1. Maritime Monday for August 19th, 2013:
    Movie Guide Part VI

    Mme. Stanwyck lays the ultimate jaw dropper on her unwanted husband (Clifton Webb) in this Edwardian soap opera that uses the sinking of the unsinkable ocean liner as a backdrop.

    When the Pride of White Star sideswipes an iceberg and begins its slow descent in the north Atlantic, women and children are put on the lifeboats, men stay behind to face death gallantly, and the toffee nosed Webb gets a day-late and dollar-short reality check.

    New Yorker magazine film critic Pauline Kael wrote:
    “the actual sinking looks more like a nautical tragedy on the pond in Central Park.”

    Historical (myriad) Inaccuracies on wikipedia

     
  2. Maritime Monday for August 12th, 2013:
    Movies About Ships, Part V

    Captain of the scavenger ship Ghost, Wolf Larsen, (Edward G. Robinson) is a heartless tyrant who can tolerate no sign of weakness in anyone, and reigns over his hellish vessel in true satanic fashion. Idealistic writer Humphrey Van Weyden (Alexander Knox) and fugitive from justice Ruth Webster (Ida Lupino) are picked up by the Ghost when their ferryboat capsizes.

    Realizing that their chances of getting off the boat alive are nil, Van Weyden and Ruth conspire with embittered cabin boy Leach (John Garfield) to escape.  They drift in a small open boat for days, only to return to the Ghost, which has apparently been scuttled by the mutinous crew.

    Ultimately, the Ghost sinks beneath the waves, carrying Larsen and Van Weyden to their doom. Ruth and Leach manage to save themselves, rowing toward the safety of a nearby island.

     
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  4. Carry On Cruising (1962)Carry On Jack (1963)

    Don’t ask, don’t even start…

    Miss Monkey’s British beau strongly encouraged her to watch this series of filmssome time ago. Good Times were guaranteed. After 30 minutes or so of one of these hallucinogenic horror dreams, I hit the kill switch with extreme prejudice. I think it was supposed to be about the French Revolution, I have tried earnestly to force it from my mind.

    I would have gladly, no — Delightedlyleft them out altogether except a certain someone “threw his teddy out of the cot”, “pitched a wobbly” and was otherwise being a mardy git, which in the land of pervy, warm-beer-drinking, bare-knuckle fighting, malnourished pygmy people means “had a shit fit” and insisted I include them.

    carryonjackThe Carry On series was a long-running sequence of 31 low-budget British comedy motion pictures produced between 1958 and 1992, all made at Pinewood Studios; often cleverly shot on the same sets and using leftover props and costumes from major Pinewood productions. While many of them parodied more serious films, the series’ humour relied largely on innuendo, double entendre, and the sending-up of British institutions and customs.

    Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas were the sole producer and director respectively and mostly employed the same crew and a regular group of actors. Next to the James Bond films, they are the second-longest continually-running UK film series.

    Penelope Gilliatt opined, “The usual charge to make against the Carry On films is to say that they could be so much better done. This is true enough. They look dreadful, they seem to be edited with a bacon slicer, the effects are perfunctory and the comic rhythm jerks along like a cat on a cold morning. But if all these things were more elegant I don’t really think the films would be more enjoyable: the badness is part of the funniness.”

    These movies are just plain moronic. Second only to Half Man, Half Biscuit, the Carry Onfilms are the single worst form of entertainment ever exported from the UK.

    Maritime Monday for July 22nd, 2013:
    Summer Movie Guide, Part II: Romance and Adventure on the High Seas!

     
  5. Maritime Monday for July 15th, 2013:

    Summer Movie Guide; Thrill Packed Stories of Men and Their Ships!

    Your summer nautical movie guide!
    A few titles with which you may, (and many you may not) be familiar…

     
  6. 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!

     
  7. 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

     
  8. SS Atlantus;  built by the Liberty Ship Building Company
    in Georgia and launched on December 5, 1918 – concreteships.org

    vintage postcard, concrete ship Atlantus, Cape May Point, N. J.
    Boston Public Library – Original (1500 x 966)

    Thesteamer Atlantus, second  ship of the World War I Emergency Fleet, was launched on 5 December 1918.

    imageShe was used to transport American troops back home from Europe and also to transport coal in New England.

    After 2 years of service, the ship was retired in 1920 to a salvage yard in Virginia.

    In 1926, she was purchased for use in the creation of a ferry dock (route now served by the Cape May – Lewes Ferry).

    On June 8th of that year, a storm hit and the ship was torn free from her moorings and ran aground 150 feet off the coast of Sunset Beach, New Jersey. Several attempts were made to free the ship, but none were successful.

    At one time there was a billboard painted on the side of the ship advertising boat insurance. At present she remains a tourist draw, but her condition is rapidly deteriorating, with only her stern above water.

    Maritime Monday for June 24, 2013:
    Ferrocement’s Day Off

    image abv rt: “Mom and I at Sunset Beach in Cape May, c. 1957”
    photo by Ross J. Care; Concrete Ships group on Flickr

     
  9. It is a tried and true cinematic gimmick to trap adults in a confined space so they must face their past and confront the present.  Ships crewed by sweaty nomads with checkered pasts have all the right ingredients. Just add water and you get

    Heart Stopping Terror
    on the High Seas!!!

    Maritime Monday for June 17th, 2013: The Horror, The Horror…

    By Monkey Fist On June 16, 2013

     
  10. SS Exodus

    The ship, built at Sparrows Point, MD in 1911, was formerly the packet steamer SS President Warfield for theBaltimore Steam Packet Company, (American steamship line from 1840 to 1962) providing overnight steamboat service on the Chesapeake Bay, primarily between Baltimore, Maryland, and Norfolk, Virginia.

    President Warfield was expropriated in 1942 by the War Shipping Administration for national defense as a transport during World War II. Following the end of World War II, the President Warfield was decommissioned and returned to the War Shipping Administration for disposal as surplus.

    The old President Warfield was eventually acquired in early 1947 by Mossad Le’aliyah Bet, a Jewish organization helping Holocaust survivors illegally reach Palestine, then under British mandate.

    The former Baltimore Steam Packet and U.S. Navy steamship was renamed Exodus when she embarked from France for Palestine on July 11, 1947, carrying 4,515 passengers. +

    The Exodus arrives at Haifa in July 1947
    1000 × 767

    Maritime Monday for June 10th, 2013: Movement of Jah People

     
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  14. Tora! Tora! Tora! was a 1970 American-Japanese war film that dramatized the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Directed by Richard Fleischer and featuring an ensemble cast including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore and Jason Robards…

    Maritime Monday for May 6th, 2013:
    "Climb Mount Niitaka”

     
  15. Lasar Segalls work was considered “degenerate art” by Nazi Germany and and could no longer be shown in exhibitions. Segall created one of his most famous artworks in 1939, known as Navio de emigrantes (Ship of Emigrants).

    A ship, overcrowded with emigrant passengers, their solemn faces and lack of expression showing the brutal reality of emigrants during their depressing, and sometimes dangerous, voyage to a new life.

    Immigrants on the SS Bremen

    Maritime Monday for April 29th, 2013:
    Weimar