Maritime Monday for September 12th, 2016

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September 11, 2016

photo by Carolina Salguero

Carolina Salguero of PortSide NewYork and the historic tanker Mary A. Whalen

Inspired by Mariners on 9/11, One Photographer Found a Passion

Sunday marks 15 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Penn. Over the next few days, WNYC is speaking with a few individuals whose lives were altered by the events of that day.

After the towers were struck, photographer Carolina Salguero rushed to Lower Manhattan on her powerboat and began taking pictures of the first moments after the strikes and the massive evacuation that followed.

Salguero spoke to WNYC’s Richard Hake; Go Listen

Aerial view of the Pentagon Building located in Washington, District of Columbia (DC), showing emergency crews responding to the destruction caused when a high-jacked commercial jetliner crashed into the southwest corner of the building, during the 9/11 terrorists attacks.
(This wikipedia caption is incorrect. The Pentagon is located in Virginia, not DC.) – “Aerial view of the Pentagon Building located in Washington, District of Columbia (DC), showing emergency crews responding to the destruction caused when a high-jacked commercial jetliner crashed into the southwest corner of the building, during the 9/11 terrorists attacks. American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757, departed Washington Dulles International Airport at 8:20 a.m. en route to Los Angeles with a crew of six and 53 passengers, not including the five hijackers. The plane slammed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, at 9:37 a.m.” Original file: ?(3,008 × 1,960 pixels)

Once, when a customer told him her husband had been killed on that day, what he misheard instead was, “You killed my husband on Sept. 11.”


“I didn’t know what I had done,” Allex recalls, on a recent visit with StoryCorps, in Potomac Falls, Va. He didn’t find out until the next day what had happened. “I came to work and people wouldn’t look at me in the eye.”

Officials handed him the manifest for the flight. “I just stared at it for a second and then I looked up, I go, ‘I did it, didn’t I?’ “

On Sept. 11, He Checked Hijackers Onto Flight 77. It’s Haunted Him Ever Since

Financial District, New York, NY, USA via panoramio

Fabled sailing ship Peking leaves NYC after 40 years

The storied, black and white ship that has towered above the South Street Seaport since 1974. She’ll be hauled back to her birthplace in Hamburg, Germany, next spring and will be replaced by the Wavertree, another tall ship that has more New York history than the Peking.

The South Street Seaport Museum has been in financial straits since Hurricane Sandy and started negotiating a deal with Germany back in 2012 to get the Peking back home. The German government agreed to invest over $30 million in bringing the Peking back home and restoring her for her new place at the Stiftung Hamburg Maritim, the maritime museum of Hamburg.  more on NY Post

Saying Goodbye to Peking
Windjammer Leaves South Street for the Last Time

Old Salt Blog – Sometime next Spring, the grand old ship will be carried on a heavy lift ship back to Hamburg, Germany, its original home port and the city where it was built 105 years ago. In the mean time, Peking has been moved to Caddell Dry Dock in Staten Island to be made ready for the voyage home.

Peking was built in 1911 at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg for the German ship owner, F. Laeisz, one of the famous Flying P Liners, which were among the last of the great sailing ships to round Cape Horn carrying cargo. Peking made voyages from Europe to the west coast of South America with general cargo and returned filled with nitrates for use in the making of fertilizer and explosives. The windjammer was made famous by the Irving Johnson film Around Cape Horn which documented her 1929 passage around the southern tip of South America in hurricane conditions. 

VIDEO: Windjammer Peking Leaves the South Street Seaport for the Last Time by Rick Spilman

Jonathan Boulware, the executive director of the South Street Seaport Museum, in the cargo hold of Wavertree, an iron-hulled cargo sailing ship built in England in 1885 and returning to the seaport in September. photo: Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

Wavertree: Seaworthy and Ready for an Early Unveiling

Today, the wrecks of Truk Lagoon, sometimes referred to as the “Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon”, serve as an excellent diving site. Most of the wreck lie in clear waters less than fifteen meters below the surface.

Under the clear blue waters of Chuuk Atoll in the South Pacific, seven degrees north of the equator near New Guinea, lies the wreck of a dozen Japanese warships, more than thirty merchant ships, and hundreds of aircraft. The fleet was once stationed in Truk Lagoon, now known as Chuuk, which was a major base of the Japanese Imperial Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. “Operation Hailstone” was the code name for the assault on Truk Lagoon, which was carried out on February 17th and 18th, 1944.

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A trope of sailors in fiction is their inherent immorality. This predates the eighteenth century, as in the novel Robinson Crusoe, wherein the title character often laments his sinful life, but says little about what he did wrong besides ignoring his father’s advice and becoming a sailor.

“Industry and Idleness Rewarded,” artist unknown, c.1775 on British Tars

see also: Final Installment of Revolt of the Marlborough

This silver skull watch located in Louvre Museum dates back to the 17th century

 The Vintage News

A marvellous and rare close up view of one of the London County Council’s Paddle Steamers. The “Thomas More” is tied up alongside the Cadogan Pier just downstream of the Albert Bridge which can be seen in the background – Leonard Bentley/Anything Goes England Flickr pool

Cadogan Pier

She was one of the thirty paddle steamers built for the LCC in 1905 at a cost of £6000.00 each, “Thomas More” was built by Napier & Miller & Co in Glasgow, when the LCC service folded in 1907 she was laid up until 1909 when she was sold for £1012.00, more than three times as much as some of the other boats, to Escaut & Rupel Steam Navigation Company at Tamise in Belgium and renamed “Wilford II”.

During the first world war she was one four boats which were taken over by the War Office for the Royal Indian Marine for service in support of the Indian Army’s operations against the turks in Mesopotamia. All four boats made the journey to Baghdad under their own steam and “Thomas More” was designated T61. A 1920 report states she was burnt out at Baghdad.

See also: Charing Cross Pier and London Bridge

Container ship Hanjin Geneva; via MaritimeConnector

Artist-in-Residence Stranded at Sea on Bankrupt Container Ship

An artist residency hosted on a freighter crossing the Pacific Ocean has turned into a bizarre existential art piece in itself. On August 23, British artist Rebecca Moss boarded the Hanjin Geneva for  23 Days at Sea, a residency sponsored by Vancouver’s Access Gallery. She expected to dock in Shanghai roughly three weeks later.

But now, because it can’t pay docking or service fees, along with the ship’s crew and hundreds of shipping containers, the artist is now stranded off the coast of Japan.

keep reading on HyperAllergic

Vancouver Sun: “I can’t begin to describe how it feels to look out the window and see a huge stack of containers, surrounded by miles of ocean in every direction…” Moss said in an email to Access Gallery on Wednesday.

capstan1946 Capstan ad

September 1, 1900. “Chicago River elevators at Chicago, Illinois.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

(detail) Drink Schlitz: 1900View full size on Shorpy

Built from a shipwreck, and containing a secret door to hide FDR’s legs, the Resolute Desk is far and away the greatest of the presidential desks.

Come this time next year there will be a new president in the White House. Whoever that person ends up being, they will immediately have to make some big, impactful decisions. Choice number one: What desk to use in the Oval Office? Whether it was used for one term or one century, every one of the Oval Office desks has a compelling story.

Built from a shipwreck, and containing a secret door to hide FDR’s legs, the Resolute Desk is far and away the greatest of the presidential desks.

From Roosevelt to Resolute, The Secrets of All 6 Oval Office Desks

Ignace Gaston Pardies, celestial map (1693)

Since the 1990s, collector David Rumsey has digitized and made freely available his thousands of historical maps; his site has long been one of the best resources for cartography. While his concentration is maps from the 18th and 19th centuries, when there was an increase of available geographic, census, and other terrestrial data, the collection really has everything cartographic: celestial globes, 19th-century maps by children, an 1837 atlas for the blindtimelines, World’s Fair guides, aeronautical charts, 17th-century constellations, and more than 2,000 pictorial maps alone.

In April, Stanford University opened the David Rumsey Map Center in its Green Library. The center is the first publicly accessible location for the over 150,000 maps, which Rumsey announced he was donating back in 2009.

An Incredible Map Collection Gets Its First Physical Home

Launched in 1511, the Mary Rose was intended to be the flagship of King Henry VIII’s fleet. She was a new breed of warship with purpose-built gun-ports that made her a fearsome floating fortress. On 19 July 1545, for reasons still unknown, she sank in the Solent whilst leading 60 ships against the French. Painting: The Mary Rose-Under Sail by Geoff Hunt/The Mary Rose Trust

Before the Mary Rose was sunk during the Battle of the Solent in 1545, it served as the flagship of Henry VIII’s fleet. For centuries, the massive battleship sat at the bottom of the English Channel off the coast of Portsmouth, England until it was rediscovered in 1971 and raised in 1982. Now, after decades of study by archaeologists, anyone with an internet connection can examine digital recreations of the human remains and Tudor-era artifacts recovered from the 16th-century shipwreck.

“Virtual Tudors” is an online collaboration between Oxford University, Swansea University and the Mary Rose Trust. Researchers from all three institutions have spent decades studying the tens of thousands of artifacts and remains of the ship’s crew discovered on board the shattered battleship. While the website is partly geared toward allowing researchers to study these objects remotely by providing rotatable, high-resolution 3D scans of these objects, it also aims to draw members of the public in by letting them get their virtual hands on a piece of history, Sarah Knapton reports for the Telegraph.
In addition to the educational aspect of the Virtual Tudors website, the models will also be used in a study to see whether remote researchers can pick out intriguing details from the bones of the long-dead sailors. keep reading on Smithsonian

Explore Skulls and Artifacts From a 16th-Century Warship

also – The Mary Rose: A Tudor ship’s secrets revealed

Trade Card: Liebig’s beef extract “European Rivers” German issue, 1898; London on the Thames
Gorgonian by Nick Hobgood
The ocean conservation society last week completed its first-ever expedition to document the richness of habitats and threats to marine life in waters off the Netherlands, UK, Norway and Denmark. Photograph: JUANCUETOS/OCEANA

Oceana’s first North Sea expedition – in pictures on The Guardian

1946 RA Lister ad

R A Lister & Company was founded in Dursley, Gloucestershire, England, in 1867 by Sir Robert Ashton Lister (1845–1929); originally, to produce agricultural machinery. CS type engines gained a reputation for longevity and reliability, especially in Commonwealth countries, to which they were widely exported. Some CS engines ran practically continuously for decades in agricultural, industrial and electrical applications.

After World War II, Lister’s bought Marine Mountings of Swindon from the Admiralty. In the early years of the 21st century, small, durable, reliable industrial and marine engines continued to be a staple, notably the ALPHA water-cooled industrial and marine engines. more on wikipedia

USS Williamsburg, Harry Truman’s Presidential Yacht Finally Scrapped
Historical tidbits and photos of the interior on Cruising the Past

Sailors stand watch on the stern of the USS Zumwalt while at dock. Associated Press/Michael Dwyer

NEWPORT, R.I. — The Navy gave a first look inside the stealthy and futuristic Zumwalt destroyer (built at Bath Iron Works in Maine) on Friday during the ship’s first port stop at a Rhode Island naval station. The 610-foot-long warship cost more than $4.4 billion, and is the most expensive destroyer built for the Navy.

Navy gives look inside futuristic Zumwalt destroyer

and BIW bids adieu to Zumwalt, readies for word on Coast Guard cutters

Friedman first saw Eisenstaedt’s photograph in a book in the 1960s. She contacted Life, but the magazine was not interested

Greta Zimmer Friedman, Nurse in iconic WWII kissing photo, dies at 92

Greta Zimmer Friedman, who was kissed by a sailor in Times Square in one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, died on Thursday in Virginia, her son, Joshua Friedman, told the Daily News. She was 92.

As she entered Times Square, Friedman found herself grabbed and kissed by George Mendonsa, a sailor on leave who was overjoyed by the war’s end. Unbeknownst to either, noted Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the moment, and published it a few weeks later.

with her family (Courtesy Joshua Friedman)
Mendonsa, 93, is a retired fisherman living in Rhode Island.
A Chrysler motor vehicle being serviced after passage on the RMS Berengaria during the 1930's.
Found Photo – 1930’s: A Studebaker President being serviced after passage on the RMS Berengaria

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