Maritime Monday for October 24th, 2016

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Mystery of the WWI U-Boat and the ‘sea monster’ solved

How a bungling German captain sank his own vessel after demanding a heater in his cabin – and then blamed the leak on a creature from the deep

Daily Mail – It looks as if the secrets of UB-85 may finally be revealed. Last week it was announced by energy firm Scottish Power that engineers laying undersea cables had discovered the wreck of a U-boat lying close to the last position of UB-85. Although no photograph of the submarine has been taken, a remarkably clear sonar image certainly shows the unmistakable form of the 180ft craft lying 340 ft below the surface. keep reading

Dr Innes McCartney, a historian, nautical archaeologist and honorary research fellow at Bournemouth University, said, “We are certainly closer to solving the so-called mystery of UB-85 and the reason behind its sinking – whether common mechanical failure or something that is less easily explained.” (from)

Emma Hamilton by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, who said Emma was ‘not very intelligent’. Photograph: David Westwood/Private Collection

Emma Hamilton portrait (bought by her lover Lord Nelson) to go on Display

Vigée Le Brun painting joins exhibition centred on extraordinary life of the woman famed for being Nelson’s mistress – A voluptuous portrait of Emma Hamilton, commissioned by her husband and later bought by her lover Lord Nelson to save it from the shame of a public sale, is to be displayed in a major exhibition on her extraordinary life.  keep reading

See also: Whale’s Tooth Takes $180,000 At Eldred’s Marine Art Sale

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Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915) was an enslaved African American who, during and after the American Civil War, gained freedom and became a ship’s pilot, sea captain, and politician.

The Gun-boat “Planter”, run out of Charleston, SC, by Robert Smalls, May 1862; Harper’s Weekly, June 14, 1862

He freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery on May 13, 1862, by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, and sailing it from Confederate-controlled waters to the U.S. blockade. His example and persuasion helped convince President Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.

Navy Captain inspects Service School personnel, 2 April 1943 at Camp Robert Smalls

During World War II, Camp Robert Smalls was established as a sub-facility of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center to train black sailors (in the at-the-time segregated US Navy)

The Navy began enlisting Negro seamen on June 1, 1942, and the first class of 277 enlistees began training at Camp Robert Smalls later that month. Of that class, 222 completed the training successfully on September 3, 1942, and 102 of those graduates were chosen to continue on with specialized training. (from)

The USS Salem, known as the Sea Witch when it was in use by the Navy, was said to be haunted before becoming a Halloween attraction. (Boston Globe)

In Quincy, a spooky ship that’s see-worthy

QUINCY, Mass. — Something wicked this way has come. Horror entrepreneur Jason Egan opened Ghost Ship Harbor, turning the USS Salem museum ship into a 60,000-square-foot haunted house.

This time, however, Egan thinks he’s outdone himself. The immersive Ghost Ship Harbor installation is based on the au courant Zombie plague trend as espoused in the movie “28 Days Later,” or the book-turned-film “World War Z.” The idea is that the ship is the only safe place left, but, as usual, an “infected” has plodded aboard and carnage ensues. keep reading

see also: Quincy’s Ghost Ship Harbor is likely, maybe, probably actually haunted, and even if it’s not, it’s still a scary good time

The most distinctive feature of Heinold’s First and Last Chance is the floors that are not level – by several feet. Sometime around 1906 the pilings under the building finally settled and threw off the floors to a severe degree. Nobody has bothered to fix this issue in the last 100-plus years. For that, you’d probably have to shut down for a couple of days, and Heinold’s just doesn’t do that.

Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon: Dive bar built out of the remains of a whaling ship

Originally built from the remains of a whaling vessel, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon is a shack situated on the corner of Jack London Square in Oakland, California. It has been in continuous operation since 1883. And, frankly, it looks like it. keep reading

Cruel Sea pool – The Patris was a paddling Steamer, one of the first in Greece, Sailing towards the Archipelago of the Greek Islands, when it hit a Reef in foggy conditions. All souls were saved, the ship broke in two parts and rests today in crystal clear waters between 30 and 54m depth just outside the Island of Kea. The Ship sank 1868, and still it stands strong. Photo by Derk Remmers; see full size
DEEP SEA NEWS – Have you ever seen the bottom of a barnacle? Or to be totally accurate, the top? I hadn’t either until a good friend and photographer, Michael Ready, showed me this photo he took in down in Baja California. There is just something about it, that I find absolutely stunning. Similar to annual growth rings found in trees, barnacles have growth rings as well. These concentric rings that represent cyclic growth periods are called ecdysal lines (also known as cuticular slips) and are associated with barnacle molting. Click image to see full size – For more on Mike’s work photographing the natural world, please visit:
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Since Zaha Hadid’s sudden death in March, the studio that bears her name has had its hands full finishing the prolific and trailblazing architect’s roster of some three-dozen works in progress. The latest is perhaps one of her most striking creations, the newly inaugurated Port House in Antwerp, Belgium—Europe’s second-largest port—built on the back of a former fire station. The new structure is a headquarters for the port and its staff of 500, who were previously scattered in offices throughout the city. More
On-going fire-fighting efforts; car carrier Silver Sky at its berth at the Salaum Lines Terminal at the 6th Haven Dock, Antwerp. Photo by larry_antwerp; more
ACL`s Atlantic Sea is officially Christened to fireworks after a ceremony by HRH Princess Anne at Liverpool’s Pier Head. Photo by Al Disley Images – see also Atlantic Sea at the Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal (daylight) by Doug Birmingham

Royal christening launches ACL’s new G4 vessels

A Good Hotel in the Royal Docks – Formerly a floating detention centre that was then converted in to a hotel it has now made it’s way from Amsterdam and will shortly be moored in it’s new operating location in the Royal Victoria Dock near the Emirates Air Line cable-car.
In what was a massive logistical exercise that involved a semi-submersible barge and five tugs from four different companies the barge, with the hotel sitting on top, safely made it’s way across the North Sea and up the river Thames, arriving at midnight in the pouring rain. keep reading (and more photos) on Dock, Lock, and River
North Link Ferry MV Hjaltland (registered Lerwick, Shetland) in Aberdeen Harbour, Scotland. Photo by Michael Leek
East River circa 1905. “Williamsburg Bridge from Brooklyn.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size on Shorpy – see also Steamboat landing at Vicksburg, Miss.; 1906
WarHistoryOnline – The tense chase of the Constitution (foreground) the ship was towed, kedged, and sailed as fast as it could go

When The US Navy Came Of Age, Showing For The First Time What It Could Do

There’s only one Navy ship left that has sunk an enemy vessel: the ancient USS Constitution. keep reading

War Is Boring – a flintlock pistol-sword

The Pistol-Sword Was a Terrible Idea

In November 1916, John Krasnodemski of Wausau, Wisconsin filed a patent for a modern version of a weapon that had its roots in the late 17th century? — A pistol-sword.

Yes, a sword that could fire bullets.  keep reading

Joan Druett – Crew members on board a multimillion-dollar yacht bobbing around the South Pacific Ocean with no power are being rescued after making a distress call two days ago. The 37-metre Masteka 2 was on its way from Fiji to Sydney when it lost steering and began taking on water about 260 kilometres east of Port Macquarie on Tuesday. Carnival Spirit, a cruise ship that responded to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s call for assistance, reached the superyacht first. keep reading
DEER LEAP was built in 1929 by Hoffar-Beeching. She is powered by two beautifully-maintained Gardner diesel engines, and is homeported in Port Orchard, WA. Photo by Old Salt and more about Deer Leap
M.V. Frances Barkley at Government Wharf; Ucluelet, BC Canada – photo by spetersonphotography (and more about Frances Barkley)
M.V. William J. Stewart; 1932 (Canadian Princess) Ucluelet, Vancouver Island,BC Canada. photo by spetersonphotography (and more about M.V. William J. Stewart)
HMS Warrior (1860)a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61; Portsmouth, Hampshire – England. Photo by Mic (more)
Sydney Port Authority tug Shirley Smith passing Luna Park; Sydney Harbour (photo by Boat bloke)
Kennet at Bells Lane, Lydiate – The culmination of 6 months or more celebrating the Bicentenary of the Leeds Liverpool Canal. More photos by Tony Robertson
Canalside Morning; River Lea, East London, UK (iPhone via Instagram) by Peter H
Museum of Found Photographs

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