2. Photo courtesy Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

    Ship Photos of The Day – Beer’s Here!

    The general cargo ship Star Fraser arrives in the Port of Charleston with 28 fermentation tanks for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s new Mills River, N.C. brewery.

    It took 14-days to get the massive 800- and 1600-barrel tanks from the manufacturer Ziemann in Bürgstadt, Germany to North Carolina.

    The new brewery, due to open in 2014, will start with a capacity of about 300,000 barrels to help quench the thirst of beer drinkers up and down the east coast.

    more on gCaptain

  3. Bovril had been a staple in pantries all over France and Britain for generations.  It should come as no surprise, then, that when London found itself with a massive deadly human waste build up in the Thames, the vessels that came to the rescue were aptly dubbed the “Bovril boats”.

    Bovril boats, also known as sludge vessels, were specially designed sewerage dumping ships. The vessels were well maintained, and crews could expect reasonably good pay and regular work.

    In 1887 the first ship of a long line of ‘pump and dump’ effluent tanker vessels was launched.

    Their task was to remove London’s sludge waste from Beckton and Crossness Pumping Stations for disposal on the ebb tide at sea in the Black Deep, an extremely deep channel in the North Sea, located fifteen miles off the aptly named Foulness Island.

    The dreadful state of the Thames near the sewer outfalls was highlighted by the SS Princess Alice disaster of September 1878.

    Maritime Monday for July 8th, 2013:

    It Puts BEEF Into You!

  4. Discovery in doubt

    On April 19, 1770, after mapping the entire coastline of New Zealand, British explorer James Cook (1728-1779) became the first white man to reach Australia.

    Or did he?

    A skull discovered in Taree, New South Wales, calls that into question because it belonged to a Caucasian who predated Captain Cook by a century…

    keep reading on Quigley’s Cabinet

  6. pinupcraze:

    Willy Pogany

    (Source: elegant-lust, via mudwerks)

  7. discoverprints:

    First edition Haeckel jellyfish print. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. 

    (via moewie)

  8. Postcard of Carlotta, posted 1905

    The Tilbury-Gravesend Ferries

  9. thedasbracket:

    Max Schreck publicity still for “Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens” (UFA-1922)

    (via mudwerks)

  10. Sir William Hillary came to live on the Isle of Man in 1808. Being aware of the treacherous nature of the Irish Sea, with many ships being wrecked around the Manx coast, he drew up plans for a national lifeboat service manned by trained crews.

    Initially he received little response from the Admiralty. However, on appealing to the more philanthropic members of London society, the plans were adopted and, with the help of two Members of Parliament, the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck was founded in 1824.

    Maritime Monday for July 1st, 2013:
    Rock the Boat

  11. 20 Lifeboats, Each a Poetic Story

    To mark the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the City Room comment stalwart known as Lifeboat No. 6 has bestowed upon us a mini-epic: a long, traditional-form haiku of 20 stanzas, each representing one of the lost liner’s 20 lifeboats.  —New York Times

  12. rt: Jeremy Wade…   sexiest. fucking. man. ever.


    hands off, he’s mine.

    Tagged #Jeremy Wade
  13. Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (Warner Brothers, 1953). One Sheet

    Starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Charles Laughton, Hillary Brooke, Fran Warren, Bill Shirley, Leif Erickson, Joe Kirk, Rex Lease. Directed by Charles Lamont.

  14. Sub-Mariner Comics #29 (Timely, 1948)

    Human Torch appearance. Syd Shores cover. Bill Everett art.

  15. Flash Comics #96 (DC, 1948) - Hawkman; cover and art by Joe Kubert