Maritime Monday for January 23rd, 2017

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Vintage Meccano Magazine front cover; Anything Goes England – Meccano was an English monthly hobby magazine published by Meccano Ltd between 1916 and 1963 and aimed at boys of all ages. Meccano is a model construction system created in Liverpool. More
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Being moved by barge across Richardson Bay, Tiburon, California, December, 1957. (messynessychic.com

The Lyford House being saved from demolition, 1957

Built in 1876, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; now owned by the National Audubon Society. Found on Historical Times.

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The crew of the offshore supply ship Malaviya Twenty detained at Great Yarmouth after the company that owns the ship failed to pay their wages. Photograph: Andy Hall for the Observer

UK – For seven months Saigal has been separated from his family in India, effectively imprisoned on a ship moored off the coast of Norfolk. A routine inspection of the offshore supply vessel Malaviya Twenty at Great Yarmouth last June found what unions describe as “modern-day slavery” – 15 Indian crew had not been paid for months while working in the oilfields of the North Sea.

Unwilling to desert the ship without getting paid, its crew have been left abandoned in the Norfolk port.   Keep reading on The Guardian

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USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30) leading Phillip R. Clarke and Arthur M. Anderson in the St. Marys River / Munuscong Channel; the Munuscong Channel lies between Canada and the United States. The Mackinaw is turning at Johnson Point. Seen from Sailors Encampment, St. Joseph Island, Ontario. (posted by twurdemann)
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Map of The Republic of the Gambia – Central Intelligence Agency; CIA World Factbook

The True History of the Gambia’s Bizarre Origin Story

On Thursday, troops from Senegal and allied West African nations crossed the border into the Gambia in support of the tiny country’s newly elected president, after the current leader refused to cede power. (more on The Guardian)

According to an apocryphal story, British ships created the country’s borders by shooting cannonballs off the sides of their ships.  Read on Atlas Obscura

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New York Times – A ferry bringing back people who fled Gambia because of its political crisis arrived at the port in Banjul on Saturday. Credit Jerome Delay/Associated Press
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Peek Frean Biscuits; Advertisment card showing the enamelled tin for Navy biscuits, c. 1890’s
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English Russia – Story of a Unique First and Only Soviet Touristic Submarine
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Not far from the mouth of the river Tyne, fabulously-coloured nudibranchs and corals can be spotted amongst rusting sunken ships. Photograph: Richard Aspinall

What lies beneath: discovering surprising jewels in the North Sea

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Fishermen’s Terminal by quietseattle
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The Vikings had “a long oral history going back centuries,” says Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough. “It’s very hard to separate the facts from the fiction.”

National Geographic: How Much Viking Lore Is True?

In her new book, Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas, historian Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough explores the world of the sagas, teasing fact from fiction to show that there was much more to the Norse peoples than rape, pillage, dragons, elves, and trolls.  Keep reading

Gaelic monks settled on empty northern islands—Orkney, Shetland—but it’s also possible that they found their way to Iceland, where man-made caves, decorated with crosses, have convinced some archaeologists that there were settlers here before the Vikings.

The First Observations of Sea Ice Came From 8th-Century Irish Monks in Iceland

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Black Ball Ferry M/V Coho – Guemes Channel. Pier One, Port of Anacortes. DCI Floating Drydock DD1. (photo by -jon)
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CNN Video – Ghostly figures seen only from the ocean floor. Click image to play

This Underwater Art Museum Is An Ocean Lover’s Dream

Europe’s first underwater museum opens off Spain’s Lanzarote island

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Sculptures created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, underwater off the southern coast of Lanzarote. — “Sculptures are normally seen as static and monumental, while these are always living in the moment,” Mr. Taylor said during a recent interview in his seaside studio. “The more texture the pieces have, the more they transform” –Photo by Raphael Minder for The New York Times 
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Museo Atlántico will be inaugurated on 10 January as artist Jason deCaires Taylor completes his monumental underwater sculpture work, featuring more than 300 life-size human figures. Read more on The Guardian
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Tidy Tackle – Livorno Fishing harbour (photo by Tony Tomlin)

see also: Nest of nets – and – How does that work?

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via SurferToday

What the First European to Visit Hawaii Thought About Surfers

Long before the Beach Boys encouraged an entire generation to catch a wave, Pacific Islanders were surfing—and explorer James Cook was one of the first Europeans to see it.

James Cook’s voyages to through the Pacific are credited with “helping to guide generations of explorers, as well as with providing the first accurate map of the Pacific,” claims Biography.com. His diaries and those of some crew members are still used by historians of the Pacific region, and his influence on Pacific history is felt up and down the coast. One little-known area of history that his crew members documented was surfing.

Keep reading on Smithsonian

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Twins – posted by b.art.a
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Eivissa Nova, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain (photo by ibzsierra)
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On the Ferry; Museum of Found Photos – posted by VintageSmoke

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