1. projectgutenberg:

    But the hardships and responsibilities by no means end with the building of the Light-house; the keeper who has it in charge holds a most important position, for upon the skill of his hands in the management of the delicate costly lenses and machinery, the clearness of his head, and the courage of his heart, as well as his honesty and fidelity, depends, even more than upon the captain of a vessel, the safety of many precious lives and millions of property; so it is  of the first importance that he be intelligent, efficient and trustworthy.

    - Anon, ‘Something about Light-Houses’ in Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls (1881) [full text]

  2. from the Monkeyfist Image vaults

  3. Sea Nymph by Moonlight; postcard 1930’s

    from the Monkeyfist Image vaults

  4. *submitted without source

    Tagged #anchor
  5. creepyperson:

    Sailor Jerry of the Day

    (Source: babylov31994, via sailorjunkers)

  6. tanuchi:

    Rage For Men, My Escape From The Isle of Death (1957) Matt Backer

    (via sailorjunkers)

  7. missultraviolence:

    This is gorgeous! Anyone know who its by?


    (via sailorjunkers)

    Tagged #mayday
  8. Mauretania at Cherbourg

    • via Ausskipper
  9. S/V Dar Pomorza

    Polish Fregatte, PSM School Sailing Ship

  10. Portrush; County Antrim, Ireland

    ca. 1890-1900
    1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.


  11. fuckyeahwrecks:

    I work at a local public radio station.  Theme for the news show this month was “Will It Float?”

    Naturally I did a story about plane crashes into water.

    I’m not really a professional and I had to compress the audio quality a good bit to get this to fit into the Tumblr 10 mb limit but I like the way it turned out overall.  Also yes, I just outed myself as a girl.

  12. Queenstown Harbor; County Cork, Ireland

    ca. 1890-1900
    1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.

  13. heracliteanfire:

    Dr. Gregory Rouse took 12th Place with this darkfield image of a juvenile bivalve mollusc, (Lima sp.), magnified 10 times. Dr. Rouse is from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. (Courtesy of Nikon Small World)

    via Small Worlds - The Big Picture - Boston.com

  14. mabelmoments:

    March of the Crabs by Pascal Kobeh, winner of the Behaviour category. Photograph: Pascal Kobeh/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of The Year

    (Source: Guardian, via mudwerks)

    Tagged #Pascal Kobeh
  15. Do Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol?

    The next time you’re inclined to enjoy an extra glass of wine, consider that it may be a reflection of your intelligence.

    That is one of the findings from data from the National Child Development Study in the United Kingdom and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the United States.

    Childhood intelligence, measured before the age of 16, was categorized in five cognitive classes, ranging from “very dull,” “dull,” “normal,” “bright” and “very bright.”

    The Americans were revisited seven years later. The British youths, on the other hand, were followed in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Researchers measured their drinking habits as the participants became older.

    More intelligent children in both studies grew up to drink alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children. In the Brits’ case, “very bright” children grew up to consume nearly eight-tenths of a standard deviation more alcohol than their “very dull” cohorts.

    Researchers controlled for demographic variables — such as marital status, parents’ education, earnings, childhood social class and more — that may have also affected adult drinking. Still, the findings held true: Smarter kids were drinking more as adults.

    So why do smarter kids end up drinking more?