Maritime Monday for November 14th, 2016

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Idle Women and Judies by Heather Wastie; National Waterways Museum, Gloucester

Imperial War Museum: Women Run A Boat: Life On Board The Canal Barge ‘Heather Bell’; 1942
Women trainees keep the waterways operating during WWII

‘Idle Women’ – the land girls of the waterways

Canal & River Trust
National Service badge worn by female trainee steerers during the Second World War; Canal & River Trust

Most people are familiar with the ‘Land Girls’; women who volunteered to work the land to aid the war effort during World War Two. Less well known, however, are their canal-based equivalents; known undeservedly as the ‘Idle Women’.

This nickname, derived from the initials ‘IW’ (for Inland Waterways) displayed on their badges, was given by native boatpeople to those women who volunteered to operate canal barges carrying vital supplies through the country’s waterway network.  keep reading

The Canal Girls: Our Waterway War (Daily Mail; 2009)

Idle Women Project, Boat Launch, at Sandygate Mooring, Burnley
idle women’s floating arts centre for women and girls will be visiting sites along the canal in Pennine Lancashire throughout 2016 – read more on superslowway

see also: Reunion and plaque for the ‘Idle Women’, the Land Girls of the canals

1000+ images about WWII Canal Women on Pinterest

Very Busy Yangtze River, China
Sandblasted hull #MaritimeSingapore
A photogrammetric image of the stern of the Ottoman-era ship showing coils of rope and a tiller with elaborate carvings. A lack of oxygen at the icy depths of the Black Sea left the wrecks relatively undisturbed. Credit: Expedition and Education Foundation/Black Sea MAP

We Couldn’t Believe Our Eyes’

A Lost World of Shipwrecks Is Found

NY Times – Archaeologists have found more than 40 vessels in the Black Sea, some more than a millennium old, shedding light on early empires and trade routes.

The medieval ship lay more than a half-mile down at the bottom of the Black Sea, its masts, timbers and planking undisturbed in the darkness for seven or eight centuries. Lack of oxygen in the icy depths had ruled out the usual riot of creatures that feast on sunken wood.

This fall, a team of explorers lowered a robot on a long tether, lit up the wreck with bright lights and took thousands of high-resolution photos. A computer then merged the images into a detailed portrait.

Archaeologists date the discovery to the 13th or 14th century, opening a new window on forerunners of the 15th- and 16th-century sailing vessels that discovered the New World, including those of Columbus.

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Museum of Found Photographs: “Troop 269 San Diego Ca. Again I assume this is Mission Bay, the Boy Scouts of America had/has a sea base there.”
photo by Santiago Borja – “A colossal Cumulonimbus flashes over the Pacific Ocean as we circle around it at 37000 feet en route to South America “

20+ of the Best Entries from the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Aljazair Beach, Bahrain. photo by Hani Bader. see full size
Mystery Photo – Packet steamer entering unknown port. Anyone know where this is? Please respond here
“Watch Your Stern” film advert; Nov., 1960

When the details of a secret torpedo are destroyed by an incompetent seaman, the crew of the ship rally round when the Admiral needs the plans to show to a visiting scientist. IMDb

Watch Your Stern is a 1960 British comedy film directed by Gerald Thomas and starring Kenneth Connor, Eric Barker and Leslie Phillips. Though it shares its cast and production team with the Carry On films, it is not an official member of the Carry On series.

Corey Hamilton; Night Divers off Swansea
Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali – Indonesia – photo by Randi Ang. see full size
The Museum of Found Photographs – Swiss paddle steamer “Helvetia” exiting the port of Lindau on Lake Constance (Bodensee). more
These grainy black & white photos that capture a precious wink of time when the ill-fated Romanov family spent their summers vacationing aboard their floating palace, The Standart, and are all that’s left of the most magnificent royal yacht ever built.

Life Aboard the Luxury Super Yacht of Russia’s Last Emperor

The Imperial Yacht Standart was built by order of Emperor Alexander III of Russia, and constructed at the Danish shipyard of Burmeister & Wain, beginning in 1893. She was launched on 21 March 1895 and entered service in early September, 1896.

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The British Royal and Russian Imperial Families on board the Imperial Yacht, The Imperial Court Tumblr
The Emperor and his son, the Tsesarevich Alexis, pose for a photograph with the crew of the Imperial yacht. more


She was fitted out with ornate fixtures, including mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers, and other amenities that made the vessel a suitable floating palace for the Tzar and his family, and was manned and operated by a crew from the Russian Imperial Navy. As Royal yachts go, she was the envy of the crowned heads of Europe.  All that bling, however, did not spare her from a fate as grizzly and humiliating as that of Nicholas II, his wife, and children. 

more on wikipedia – and –

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