Maritime Monday for December 30th, 2013

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 Our Navy 1885; posted by HMSMinotaur

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Anna-Myrle and Edward Rowe Snow of Winthrop, Maine, load the Flying Santa plane 1940 with gifts to drop off to US Coast Guard families along the East Coast. Bangor Daily News

flying santaIn 1929, Maine pilot Capt. William Wincapaw started delivering Christmas packages to lighthouses in the Rockland, Maine area with his small plane.

He became known as the Flying Santa, and soon expanded his radius.  In 1934, he and his son Bill—at 16, the youngest licensed pilot in the state—were dropping presents to more than 90 lighthouses.

more on Atlas Obscuramore on Cape Cod Life

Atlantic crossing

Atlantic Crossing on Bibliodyssey
Children’s book illustrations of Gédéon the duck
and his animal friends, by Benjamin Rabier.


galley of the Mary A Whalen, Red Hook Container Terminal, NY

Anyone with paint-prep and/or painting experience who wants to volunteer some time in next 2-3 weeks, would be most welcome! The heavy work of chipping and needle-gunning should be finished in next few days, but after that there is some paint stripping and sanding before we get into painting. Last process will be degreasing under the stove and degreasing the tile floor in the galley.

If you have the time or necessary mad skills and would like to assist in the restoration of this historic oil tanker, please contact Carolina via information here

Fire-Fighting Appliances

Player’s Cigarettes “Fire-Fighting Appliances” (series of 50 issued in 1930)

above: Motor Fire-Float “Beta III”
below:  “Monitor” Jet, Onboard Motor Fire-Float Beta III

The first recorded fire-float was built in 1765 for the Sun Fire Insurance Company in London. This was a manual pump in a small boat, rowed by its crew to the scene of the fire.  A similar craft was built in Bristol by James Hillhouse for the Imperial Fire Insurance Office in the 1780s. All fire fighting in Bristol was carried out either by private insurance companies or the Docks Company until the formation of the Bristol Fire Brigade as a branch of the police in 1876.

By the middle of the nineteenth century, self-propelled steam-fire-floats were beginning to be introduced. The first purpose built steam driven boats were introduced by Boston Fire Department (William F. Flanders) and FDNY (William F. Havenmeyer) in 1873 and 1875 respectively.

The first European fireboat to appear in Bristol was the Fire Queen, built by Shand Mason & Co., London, in 1884 for service in the city docks. The 53 ft. (16.61 m.) long craft was equipped with a three-cylinder steam pump supplying two large hose reels; one of these was replaced with a monitor, or water cannon, in 1900. Fire Queen served until 1922. + (see also: The fire float Beta III (1926) on PortCities London)

“Smoke Eaters On Water”, May 1931, Popular Science detailed article about New York city fireboats of that era

Massey Shaw

BBC: Fire boat restored in Gloucester begins journey to London:

The Massey Shaw is saluted by Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service as she leaves the Gloucester Docks. The vessel is making its way to a permanent home on the Thames where it will be used as a living museum. Fri, 13 Dec: Arrive London, West India Dock


Farne Islands: A Puffin with Sand Eels in its beak. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)

The Farne Islands are off the coast of northeast England and are home to a huge seabird colony. The islands are owned and protected by the British conservation charity, the National Trust, which says the islands host some 23 species of seabird, as well as a substantial colony of grey seals, who come to have their pups there in the autumn. Every five years the National Trust carries out a census of the islands’ population of puffins, and this year’s survey showed there were almost 40,000 nesting pairs on the islands – an 8 percent rise from 2008.  more on The Big Picture; Boston Globe

if you are a bad person, you can download Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green episode 1; (about the Farne Islands) from eztv

Google Barge Portland Maine

Google Barge; Cianbro Shipyard; Portland, Maine (click to see full size) Photo by Richard Rodriguez; December 28, 2013


HMS Temeraire (image) Entering the Harbour Channel Flying the Paying Off Pennant* After an Absence of Ten Years (original 2856 x 3679 px)

HMS Temeraire, “the Great Brig” (1876) was a unique ironclad battleship of the Victorian Royal Navy. Her armament was partly conventional, being deployed on the broadside, and partly experimental; she was the first British ship of any kind to be equipped with guns in barbettes, located on the midline on the upper deck.

HMS Temeraire (1876) 11-inch gun

HMS Temeraire (1876) 11-inch gun

The design of the barbettes was itself unique, being one of the few ships to have been equipped with disappearing guns. On firing, the recoil of the gun caused it to drop below deck level; this allowed re-loading without the exposure of the gun crew to aimed enemy fire. After loading, the gun was rotated by a hydraulic system back into the firing position. While this system was effective, it was slow and expensive and was never repeated.  more on wikipedia

paying off

Henry VIII’s Mary Rose doing pennants

* It is the custom in many navies for a ship which is “paying off” to wear an extremely long commissioning pennant, which is normally at least the length of the ship, and the length of which reflects the length of service. Formerly a ship “paid off” each time she returned home after a commission overseas: the term refers to the fact that sailors were not paid until the ship returned home, to avoid desertion.  more


German Ships at Hoboken, 3/30/16

see also:

German Ships at 135th St. aGerman Ships at 135th St. b


Library of Congress: WAINWRIGHT, U.S. Navy

USS Wainwright (DD-62) –  a Tucker-classdestroyer built for the United States Navy prior to the American entry into World War I.

After the United States entered World War I in April 1917, Wainwright was part of the first U.S. destroyer squadron sent overseas. Patrolling the Irish Sea out of Queenstown, Ireland, Wainwright made several unsuccessful attacks on U-boats, and rescued survivors of several ships sunk by the German craft.

Transferred to the United States Coast Guard to help enforce Prohibition as a part of the “Rum Patrol“. She operated under the name USCGC Wainwright (CG-24) until April 1934, when she was returned to the Navy. Sold for scrap in August 1934.

more on wikipedia


Domina capillorum (Sol)

The Comet Book (‘Kometenbuch’) is a 16th century album of stylised watercolour sketches of both comets and meteors

Medieval & Renaissance Cartographic Sea Monsters

SEAMONSTER“The sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps are one of the most visually engaging elements, and yet they have never before been carefully studied.

The subject is important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of the geography of the marvellous and of Western conceptions of the ocean.

Moreover, the sea monsters depicted on maps can supply important insights into the sources, influences, and methods of the cartographers who drew or painted them.”
— {Book jacket liner notes 2013 ©The British Library}  more

Inside a US submarine

c. 1910 – c. 1915 : Inside a US submarine on How to Be a Retronaut

Crustacean Frustration

Crustacean Frustration in winter storage stored on Berlin Mills Wharf; Portland, Maine. Photo by Corey Templeton, Portland, Maine Daily Photo


advertising card for Cibils Bouillon; English Ships of the Line – Original (2048 x 1278)


Hey Cunarders, get back to work

Cunard Christmas Annual 1928

Petulance of elderly passenger on discovering only one magnum of champagne in his stocking’, Cunard Christmas Annual 1928 ©National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

On page 11 there is a message from the chairman, Sir Thomas Royden: ‘To all associated with the Cunard Line I send my heartiest greetings for Christmas and the New Year. My best thanks to all Cunarders, both ashore and afloat, for their work during the past twelve months.’

1928 A Cunard Family Christmas & video history of the Cunard Line on Cruising the Past

cutty sark at christmas

1972 Christmas Ad, Cutty Sark Scots Whisky


Shipwrecked Polish American String Band Division at Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –  Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC

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