Recommended: ‘The Secret Language of Ships’ in Hakai Magazine

Our recommended read this week is a piece published by Hakai Magazine titled The Secret Language of Ships.  For the story, author Erin Van Rheenen and photographer (and tugboat engineer) David Webster Smith hit the water of San Francisco Bay to learn about and document in exquisite detail the "signs and symbols on the sides of ships tell stories about an industry few … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for January 27th, 2014 – RMS Philately, Encore Edition

Jules Verne Stamps; First Day Covers ; France—3 June 1955 Robert Fulton; 1765-1965 American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing the first commercially successful steamboat.  In 1800, he was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to design the Nautilus, which was the first practical submarine in history. Raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,  young … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for August 26th, 2013: Part VII; The Final Reel

Skin Diving Mermaids and Ruthless Frogmen! Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3 — Part 4 -- Part 5 -- Part 6 Tugboat Annie (MGM, 1933) Marie Dressler plays the title character, tugboat captain Annie Brennan, in this 1933 Hollywood box office hit. Her husband Terry (Wallace Beery) is a lazy, bragging drunk. Robert Young plays their ambitious son Alec who winds up … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for August 19th, 2013: Movie Guide Part VI

Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3 -- Part 4 -- Part 5 Sink the Bismarck! (20th Century Fox, 1960) Black-and-white British war film based on the book Last Nine Days of the Bismarck by C. S. Forester. To date, it is the only movie made that deals directly with the operations, chase, and sinking of the battleship Bismarck by the Royal Navy during the Second World … [Read more...]