1. Skirts Ahoy! (MGM, 1952)

    Esther Williams joins the WAVES after leaving her fiancé at the altar. Much of the humor is of the gender-switch variety, with the lady sailors ogling and whistling at every eligible male who crosses their path at the Great Lakes U.S. Naval Training Center. Inevitably, Williams sheds her navy duds in favor of a swimsuit. +

    The aqua routines are not really a part of the overall plot, and neither is a scene at the local dinner club featuring Billy Eckstine.

    In a show on the base, we find Keenan Wynn, Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van and a full selection of orchestra, drill teams, and choral groups. +

  2. Crewmen of the USS Monitor pose on the deck of their ironclad ship in July 1862.

    In 1862, the USS Monitor — a Civil War-era ironclad warship — fought one of the world’s first iron-armored battles against the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. Less than a year later, a violent storm sank the Union ship off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The wreck was discovered more than a century later, and subsequent searches have turned up more than just a crumbling ship — they also found the skeletons of two of the Monitor’s sailors in the ship’s gun turret.  (more)

  3. Son of a Sailor (Warner Brothers – First National, 1933)

    Joe E. Brown is a sailor who hopes to match the accomplishments of his seaman father. Unfortunately, Joe is perhaps the clumsiest gob ever to sail the seven seas. Nor can he steer clear of trouble: Through a series of wholly unbelievable circumstances, Joe finds himself alone on deck of a ship that’s about to be shelled for target practice.

    He manages to redeem himself for this and all past misdeeds when he inadvertently breaks up an espionage ring. +

    Joe E. Brown in Son of a Sailor

    Joe E. Brown (1891 – 1973) Was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1939, Brown testified before the House Immigration Committee in support of a bill that would allow 20,000 German Jewish refugee children into the US, two of whom he himself adopted.

    Likable and gregarious, Brown traveled thousands of miles at his own expense to entertain American troops during World War II. He was the first to do so, traveling to both the Caribbean and Alaska before Bob Hope or the USO were organized.

    On his return to the States he brought sacks of letters, making sure they were delivered by the Post Office. He gave shows in all weather conditions, many in hospitals, sometimes doing his entire show for a single dying soldier, and signing autographs for everyone. Brown was one of only two civilians to be awarded the Bronze Star in WWII.

    Later in his career, Brown starred in 1958′s Some Like It Hot as Osgood Fielding III, in which he speaks the famous punchline “Well, nobody’s perfect”.  (more)

  9. monstography:

    The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal shepherd and unintentionally killed him.

    Ashamed, she jumped into a lake to take the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty.

    Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid—human above the waist, fish below—though the earliest representations of Atargatis showed her as a fish with a human head and arm, similar to the Babylonian god Ea. The Greeks recognized Atargatis under the name Derketo.

    Prior to 546 BC, the Milesian philosopher Anaximander proposed that mankind had sprung from an aquatic species of animal. He thought that humans, with their extended infancy, could not have survived otherwise.

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  10. this is actually pretty funny

    "Africa" by Toto - Performed by the Crew of the Bourbon Peridot, West Africa 2013

    “I did the first couple of scenes with Subsea 7 guys, and then a couple of other guys on the boat thought it was good so they also wanted in,” Darren Flynn, the ship’s 33yo ROV pilot supervisor who came up with the idea, told the Energy Voice.

    “As the thing progressed, more and more people wanted in, from the captain to the company representative.”

    35,000 views and counting.

  12. mapsontheweb:

    Mail Steamship Routes - UK International Mail, 1930s

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  13. slang-king:


     - Tony Ray-Jones

  14. tackypostcards:

    Ila Loetscher, The Turtle Lady.

    South Padre Island, TX

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