WATCH: Steamboat American Queen Passes Under Bridge With Inches to Spare

Watch your heads! Check out this video showing the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, passing under the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge in Cairo, Illinois while southbound on the Ohio River with only 6" minimum clearance. "We topped around above the bridge and backed down through it with the throttles ready to go ahead should anything go wrong," a source told … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for January 14th, 2013: 7 Days of Unalloyed Delight; Das Segelschiff Preußen and Soo Locks

Bob Clampett’s Beany and Cecil, No. 5, July-September 1963 Beany and Cecil first appeared as a hand puppet TV show in the late 40's created by Bob Clampett.  The puppet show, entitled Time for Beany, originally aired in 1949, with the animated series first appearing in 1959. Originally created as a children's show, the genius of the creators and writers soon became … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for November 28, 2011

sussex / hastings: blessing of the sea – Anything Goes England; vintage postcards; LARGE Fog Signalling at Sea - A postcard from "The Star Series - G.D. & D., London".- Postmarked Hadleigh, Suffolk on 30 Dec. 1906 Cigarette Card - Disembarking Mail at Sea | Ogden's Cigarettes "Royal Mail" (series of 50 issued in 1909) see also; click forward for entire … [Read more...]

The Return of Steam Propulsion? Voith Says Yes.

For decades the use of steam propulsion has been phased out by monstrous low and medium speed diesels as well as specialized diesel electric systems. But steadily increasing fossil fuel prices in combination with an increased environmental awareness has called for the industry to reduce the environmental impact of ship operations. Voith suggests the solution is steam. Voith … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday; week ending Aug 7

Marian Dilan. Noise Pop and isotope vynil dreams (mariandilan.com) – via darksilenceinsuburbia Mick Jagger and Brian Jones by Linda McCartney – pistolface via bluewaterblackheart Shark Week 1778: John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark motherjones -- Via the National Gallery's website, the story behind the painting: Watson and the Shark's exhibition … [Read more...]