Maritime Monday for July 9, 2012: The Monster from the Deep
St. John, looking towards Carlton, NB, 1870 – MusÃ©e McCord Museum
see also: Kamloops on the C.P.R., BC, 1887
Detail of a panoramic view of London by Wenceslaus Hollar, published in 1647
WASHINGTON — The attention London receives this summer is sure to include the kind of glossy public relations usually associated with hosts of the Olympic Games.
But that Olympic veneer has little to do with why we should care about London in the first place, which is why we are lucky the Folger Shakespeare Library here has chosen to add its quiet, studied voice to the season’s festivities with its exhibition “Open City: London, 1500-1700.” We should care, the show suggests, because of a more profound role London has played in world culture by shaping ideas of what a great city can be…
Zeppelin! A sailor waving at a friend onboard a Zeppelin, New Jersey 1936
“We All Go Down With The Ship” ~ Watercolor, Gouache, & Ink 12×16
by Derek Nobbs (prints for sale)
A view of ships in the village harbour. Land of Ice
Shipping Scene On San Francisco Bay vintage postcard
…These are from an album I got from a antique shop a few years back. It cost me $5 and was full of photos taken (I assume) by a sailor stationed in the South Seas from 1940-1946…
Bamforth published a huge series of patriotic and sentimental postcards during the Great War. This is just one of several hundred that I found in my Great-Uncle William’s attic. —more
Gothika –Fantastic Steam and Iron: Gun Accuracy
Gun accuracy, if anything, was even worse than supply. In 1870, HMS Captain, Monarch, and Hercules fired at a ship-sized rock off Vigo, Spain, during a practice run of six minutes at a range of 1,000 yards. It was calculated that, of the twelve rounds that these three ironclads managed to get off (about one every 2.5 minutes, which was about the best rate that a well-trained gun crew of the time could achieve), one would have scored a direct hit and one an indirect hit. Had the target been a moving ship, there was a good likelihood that all of the shells would have missed altogether…
December 1903 the cruiser HMS Flora ran aground on an Island off the coast of Canada
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
HMS Flora (1893): decommissioned in 1922; HMS Flora was the subject of a famous salvage operation after running aground in 1903. In 1914, just prior to the World War I, the Flora was placed on the sale list and remained on harbour service for the majority of the conflict. In April 1915 Flora was renamed TS Indus II. She was sold on 12 December 1922 and was broken up at Dover.–wiki
Scaffolding and dock workers; near Milk Market; Newcastle Libraries
Roode Zee and Zwarte Zee; Dutch Tugs on the Tyne; Newcastle Libraries
“The illustration shows the tugs Roods Zee and the Zwarte Zee taking in tow an enormous floating dock, capable of holding vessels up to 7,000 tons, from Wallsend-on-Tyne to Callao, Peru.
To tow so unwieldy a thing as this for any distance at all is a pretty severe tax on a tug ; but to take it all the way to Peru on the west coast of South America is about the utmost test which the most severe critic could ever impose. The distance is 10,260 nautical miles.”
see also: Launch of floating dock ‘Bermuda’
The Portland is a historic shipwreck in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The S.S. Portland was built by New England Shipbuilding Co. in 1889 and sank in the Portland Gale of 1898 off of Cape Ann, killing 192 people. more
Penguins surround the wreck of The Gratitude, 1911
We’ve seen the fantastic colour photographs of Shackleton’s Endurance in Antarctica, 1915, but they only skim the surface of photographer Frank Hurley’s work in Antarctica. Between 1911 and 1932 he visited the continent six times, accumulating stunning captures of landscapes, people, animals, and expeditions. Today, a selection….
Shipwrecks on Macquarie Island:
Macquarie Island has more than its share of shipwrecks. The first was recorded in the first official report of the island, in the Sydney Gazette of 18 August 1820, which read …Captain Smith saw several pieces of wreck of a large vessel on this island, apparently very old and high up in the grass, probably the remains of the ship of the unfortunate de la Perouse…”
Australia’s ship’s company had consistently suffered from low morale since the battlecruiser entered service, and the proportion of Australia’s sailors who were placed on disciplinary charges during World War I was among the highest in the RAN. Factors which contributed to low morale and poor discipline included frustration at not participating in the Battle of Jutland, high rates of illness, limited opportunities for leave, delays or complete lack of deferred pay, and poor-quality food. There was also the perception that Australia’s British personnel were being promoted faster than their Australian counterparts and were dominating leadership positions.
Representatives of the ship’s company approached Captain Claude Cumberlege to ask for a one-day delay on departure; this would allow the sailors to have a full weekend of leave, give Perth-born personnel the chance to visit their families, and give personnel another chance to invite people aboard. Cumberlege replied that as Australia had a tight schedule of “welcome home” port visits, such delays could not even be considered. The next morning, at around 10:30, between 80 and 100 sailors gathered in front of ‘P’ turret. Australia was ready to depart, but when the order to release the mooring lines and get underway was given, Cumberlege was informed that the stokers had abandoned the boiler rooms.
After the assembly on deck, some sailors had masked themselves with black handkerchiefs, and encouraged or intimidated the stokers on duty into leaving their posts, leaving the navy’s flagship stranded at the buoy, in full view of dignitaries and crowds lining the nearby wharf. Naval historians disagree on what happened next…
A Tremendous Story of Sea Adventure – back
Pan Books 1960
Master Shipwright Peter Pett and the Sovereign of the Seas
Painting by Peter Lely, 1637
HMS Bulwark is an Albion-class landing platform dock, the UK’s newest class of amphibious assault warship and built in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Numerous delays caused the delivery date to be put back, with the ship entering service in December 2004. In October 2011 she became the Flagship of the Royal Navy.
The ship is designed to send large numbers of troops and vehicles to shore as quickly as possible. The rear of the Bulwark opens and floods a compartment, allowing the boats inside to be launched.
Following the outbreak of the First World War, Bulwark, along with the rest of the squadron was attached to the Channel Fleet, conducting patrols in the English Channel. On 26 November 1914, while anchored near Sheerness, she was destroyed by a large internal explosion for the loss of 736 men. Two of the 14 survivors died later in hospital. The explosion was likely to have been caused by the overheating of cordite charges that had been placed adjacent a boiler room bulkhead.
HMS Bulwark (1860) was previously the planned 110-gun first rate HMS Howe. Already obsolete when launched, she was never fitted with all her guns and was renamed Bulwark in 1885 when she became a training ship. She was renamed HMS Impregnable in 1886, and then HMS Bulwark again in 1919. She was sold for breaking up in 1921.
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Jade Rooster by Roger Crossland, art by Cold is the Sea
Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1942 / John Collier Jr.
Ã–zlem Shipwreck; A shipwreck named Desire at the shore of Batumi
The Turkish tanker ran ashore near the Black Sea port, and has remained in the exact spot where it “sank,” half-crippled, during the ensuing years.
Broken in the center, the tanker’s middle part sank into the murky water, leaving its ends to jut out of the water — a colorful tragedy that attracts an ever-growing number of curiosity seekers.
see also: Treasure Island Naval History Mural
video: TITANIC BELFAST l’exposition ouverte Ã Belfast en mars 2012
a virtual walk-through of the ship, ascending deck by deck (4 mins)
see also: Superbes maquettes du RMS TITANIC
above: Specimen: Juvenile live bay scallop Argopecten irradians. The ultimate goal of this research is to help restore scallop populations in Rhode Island
below: Specimen: Live coral Goniastrea sp., known as green brain coral. One full polyp in the center is shown with four surrounding polyps. Walled corallites are purple. Technique: Phase contrast illumination. (James H. Nicholson/NOAA
Extraordinary Microscope Photographs
on The Big Picture
in the year 2000
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Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to compiling Maritime Monday, she blogs about nautical art, history, and marine science on Adventures of the Blackgang. (twitter)
Submit story ideas, news links, photographs, or items of interest to her at [email protected]. She can also out-belch any man.
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