According to the National Museum of Health and Medicine, The General J.K. Barnes was the first American purpose-built hospital ship, constructed during the Civil War. It was named after Surgeon-General J.K. Barnes, (July 21, 1817 – April 5, 1883) the 12th Surgeon General of the United States Army (1864–1882).
The U.S.A.H.S. Relief was acquired by the U.S. Army in 1898 for use in the Spanish-American War as a hospital ship, floating off of Cuba. It was later transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1902 and commissioned as the U.S.S. Relief in 1908 under Surgeon Charles F. Stokes, who commanded the Relief for service wtih the Atlantic Fleet during the around-the-world cruise in 1908. The ship waas decommissioned and became a stationary hospital ship in 1910. It was renamed the U.S.S. Repose in 1918 and then sold in 1919 for merchant service.* Sold for scrap 23 March 1948. *
Previously known as SS Saratoga, a steamer for the Ward Line on the New York to Havana route, and considered the fastest steamship in coastal trade. more
other ships also named USS Mercy
Before he became the 16th president of the United States, Lincoln, who had a long fascination with how things worked, invented a flotation system for lifting riverboats stuck on sandbars. He remains the only U.S. president to have a patent in his name. Lincoln’s patent, No. 6,469, was granted on May 22, 1849, for a device for “Buoying Vessels Over Shoals.”Lincoln “was keenly interested in water transportation and canal building, and enthusiastically promoted both when he served in the Illinois legislature,” claims the chair of the Division of Politics and Reform at National Museum of American History. His idea? To equip boats with inflatable bellows of “india-rubber cloth, or other suitable water-proof fabric” levered alongside the hull. more
The importance of whaling (in Japan) to the local economy and cultural traditions is evident in companion exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama and The East Unlocks its Gates: American Whalers and Trade in Asia. Together, they explore Japanese whaling culture in the first half of the 19th-century as it was contemporaneous to the burgeoning American whale fishery.
and yeah, that looks an awful lot like Portland Head Light
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Originally built as an ordinary cargo ship in 1966; converted in Leningrad in 1967; decommissioned in 1989. More images and more info on Shipspotting
The Ships of Science collection of Vintage Soviet Matchbooks on Flickr:
- Dmitri Mendeleev (1/9) – named for Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834 – 1907; Russian chemist and developer of the Periodic Table.
- RV Vityaz (2/9) – wikipedia: RV Vityaz (1939)
- Mikhail Lomonosov (3/9) – named for Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov; a Russian polymath, scientist and writer. The Akademik Lomonosov, the first of a series of Russian floating nuclear power stations, is named for him. It is expected to be operational at Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatka Peninsula, in 2018.
- Akademik Kurchatov (4/9) (decommissioned)
- Akademik Vernadsky (5/9)
- Akademik Sergey Vavilov (6/9) – current
- Zarya (Non-Magnetic Ship) (7/9) – (Orig: The Sunrise) was a sailing-motor schooner built in 1952; used by the USSR Academy of Sciences to study Earth’s magnetic field. She participated in the International Geophysical Year in 1957-1958. wikipedia page
- see above: (8/9)
- Kosmonavt Yuri Gagarin (9/9) – Kosmonavt Yuriy Gagarin on wikipedia
Weird and Intense Vintage Soviet Space Postcards (perfect for airbrushing on the side of your make-out van)
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