Here, a diver explores the three-masted schooner American Union in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. When it launched in 1862, American Union was one of the largest sailing ships to work the Great Lakes. Its career ended when it ran aground during a storm. Today, the shipwreck site is often visited by snorkelers and kayakers.
Willem van de Velde the Elder – known as the Elder, a marine draughtsman and painter, was born in Leiden, the son of a Flemish skipper, Willem Willemsz. van de Velde, and is commonly said to have been bred to the sea. In 1706 Bainbrigg Buckeridge noted that he “understood navigation very well”. In 1631, he married Judith Adriaensdochter van Leeuwen in Leiden, the Netherlands.
The exact date of which is uncertain, but reportedly at the end of 1672 or beginning of 1673, he is said to have lived with his family in East Lane, Greenwich, and to have used the Queen’s House, now part of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, as a studio. Evicted following the accession of William and Mary as King and Queen of England, and by 1691 he was living in Sackville Street, close to Piccadilly Circus. He died in London. more on wikipedia
USS Milwaukee (CL-5) was an Omaha-class light cruiser built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. In 1944 she was temporarily transferred to the Soviet Navy and commissioned as Murmansk. The ship was returned by the Soviets in 1949 and sold for scrap in December.
In December 1938, British Military Intelligence developed a new type of mine that would be attached (by a diver) to the hull of a ship. Getting a heavy bomb to stick to a ship reliably was a problem; the obvious answer being to use powerful magnets. The “rigid limpets” used by the British during World War II contained only 4 1/2 pounds (2.0 kg) of explosive, but placed 2 metres (6.6 ft) below the water line they caused a wide hole in an unarmoured ship.
One of the most dramatic examples of their use was during Operation Jaywick, a special operation undertaken in World War II. more
“I became interested in knots when I was young, partly as a boy scout and partly as a sailor,” says Colin Byfleet, who is currently serving as the International Guild of Knot Tyers’ Secretary to the Trustees. “I’m about 74 now…”
As new technologies revolutionize and streamline our lives, more and more traditional crafts are falling by the wayside or becoming the domain of hobbyists. Among those that were once ubiquitous, but are becoming more obscure is the art of knot tying—once an essential skill in professions ranging from sailing to farming and today becoming a more and more specialized craft, as the number of people who use the traditional methods of knotting dwindle. keep reading
William Bradford (April 30, 1823 – April 25, 1892) was an American romanticist painter, photographer and explorer, originally from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, near New Bedford. His early work focused on portraits of the many ships in New Bedford Harbor.
He is known for his paintings of ships and Arctic seascapes. He went on several Arctic expeditions with Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes, and was the first American painter to portray the frozen regions of the north.
Bradford traveled to the Arctic aboard the steamship Panther in 1869. Upon his return, Bradford spent two years in London, where he published an account of his trips to the north, entitled The Arctic regions, illustrated with photographs taken on an art expedition to Greenland; with descriptive narrative by the artist.(London, 1873) wikipedia
Macdonald started his career while serving with the British Army during the Anglo-Zulu War in the 1870s. On return to England, he set up his first tattoo parlor sometime around 1880-82 in the military town of Aldershot, a place best known as the “Home of the British Army.”
By 1889, Macdonald had moved his business from Aldershot to a small basement parlor under the Hamam Turkish Baths off the main drag of gentleman’s clubs on Jermyn Street, London. He offered his customers any design (“Heraldic, Sporting, Oriental”) keep reading on Dangerous Minds
National Geographic: The fish, which was first found off the coast of Papua New Guinea in 1873, was spotted a second time during the scientists’ expedition near Australia’s eastern seaboard, 2.5 miles below the ocean surface. It doesn’t have any eyes, and its mouth is underneath its body. keep reading