Maritime Monday for May 15th, 2017

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Clarence “Frogman” Henry (born March 19, 1937), is an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist, best known for his 1956 hit “Ain’t Got No Home”. Listen to some of his music here.

Clarence Henry was born in New Orleans in 1937, moving to the Algiers neighborhood in 1948. He started learning piano as a child, with Fats Domino and Professor Longhair being his main influences. He used his trademark croaky-voice affectation to improvise the song “Ain’t Got No Home” one night in 1955.

Chess Records’ A&R man Paul Gayten heard the song, and had Henry record it in Cosimo Matassa’s studio in September 1956. The song eventually rose to number 3 on the national R&B chart and number 20 on the US pop chart. The gimmick earned Henry his nickname of ‘Frogman’ and jump-started a career that endures to this day.  more

Lt. Cmdr. Ben McCarty, second from left, reenlists Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Nikki Duffy on the yardarm of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71). via Retrowar
Advertisment in A Guide to Practical Navigation : containing the rules and methods of solving problems in the most practical manner : the simplest and most complete method for finding a ship’s position at sea, as well as a thoroughly approved method of finding the latitude and longitude; by Edmund McNevin, 1878 – Click image to download in full (via clawmarks)
via Portland Tugboat LLC – The last official act as a McAllister tug for the classic former Brian A before she heads to the breakers. Training Portland Firefighting cadets how to fight a shipboard fire. Bravo Zulu Tug BRIAN A! – see full size (plus one more)
USS Constitution, Portsmouth Naval Yard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 12, 1905 – Barracks were added to the ship in the period 1857-1860 so it could serve as a training vessel for the United States Naval Academy. see also: USS Constitution, Charlestown, Mass., October 12, 1905
An American photographer went to see USSR in 1958. His focus of interest was the Volga river and cities on its shores. After he returned he made an album called “Volga River Essay” for LIFE Magazine. See it on English Russia
There was a squad of squid laying eggs on the wreck of the Valiant today. We would approach them and they would back away only to come back and tend to their eggs shortly after. Posted by Corey Hamilton

see also: The Valiant Wreck – Palm Beach

Sault Ste Marie MI UP Soo Locks Great Lakes Freighters Thomas W Lamont and AF Harvey LL Cook A-928 (1635 x 1057)
“Aetna” orginally built as the “Coperas” by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1919. Owned by the US Shipping Board of Washington, DC until 1925; purchased the following year by the Aetna Portland Cement Company of Detroit, Michigan, and renamed “Aetna.”
Boston, Massachusetts: shipbuilders work on the Emma M. Vickerson at the Fort Hill Dry Dock (detail)
A fellow blogger/friend sent me this a few days ago and admonished me with “I don’t care if you hate it. Some of your boat friends might think it’s cool.”

Well, here it is: “Design of the latest Parisian (wikipedia says Boulogne-Billancourt, France) concert venue, ‘La Seine Musicale.'” And yes, I hate it. But I promised them I’d put it MM this week. I think it’s putrid, pure and simple. Chances are slim I’ll ever have to consume prophylactic Pepto Bismol before attending an event there anytime in the near future, so Miss Monkey isn’t going to waste her hates on it.

I did a Google search so I could include one of my perfunctory and clever “text-blurbs,” (that’s official writer-asshole jargon) that might provide a bit more context as to What in God’s Name Were They Thinking? I mean their original intent and mission statement, but all the first page of hits were in French, Which I Do Not Grok, and seeing all those pictures with those vomitious yellow lights in them made me taste something queer, bitter, and nostalgic in my mouth, so I closed the tab because it made me feel icky.

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Views of Old Ship Meeting House in Hingham, Massachusetts: above (interior) – below (exterior)

The Old Ship Church (also known as the Old Ship Meetinghouse) is a Puritan church built in 1681 in Hingham, Massachusetts. It is the only surviving 17th-century Puritan meetinghouse in America. Within the church, “the ceiling, made of great oak beams, (Gothic open timber construction) looks like the inverted frame of a ship,” notes The Washington Post. More on wikipedia

see also: Underside of roof of Old Ship Meeting House, Hingham

Diver Duty: Both props of HMCS Toronto and rudder from aft looking forward. posted by Royal Canadian Navy / Marine royale canadienne

HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1993. When not on operations she is assigned to Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and is based at CFB Halifax.  more

Visitors have been touring the Niagara Falls since 1846. The photograph shows one of the earliest, perhaps the first, passenger ships used. There have been seven “Maids,”altogether. This coal-powered wooden ship was built in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in 1885. She’d make many trips daily, loading and unloading passengers on both the American and Canadian sides of the Falls. Each trip circled the base of both Falls. click image to see full size

Operated by Maid of the Mist Corp. of Niagara Falls, New York. “Maid of the Mist” has been owned by the Glynn family of Lewiston, New York, since 1971.

The original was not built for sightseeing. The two-stage barge-like steamer was designed primarily as a link for a proposed ferry service between New York City and York (Toronto, Canada). It was a 72-foot-long side-wheeler with an 18-foot beam which was powered by steam produced from a wood- and coal-fired boiler. It was designed to carry a stagecoach and four horses without unhitching the horses. The ferry did well until 1848, when the opening of a suspension bridge between the United States and Canada cut into the ferry traffic. It was then that the owners decided to make the journey a sightseeing trip, plotting a journey closer to the Falls.  more

Maid of the Mist II, Niagara Falls, U.S.A, by American Stereoscopic Co.

Farewell Maid of the Mist – A Voyage Into History

When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business.

podcast: Where oil rigs go to die on The Guardian

Ladies on the “Tern” Museum of Found Photographs – see also
St Katherine’s Docks; Museum of Found Photos

St Katharine Docks, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, were one of the commercial docks serving London, on the north side of the river Thames just east (downstream) of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The docks take their name from the former medieval hospital of St Katharine’s by the Tower, (founded  1147) which used to stand on the site.  See also: Found Photo 2: Lightship Nore at the St Katherine’s Docks

St Katherine’s was the prototypical filthy, low class waterfront village, (with names like Dark Entry, Cat’s Hole, Shovel Alley, Rookery and Pillory Lane) popular with sailors and rivermen, and frequented by thieves and prostitutes. In 1825, commercial pressure for larger docks up-river caused St Katharine’s, with its 14th & 15th century buildings (including a brewery) and some 3,000 inhabitants, to be demolished. Controversial at the time, it was also praised for demolishing “some of the most insanitary and unsalutary dwellings in London”.

The church and it’s services relocated to Regent’s Park, where the former chapel is now the Danish Seaman’s Church. The Docks at St Katherine’s have been redeveloped and were replaced with high rise condos for yuppie scum.

Notable boats regularly moored in the docks include:

St Katharine Docks on wikipedia

Lightship Nore in Saint Katharine Docks, London, UK in 1988 – see full size

The Nore is a sandbank at the mouth of the Thames Estuary, England. It marks the point where the River Thames meets the North Sea. As the sandbank was a major hazard for shipping coming in and out of London, in 1732 it received the world’s first lightship, and also was the site of a notorious mutiny in 1797.

From 1899 to 1955, the Royal Navy maintained a Commander-in-Chief, The Nore, a senior officer responsible for protecting the entrance to the port of London, and merchant traffic along the east coast of Britain.  more Nore

When Smog was King – Found Photo – New York City – 1959
War History Online – Beyond the Brick’s Matthew Kay talks with Cody Osell about Brickmania’s massive World War II D-Day; Omaha Beach Normandy, France military scene at Brickworld Chicago
via historicaltimes – This month in History: 6 May 1994; The English Channel Tunnel officially opens for business, (waaay over budget and over a year behind schedule) turning centuries of Traversing the Sleeve from an adventure to a bureaucratic pain in the ass. More on wikipedia
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