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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Maritime Monday for July 17th, 2017: Unclean

thefugitivesaint – Arthur Johnson (1874-1954), ‘Der Rheinfall in Schaffhausen’, ’’Kladderadatsch’’, #14, April 1939
Summer – Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland (undated photo) – Source: macdarathelma

Mary A Whalen shared Lisa Kolibabek‘s post:

Big news in the (New York) harbor today: the ship PEKING was loaded onto a heavy lift ship to be transported back to Germany. She will be reborn and have a great future. Thanks Lisa Kolibabek for making your photo coverage public, it’s quite the tribute to the grand vessel who graced our city for many years at the South Street Seaport Museum

Members of an enormous social gathering of hundreds of sperm whales, which spread across many square kilometers. (All photos: Tony Wu)

Photographing a Superpod of Sperm Whales

“Hundreds of sperm whales swam to and fro, their huge bodies elegantly twirling and twisting through the water as they socialized. I felt like a gatecrasher at a wedding, so obvious was their delight in each other’s company.”

So began photographer Tony Wu’s experience of being underwater with a superpod of sperm whales. It was a rare opportunity to observe an elusive animal: Sperm whales dive to depths of up to 3,000 feet to feed, and they spend a large proportion of their time in the deep ocean, away from the surface.

Here is a selection of Wu’s remarkable photographs of this underwater gathering.

Video on The Guardian

Japanese sacred island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing

Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century. Priests from Munakata Taisha, a group of Shinto shrines, are in principle permitted to travel to worship at the island’s 17th century shrine, Okitsu.

In addition, up to 200 men are allowed to visit only once a year, on 27 May, to honour sailors who died in a nearby naval battle during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese war.
Before they go ashore, they must observe centuries-old rituals, including removing their clothes and undergoing misogi – bathing naked in the sea to rid themselves of impurities.

The reason for the ban on women has never been publicly stated, but one theory – which extends to other aspects of Japanese culture – cites the Shinto belief that menstrual blood is impure.  keep reading

(Mark Conlin / Alamy)

Things that Haunt Miss Monkey’s Dreams:

  1. Amorous emails from long-time Blackgang readers
  2. Hagfish

Hagfish are widely considered the most disgusting animals in the ocean, if not on earth. The eel-shaped creatures use four pairs of thin sensory tentacles surrounding their mouths to find food—(primarily) carcasses of much larger animals. Once they find their meal, they bury into it face-first, boring a tunnel deep into its flesh. To ward off predators and other fish trying to steal their meals, hagfish produce copious amounts of slime. To prevent choking on its own slime, a hagfish can “sneeze” out its slime-filled nostril, and tie its body into a knot to keep the slime from dripping onto its face.

14 Fun Facts About Hagfish on Smithsonian

Yeah, No – Kkomjangeo bokkeum, Korean stir-fried fish dish made with hagfish 

Hagfish are not often eaten, owing to their repugnant looks and sliminess. However, the inshore hagfish, found in the Northwest Pacific, is valued as food in Korea. The hagfish is kept alive and irritated by rattling its container with a stick, prompting it to produce slime in large quantities. This slime is used in a similar manner as egg whites in various forms of cookery in the region.

Hagfish in the News on National Geographic (Photo Courtesy Oregon State Police Department)

In a truly sci-fi scenario, thousands of mucus-spewing hagfish destined for dinner plates in Asia, turned into lumpy gravy on a road in Oregon.

On July 14, a truck carrying thousands of fish wrecked on Oregon’s highway, covering the road and at least one car in slime and creating surely one of the most bizarre traffic jams in history. A bulldozer had to be used to clear the sauce from the roadway.

Large model ship naval warfare show, Peasholm Park, UK – via Jim Turnure

The Naval Warfare event, Battle of Peasholm, has been played out for half an hour three times a week during the summer season for over 80 years. The model boats used are mostly man powered earning the fleet the title of “The smallest manned navy in the world”. All the boats were man powered, until 1929, when electricity was introduced, and now only the larger boats need to be steered by council employees. In the early days, the models were First World War battleships and a U-boat. Then, after the Second World War, the fleet was replaced with new vessels and the battle that was recreated was the Battle of the River Plate. +

Video: Naval Battle of Peasholm Park Scarborough 25.08.2014

Southampton Ocean Terminal- illustration from 1955 Annual – colour spread of a British Railways Southern Region boat train preparing to depart the almost new Southampton Ocean Terminal with the Cunard steamship Queen Mary at the quayside. Within the decade, airline travel would have become the dominant mode of trans-Atlantic and long distance travel and scheduled liner crossings and boat trains would be things of the past. The magnificent Ocean Terminal, a post-war building designed to pre-war plans, was sadly demolished. Posted by Mikey Ashworth
The Guardian – Joe Howlett helped rescue a young right whale tangled in fishing gear in Canada’s Bay of Fundy. Photograph: International Fund for Animal Welfare

No Good Deed: Canada fisherman killed by whale moments after rescuing it from net

A Canadian lobster fisherman who saved dozens of endangered whales after they became tangled in fishing nets has been killed – just moments after a successful rescue. Joe Howlett, from Campobello Island, New Brunswick, boarded a vessel off the province’s eastern coast on Monday to help rescue a north Atlantic right whale that had become heavily tangled in rope; a rescue was steeped in urgency.

Howlett helped free the whale – only to be struck by the mammal moments later. Howlett had saved some two dozen whales over the past 15 years. more

Video shows Joe Howlett freeing an endangered right whale in 2016.

The endangered animal had become entangled in rope when initially spotted by officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A team of rescuers from the New England Aquarium, the Canadian Whale Institute, Dalhousie University, and the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, which Howlett was a part of, dispatched to help free the animal on July 5…

National Geographic: Fisherman Dies Moments After Saving Entangled Whale

Follow Up: US Suspends Efforts To Free Tangled Whales After Death of Lobsterman from Canada

French Tradecard for Chocolat Suchard – Elizabeth Fry; “Famous Women” issued in 1898

Elizabeth Fry (1780 – 1845) was an English prison reformer, social reformer and Quaker philanthropist. She was a major driving force behind new legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane, and was supported in her efforts by the reigning monarch.

Prompted by family friend Stephen Grellet, Fry visited Newgate Prison in 1813, where conditions she saw there horrified her. Fry also campaigned for the rights and welfare of prisoners who were being transported. The women of Newgate Prison were taken in chains through the streets of London in open wagons, often pelted with rotten food and filth by the people of the city. 

She visited prison ships and persuaded captains to implement systems to ensure each woman and child would at least get a share of food and water on the long journey. Later she arranged for each woman to be given scraps of material and sewing tools so that they could use the long journey to make quilts and have something to sell as well as useful skills when they reached their destination.

Over the course of her life, Fry visited 106 transport ships and saw 12,000 convicts; her work helped to start a movement for the abolition of transportation. Even though transportation was officially abolished in 1837, Elizabeth Fry was still visiting ships until 1843.

Fry later worked with other prominent Quakers to campaign for abolition of the slave trade. One such admirer was Queen Victoria, who granted her an audiences before she was Queen and contributed money to her cause after she ascended to the throne. more

Photo of the Day on Rivet Head
From “A Sailor’s Story” – The modern comic book came of age in the shadow of World War II, so it’s no shock that war comics were a staple of the spin racks for decades: Sgt. Rock and Sgt. Fury, Boy Commandos and Captain America (Cap’s shown slugging Hitler on the cover of the very first issue), and the 1950s EC zeniths of Frontline Combat and Two-Fisted Tales. As comic books increasingly became the domain of superheroes, and memories of World War II dimmed, war comics essentially vanished. War Stories Both Quiet and Loud; An occasional series on vintage comics on New York Times

8 Bells: Sam Glanzman

Sam Glanzman, whose career as a comics artist spanned more than 70 years and ranged from superheroes to barbarian fantasy to gritty war stories, died (this week) at the age of 92. He was born in Baltimore and raised in Virginia and Long Island in an artist-centric family that included two brothers, an uncle and a mother who were (also) artists. Glanzman began drawing comic books in 1941 with the obscure “Fly-Man” for Harvey Comics.

A mid-1940s stint in the Navy during World War II instilled in him a strong feel for the details and atmosphere of men at war. This affinity informed his many war comics for Charlton and DC in the 1960s and 1970s, and his wartime experiences were recounted by him in his autobiographical U.S.S. Stevens stories and the graphic novel A Sailor’s Story; originally published in two volumes in 1987 and 1989. more on The Comics Journal 

 In lieu of flowers and cards, his widow, Sue, has asked fans to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign to support a tribute book that will help with his medical bills. (via dirtyriver)

Wharves of Portland (Maine) from the Casco Bay Bridge, Looking East – Photo by Corey Templeton
A Sailboat Named Grebe at Custom House Wharf Waiting for high tide in the Old Port – Photo by Corey Templeton
Portland Maine waterfront. 1960s. – posted by rickinmar
Tom Gerhardt is one of the shipwrights working to restore the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The 19th-century Grand Banks fishing schooner is the official Massachusetts sailing vessel and will join the training fleet at Mass Maritime. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff) Globe staff photos of the month, June 2017 (incl more from Sail Boston)

Effie M. Morrissey (now Ernestina-Morrissey) was a schooner skippered by Robert Bartlett that made many scientific expeditions to the Arctic, sponsored by American museums, the Explorers Club and the National Geographic Society. She also helped survey the Arctic for the United States Government during World War II. She is currently designated by the United States Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark as part of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. more on wikipedia

Portland, Maine: Steaming Past Becky’s Diner on Commercial Street; A landmark restaurant in the Old Port – Photo by Corey Templeton
Museum of Found Photos


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Low paying job


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Back in 2014 foreign fighters for the so-called Islamic State earned around $1,300 a month as well as being given a house, a car, a wife and fuel. Local fighters earned around half that. 

Just three years back, ISIS owned countless oil fields and were making a helluva lot cash off the back of selling crude oil to nearby countries.

Now their salaries are significantly lower due to the unforgiving wrath of coalition bombs which have decimated ISIS controlled banks and oil fields.

A new document, obtained by Sputnik, allegedly found by the Iraqi Federal Police in western Mosul reveals that the amount ISIS fighters are paid depends on their family status.

Chilling Documents Reveal How Much ISIS Soldiers Earn For Their Crimes Capturemlo10PA

 

As ISIS continue to be bombarded across the entirety of the middle east, single militants earn just $72 a month, whereas others – such as a married father of three children known as Abu Jana earns around $184 per month.

Even leaders in the terror group only pocket little over $500 a month due to the constant attacks from the international coalition.

Chilling Documents Reveal How Much ISIS Soldiers Earn For Their Crimes ISIS5Getty

Da-esh’s presence in the middle east appears to be getting lower and lower every week – most significantly when they lost their former stronghold of Mosul just two weeks back.

However that been said, the ISIS ideology which has pioneered attacks across western Europe in the past few years remains worryingly consistent, bringing forth the question how do you destroy an ideology? A warped ideology founded upon an even more warped and twisted depiction of a religion

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This Is Why Machine Gun Magazines Are Curved

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Many machine guns, such as the AK47, have a distinctive curved magazine, marking them out as a ferociously deadly weapon capable of firing more than one shot per trigger pull.

However, the ‘banana shape’ is far more than just a design quirk, with the curved magazine having numerous advantages in military situations to a straight one.

This Is Why Machine Gun Magazines Are Curved machine gun aWikimedia

For example, the bullets used in machine guns are triangular shaped, and are thinner at the top.

If you stack a number of these bullets together then they will naturally form a curve as they fit together.

Therefore, a curved gun will allow you to stack more rounds. Ideal for a weapon which is blasting out more far more bullets than a regular gun…

This Is Why Machine Gun Magazines Are Curved bullets 624x468Wikimedia

The curved shape also allows for bullets to feed more smoothly, which comes in useful in the high pressured warzone environments that such weapons are used.