1. Greek Fire – Greek warships would carry giant cauldrons filled with a mysterious incendiary liquid. Once in range of an enemy ship the Greeks would heat and pressurize the liquid then use a siphon to “squirt” it out across the sea in the direction of the enemy to devastating effect. The components of this fearsome ancient weapon were a closely guarded secret. Even the soldiers who helped prepare the fire did not know the ingredients. In 814 the Bulgarians captured two Greek warships, containing some 36 siphons. A few still contained the mysterious liquid used to make Greek fire, but without knowing the proper components the Bulgarians were unable to make use of it.

    Modern scientists have been unable to figure out the exact makeup of the fire. Three possible combinations include petroleum, potassium nitrate and sulfur, naphtha, quicklime and sulfur or phosphorus and saltpeter. But the following is known from old records: Greek fire burned on water and according to some accounts was even ignited by water; it could be extinguished only by a few substances, including sand, strong vinegar and old urine and it was accompanied by thunder and much smoke.

    “Every time they hurl the fire at us, we go down on our elbows and knees, and beseech Our Lord to save us from this danger,” wrote one witness who saw the weapon in action and lived to tell the tale.


  3. lostandfoundinprague:

    Vltava, boats, Prague by M.Peterka, 60’s

    (via yama-bato)

  4. time-for-maps:

    Map of Genoa. (1890) [3307 × 2539]

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

  5. lauramcphee:

    Women in Porthole, c1970 (Mary Ellen Mark)

    (via mudwerks)


  6. DSN community, I need your help


    I’m going to shameless co-opt the DSN soapbox for selfish research purposes for a moment. Do you know anyone who lives near Seadrift TX, east of Corpus Christi/West of Houston? I have a satellite tag that came ashore in Espiritu Santo Bay, inside Matagorda Is. and I’d love to get it back. It was on …

    → Read More: DSN community, I need your helpimage http://dlvr.it/377JD1

  7. navyhistory:

    On 23 March 1815, U.S. Sloop of War Hornet captured the British brig-sloop Penguin in a battle lasting just over 20 minutes in the south Atlantic. Neither crew was aware that the War of 1812 had ended a month earlier.

    This painting by Carlton T. Chapman shows Hornet at left with Penguin heavily damaged. NHHC image 1857.

    (via moewie)

  9. STANLEY MASSEY ARTHURS (American, 1877-1950)
    The Wreck of Hesperus, 1908
    Oil on canvas

    The Wreck of the Hesperus" is a narrative poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, first published in Ballads and Other Poems in 1842.

    "The Wreck of the Hesperus" is a story that presents the tragic consequences of a sea captain’s pride. On an ill-fated voyage in winter, he brings his daughter aboard ship for company. The captain ignores the advice of one of his experienced men, who fears that a hurricane is approaching. When the storm arrives, the captain ties his daughter to the mast to prevent her from being swept overboard…

    read “The Wreck of the Hesperus” on Project Gutenberg

  10. Ship’s company, U.S.S. Maine

    blown up in Havana Harbor, Havana, Cuba, 15 February 1898
    8 x 10 in. glass negative
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Washington, D.C.

  11. Building the World’s Largest Ship in 50,000 Pics

    This timelapse, produced by Discovery Channel and Maersk Line, shows the construction of Maersk Line’s first Triple-E container ship at the DSME shipyard in Okpo, Korea.

    The timelapse was made using 50,000 photos taken over a 3 months period.

  12. Pile driver at Pyrmont, by David Moore

    David Moore (1927-2003) was one of Australia’s most respected photojournalists.

    Australian National Maritime Museum

  13. Paint-by-Numbers of a sailing ship
    Found in Ithaca; Antiques, Vintage, Unusual Objects

  14. International Paint Company Advertising Thermometer

    International Paint, an Akzo Nobel subsidiary, are makers of marine and protective coatings, and are headquartered in Gateshead, UK.

    In 1881, Charles Petrie, along with German brothers Max and Albert Holzapfel, founded the Holzapfel Compositions Company Ltd. in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, producing marine coatings for the local shipping industry. In 1904 the company moved to a larger factory in Felling-on-Tyne, where the 21st century headquarters are still located.

    By 1889, the company had expanded production to include overseas countries, such as Russia, Denmark, Italy and Germany, and in 1901 to the United States, where it was registered under the name International Paint Co Inc, in. New Jersey, with production in Brooklyn, New York.

    International Paint is now the leading brand name of the AkzoNobel Marine & Protective Coatings (M&PC) business unit. The company has approximately 5,500 employees, in more than 50 countries. +

  15. Pieroni’s Sea Grill; vintage postcard

    "One of the famous Pieroni’s Sea Grills located at 601
    Washington St., in the heart of the shopping and theatre
    district invites you to dine when in Boston. Est. 1895.”

    -This Side For Writing