1. HANNES BOK (American, 1914-1964). fantasy landscape with figures; story illustration, 1936. Pen, ink, and water

    on Heritage Auctions

    Born Wayne Woodard, Hannes Bok was an illustrator, amateur astrologer, and writer of fantasy fiction and poetry. He painted over 100 covers for various science fiction, fantasy, and detective fiction magazines, as well as contributing hundreds of black and white interior illustrations to such titles as Weird Tales, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Other Worlds, Super Science Stories, Imagination, Fantasy Fiction, Planet Stories, If, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Bok’s work also appeared in calendars and early fanzines and also dust jackets from specialty book publishers like Arkham House, Shasta, and Fantasy Press. His paintings are celebrated for their luminous quality, thanks to the use of a glazing process inspired by his artistic idol, Maxfield Parrish. Bok was the first artist to win the Hugo Award.

  2. lostsplendor:

    In the Navy: Postcard Portrait, Early 1900s (via)

    (via mudwerks)

  3. kindelling:

    Map of the known world in 1450, by Fra Mauro (monk).

    (Source: olennaredwyne, via fuckyeahcartography)

  5. thegildedcentury:

    Life magazine, May 16, 1946

  6. The Wreck of the Atlantis (engraving)

    (Source: petitsfours, via fuckyeahwrecks)

  8. The Daunt Rescue by BF Gribble
    (full size)

    imageA postage stamp was issued in 1974 to mark the 150th anniversary of theRoyal National Lifeboat Institution. This depiction of the rescue of the crew of the Daunt Lightship by the Ballycotton lifeboat RNLB Mary Stanford (ON733) was chosen as the image.

    On 7 February 1936, the crew of the Mary Stanford performed what many regard as the most famous sea rescue: that of the Daunt Lightship Comet.

    - read the story of the harrowing 63 hour rescue -

    The Daunt Lightship Comet survived; was sold, and went on to become
    Radio Scotland, a pirate radio station.

    more about Radio Scotland 242

  9. JOHN CONRAD BERKEY (American, 1932-2008)

    The Neptune Factor,  movie poster art
    on Heritage Auctions

  10. Compete First Class Titanic Dinner Menu

    This is the entire First Class Dinner Menu served on the Titanic on April 14th, 1912. My next post will be the menu I chose for my own Titanic dinner but I wanted you to have the complete one with links to the recipes on my site. Enjoy!

    from thedragonskitchen.com

  11. Enlist in the WAVES print $15.00

    "On the same team. Enlist in the WAVES.  Apply to your nearest Navy recruiting station or office of Naval Officer Recruitment"

    Naval recruiting poster during WWII, circa 1940s.

    on Vintagraph

  12. Maritime Monday for March 18th, 2013:
    Catholics Need Not Apply

    On the fourth of July, eighteen hundred and six
    We set sail from the sweet cove of Cork
    We were sailing away with a cargo of bricks
    For the grand city hall in New York
    ‘Twas a wonderful craft, she was rigged fore-and-aft
    And oh, how the wild winds drove her.
    She’d got several blasts, she’d twenty-seven masts
    And we called her the Irish Rover.

    We had one million bales of the best Sligo rags
    We had two million barrels of stones
    We had three million sides of old blind horses hides,
    We had four million barrels of bones.
    We had five million hogs, we had six million dogs,
    Seven million barrels of porter.
    We had eight million bails of old nanny goats’ tails,
    In the hold of the Irish Rover…

    “The Irish Rover” is an Irish folk song about a magnificent, though improbable, sailing ship that reaches an unfortunate end.

    This week: Irish Shipping

  13. Yachts racing past the Kish light vessel off Dublin Bay
    Oil on canvas; signed and dated, “SAMUEL WALTERS 1848”
    1811–1882 (born at sea) — (big fat huge LOOKY)

    The Kish light vessel (replaced by a lighthouse in 1965) denoted the northern end of a series of dangerous sandbanks running parallel to the Irish coast. Lying about four miles offshore and extending from Dublin down to Wexford, they were responsible for the loss of many ships.

    The Kish was a familiar mark of the course for the offshore regattas organised by yacht clubs based at Dun Leary (Dun Laoghaire), the commodious sheltered harbour serving Dublin.

    Walters depicts a typical large cutter of the period apparently ahead of two similar craft, although in fact they are well placed up wind of the leader. Should the next leg of the course involve tacking around the light ship, the present windward yacht might well prove the winner.