “between Toulon and Genoa” more

Hurunui, New Zealand – London; 1012 Tons. Built at Newcastle 1875. Sunk 1915 – State Library Victoria Collections
ning po
Bo’sun and Crew of the Ning-Po – A history of the Ning-Po’s career, from 18th century pirate vessel to 20th century tourist attraction, can be found here
Sir Earnest Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition ship Aurora in dry dock at Cockatoo Island, November 1914

SY Aurora was a barque-rigged steam yacht built by Alexander Stephen and Sons Ltd. in Dundee, Scotland, in 1876, for the Dundee Seal and Whale Fishing Company.

Her primary use was whaling in the northern seas, and she was built sturdily enough to withstand the heavy weather and ice that would be encountered there. That strength proved useful for Antarctic exploration as well, and between 1911 and 1917 she made five trips to the continent, both for exploration and rescue missions.  more on wikipedia

north sea fleet

U-Boats & Octopuses Collide in These WWI Propaganda Maps

1964 New York Worlds Fair – full-sized replica of the Santa Maria. 90 feet long, and 110 tons; the vessel was constructed in Barcelona after years of research in museums and naval archives, and brought to the United States on the deck of a freighter. Her sails and flags were woven on 15th Century looms, the iron and armament wrought on 15 Century forges.

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