Maritime Monday for June 18th, 2012; Thank You For Smoking

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June 17, 2012


original: Grace Carey; Displaced Person, Digit Books 1961 / Cover art by Rallney


Speculi marini, integram cvm borealis, tum orientalis oceani nauigationem; nimirum a Freto Anglicana, in Viburgum et Naruam; Tabulis diuersis complectens, et earum vsu decorata (1586) [32 pages]


Speculum nauticum super navigatione maris Occidentalis confectum, continens omnes oras maritimas Galliae, Hispaniae et praecipuarum partium Angliae, in diuersis mappis maritimis comprehensum una cum usu et interpretatione carundem, accurata diligentia concinnatum, et elaboratum. (1583) via yama-bato


vintage cigarette packs from the United Kingdom

A Pyrate’s Life; Captain and Crew

The Striker

Often overlooked, the Striker was a native of the West Indies, typically from Darien or the Mosquito Coast. They were expert hunters who trapped sea turtles and manatees; fished for sharks and other large fish; and also hunted wild game when the the crew came ashore.

Their knowledge of local plants aided in collecting edible fruits and vegetables as well as medicinal plants and herbs.Their expert ability at hunting and fishing earned them a spot among the crew, Their hatred of Spain assured their loyalty and ferocity in battle. They were not kept aboard for the seaman ship, their job was to catch fish and kill Spaniards. (more)

via beforethemastrp

The Starbucks Reclamation Drive-Thru

The Starbucks Reclamation Drive-Thru in Tukwila, Washington

More than $15 billion worth of coffee is exported each year. That makes it the second most traded commodity in the world, behind only oil. The majority of this coffee grows between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, but most of the world’s coffee is consumed in countries located well beyond beyond that stretch of the globe often referred to as The Bean Belt. Wherever beans may be sent after cultivation, they’re almost surely shipped in the nigh-ubiquitous, intermodal, internationally-standardized shipping container. These corrugated steel boxes have been used to ship coffee around the world since the 1950s. More recently, they’re also being used to sell coffee…

Coffee Shops built from Shipping Containers


Downtown Moscow Underwater in 1908 (more)

from The Allen Collection


Mr W Allen and his son Frank took about 60 years to gather this collection of 5,141 photos of Merchant Navy ships.

The collection was saved from obscurity by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to make it available to everyone with an interest in the Merchant Navy.

The Allens catalogued most of the photographs and recorded details of the ships on the back and at this stage of the project, the information is reproduced exactly as it was recorded by them. There are a number of known errors in the data and I intend to extend it based on the more accurate information that is now available though this will be a long job. Nearly all the images are original photographs; just a few are postcards.

*site requires registration prior to viewing contents.  Activation does not appear to be instantaneous…  (otherwise I’d have posted a photo)

– submitted by bowsprite


Species and habitats found in recommended marine conservation zones – in pictures
on The Guardian


Shackleton’s Antarctic Expediton, 1907-1909
Polar Exploration Cigarette Card. John Player and Sons, 1915 (see the set)
posted by Marxchivist


Murad Turkish Cigarettes, Cigarette Card
see also:
Murad, THE Turkish Cigarette, ‘Demanded By Thousands of Smokers,’ 1923


Painting the ShipSemaphore PFraming a Liner
Kollage Kid’s cigarette card collection


HMS Temeraire Kinney Brothers (USA) Naval Vessels of the World 1889


Maritime Cards ~ Flags & Uniforms
350 photos



Ogden’s Cigarettes “British Birds” series of 50 issued in 1905

Animals & Birds (Set: 222)


Wills cigarette card from the Aviation series which premiered in 1910.


The Horizon
see also: Lighthouse Lantern


Cigarette Cards From the Will’s set “Strange Craft”
(above and below) posted by shipscompass
see also: The Cutty Sark & Greenwich (Set: 12)



All Hallows-by-the-Tower

One of a number of stained glass tributes to British Merchant Shipping Companies in this historic church, Tower Hill, London.  Photo by shipscompass


Chinese Cigarette Card
Dhachukao Cigarettes; Dhachunkao Tobacco Co, Shanghai


Cigarette Card – Casabianca

Phillips Cigarettes “Famous Boys” (set of 25 issued in 1924)
No20 Louis de Casabianca (1753-1798) Captain of the French Flagship Orient who “rather than surrender blew up the ship” In reality the ship was shot to pieces when fire broke out, and with not enough crew left to extinguish it, finally exploded. Casabianca was 45 when this happened, but his son of 10 years refused to leave the ship, and so was killed with his father.

see also: Lieutenant Fegan, Scout MarrCarl Springel,  John Clinton,  and Midshipman Lucas,


The Orient explodes during the Battle of Aboukir Bay
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Luc-Julien-Joseph Casabianca on wikipedia:

French Navy officer: In 1798, Casabianca captained the Orient, the flagship of the French fleet which carried Napoleon Bonaparte and his army to Egypt. Days after their arrival to Egypt, the French ships were attacked by the British and the Battle of Aboukir Bay broke out. During the fight, Orient was set ablaze by English cannon fire and exploded at around 11 o’clock, killing everybody aboard. The blast was so great it was felt 15 miles away in Alexandria. His 12-year-old son, Giocante, was also killed.

The poem Casabianca, by Felicia Hemans, tells the story of the heroic death of his son at the Battle of Aboukir Bay


Australia; Wills’s Cigarettes “The British Empire”
from Around the World on Cigarette Cards (Set: 358)


cigarette cards: smugglers cove; see the set

Cigarette Card – Newlyn

Pattreiouex Senior Service Cigarettes, “Coastwise” (set of 48 issued in 1939)
No40 Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall — Picturesque Britain (Set)


British Naval Craft HMS Adventure
Modern Naval Ships Pre 1939 (Set: 33)

HMS Adventure (M23) on wikipedia:

A minelaying cruiser of the Royal Navy built in the 1920s that saw service during the Second World War. Laid down at Devonport in November 1922 and launched in June 1924, Adventure was the first vessel built for service as a minelayer, she was also the first warship to use diesel engines, being used for cruising.

In the early months of the Second World War, she was damaged in the Thames Estuary and was repaired at Sheerness.

In 1940, she laid minefields in the Orkney Islands and St. George’s Channel and in 1941 was damaged by a mine while off Liverpool.

In 1944, she was converted to a landing craft repair and accommodation ship; in 1945 was reduced to reserve; and in 1947 was sold to T W Ward Ltd. and broken up at Briton Ferry.



HMS Adventure 1943


Album of Aeroplane (Civil) : Issued by John Player & Sons
see also: Player’s Cigarettes “Advertisment Card, Sailor” (Large sized single issue, 1929)
and HMS Invincible, enameled Players Sign; Beamish, County Durham


The Horror of Party Beach complete photo comic
on Two-Fisted Tales of True-Life Weird Romance!


The Flag We’re Fighting For…; Undersea Commandos 02
– complete comic on Digital Comics Museum –


Neptune’s Grotto on Atlas Obscura

In the 18th century, a local fisherman from Sardinia spotted an opening in a cliff side while fishing off the coast. The opening, which is generally a meter above sea level unless waters are rough, turned out to be a beautiful grotto featuring an abundance of giant stalactites and stalagmites. Named after the Roman god of the sea, the local legend has since become a tourist attraction…


The World Discoverer: The ship that got left behind

Both eerie and impressive to behold, this half-sunken sea-liner has been lying, tipped to one side, half-submerged for over nine years. Once a globetrotting cruise ship, it was able to easily navigate the 8000 miles of the Northwest Passage, but a fateful date with an uncharted reef ended its seafaring career for good.

see also:

Bronze Bathers, Rubha Robhanais: The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, and H.P. Lovecraft’s Grave


One of the four 10,000 ton cargo motor-ships that were built by Doxford & Sons in Sunderland for Thomas & James Harrison of Liverpool

full size: 1600×1315 on Blog at the Ballast


Nicias (c. 470–413 b.c.) on Cog and Galley

The Syracusans, determined to secure not merely the salvation of their city but the complete destruction of the invaders, set out to shut them in the Great Harbour. Accordingly, they anchored a line of merchantmen and other hulks across the harbour entrance, bridging them over with boards, and connecting them with iron chains. Part of the fleet had been detailed to guard this boom, while the rest created a ring around the harbour, ready to charge the Athenians from all points of the compass when the time was ripe…

see also: Battle of Cnidus (394 b.c.)


illustration of the Battle of Sluys; it comes from a fifteenth-century manuscript of Jean Froissart’s Chronicles

The naval Battle of Sluys was the first major victory for the English in the Hundred Years’ War against France. King Edward III personally directed the English fleet on the day of battle.

Also called Battle of l’Ecluse was fought on 24 June 1340 as one of the opening conflicts of the Hundred Years’ War. It is of historical importance in that it resulted in the destruction of most of French fleet, making an invasion of England impossible, and ensuring that the remainder of the war would be fought mostly on French soil.

The Chronicles of Sir John Froissart
The naval engagement between the king of England and the French before Sluys

“When the king’s fleet was almost got to Sluys, they saw so many masts standing before it, that they looked like a wood. The king asked the commander of his ship what they could be, who answered, that he imagined they must be that armament of Normans, which the king of France kept at sea, and which had so frequently done him much damage, had burnt his good town of Northampton, and taken his large ship the Christopher.


The king replied, “I have for a long time wished to meet with them, and now, please God and St. George, we will fight with them; for, in truth, they have done me so much mischief, that I will be revenged upon them, if possible.” The king then drew up all his vessels, placing the strongest in the front, and on the wings his archers.

Between every two vessels with archers there was one of men at arms. He stationed some detached vessels as a reserve, full of archers, to assist and help such as might be damaged.

There were in this fleet a great many ladies from England, countesses, baronesses, and knights’ and gentlemans’ wives, who were going to attend on the queen at Ghent: these the king guarded most carefully by three hundred men at arms and five hundred archers.

When the king of England and his marshals had properly divided the fleet, they hoisted their sail to have the wind on their quarter, as the sun shone full in their faces, which they considered might be of disadvantage to them, and stretched out a little, so that at last they got the wind as they wished.

The Normans, who saw them tack, could not help wondering why they did so, and said they took good care to turn about, for they were afraid of meddling with them: they perceived, however, by his banner, that the king was on board, which gave them great joy, as they were eager to fight with him; so they put their vessels in proper order, for they were expert and gallant men on the seas.

They filled the Christopher, the large ship which they had taken the year before from the English, with trumpets and other warlike instruments, and ordered her to fall upon the English. The battle then began very fiercely; archers and cross-bowmen shot with all their might at each other, and the men at arms engaged hand to hand: in order to be more successful, they had large grapnels, and iron hooks with chains, which they flung from ship to ship to moor them to each other. There were many valiant deeds performed, many prisoners made, and many rescues. The Christopher, which led the van, was recaptured by the English, and all in her taken or killed. There were great shouts and cries, and the English manned her again with archers, and sent her to fight against the Genoese.”


The Logbook of the Ottoman Navy-Ships, Legends & Sailors on Bosphorus Naval News

An exhibition at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, called “The Logbook of Ottoman Navy: Ships, Legends, Sailors” is about the Ottoman Navy from 16th till 20th century.

All of the objects in this exhibition are on loan from Istanbul Naval Museum as this is under a comprehensive renovation. The chosen objects and the paintings can give a visitor a good idea about the topic. This is the first (I am not counting the existing and permanent exhibitions at the Istanbul Naval Museum)of a private museum in Turkish about seafaring and naval warfare. It is a good sign. It means that naval warfare and sailors have been started to be found culturally interesting.

“The Logbook of the Ottoman Navy-Ships, Legends and Sailors” exhibition, curated by Ekrem Işık, chairman of the Istanbul Research Institute Ottoman Enquiries Department, will stay open until 4 October.


Valentine Card c.1840
A coloured lithograph of a ship sailing on the sea with a door revealing a sailor being given a valentine by a cupid below deck. Verse below image reads:

Oh! true ‘tis indeed I would taste of the lip / That flies from the Cottage & ventures the Ship / For she who inclines to a Sailor’s own heart, / In the gale of adversity – never will part

Let it blow, and blow hard, my own fond one believe / I will ever be faithful, and never deceive / In Hymen’s own bonds, no intruder should sever / And living, love on – yes for ever and ever

British Postal Museum & Archive
– Original (1229 x 1500) –


M. C. Escher
1898 ~ 1972
Golden Age Comic Book Stories

Escher was familiar with passenger-carrying cargo ships, having travelled on the Verdi during his 1935 spring tour of Sicily and Malta. Escher travelled from Spain to Italy by ship, and enjoyed the voyage immensely, splitting his time between drawing the ship and playing cards with her officers.

M.C. Escher Brief Biography


Cargo ship, woodcut, 1936


Escher on a freight ship (1936)

Drawings of symmetry by M.C. Escher

Why Do Men Grill?
on Smithsonian Mag

imageMeghan Casserly offered her observations in a 2010 Forbes article. There’s the element of danger—fire! sharp tools!—and the promise of hanging out with other guys. But she also finds that the tendency for men to grill is a construct of the mid-20th century and the rise of suburban living. In the United States, family dynamics and attitudes toward parenting were changing and there was an increasing expectation for fathers to spend their free time with their families instead of with their buddies at the local bar.

Globally, it seems that this gendered division of cookery is an American phenomenon. Across cultures, women generally do most of the cooking, period…

In the book Catching Fire: How Cooking Makes Us Human, Richard Wrangham points out that in hunter/gatherer societies, the sexes each seek out different types of food: women forage and handle dishes that require the most preparation, while men go out to find foods that are more difficult to come by—namely, meat. Furthermore, they tend to cook on ceremonial occasions or when there are no women around…

It’s All About the Booty
Captain Dan & The Scurvy Crew

(caution NSFW)

(Source: wutaaaang, via fathermapple)


Peugeot Nautic Motorboat Car from 1925 (more) on The Astonishing Portal Gun

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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