Maritime Monday December 10, 2012: This is Not a Drill & Clyde Steamers

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December 9, 2012


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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.”

via mudwerks

mudwerks:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>We Were There at Pearl Harbor (posted by PopKulture)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

We Were There at Pearl Harbor
(posted by PopKulture)

mcdermott451:</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><p>December 7, 1941<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The Japanese Quake, Pearl Harbor, Karmic Payback and Cognitive Biases

from Forbes: Pearl Harbor is unfortunately a trending Twitter topic because millions of little microphones have been given to people unable to think things through.

People who say the Japanese “deserve” it, like those who believe that AIDS is God’s punishment for immorality, are suffering from a cognitive bias called Fundamental Attribution Error.

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Panoramic of Pearl Harbor taken during the Japanese air raid (full)
via greatestgeneration

big map

Pearl Harbor—Approx Positions of U.S. Ships (1941)
Big Map Blog

Retweeting: it all started here


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.”

See more photos here.


Pearl Harbor: The rest of the story
via greatestgeneration


greatestgeneration: (photo)

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

iboat (embiggen) –
architecturalarbiter reblogged this
from navalarchitecture

“spy photo of Apple’s upcoming iBoat”


Nautilus by PacificKlaus on Flickr
via 100leaguesunderthesea


British Isles in 1630; W Blaeu


Ogden’s Guinea Gold Cigarettes “New Series 1” issued
1902 Cunard Royal Mail Steamer Umbria

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.


see also: Ogden’s Guinea Gold Cigarettes
“New Series 1” issued 1902. HM Training Brig Martin

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Just in case you were starting to romanticize “Life at Sea in the Age of Sail”

Your (Somewhat) Nautical Music Video of the Week:

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.

Hear it on YouTuber


100th Anniversary James Cook Voyage
May 1968

see also:
RNLI Lifeboat Nameing ‘The Royal British Legion Jubilee’ 1972


H.M.S. Victory – George VI – Half Crown – (1951)


Morris advertisement from Picture Post magazine,
13th June, 1953. Coronation Souvenir Number


T. S. Duchess of Hamilton
Built in 1932 by Harland & Wolff, Govan, Glasgow

The Caledonian Duchess Turbines


Clyde puffer

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.


Scottish Maritime Museum: Clyde Puffers – old photos from the archives


Para Handy Tales

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.


Gutenberg Australia has several volumes of Para Handy stories

The Tales of Para Handy was a Scottish television series set in the west of Scotland. It ran from 1994 to 1995 on BBC One, a total of nine episodes.

Watch The Tales Of Para Handy Free Online


Clyde Puffer by robjol
taken at Irvine, S.W.Scotland


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

Clyde Turbine Steamers Website


PS Columba tile mosaic in a Greenock underpass

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

Glasgow City Archives, Clyde Navigation Trust


SS Davaar

This passenger/cargo vessel was built by London and Glasgow Engineering & Iron Shipbuilding Co. (London and Glasgow Shipbuilding Company), Yard no. 247 in 1885. (1228 x 1600)

Clyde, Loch Lomond and West Highland Steamers


Famous Clyde Steamer PS Waverly

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.

more on wikipedia


Angus Og
Published in 1977 after the Waverley ran aground on the Gantocks

see also


Lemon Crush Bottle Label

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.

Paddle Steamer Preservation Society


PS Jeanie Deans as a Clyde paddle steamer pre WW2

jd camo

HMS Jeanie Deans at a buoy in her war camouflage colours
after conversion to a minesweeper


BRUSELAS – full size – built for Argentine fleet

A & J Inglis – Paddle Steamer Specialists

Vintage travel poster from the 1960's. Scottish Shipping Poster Print, Caledonian Princess, Larne Stranraer

Early 1960s British Railways travel poster advertising ro-ro car ferry services to Ireland via Stranraer and Larne.

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.

see the set Caledonian Steam Packet Steamers


Brand new and ready for launch.


Caledonia – photo by A E Bennett

rmqueen 2

images of Queen; 1970’s


Queen Mary collision
1972; with US Navy tug

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.

TS Queen Mary on wikipedia

TS Queen Mary : The Clyde’s premier excursion steamer from 1933 until 1977

clyde gantry

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 – the Last Great Clydebuilt liner
(large photo gallery and history)

September 1967: The well known Clyde turbine steamer Duchess of Hamilton, flagship of the Clyde fleet, passing the new liner as she arrives from downriver for the launch


The OBAN; vintage postcard

Robert Waverly’s Clyde Steamers Flickr set (268 photos)


Clyde Steamer King George V
almost cut up outside Queen Alexander dock in Cardiff in 1984



Hugh Spicer’s Scotships (Set: 1,482) on flickr


July 2012 : Pallion Engineering, Sunderland. The end for TS Manxman (which served the Isle of Man 1955-1982), the last surviving short sea passenger turbine steamer

memoriastoica: Prince Rupert wrecked March 23, 1917.

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SS Majestic postcard with inset of Capt Rawle

The Paddle Steamer Majestic was commissioned in 1901 and was operated as a pleasure steamer out of Bournemouth by Cosens. She sank on 28/7/16 in the Med on the way to minesweeping duties in Malta.

Majestic on


Art Deco Mermaid — Avalon Casino

Mural originally designed in 1929 by John Gabriel Beckman and painted on concrete … In 1986 the mural was executed in tile by RTK Studios.

See the beautiful close-up of the tiled mural here
via sailorgil

A Second Life : Restoring a 57-Year-Old Mural on Santa Catalina Island Was a Labor of Love, Science and Art on LA Times


Happy 63rd Birthday, Tom Waits!

(via Noir Music Tom Waits | NoirWHALE)
via theticketthatexploded

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.”

After serving with the United States Coast Guard… 

 13 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know About The Coast Guard

ÔThe ClydeÕ, LMS/LNER poster, 1923-1947.

London Midland and Scottish / London and North Eastern Railway poster
The Clyde – View approaching Brodick, Isle of Arran
by Norman Wilkinson

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.

Hopefully, all will be sorted by next week.

–Running Blind

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