3. Submarine Attack (I.F.E. Releasing, 1954)

    Re-released in 1959 as Torpedo Zone.+ In this adventure, the commander of an Italian submarine scuttles a ship and ends up saving the survivors. He must then make the difficult decision about whether they should live or die. (allmovie)

    This Italian movie is only incidentally about life aboard a submarine during the Second World War. It is no epic adventure like the more famous DAS BOOT or RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP. Rather it is a quiet reflective anti-war film about the dilemmas of good human beings trapped by the exigencies and ironies of war. (more on imdb)

    Maritime Monday for December 16th, 2013: Movies About Submarines, Part 5; Immersione Rapida!

  4. The British Library has released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.

    These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books and concern a startling mix of subjects.

    There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more… keep reading

    Image taken from The Two Hemispheres: A Popular Account of the Countries and Peoples of the World … Illustrated, etc.; 1885

  5. As seen in Portland, Maine

  7. Daily Bread

    (blasting: Gang of Four on shuffle)

    "Happy Birthday, baby"

  8. PortSide NewYork: galley of the Mary A Whalen

    Red Hook Container Terminal;Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY USA

  9. "There are two things that you don’t need in the Navy: a wife and a car. If the Navy thought you needed them they would have put them in your Ditty Bag." - Co. Commander Gunners Mate First Class DeLapp


  11. Welcome (back) to Maine

    Miss Monkey Fist has successfully relocated from the dismal Baltimore suburbs to the sparkling and wonderful Lakes Region of Maine, northwest of Portland. 

    When she lived in Maine before, all she missed about Maryland was decent Chinese food. When she was back in Maryland, all she missed about Maine was EVERYTHING. It’s great to be back!

    MF and her traveling companions, (one chatty and urbane Brittisher who is frightened by trees, one sarcastic consumer electronics radio show host, one 80 pound Boxer-Mastiff mix and a 26 toed Maine Coon cat) piled into her newly-acquired vintage Jeep Grand Cherokee and set forth into the night on November 9th. 

    After repeated ass-raping at the toll booths in New York and New Jersey, (towing a double-axle trailer) they stumbled off the interstate and found themselves in the wee hours, alone on a dark and winding CT parkway.

    p and m

    Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    basking in the glow of a portable heater on a 22 degree night

    We crossed into Massholistan around sunup, and arrived at Sebago Lake, Maine with just enough time to grab some Eggs Benedict and cinnamon buns at the local diner before we sprawled on bare floors in our sleeping bags for some much needed shut-eye.  The house, empty for some time, had no heat, no running water, miserable cell reception and no internet.

    After roughing it Colonial Style for the last 2 weeks, Miss Monkey is happy to announce that she has now returned to the 21st century with all mod-cons, and that Maritime Monday is back up and running.

    Maritime Monday for December 2nd, 2013: Movies About Submarines Part 3; The Way Life Should Be

  13. Thanksgiving, 1942. Image: Library of Congress

  15. you snooze…

    (playing: Handsome Furs; Sing!Captain)

    "get up, Max… Max…get up"