1. SS Brodland

    On the 20th January 1913, the steamship Brodland left Port Talbot Docks bound for Punta Arenas in Chile with 2,500 tons of Welsh coal.  She was being assisted and under tow by the tug Emily Charlotte due to heavy seas and a gale force wind.  In a sudden squall, the tow-line parted and the Brodland was driven ashore on the sandy beach close to Aberavon’s North Pier.

    All forty-two members of the crew were brought safely ashore by the local Life Saving Apparatus Team led by Captain Humphrey Jones and helped by the many workmen who had rushed to the beach to give assistance. Amongst the crew was a local man, F.L. James, the ship’s carpenter and last ashore was the master Captain Vernon A. Scott. The literal translation of her destination port, Punta Arenas, is Sandy Beach but Aberavon was not the one her owners had in mind.

    The Brodland was built in 1891 by Craig, Taylor & Co. at Stockton on Tees.  She was launched as the Highland Mary but was re-named when she was purchased by the Brodland Steamship Company in 1912.  After the grounding she became a total wreck and was later broken up for scrap.  Her anchor is still on display outside the Aberavon Lifeboat Station.

  4. wackystuff:

    Oil Is So Yesterday (by wackystuff)

    (via mudwerks)

  5. Coaling on the Ship at Nagasaki Harbor

    Late Meiji era - Taisho era
    Collotype with hand coloring; ink on card stock
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  7. Mmm, with all this yummy Christmas food around, I’ve had some pretty spirited gas myself recently. —mf

    "The Spirit of Coal - Gas" - poster for the British Commercial Gas Association by Barribal, 1924 - ART DIRECTION

    A wonderful image by the poster artist Septimus Scott and commissioned by the British Commercial Gas Association in the mid-1920s to sell the town gas produced from coal - the grime and dirt of coal and collieries are seen transformed by the glowing figure of gas. The exhibit at Wembley mentioned was the 1924 Empire Exhibition at Wembley, north London.

    Original (1920 x 3238)

  8. The Black Gang

    The stokehold of a steamship;
    From J. D. Jerrold Kelley’s The Ship’s Company and Other Sea People, 1896

    Coal-fired steamships like the Mauretania stayed on schedule only through the backbreaking labor of the boiler-room crew. The “black gang” included trimmers, who shifted coal inside the bunkers; coal-passers, who brought it by the barrowful to each boiler; and firemen, who worked the fires. Stoking and tending the furnaces took considerable skill.

    It was also relentless, dangerous, hellishly hot, and amazingly dirty work.

    Courtesy of the Library of Congress

  9. Loading coal into a lake freighter at the Pennsylvania Railroad Docks

    Sandusky, Ohio - May 1943 - photographer Jack Delano