A gCaptain Halloween – Navy Ships in Razzle Dazzle

Some of you may remember a cartoon which appeared during World War I, a drawing showing an inquisitive stranger talking with the gateman at a railway crossing. The gate was painted with the usual black and white stripes, and lying on the river beyond the tracks was a steamer painted with similar markings. The stranger asked, "Why do they paint the stripes on the gate?" And the … [Read more...]

Ghost’s of The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary was in service for decades as both a World War II transport ship and a luxury liner. It wasn't intended as such at the time, but the Queen Mary was named "The Grey Ghost" during the war because of the color she was painted to make her stealthy in the war-time waters. In her time, the Queen Mary carried seasick sailors, destitute stowaways and wealthy … [Read more...]

Maritime Mystery – The Sailing Ship Mary Celeste

The List Universe brings us: Top 10 Unsolved Mysteries Mystery number 2, the harrowing tail of the sailing ship: Mary Celeste Mary Celeste was launched in Nova Scotia in 1860. Her original name was “Amazon”. She was 103 ft overall displacing 280 tons and listed as a half-brig. Over the next 10 years she was involved in several accidents at sea and passed … [Read more...]