Maritime Monday for December 12, 2011
Panoramic Photograph: The United States fleet in Colon Harbor, Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal
The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. These panoramas offer an overview of the nation, its enterprises and its interests, with a focus on the start of the twentieth century when the panoramic photo format was at the height of its popularity. The images date from 1851 to 1991. –via greatestgeneration
Honolulu, US: a sailor holds an urn with the ashes of Pearl Harbor survivor Lee Soucy during an internment ceremony. Soucy, who died last year at 90, wanted to have his ashes interred inside the USS Utah. Photograph: Marco Garcia/AP –via mabelmoments
The Iowa-class Battlehip U.S.S. Iowa (BB-61) just before she leaves the “mothball fleet” of Suisun Bay, California for a 2-day “push-tow” by 4 of the Bay Area’s largest tractor tugboats. Day 1 is the shortest, but not easy. She’s in the mud, must clear a huge shoal, then cross under 3 side-by-side bridges, including a Union Pacific railroad bridge that must be raised; even then, a man on the battleship could practically jump and touch the bridge! After clearing the bridges, she’s turned and moved to her overnight berth at the Benicia auto pier. Most of her crew sleep onboard during her overnight stop. It’s an expensive ‘room for the night’: $9,000! She will resume the tow the next morning
Annapolis-based illustrator, Greg Harlin, has spent much of his twenty-five working years living in the past. His historical re-creation paintings have brought renewed life to archaeological discoveries from the earliest fossil recordsto turn-of-the-century America. His work has appeared in National Geographic (magazine, books,and television), the National Park Service (publications, waysides and exhibits) and the Smithsonian (museums and books).
Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial: The Blockade comes to Florida – I think historians of the Civil War Navies have established that blockade duty was boring, drudgery, tedious, and taxing. It was also a vital part of the Union war effort.
Fritz Willis (1907 – 1979) – via hoodoothatvoodoo
The Pin-up Files: In 1946, Esquire announced an important new feature entitled the Esquire Gallery of Glamour & the magazine selected Fritz Willis to supply the inaugural illustration – it was his first published pin-up, and it launched a spectacular thirty-year career.
Kommissar X / Heft-Reihe; Espionage & Action Art Gallery
Mitre gates on a navigational river or canal lock; Machine Power »
A crusty old Marine Sergeant Major found himself at a gala event hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the Sergeant Major for conversation. “Excuse me, Sergeant Major, but you seem to be a very serious man. Is something bothering you?”
“Negative, ma’am. Just serious by nature.”
The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, “It looks like you have seen a lot of action.”
“Yes, ma’am, a lot of action.”
The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, “You know, you should lighten up. Relax and enjoy yourself.” The Sergeant Major just stared at her in his serious manner. Finally the young lady said, “You know, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?”
“Well, there you are. No wonder you’re so serious. You really need to chill out! I mean, no sex since 1955! She took his hand and led him to a private room where she proceeded to “relax” him several times. Afterwards, panting for breath, she leaned against his bare chest and said, “Wow, you sure didn’t forget much since 1955.”
The Sergeant Major said, after glancing at his watch, “I hope not; it’s only 2130 now.”
–via Seaman Stains
A couple is photographed moments after learning that their 19-month-old child had been swept out to sea at Hermosa Beach. That morning, Times photographer Jack Gaunt was at his beachfront home when he heard a neighbor shout, “Something’s happening on the beach!” Gaunt grabbed his Rolleiflex camera and headed toward the shoreline. His photograph appeared on the front page of The Times the next day. The image won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for press photography; the Pulitzer committee called the photo “poignant and profoundly moving.” But for Gaunt, the image was hard to bear at first, his daughter recalled in Gaunt’s 2007 Times obituary.
Photo credit: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Time – via oneblackline
Seven torpedoes and two bombs struck the USS West Virginia. John Rauschkolb (above), then just 20 years old, felt the USS West Virginia shake violently as the torpedoes slammed into its portside below where he stood as a Navy signalman.
He witnessed comrades die within feet of him and recalls explosions occurring in spots where he had just been standing. The crew managed to counterflood a portion of the ship to prevent it from capsizing, but the USS West Virginia sunk into the muddy harbor floor, its deck left just above the water’s surface. In a small boat, Rauschkolb made his way to the even worse stricken USS Arizona, where he helped recover bodies.
Japanese soldiers wave at a plane from under their flag just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Some 100 survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor will gather in Hawaii today 70 years after the day which drew the US into World War II. The Japanese air and naval strike on the American military base claimed nearly 2,400 lives, destroyed over 160 aircraft and beached, damaged or destroyed over 20 ships. President Franklin D. called it ” a date which will live in infamy” when he addressed the Congress the next day asking to declare war with Japan. — Lloyd Young (35 photos total)
A team of professional model-makers in Yorba Linda, Calif., is building a 28-foot replica of the battleship USS Missouri, which fought in World War II and is now a museum ship. The group at V-CAT Naval Models is using a technique called “stereolithography,” assisted by specialized computer-aided design software from SolidWorks of Waltham, Mass., to build an operational model of the warship for displays in museums and educational sites.
“Battleships like the Missouri bring waves of emotion to people. Seeing these floating parts of history conjures memories of sadness, joy and wonder,” said Donn McKinney, who’s leading the V-CAT team. “My goal is to bring living history to those people and cities who feel connected to these now almost mythical battle ships.”
HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT: San Francisco Album, 1855 »
Early 1930’s. The Akron carried 4 Curtis F9C-2 Sparrowhawk aircraft inside, to be launched or retrieved by means of a trapeze. Look closely and you can see a Sparrowhawk approaching the trapeze. Below the lower fin is another Sparrowhawk waiting to hook on to the trapeze.
With current news of additional radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear.
A new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged in the first four months after the accident. It draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean.
The study was conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The tsunami that spawned by the 9.0 earthquake off Japan this March was a disaster of massive proportions, reaching heights of over 130 feet in some areas and traveling up to six miles inland in others. Scientists at NASA and Ohio State University have now found another factor, beyond the sheer strength of the quake, that made the tsunami so ferocious: It started out as two separate walls of waves that combined to form one taller, more powerful “merging tsunami.”
Deep Sea News: A new survey puts the depth of the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, at 10,994 meters, nearly 75 meters more than deepest of prior estimates… MORE »
Antarctic Flight and Photography
Admiral Richard Byrd checks a sun compass from an aircraft in Antarctica (Watch a video on the Byrd expedition).
In 1929, carrying both the compass and a National Geographic Society flag, Byrd and four companions became the first to fly over the South Pole. In the process they photographed 60,000 square miles (155,400 square kilometers) of Antarctica from the air.
If you’re a Simpsons fan, this fish looks awfully familiar. The three-eyed wolf fish was found in a reservoir in Argentina alongside other mutants. Named “Chorro de Agua Caliente,” or “Hot Water Jet,” the reservoir gets its water from a nearby nuclear power plant. The fisherman who caught it had no intention of eating the fish. Instead, they sent it in for tests and hope to have it preserved.
photographer unknown – via lance-on-deck
Knowledge Increases (posted by paul.malon)
Santa in downtown Annapolis via captainrande
Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to compiling Maritime Monday, she blogs about nautical art, history, and marine science on Adventures of the Blackgang.
Submit story ideas, news links, photographs, or items of interest to her at [email protected]. She can also out-belch any man.
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