Maritime Monday for February 19th, 2018: Get Your Swag On Issue

Violent brawls transform Carnival trip into ‘cruise from hell,’ passengers say – Illustration by Danny Nicholas, via CartoonBucket

Several fights broke out over the 10-day cruise, including two captured on camera showing guests throwing punches on a pool deck and a ship nightclub. (One) video showed people yelling, crying, throwing punches and a crew member repeatedly kicking a guest on the floor. It’s unclear exactly how and why the fights started, but one family member told local media it may have originated because of a misunderstanding after someone stepped on someone else’s flip-flop.   Vids and more

When rescuers found Nathan Carman after seven days at sea, his mother had vanished without a trace. But his past was about to resurface… (NY Magazine)

Shortly after 11 p.m. on a warm Saturday in September 2016, 22-year-old Nathan Carman and his mother, Linda, untied their boat, the Chicken Pox, and set out for a night of fishing. They motored south through a salt-marsh pond off Narragansett Bay and slipped through a narrow breachway into open water. The Chicken Pox’s 300-horsepower engine roared to life. Minutes later, the candy-colored lights of the Rhode Island shoreline faded behind them.

Before leaving, Linda had texted a family friend that she and Nathan would be back by morning. When they hadn’t returned by Sunday evening, the friend alerted the Coast Guard. Ships, helicopters, and planes immediately began scouring 82,000 square miles of ocean but found no sign of them. Keep Reading

When I said I wanted my cocktail “on the rocks,” I didn’t mean for you to take me literally… image

 Five members of the Italian bark Castagna met a tragic end on the sandbars just south of the Marconi Wireless Station in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, during a frigid Nor’easter on Feb. 17, 1914.

The body of Captain Guissepe Garva, who was swept off the ice-covered deck of the ship by a huge wave shortly after the Castagna struck the bar, would not be found until 20 months later; still encased in ice.  more

BBC WORLD SERVICE: Hull’s ‘Headscarf Revolutionaries’– Yvonne Blenkinsop (left) and three other campaigners in 1968. Credit: Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

In 1968, a group of women from the British fishing port of Hull staged a successful campaign to improve safety in what was then one of the most dangerous industries in the world. Following the deaths of nearly 60 men in three separate trawler accidents, the so-called Headscarf Revolutionaries picketed the port and lobbied ministers in London until the owners agreed to changes. The protests brought widespread national publicity to the conditions in which fishermen worked, and triggered an official inquiry which led to major changes to employment and working practices within the British fishing industry. Simon Watts hears the memories of one of the women, Yvonne Blenkinsop.

see also: Hull’s Headscarf Revolutionaries to be honoured in BBC documentary

Old Salt Blog: ‘Round the World Rum on the Picton Castle – When the barque Picton Castle embarks on its seventh circumnavigation this April, it will have a special cargo of four barrels of rum from Lunenburg’s Ironworks Distillery stored in the hold. If all goes well when the ship returns to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in May of 2019, she will still be carrying the same four barrels, and the rum will be better for it. Keep reading
In one of cleverest marketing ploys of advertising’s golden age, Canadian Club Whiskey hid 25 crates of its liquid gold around the globe, and adventurous consumers (of a legal age) were encouraged venture to the bottom the sea and the tops of mountains to find them. The best part? To this day, about sixteen cases are still waiting to be discovered… Keep Reading on messynessychic

More: Express UK; X marks the spot: The hunt is on for THIS hidden treasure in the UK

Cupid and Psyche on the back of a Victorian man – Victorian Era Photos Of Beautiful Tattoos By One Of Britain’s First Tattoo Artists; Sutherland Macdonald
Adam Prokosch is originally from Washington state and spent a decade working on sailboats. In 2012, he was part of the 16-member crew of the HMS Bounty, which sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. The Coast Guard rescued 14 people; two died. Prokosch broke his back but recovered.

Prokosch and his wife, Morgan Diederichs, are now among the small but growing community of people who weather Maine’s winter on the water aboard their 40-foot Gulfstar sailboat. Keep Reading

Observation tower at Battery Moltke; a former coastal artillery battery in St Ouen in the north west of Jersey  – For only $155,000 you can be the proud owner of a World War II bunker on an island complete with a periscope, showers and toilets, gas-proof doors, a sophisticated air purification system and an escape hatch. “Needs Some Work…” – German-Built WWII Bunker For Sale In The Channel Islands
William De Morgan galleon tile (1888-1898) – Tiles with Ships and Galleons on Flickr

If you’re at all familiar with the Arts and Crafts Movement, you’ve probably noticed the prevalence of the motif of galleons, clippers, man-of-wars, schooners and other ships.

De Morgan Ship Tiles on Pinterest

Certainly the British origins of the movement, and romantic memories of that nation’s great maritime history, typified by “Rule, Britannia,” have a lot to do with it. Ships were integral to the identity of a nation both surrounded by sea and with a history of far-flung empire.

William De Morgan hippocampus tile

The movement was largely based in London, where the Thames was the heart of life. Key figures in the movement grew up around harbors and developed a child’s wonder in ships and seamanship, such interests and imagery thus being planted deep in their psyches.

Ships in the Arts and Crafts Movement

Nautical History is Everywhere: The Whitman’s Sampler was the brainchild of Stephen F. Whitman, a Quaker who opened a confectionery store in Philadelphia in 1842. Sensing demand by sailors for candies that stood up to the expensive European treats they’d grown accustomed to, Whitman introduced a line of gourmet chocolates. A Short and Sweet History of the Whitman’s Sampler
Shallow Grave Studios: The Assemblage & Tattoo Art of Jason Stieva

shallowgravestudios on Instagram

The Guardian: Latest Photos show Beijing’s Militarisation of South China Sea in new detail
The Atlantic: A LIDAR elevation model of New Orleans shows areas above sea level in red tones (up to 10 or 15 feet, except for the artificial levees) and areas below sea level in yellow to blueish tones (mostly ranging from -1 down to -10 feet). (Richard Campanella / FEMA)

Roughly 50 percent of greater New Orleans lies above sea level. That’s the good news. The bad news: It used to be 100 percent, before engineers accidentally sank half the city below the level of the sea. Their intentions were good, and they thought they were solving an old problem. Keep Reading on The Atlantic

If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you: The five caves were excavated between 1957 and 1973 for national security reasons.

via Meow Man: Hundreds of feet beneath the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook are five caverns carved from granite, excavated not by ancient geologic forces but by 20th-century miners. The first of the gigantic underground fuel storage caverns was built during the Cold War, partly to shield supplies from nuclear attack. The last was built after the 1973 energy crisis as a bulwark against capricious oil importers. 

The caverns, which hold 2 million barrels, are the largest underground fuel storage facility on the East Coast. 

Keep reading on phillydotcom

Elements of Task Group 38.2 underway from Ulithi on 30 December 1944. Aircraft carriers are (front to back) INDEPENDENCE CVL-22, HORNET CV-12 and LEXINGTON CV-16. Cruisers at right are SAN JUAN CL-54 followed by CruDiv 17 ships. -U.S. Navy photo source

At 11:07 am on December 17, the destroyer USS Spence eased alongside the New Jersey to start fueling. When Halsey and his staff sat for lunch in the flag mess, they were alarmed to see the Spence rolling excessively on the starboard side, and it seemed that she might be slammed against the flagship. “She was riding up ahead,” reported Halsey later, “and she’d drop well astern and charge ahead and drop astern…. She was pitching and rolling heavily.”

How America’s World War II Battleships and Aircraft Carriers Battled Typhoons

hafen hamburg by Peter Mandelkow | via containerization
A 1930s to 1940s postcard image of Belfast, Maine, where Nordic Aquafarms wants to build its new land-based salmon farm. Photo courtesy of the Boston (Massachusetts) Public Library

Nordic Aquafarms, a Fredrickstad, Norway-based company, announced Tuesday that it was buying land in the small, mid-coast town with a population of under 7,000 people. Operations will commence in 2020, using the “largest aquaculture tanks in the world, currently being designed in Norway”, to deliver up to 13,000 metric tons of fish in its initial phase.

“We chose Maine for its pristine environment, cold water conditions, its long history as a leader in the seafood industry and its proximity to major consumer markets in the Northeast United States,” said company president Erik Heim. “The benefit here is also proximity to a nice town – that is important for future employees.”  Keep Reading

The Not-Quite-So-Jolly-Roger shirt

Hey kids!  You heard right, there are now 2, say it with me now, TWO new shirts available in the gCaptain shop!

Enhance your Booty with this laughing pirate skull; guaranteed to make the tavern wenches surrender without a fight!

Maritime Monday Mermaid

Lore-lads and Lore-lasses will appreciate this slippery seductress, known for luring sailors to their deaths. Get your Maritime Monday Mermaid shirt here.

More designs coming soon!

William De Morgan ship tile (1872-1882)

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