Today is the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor. President Obama writes: “We faced down impossible odds — and out of the ashes of conflict, America rose more prepared than ever to meet the challenges of the day.”
A sailor chalks a message to America’s fighting men from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations on a destroyer at Pearl Harbor:
“Your conduct and action have been splendid. While you have suffered from a treacherous attack, your commander-in-chief has informed me that your courage and stamina remain magnificent. You know you will have your revenge. Recruiting stations are jammed with men eager to join you.”
In 1941, Elizabeth McIntosh was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she wrote an article chronicling her experience that day and the following week. Her editors chose not to publish it. Today the Washington Post published her articlefor the very first time. –via dirtyriver
RMS Umbria and her sister ship RMS Etruria were the last two Cunarders that were fitted with auxiliary sails. RMS Umbria was built by John Elder & Co at Glasgow, Scotland in 1884. The “Umbria” and her sister “Etruria” were record breakers. They were the largest liners then in service and they plied the Liverpool to New York Service.
AWOLNATION is an American electronic rock band, formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno. Their first single, Sail, peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Rock Songs and has gone platinum in the US.
The single got extra media attention when it was used under a video of the professional BASE jump, skydiver, and wingsuit flyer (coughcoughjackass) Jeb Corliss. The song was also covered by Macy Gray and is included on her album ‘Covered’, issued in March, 2012.
Steam Lighter VIC32, one of the last two sea-going coal fired steam Clyde Puffers
The Clyde puffer is essentially a type of small steamboat which provided a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides islands of Scotland, stumpy little cargo ships that have achieved almost mythical status thanks largely to the short stories Neil Munro wrote about the Vital Spark and her captain Para Handy.
The puffers developed from the gabbert, small single masted sailing barges which took most of the coasting trade. (At their heydey) There were more than 20 builders in Scotland, mainly on the Forth and Clyde.
Para Handy is the crafty Gaelic skipper of the Vital Spark, a Clyde steam-puffer of the sort that delivered goods from Glasgow to Loch Fyne, the Hebrides, and the west coast highlands of Scotland in the early 20th century.
The stories partly focus on his pride in his ship, “the smertest boat in the tred” which he considers to be of a class with the Clyde steamers, but mainly tell of the hijinks the crew get up to on their travels.
In 1901, TS King Edward, (above) the world’s first turbine powered passenger ship entered service on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. Sleek, fast, smooth and quiet : the Clyde’s turbine steamers set new standards and even today could be regarded as the ultimate in excursion ships
a Clyde Steamer from the heyday of ‘doon the watter’ travel on the nearby River Clyde.
Columba was built by J & G Thomson of Clydebank, for David Hutcheson & Co. (later David MacBrayne Ltd). Commissioned for the first stage of the “Royal Route” to Loch Fyne, she was the flagship from 1879 to 1935.
Columba and her sister ship Iona were well maintained and kept their lustre to the end. Both were retired and broken up side-by-side at shipbreakers, Arnott & Young at Dalmuir in March 1936. She is often considered the finest Clyde steamer of all time.
RMS Columba in drydock
The paddle steamer RMS Columba under repair at Govan No 3 Graving Dock, looking east in May 1898.
Govan No 3 cost £241,000 to build and was one of the largest dry docks in the country when it opened in 1897. It was 880 feet long, 83 feet wide and 26.5 feet deep and could be drained in about two hours by four steam-driven centrifugal pumps. see full size
PS Waverleyis the last seagoing passenger carrying paddle steamer in the World. Built in 1946, she sailed from Craigendoran on the Firth of Clyde to Arrochar on Loch Long until 1973. Bought by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, she has been restored to her 1947 appearance and now operates passenger excursions around the British coast.
PS Waverley is named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel. She was built in 1946 to replace a PS Waverleythat was built in 1899, served in the Second World War as a minesweeper and was sunk in 1940 while helping to evacuate troops from Dunkirk. Shipbuilders A. & J. Inglis of Glasgow launched the new 693 tonne steamer in October 1946.
On the evening of Friday 15 July 1977 while returning from a cruise and approaching Dunoon pier, Waverley‘s steering failed and she struck the rocks to the south called The Gantocks. Firmly aground and down by the head the ship was extensively damaged.
Her survival was attributed to her heavier than normal post World War II construction which had included provision for minesweeping gear and a deck gun in case she was ever requisitioned by the Admiralty for use in a future war.
This label comes from a series showing colour illustrations of Clyde steamers including Maid of the Loch, Waverley and Jeanie Deans. They were designed and printed by the family firm of J. and J. Murdoch Ltd of Albion Street, Glasgow.
The company were label specialists and majored on soft drinks or mineral waters. Mr John Murdock, the manager of the company persuaded Lawson’s of Greenock who had the contract to supply the railway steamers with soft drinks, that a set of labels needed to be designed and printed showing a different steamer for each drink. They proved to be very popular.
The ship depicted here, the turbine steamer “Caledonian Princess”, was commissioned in 1961. She served at Stranraer until 1968 and then continued her career elsewhere in the BR/Sealink network until retired in 1981. She then served as a floating nightclub named “Tuxedo Princess” on the Clyde at Glasgow and the Tyne at Newcastle. She was scrapped in Turkey in 2008.
The two funnel Clyde steamer TS Queen Mary was built at the William Denny shipyard at Dumbarton for Williamson-Buchanan. The 871 gross tons steamer was powered by three direct drive steam turbines, and carried 2086 passengers making her the largest (though not the longest) excursion turbine on the River Clyde.
Thomas Alan “Tom” Waits(born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.”
Miss Monkey apologizes that this week’s Maritime Monday lacks the consistent, stunning visual impact to which her readers have grown accustomed.
It was compiled on a seldom used laptop after her Big Dell went tits up and commenced with the spitzensparken, leaving her with no Photoshop for the pretty-making.
Please forgive also, dear reader, what may seem an atypical inattention to typos. She broke her glasses when letting fly with a mighty whoop upon receiving an ipad 4 as an early Christmas prezzie from her maddog-Englishman beau, and can’t see the small print too well.
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