During the early 19th century the River Thames was an open sewer, with disastrous consequences for public health in London, including numerous cholera epidemics. Proposals to modernise the sewerage system had been made during 1856, but were neglected due to lack of funds. However, after The Great Stink of 1858, Parliament realised the urgency of the problem and resolved to create a modern sewerage system.
Sir Joseph William Bazalgette, a civil engineer and Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Board of Works, was given responsibility for the work. He designed an extensive underground sewerage system that diverted waste to the Thames Estuary, downstream of the main centre of population. Six main interceptory sewers, totaling almost 100 miles (160 km) in length, were constructed, some incorporating stretches of London’s ‘lost’ rivers.
Isle of Man, Douglas Piers c. 1920’s – all of the images on this page are kindly shared with us from the collection of Pamela Jones. The images include vintage motor cars, trams, steamboats, and horse drawn carriages. MORE: Old UK Photos
“When Maurice Joseph Micklewhite first became an actor, he adopted the stage name “Michael Scott”. His agent soon informed him, however, that Michael Scott was already using the same name, and that he had to come up with a new name immediately.
Speaking to his agent from a telephone box in Leicester Square, London, he looked around for inspiration, noted that The Caine Mutiny was being shown at the Odeon Cinema, and decided to change his name to “Michael Caine”.
coldisthesea – Cruiser USS Memphis (ACR-10) wrecked off Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 1916.
Conditions in the harbor had deteriorated badly by 15:45, when Memphis sighted an approaching 75 ft (23 m) wave of yellow water stretching along the entire horizon. By 16:00, the wave was closer, had turned ochre in color, and had reached about 100 ft (30 m) in height; at the same time, Memphis was rolling 45°, so heavily that large amounts of water cascaded into the ship via her gun ports and water even was entering the ship via ventilators 50 ft (15 m) above the waterline…
Waiting at Hong Kong, 14/08/1937 – Royal Welch Fusiliers awaiting to board the MMV Maron, requsitioned to transport the R.W.F and to evacuate British expatriates from Shanghai. – full size
having a smoke on the river, Vietnam, 1970 – via coldisthesea
“unless I have my facts/faces mixed up, the guy in the foreground rescued a general from a downed chopper and in the process had 60 KIAs and received a very notable decoration” –SpysGrandson
Pabst Blue Ribbon time—Vietnam, 1970
“This scene, or GIs smoking dope rather than imbibing, typified the American experience as much as men being loaded in helicopters in stretchers or firing our M-16s into the darkness—all part of war as we knew it (for those too young to remember, one of the ad campaigns for Pabst Brewing used the phrase in the title of this image)”
When referring to the shallow, hazy, hot body of water surrounded by desert sand, monarchies and dictatorships be careful when choosing your words. If, for example, you’re in Saudi Arabia using the term “Persian Gulf” is sure to piss off any Arabian Port State Control Inspector. This is not too surprising given the prevalence of surface to air missile batteries lining the entrance to ports here which happen to be aimed in the direction of Persians.
A skeleton preparator with his work – probably George Nelson of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, Mass (ca. 1910) Skeletons, mummies, bones, and empty eggshells are all that’s left of the Great Auk.
theshipthatflew: The last moments of British battleship HMS Majestic, torpedoed by the U-21 off Cape Helles, Dardanelles, on 27 May 1915. via – More images from the Gallipoli Campaign
USS Hermitage, AP-54 Army Transport at Yokohama – This photo was most likely taken in January 1946. According to the DANFS web site (a great source of information on US military ships) This Italian ship was interned in the Canal Zone, Panama, at the outbreak of WW2. It was taken over by the US Army Transport Division and operated over 200,000 miles until it was returned to Italy in 1947. Note the man on the dock. I wonder if he is on rat watch. Check out the larger picture for lots of details. -posted by born1945 – Original (2503 x 1847)
Go 20,000 leagues under the shower with this friendly squid, equipped with nine, adjustable tentacles for gripping your shampoo, soap and washing extras, without disappearing into the bathroom void! Wildly convenient, this functional creature even holds your bottles upside down, so you conquer every last drop. Made in China out of natural latex.
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