1. La Crue de la Seine, Janvier 1910, Ce qui reste du quai de Grenelle

    In late January 1910, following months of high rainfall, the Seine River flooded Paris when water pushed upwards from overflowing sewers and subway tunnels, and seeped into basements through fully saturated soil. The waters did not overflow the river’s banks within the city, but flooded Paris through tunnels, sewers, and drains.

    Once water invaded the Gare d’Orsay rail terminal, its tracks soon sat under more than a metre of water. To continue moving throughout the city, residents traveled by boat or across a series of wooden walkways built by government engineers and by Parisians themselves.

    On 28 January the water reached its maximum height at 8.62 metres (28.28 feet), some 6 m above its normal level.

    The water got to its highest after 10 days and after 35 days the water was gone completely.

    1910 Great Flood of Paris

  9. malebeautyinart:

    J.Sidney Willis Hodges: Lord Hood of Avalon as a Midshipman (Watercolour ca. 1860)

    (via sailorgil)

  11. oldbookillustrations:

    Gustave Doré, headpiece vignette to chapter V, from La mythologie du Rhin (The Mythology of the Rhine), by X-B. De Saintine, Paris, 1862.

    (Source: archive.org)

  13. tonight’s nautical feature…..

    "Blackgang’s ain’t supposed to stand topside watch…"

  14. Twitter road trips USA: Baltimore to Bar Harbor, day one - live

    Our final reader-led road trip sets off today from Baltimore. Over the next five days, Vicky Baker and photographer Greta Rybus will be bringing you live updates of their progress as they head up the east coast, bound for Bar Harbor in Maine.

    You can tell them where to go and what to see en route by tweeting @vickybaker, @guardiantravel, #TwiTrips, or by leaving a tip on GuardianWitness or in the comments below

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