Maritime Monday for December 5th, 2016

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, This Week in Petroleum

Tighter marine fuel sulfur limits will spark changes by both refiners and vessel operators

The sulfur content of transportation fuels has been declining for many years as a result of increasingly stringent regulations. In the United States, federal and state regulations limit the amount of sulfur present in motor gasoline, diesel fuel, and heating oil.

New international regulations limiting sulfur in fuels for ocean-going vessels, set to take effect in 2020, have further implications for both refiners and vessel operators at a time of high uncertainty in future crude oil prices, which will be a major factor in their operational decisions.  Keep reading on Today in Energy; US Energy Information Administration

sailor getting tattooed on Rivet Head
AKA The Master Wardens and Assistants of the Guild Fraternity or Brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity and of St. Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond in the County of Kent

Available Now: Our ever-popular Lighthouses’ calendar made up from entries submitted to our annual Lighthouse Photography Competition, the calendar features shots of some of our most famous lighthouses.  web store

The Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond, known as Trinity House, is a private corporation governed under a Royal Charter with three core functions: it is the official General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, responsible for the provision and maintenance of navigational aids, such as lighthouses, lightvessels, buoys, and maritime radio/satellite communication systems.

Trinity House is also an official deep sea pilotage authority, providing expert navigators for ships trading in Northern European waters. It is also a maritime charity, dispersing funds for the welfare of retired seamen, the training of young cadets and the promotion of safety at sea. more

Trinity House jack available for purchase through National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

The headquarters of the corporation is the present Trinity House, which was designed by architect Samuel Wyatt and built in 1796. It has a suite of five state rooms with views over Trinity Square, The Tower of London and the River Thames.

The Corporation came into being in 1514 by Royal Charter granted by Henry VIII, as a result of a petition put forward on 19 March 1513 by a guild of Deptford-based mariners. They were troubled by the poor conduct of unregulated pilots on the Thames and asked the king for license to regulate pilotage.

The name of the guild derives from St. Clement, (one of) the patron saint(s) of mariners. According to tradition, Clement was imprisoned under the Emperor Trajan; during this time he is recorded to have led a ministry among fellow prisoners. Thereafter he was executed by being tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea. more

Official history blog of the Corporation of Trinity House (inactive)

Follow Trinity House on Twitter: @trinityhouse_uk

Pirate Plunder on The Steam Man of the West – British boys’ weekly, Champion Library No. 40, September 4, 1930

How Did The Hugest Whales End Up With Baleen Instead Of Teeth?

In the middle of On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin took a moment to note down one of the natural mysteries that dogged him most. “The Greenland whale is one of the most wonderful animals in the world,” he wrote, “and the baleen, or whalebone, one of its greatest peculiarities.

Charles Darwin at his home at Down House, Kent, 1880 (ABC News)

He goes on to wonder, on paper, why in the world this strange structure ended up the way it did. Why do whales have these huge rows of hairy protrusions, rather than some more common eating apparatus, like teeth or a beak?

Video: How Alfred, bottom-feeding prince of whales, grew to be ocean’s big blue ruler on the Sydney Morning Herald

Thanks to new research from the Museums Victoria and Monash University—and a 25 million year old fossil whale named Alfred, dug up in in Washington State—we’re now slightly closer to an answer.  keep reading on Atlas Obscura

Flying the Red Duster – MV Earlswood, at Preston Dock N.D.; Photographed in the tidal basin c.1915
H. Viney & Co., Ltd., Motor Carriers of Strand Road, Preston, UK – click image to see full size

C.1910 Location not known. Viney’s steam motor lorry is captured hauling a flat engineless barge manufactured by the Lytham Shipbuilding & Engineering Company. This firm had a famous and long history of building unusual sea and river craft including the famous steam boat that featured in the film African Queen (1951).

The firm began with Richard Smith, who had set up a shipbuilding company at the Ashton Quays in Preston circa 1860… more

Festive Holiday Swag from Bowsprite! Miss Monkey’s bestest girly friend and favorite illustrator has some Oh-So-Fabby Nautical Gift Ideas guaranteed to float your boat!

“Merry Christmas!” “Happy Birthday!” “Happy Anniversary!” “Congratulations!” “Go away!” Say it with signal flags! 

Festive full set of 26 letters, 8.5″ x 8.5″, beautifully printed on card stock. Two holes for stringing: string included. Display randomly to dress your galley or berth, office or home, only $15.00

An old holiday custom for sailing vessels was to place a small Christmas tree up on the foremast. The schooner Pioneer at the South Street Seaport museum still carries on the tradition. Ten greeting cards (blank inside) with a beautiful winter night scene and glowing holiday tree on front; printed on back is the story of this tradition and specs of Pioneer. Ten envelopes included, tied with cotton string and boxed in a kraft brown paper box.

Nautical Tradition honored: Holiday Greeting Card, boxed set of 10; only $25.

Muchmuch More on Bowsprite’s Etsy page

Lincoln Continental and the Presidential Yacht  USS Sequoia – Newport, Rhode Island – Circa: 1958 (Museum of Found Photographs)
Illustration by Sam Dakota Miller / New York Times

Carnage and Heroism: Memories of 1956 Bush Terminal Explosion

Sixty years ago, the pier belonging to the Luckenbach Steamship Company was the largest in New York Harbor: one-third of a mile long and 175 feet wide. On Dec. 3, 1956, the flagship dock of the Bush Terminal cargo shipping complex, at the end of 35th Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, was the site of one of the largest explosions in New York City history. Ten people were killed and 247 were injured — many when the accompanying shock wave shattered glass up to a mile away. Investigators estimated the loss of property to be in excess of $10 million.  keep reading on The New York Times

By kind permission of Dr. Edward J. Bourke; Irish Wrecks Online

The Sinking of the Kowloon Bridge, 25 Years Ago Today – the World’s Largest Wreck

Twenty five years ago today (December 3rd), the ore-bulk-oil carrier MV Kowloon Bridge sank off the coast of West Cork with a cargo of 165,000 tons of iron ore and 2,000 tons of bunker oil, becoming the world’s largest shipwreck by tonnage. The Kowloon Bridge was bound from Quebec, Canada to the River Clyde in Scotland when she started to develop structural cracking on the main deck during a storm.  keep reading on Old Salt Blog

see also: A B A N D O N E D • Ships & Submarines on Pinterest

A new map of the Milky Way will improve understanding of stellar physics—and ultimately of our galaxy’s entire history – on Scientific American

Celestial Cartography Is in the Midst of a Dramatic Upgrade

The Gaia spacecraft, launched in late 2013 by the European Space Agency, is on a five-year mission to chart the heavens in unprecedented detail—and the first set of coordinates has been released. By the end of Gaia’s run, it will have pinpointed the positions of approximately one billion stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies with a resolution so high it can spot objects as small as five microarcseconds—roughly half the size of a dime sitting on the moon as seen from Earth. Its billion-pixel camera will also record each star’s distance and two-dimensional velocity, providing a fresh understanding of our galactic neighborhood.  keep reading

In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. “catfish pictures”) became popular among the residents of the shaken city.

These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs.

The depiction of this namazu conjures up images of Commodore Perry’s black ships, which arrived in Japan in 1853 and eventually forced the country to open its ports to Western commerce. more on Pink Tentacle

A View of Gibraltar with the Spanish Battering Ships on Fire, 1784 – for a section-by-section breakdown of this historic image, see British Tars

Late in the Great Siege of Gibraltar, the longest siege ever endured by British forces, the Spanish and French decided on a massive push to overwhelm British defences and seize the rock. The Grand Assault, as it would come to be known, involved tens of thousands of sailors and soldiers tackling the British fortifications and ships in an all out blitz. keep reading

Photo posted by Derk Remmers in Cruel Sea – click image to see full size

The paddlesteamer Patris (built in 1860 in London) had a tonnage of 641 tons and a length of 66 metres, and was a proud and substantial in her time. On February 21st, 1868, while on a voyage with passengers from Piraeus to Syra, Patris struck a reef at Koundouros Bay, Kea island in bad visibility. She broke in two pieces the next day and sank in deeper waters. There were no casualties. Almost 150 years later, she sits in a depth between 30 and 50 meters; her remains standing strong against the elements.

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Museum of Found Photographs; date and location unknown

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