BOSTON — Crew members and cadets from each of the visiting Sail Boston ships paraded through Boston Monday. Many wore their uniforms and some played music or carried the flags from their home nations as they marched into downtown on Seaport Boulevard and High and Summer Streets. More than 50 sailing vessels from 14 nations are docked in Boston Harbor this week for the Sail Boston festival. Boston is the only stop for the 7,000-mile, trans-Atlantic Rendez-vous 2017 Regatta… keep reading
Arguably the most famous image in all of Japanese art, this iconic woodblock print depicts a huge, frothing wave as it crests over a distant Mount Fuji. Born in Edo (modern Tokyo) in 1760, the influential artist and printmaker led a life that was both intensely productive and undeniably eccentric.
The Western Interior Seaway is gone, but not forgotten
Some 100 million years ago, much of what is now North America was underwater. The body of water scientists call the Western Interior Seaway covered a swath of land that stretched over the entire Midwest. But its secrets have been preserved in countless fossils—and now, over 100,000 of these fossils are being digitized. keep reading on Smithsonian
Jacques Cousteau; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française.
Pictured above is the Sukhbaatar III, a tugboat (here’s another angle.) It is the flagship of the Mongolian Navy — a title it has earned in no small part because it is the full complement of the nation’s armada. The tug is operated by a seven-person crew which constitutes the entire navy. That’s right, the Mongolian Navy has seven sailors and a tugboat. That’s it. Did I forget to mention that Mongolia is landlocked?
Destination Gobi is a 1953 Technicolor war film starring Richard Widmark and the first color feature film directed by Robert Wise. Set during World War II, US Navy chief Sam McHale (Widmark) takes command of a unit of weather observers stranded behind Japanese lines in Inner Mongolia. McHale must lead his men across the treacherous Gobi Desert to the freedom of the seacoast. Rescued from the Japanese by a Mongolian chief (Murvyn Vye), the men are compelled to repay their rescuer by securing enough saddles for his sixty horses. A flummoxed Pentagon okays the requisition, and the chieftain leads Widmark’s band to Okinawa. more
In an effort to meet the nation’s demand for trained seamen, the United States Congress passed an Act on June 20, 1874 giving the Secretary of the Navy the authority to provide a naval vessel and instructors for a nautical school to be established at each or any of the ports of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, and San Francisco. The Pennsylvania Nautical School (PNS) was established in 1889 by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for 58 years trained young men for careers in the maritime trades and professions. Approximately 2000 cadets graduated from the school before it closed in 1947. More on wikipedia
USS Annapolis (PG-10) (School ship, 1920–1940) was a gunboat in the United States Navy; laid down 18 April 1896 at Elizabethport, New Jersey; launched on 23 December 1896, and commissioned at New York on 20 July 1897. more on wikipedia