1. 1911 look at Washington State Ferry Terminal, Colman Dock

    Seattle Now & Then: Colman Dock and the HB Kennedy (more)

  5. Henry B. Smith; OhioLINK Digital Resources

    SS Henry B. Smith: 100 Years Later, Wreck Found in Lake Superior

    The Associated Press
    Duluth News Tribune
    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Nearly 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down during a November storm in Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters believes it has found the ship, and much of it is largely intact.

    The group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Mich. The group says it hasn’t seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it’s the Smith, sitting amid a spilled load of iron ore.

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    The Henry B. Smith went down in Lake Superior with a crew of 25
    after sailing into the Great Lakes Storm of November 1913.

    “It’s a beautiful wreck with great visibility,” said Jerry Eliason of Cloquet, part of the group that has found many lost ships in recent years.

    “It’s very clear to me that this one appeared to have broken on the surface, spilled its iron ore contents over the bottom, and then landed on the ore”

    more on ABC10

    SS Henry B. Smith – Great Lakes freighter built in 1906
    by the American Ship Building Company at Lorain, Ohio USA
    - image via wrecksite.eu -

    The Henry B. Smith was 525 feet in length, 55 feet in width and 31 feet in height. The gross tonnage for the vessel was 6,631, net tonnage 5,229.

    Owned by the Acme Transit Company of Lorain, Ohio, William A. Hawgood, manager, the steamship was named for Henry B. Smith (1849-1918), a prominent lumberman who was managing owner of the Ludington Woodenware Company in Ludington, Michigan.

    Captain James Owen had been plagued by misfortunes all year, causing the Smith to be delayed and chronically ate to its destinations. Rumors abounded, then and now, that the owners of the boat made it clear to Owen that he better make this last trip on time, or else.

    Around 5 p.m. on November 9, 1913, the Smith left Marquette Harbor and sailed into one of the worse storms in memory…

    SS Henry B. Smith
    on wikipedia

    Great Lakes Storm of 1913
    on wikipedia

    video: Great Storm Of 1913

    tip courtesy jon spencer

  6. H.J. Kihl (attributed) The World Around Us #10 (Navy) Two Complete Stories

    Original Art (Gilberton, 1959). Includes "The First Fleet" (1 page) and "Cheese-Box on a Barrelhead"

  8. 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:

  9. The Amerika of Hamburg America Line at the Prince of Wales Pier, Dover

    Amerika was built for the HAPAG New York service in 1905. She was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, whose owner Lord Pirrie had a major interest in the Hamburg America Line. She was seized by the USA in 1917, and renamed America. Initially used as a troopship, she was passed to the United States Lines in 1921. She was badly damaged by fire in 1926, and scrapping was considered. She ailed again from 1927-31, and was then laid up. Rebuilt in 1942 (with only one funnel) and used as the US Army transport Edmund B.Alexander until 1949. She was broken up in 1958.

  10. Greek Fire – Greek warships would carry giant cauldrons filled with a mysterious incendiary liquid. Once in range of an enemy ship the Greeks would heat and pressurize the liquid then use a siphon to “squirt” it out across the sea in the direction of the enemy to devastating effect. The components of this fearsome ancient weapon were a closely guarded secret. Even the soldiers who helped prepare the fire did not know the ingredients. In 814 the Bulgarians captured two Greek warships, containing some 36 siphons. A few still contained the mysterious liquid used to make Greek fire, but without knowing the proper components the Bulgarians were unable to make use of it.

    Modern scientists have been unable to figure out the exact makeup of the fire. Three possible combinations include petroleum, potassium nitrate and sulfur, naphtha, quicklime and sulfur or phosphorus and saltpeter. But the following is known from old records: Greek fire burned on water and according to some accounts was even ignited by water; it could be extinguished only by a few substances, including sand, strong vinegar and old urine and it was accompanied by thunder and much smoke.

    “Every time they hurl the fire at us, we go down on our elbows and knees, and beseech Our Lord to save us from this danger,” wrote one witness who saw the weapon in action and lived to tell the tale.


  11. navyhistory:

    On 23 March 1815, U.S. Sloop of War Hornet captured the British brig-sloop Penguin in a battle lasting just over 20 minutes in the south Atlantic. Neither crew was aware that the War of 1812 had ended a month earlier.

    This painting by Carlton T. Chapman shows Hornet at left with Penguin heavily damaged. NHHC image 1857.

    (via moewie)

  12. Ship’s company, U.S.S. Maine

    blown up in Havana Harbor, Havana, Cuba, 15 February 1898
    8 x 10 in. glass negative
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
    Washington, D.C.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Maritime Monday for March 11, 2013:
    While You Are Away…

    Neues systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet
    An ordered new systematic Conchylien Cabinet described by Friedrich Heinrich Wilhelm Martini, and under whose supervision were drawn from nature and illuminated with vibrant colors. Nürnberg: Bey Gabriel Nikolaus Raspe, 1769-1829
    - click through for link to view full set on The Ernst Mayr Library -