Maritime Monday for May 29th, 2017: Port Sunshine

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Plymouth Navy Week Official Guide and Souvenir, 1936 – by Ernest Ibbetson (UK)

Still Life with Shells — 1698 oil painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter, Adriaen Coorte

from the chapter Marine Art and Culture: “It is not only their delightful shapes and stunning geometry that draw one to seashells. It is their power to kindle the imagination. Looking at seashells calls forth tales from the deep — of Odysseus and the Sirens, Captain Ahab and Moby–Dick — and the tapestry of real loves and real tragedies that has unfolded over the centuries as humans try to come to terms with the sea.”

A quote from my new book, ‘Maritime Double Shots’ ~Barista Uno (Fred Uno)

Brent Delta oil platform IRON LADY coming up the Tees estuary to be recycled at Able UK, Hartlepool. The tugs are Bugsier 6 and Bugsier 4. Hartlepool nuclear power station is visible in the background. click image to see full size. Posted by Cathy McBurney
Admiralty Pier, Dover

Vintage postcard of the world’s busiest passenger port. Sixteen million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year. The port has been owned and operated by the Dover Harbour Board, a statutory corporation, since it was formed by Royal Charter in 1606 by King James I. wiki

S/S Negbah, 1950’s

ZIM LINE – Israel’s Passenger and Cruise company in the 1950s and 1960s

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. formerly ZIM Israel Navigation Company Ltd. and Zim American Israeli Shipping Inc., is the biggest cargo shipping company in Israel, and one of the top-20 global carriers. Though the company’s headquarters are in Haifa; it also has North American offices in Norfolk, Virginia.

Founded in 1945 by the Jewish Agency and the Histadrut (General Federation of Laborers in the Land of Israel). The first ship was purchased in partnership with Harris and Dixon (based in London) in 1947. This vessel was refurbished, renamed SS Kedma, and sailed to the future state of Israel in the summer of 1947. 

A rotting whale carcass recently washed ashore in Indonesia. Photograph: Patasiwa Kumbang Amalatu/Youtube

Do sea monsters exist? Yes, but they go by another name …

The Guardian – Nothing (apart from spiders and wasps) brings out the worst in journalism like a decomposing whale, it seems.

Animals that have the audacity to wash up on beaches in various stages of decay can never, ever, be familiar creatures. They are always required by journalists to fit the narrative of a grog-induced pirate yarn. And so last year, when a dead marine mammal washed up on a Welsh beach, it quickly became the Beast of Port Talbot.

keep reading on the Guardian

British seaman on the HMS Sphinx removing a slave’s restraints for the final time. Circa 1907 – on HistoricalTimes

Six ships (and one shore establishment) of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Sphinx or HMS Sphynx – Above, (based on the date) is described as, “a wooden paddle sloop launched in 1846 and broken up in 1881”

boats in Lake Baikal ice, Russia, 1900s – transpressNZ
When you see the whole thing it’s less threatening.

WIRED: The Strange Lovecraftian Statuary of Puerto Vallarta

Known as “La Rotunda del Mar” (“The Circle of the Sea” in my poor, poor Spanish), this installation by artist Alejandro Colunga features creatures/beings straight out of Innsmouth and Lovecraft’s imaginings. Fabulous!

Sunset at Rotunda of the Sea (Photo Gallery)

Alejandro Colunga Marín is a Mexican artist, painter and sculptor born in Guadalajara on 11 December 1948.

He has participated in many exhibitions, individually and collectively since 1968, in the United States, Mexico, Europe and South America.

One well-known series of eight sculptures of his, La Rotonda del Mar, is a collection of bronze chairs (created in 1997) that were created for Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk (malecon).

The rusty remnants of a Totten beacon (foreground) located near American Shoal lighthouse. Photo credit: M. Lawrence.

What are the Totten Beacons?
These 19th-century aids to navigation are protected historical resources.

In 1513, Spanish explorer Ponce de León sailed into the strong currents of the Florida Straits. Little did he know that within a few years, these uncharted waters, which feed into the Gulf Stream, would become a major international shipping route to and from Europe and the New World.

By 1852, Lieutenant James B. Totten, the U.S. Army’s assistant to the Coast Survey, had installed 15 wooden signal poles in the reefs to create more accurate charts of the Florida Keys. Local mariners quickly recognized that the poles themselves helped them safely navigate the reefs, and by 1855, Totten and his team installed a second generation of 16 poles using a more permanent material—iron.

Today, remnants of Totten Beacons are protected as historical resources by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  Read on National Ocean Service

Museum of Found Photographs: Somewhere in the UK, boaters await the opening of a lock

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A new high-resolution map of the floor of the Gulf of Mexico was released to the public – Map by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

New Seafloor Map Reveals How Strange the Gulf of Mexico Is

The floor of the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most geologically interesting stretches of the Earth’s surface. The gulf’s peculiar history gave rise to a landscape riddled with domes, pockmarks, canyons, faults, and channels — all revealed in more detail than ever before by a new 1.4 billion-pixel map.  National Geographic

War Is Boring: The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) arrives pierside in Manama, Bahrain for a brief port visit. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Brandon A. Teeples. (RELEASED)

Podcast: From Loathed to Loved—the Deadly History of the Submarine

see also: ‘Graf Zeppelin’ Was Nazi Germany’s Big, Dumb Aircraft Carrier

Lilac Preservation Project on Facebook – “Lilac is 84 today!”

USCGC Lilac (WAGL-227) – The USCGC Lilac was a Coast Guard lighthouse tender currently located in New York City.

Looking west at the Lilac and Fireboat John D McKean at Pier 40 – wikipedia photo by Jim.henderson

Built in 1933 at the Pusey & Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware and added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 7, 2005. She is a museum ship, docked at Pier 25, near North Moore Street in Manhattan.

America’s Only Steam-Powered Lighthouse Tender, LILAC brought supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys from 1933 to 1972.

Restoring Steam To America’s Waters: The Lilac Preservation Project website

loading a camel into a ship at Aden (Yemen) – transpressNZ

Mode Persuasive Cartography collection digitized

Persuasive cartography is decidedly more the former than the latter. Its aim is to sell a product or influence opinion using the aesthetic allure and/or the impression of scientific rigor conveyed by maps. The actual science of mapmaking — accurate renditions of land masses, roads, structures, topographical features — isn’t the point, except insofar as it lends the cachet of objectivity to a pitch.

Retired lawyer PJ Mode began collecting maps after seeing an exhibition of old and unusual maps at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1980. Over the years he began to narrow his focus to maps of the persuasive persuasion, fascinated by the reasoning behind them.

Last month, more than 500 of them were digitized by the Cornell University Library. Now there are 862 of them. They can be browsed by subject or date. Almost 200 of the maps are in the Advertising & Promotion category, and they are some of the most aesthetically interesting. Like the Niagara Belt Line, shown above.  All of the digitized maps are available for download in high resolution

Keep reading on The History Blog

Journey Into Fear by Eric Ambler – Cover art by William Teason; 1960
Bristol (UK) Albion Dockyard 1918 – Launch of SS War Plum. 7 December 1918. Launched from Yard no. 129, Albion dockyard, Hotwells. This ship operated under a variety of names before being scuttled in the North Sea with a load of chemical weapons in November of 1945.

Bristol City Line of SteamshipsThe Bristol AvonThe Port of AvonmouthThe Port of Avonmouth IIBristol Albion Dockyard – SS Chicago CityBristol Albion Dockyard – SS Chicago City 1917Bristol Tug John King 1935Bristol Albion Dockyard – SS Chicago City 3Launching of the New York City

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Two ladies on a boat; Museum of Found Photos

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