1. Fair Wind to Java (Republic, 1953)

    The Dutch East Indies, at the end of the nineteenth century. An adventurous captain of an American merchant vessel is looking for a sunken Dutch vessel containing 10,000 precious diamonds. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one and then there’s also that volcano on the nearby island of Krakatau, waiting to explode…


  2. Midshipmen Training Aboard HMS Theseus (1892)

    We see here some of the midshipmen and naval cadets of the cruiser Theseus, one of the ships of the Particular Service Squadron. They are undergoing tuition under the supervision of the chaplain of the ship, their naval instructor.

    After passing successfully out of the (training ship) Britannia at the end of his two years’ course, the naval cadet goes to sea in some battleship or cruiser in which a naval instructor is borne, and serves afloat for four years, after which, being nineteen years of age, and having served in all six years and passed an intermediate examination for midshipman, he is examined finally for his lieutenant’s commission.

    It is a question whether the middy of the present day does not get too much school to the detriment of his professional training.

    Photograph and the above caption from the “Navy and Army Illustrated Published 29 May 1896”


    HMS Theseus (1892)

  3. HMS Dreadnought

    Painting of HMS Dreadnought (1906) completed battleship.
    The postcard was mailed in Portsmouth on 2 Sept 1909

    HMS Dreadnought was a battleship of the Royal Navy that revolutionised naval power. Her entry into service in 1906 represented such a marked advance in naval technology that her name came to be associated with an entire generation of battleships, the “dreadnoughts”, as well as the class of ships named after her, while the generation of ships she made obsolete became known as “pre-dreadnoughts”. She was the sixth ship of that name in the Royal Navy.

    more on wikipedia

  4. HMS Monmouth

    Essex Built Pembroke Naval Dockyard
    Launched 29 Aug 1901
    Completed 22 March 1904
    Sold for Scrap 1921

    The sixth HMS Monmouth of the Royal Navy was the lead ship of a class of armoured cruisers of 9,800 tons displacement. She was sunk at the Battle of Coronel in 1914.

    more on wikipedia

  8. International Longshoremen’s Association banner c. 1901

    The roots of the International Longshoremen’s Association date to colonial America when the arrival of ships bearing goods from Europe was greeted with cries for “Men A‘long shore!”

  9. oldbookillustrations:

    Burg Rheinstein.

    Myles Birket Foster, from The Rhine and its picturesque scenery, by Henry Mayhew, London, 1856.

    (This Birket Foster series goes out to athousandwinds)

    (Source: archive.org)

  10. discardingimages:

    Perseus (not Bellerophon) and Andromeda

    Christine de Pisan, L’Épître Othéa, Paris ca. 1410-1414.

    BL, Harley 4431, fol. 98v

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  11. rhamphotheca:

    crankydinosaur:  Life in the Silurian Period by Zdeněk Burian

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  13. Preston. Official Guide and Industrial Handbook - Published by J. Burrow & Co. Ltd., Cheltenham & Gloucester c. 1960

  14. fuckyeahwrecks:

    This Day In Wrecks

    1941:  Only 3 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Royal Navy suffers a hard blow when the battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Repulse are sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service north of Singapore.  The ships are struck with multiple torpedoes by the Japanese planes; the Repulse sinks first with a loss of 508 men, and the Prince of Wales follows not long after.  Among her 327 men lost is Admiral Phillips.

    1 - Japanese aerial photo: The Prince of Wales, at top left, attempting to escape, while the Repulse is surrounded by the splashes of numerous bombing attempts and is smoking from 1 hit.

    2 - Japanese propaganda painting of the sinking

    3 - diagram of successful torpedo hits on the Prince of Wales

  15. mudwerks:


    American Optical, 1955 - Southbridge, Massachusetts

    Learn…or Die