3. sailing card: Endeavour c. 1800s

    Clipper ship advertisement cards

  5. Colored lithograph of Baltimore Harbor showing twin views of Locust Point and Canton ca. 1860

    Creator/Author: A. Hoen and Co.
    Repository: Enoch Pratt Free Library

    Original (1469 x 1001)

  6. Vintage postcard of ships lining the wharves in Baltimore’s harbor, ca. 1911

    Creator/Author: Illustrated Postcard and Novelty Company, New York City.

    Repository: Enoch Pratt Free Library

  7. Contemporary image of the Star Spangled Banner flying over Fort McHenry, Baltimore, during the attack on the city led by Gen. Ross and the Royal Navy under Vice Adm. Sir Alexander Cochrane.

    The Man Who Captured Washington; General Robert Ross

  8. The War of 1812 was a watershed moment in the nation’s development of a strong national defense system, a military historian said this week, as it provided justification for building up the Navy and changed the nation’s attitude toward strengthening the central government.

    - article -

    also: War of 1812 Symposium in Maryland

    In June 2013 there will be a War of 1812 symposium at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Details still being arranged, so check back here.

    Here’s the official description of the event:

    To recognize and celebrate two centuries of peace between the U.S., Great Britain and Canada following the War of 1812, the U.S. Naval Academy will be home to an international academic conference including programs for the general public. An exhibit, featuring the iconic Don’t Give Up the Ship flag, the British Royal standard taken from Fort York (Toronto) and other War of 1812 symbols from Great Britain, Canada and the United States will be displayed.

  9. LONDON - An engagement between an American and a British naval vessel during the War of 1812 by Derek Gardner is estimated to sell for £30,000 to £50,000 at Bonhams next Auction of Marine Art in New Bond Street, London.

    The painting depicts the action shortly before the Macedonian's main topmast went over the side in Mid Atlantic on October 12th 1812. The USS United States has her sails on the main aback to heave the ship to and prevent her running ahead of the disabled Macedonian.

    Derek Gardner was a self-taught British artist who meticulously planned and researched all his pictures, resulting in works exhibiting amazing attention to detail. 'I'm never in a hurry', he said, aged 90. ‘Fools, after all, rush in…' He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Marine artists in 1966.


  10. A depiction of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Shannon leading the captured American frigate USS Chesapeake into Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, in June 1813.

    - full resolution(1,213 × 863 pixels) -

    Newspaper announcing the Shannon’s victory

  11. theearofvangogh:

    The Prodigal Son in Modern Life: The Return [1882]

    James Tissot [1836-1902]

    (Source: theearofvangogh, via drtuesdaygjohnson)

  13. macri:

    Woman Reading, Eastman Johnson. American (1824 - 1906)

    (via bluewaterblackheart)

  14. A 1941 novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall


    Dust jacket art by N. C. Wyeth

    (Source: gentlemanlosergentlemanjunkie)

  15. see also: Clarence Islands and Edward Sabine


    Sir John Ross entered Lancaster Sound in search of the Northwest Passage in 1818, but turned back due to what he believed were mountains blocking his way west. He named the illusory range after J.W. Croker, Secretary of the Admiralty. 

    The nonexistence of this range was proven in 1819 by William Edward Parry, (1790–1855), who sailed over the Croker Mountains.

    (via fuckyeahcartography)