Maritime Monday; The Ride of Their Lives

Monkey Fist
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October 24, 2011

This week’s Maritime Monday is re-posted from the gCaptain’s archives.  Monkey Fist will return shortly with all new installments.  Stay Tuned!

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Stranded on Samoa Beach, near Eureka, California, photos taken during attempts to salvage her circa 7-12 January 1917. USS Milwaukee is visible at the left.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph: USS H-3 Salvage Attempts, January 1917 (many more images) – Submitted by erik chipchase

imageIn Case You Missed It: Cruise ship encounters heavy seas in Drake Passage, loses power to one engine

The Ride of Their LivesCheck out this video of the Antarctic cruise ship, Clelia II, as it “limps” back to Argentina in heavy seas.  The vessel, with 100 passengers and 60 crew, lost power to one engine after being hit by a massive wave while transiting the Drake Passage on its way back from the Antarctic Peninsula.

The Clelia II is operated by Polar Cruises out of Bend, Oregon. gCaptain forum member, c.captain has some strong statements about voyages such as this.  Join the discussion in the gCaptain forum HERE.

Check out more coverage of cruise ships in rough seas.

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Instruments that man received from God

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fuckyeahuglysweaters (via coldisthesea)

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Beadle’s Half Dime Library; The Boy Runaway; or, The Buccaneer of the Bay

Caption: “I could escape by running for the English fleet; but, to save my neck from the gallows, I would not seek safety through an enemy!”  see full size

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Jara Henry Valenta: East River, 1934

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HMS Ark Royal (R07) by Philip Mayer See his Ark Royal photo collection; 59 images total

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50 Cal; USNS Amelia Earhart, USS Mahan in background – photo by cma_decky

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Nautical Training Ship HMS Formidable at Portishead: HMS Formidable was an 84-gun second rate of the Royal Navy, launched on 19 May 1825 at Chatham Dockyard. In 1869 Formidable became a training ship at the National Nautical School in Portishead and she was sold out of the navy in 1906. keep reading

see also Boys from Nautical School in Portishead; practicing Christmas Carols and Formidable Nautical School, Portishead

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Manhattan Skyline, 1934 by John Cunning
Born: Albany, New York 1889 Died: New York, New York 1953  see full size »

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Because rubbernecking is a tradition we proudly uphold here at fuckyeahwrecks

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sovietpostcards

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and Kitty Makes Three – see full size

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Crab Fleet in Harbour; eastly gales
December 1, 2010 in Bridlington, England, GB – By fishermandave89

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On a Wintry Deck – Looking AftM/V Federal Welland – By p.csizmadia

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Adelie Penguins investigate Icebreaker Oden, McMurdo Station
(huge ass photo)

See Also: Icebreaker Oden and Fuel Tanker Gianelli in Antarctica and Adelie Penguin close up

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The Wampanoag was the lead ship of a group of large, very fast steam cruisers begun during the Civil War to deter foreign intervention in that conflict. When completed after the War, some of these ships proved to be the fastest steamships of their day. The steam-driven USS Wampanoag was the fastest warship in the world, capable of 17 knots. Unfortunately, its indifferent performance in sea trials, plus its enormous extra costs, led US planners to recommend a return to sail. They were unsuited for peacetime conditions and were either converted to other uses or remained inactive until disposed of during the 1870s and 1880s.  keep reading »

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Brightlinsea by Simon Rich – aka Mr Monts

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Stern; S.S. John G. Munson
Stern profile and anchor of the S.S. John G. Munson headed onto Lake Erie, departing Huron River see full size

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Mermaid (by Elena Kalis) via mudwerks

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ca. 1897, “Sea Urchins” via tuesday-johnson (a history blog)

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Toy Museum, Prague

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Wooden Maiden aboard Convict Ship SUCCESS

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Steckinos Restaurant / Starlight Room – Lewiston, Maine (by ryan k)

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New England Winter Afternoon: blowing drizzle, fog, 45 degrees.

I love living close to the ocean. It’s days like this that you should see Maine. Go and see the lighthouses, working under the conditions they were hired to. Let the foghorn rattle your brain. Read the inscription on the rocks about the Christmas Eve ship-wreck. Let the blowing ice cold drizzle raging aloft on 45 mph winds slam into your eardrum. Then go downtown and get some hot lobster bisque. –mf

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This Week’s Music: (video) Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Invierno porteno (Winter) – via yama-bato

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Bunny/octopus hybrid by Phineas Jones.


imageMonkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Portland, Maine.  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.Maritime Monday Archives »

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