1. Postcard published after the loss of the submarine M1 in 1925 and the cost in human life

    HMS M1 sank with all 69 hands on 12 November 1925 while on an exercise in the English Channel. A Swedish ship, SS Vidar, struck the submerged M1 and sank her in 70 m of water.

    The collision tore the forward gun (below) from the hull and water flooded the interior through the open loading hole. The crew members appear to have tried to escape by flooding the interior and opening the escape hatch, but their bodies were never found.

    Wreckage was discovered by a diving team in 1999. +

  2. Cruise of the Monongahela - Collection of 96 Circa 1880 Hand-Tinted Albumen Photographs from China and Japan

    The USS Monongahela was commissioned in January 1863 and first saw service during the Civil War. She was then assigned to the West Indies and cast ashore by a tidal wave at St. Croix on November 18, 1867 and refloated six months later.

     In 1873, after extensive repairs, Monongahela began service in the Pacific and Asiatic waters.

    Later converted to a sailing store ship and then used as a ship-rigged training ship, she was destroyed by fire at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on March 17, 1908.

  3. Thomas Jefferson Scalloped-Top Sea Passport Signed “Th: Jefferson” as president.

    One partially printed page, 10.5” x 15.25”, [Washington], June 2, 1808, allowing "…the Ship Tiger of Philadelphia, Samuel Clark Hopkins master or commander of the burthen of Two Hundred Seventy & 39/45ths tons or thereabouts mounted with no guns navigated with fifteen men To pass with her Company Passengers Goods and Merchandize without any hindrance, seizure or molestation…”

    Countersigned by James Madison as secretary of state.

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  5. The lake’s name comes from Nipmuc, an Algonquian language, and is said to mean, “Fishing Place at the Boundaries — Neutral Meeting Grounds”.

    It is located near the Connecticut border and has a surface area of 1,442 acres (5.84 km2).

    Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg on wkipedia


    Sailing boats at the pier on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, Webster, Mass. by Boston Public Library on Flickr.

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  6. De Bry’s Map of Colonial Virginia; The First Map to Focus on Virginia Including Chesapeake Bay

    John White. Americæ pars, nunc Virginia dicta : primum ab Anglis inuenta, sumtibus Dn. Walteri Raleigh, Equestris ordinis Viri, Anno Dni. MDLXXXV. [Frankfurt: 1590]

    The map, engraved by Theodore De Bry, is based on a manuscript description of Virginia by John White. It has been described as one of the most significant cartographic milestones in colonial North American history.

    Published in De Bry’s Anglorum in Virginiam aduentus, it is the most accurate map drawn in the sixteenth century of any part of North America. It is also the first map to focus on Virginia and to record the first English attempts at colonization in the New World.


  9. cavetocanvas:

    Arnold Böcklin, Venus Anadyomene, 1872

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  11. Ships in Cinema:  Name that Movie…  blah, blah, blah… undying love, you know the drill.

  14. retrogirly:

    Lynn Bari

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