1. SMS Augsburg

    SMS Augsburg was a Kolberg-class light cruiser of the German Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy) during the First World War. She had three sister ships, SMS Kolberg, Mainz, and Cöln.

    The ship was built by the Kaiserliche Werft in Kiel; her hull was laid down in 1908 and she was launched in July 1909. Augsburg was commissioned into the High Seas Fleet in October 1910. She was armed with a main battery of twelve 10.5 cm SK L/45 guns and had a top speed of 25.5 knots (47.2 km/h; 29.3 mph).

    more on wikipedia

    image posted by M.G.K.1418

  2. SMS Königsberg in 1915 (image)

    SMS Königsberg was the lead ship of her class of light cruisers built by the Imperial German Navy.

    She was laid down in early 1905, launched in December 1905, and completed by June 1906. Her sisters included Stettin, Stuttgart, and Nürnberg. The ship was armed with a main battery of ten 10.5 cm (4.1 in) guns and had a top speed of 24.1 kn (44.6 km/h; 27.7 mph).

    After her commissioning, Königsberg escorted Kaiser Wilhelm II on a state visit to Britain. In April 1914, the ship was sent on what was to have been a two-year deployment to German East Africa, but this was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I in August of that year.

    more on wikipedia

  3. OMD – Dazzle Ships / Stanlow, Live 2008 London

    imageDazzle Camouflage was first used on ships in World War One, designed to confuse and disrupt visual rangefinding, making it difficult to hit and sink a ship with artillery, which was very trendy at the time. If you’ve ever used an old film camera and focused until the two images line up correctly, you’ll understand how this worked on old military rangefinders.

    Looking back on these ships today they seem almost like massive works of art, not giant machines dodging death and destruction on the high seas…

    More Dazzle Ship images on Lost At Sea NYC

    Dazzle Ships by OMD released in 1983, sleeve designed by Peter Saville – Inspired by a print by Edward Wadsworth, one of the artists that were charged with applying the dazzle designs created by Norman Wilkinson and his team.

    also: OMD – Silent Running

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  4. SMS Blücher was the last armored cruiser to be built by the German Imperial Navy. The ship was named for the Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher, the commander of Prussian forces at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

  5. SMS Lothringen; German Imperial Navy postcard collection: The Ship Model Forum

  7. thegildedcentury:

    Life magazine, August 21, 1944

  8. SMS Nürnberg (1906)

    SMS Nürnberg, named after the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, was a Königsberg class light cruiser of 3,450 tons laid down in 1905 and launched in 1907.

    Nürnberg’s was similar in both size and appearance to the famous SMS Emden, differing mainly in its uneven funnel spacing. She was armed with ten 4.1-inch (100 mm) guns, eight five pounders, four machine guns and two submerged torpedo tubes. Her top speed was 25 knots (46 km/h)Sunk at the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914.

    —more on wikipedia

    The Library of Congress on Flickr

  10. Balboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone

    Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Most of the ships present are identified in Photo # 80-G-455906 (extended caption).

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

  11. The Queen’s bargemaster H. A. Barry, known as Bert (l)
    with three of the Royal Watermen

    Bargemaster Bob: This is Your Life

    from wikipedia:

    The King’s/Queen’s Bargemaster is a subordinate officer of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. Until the mid-19th century, the Royal family frequently used the River Thames for, but the role is now largely ceremonial. The tradition of the Bargemaster dates back to 1215, with the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede

    The Bargemaster is responsible for the Royal Watermen, chosen from the ranks of the Thames Watermen, who operate tugs and launches on the river. There are 24 Royal Watermen , each of whom receives an annual salary of £3.50.

    The ceremonial duties include state occasions involving the Thames, and onshore duties, acting as footmen on royal carriages during State visits, royal weddings and jubilees. At the coronation the Royal Watermen walk in the procession behind The Queen’s Bargemaster. At the State Opening of Parliament The Queen’s Bargemaster and four Royal Watermen travel as boxmen on coaches, guarding the regalia when it is conveyed from Buckingham Palace to Westminster and back.

    The privately-owned charter vessel, The Spirit of Chartwell, is to be transformed into a royal barge for the Queen’s use during her Diamond Jubilee. On 3 June 2012, the barge will carry the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family, in a spectacular pageant on the Thames.

    - more about The Queen’s Watermen on the Official Website of the British Monarchy -

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  12. Canaletto’s famous painting, River Thames with St. Paul’s Cathedral on Lord Mayor’s Day, c.1747-48

    Giovanni Antonio Canal; 1697 – 1768,  Venice

  13. Eleven facts about the almost-comic calamity that was the Statue of Liberty’s 1886 dedication

    The disaster that almost was: There were so many boats in the water — with fog and mist still impeding visibility (as pictured above) — that it is actually quite incredible that President Cleveland and the French dignitaries made it off of Bedloe’s Island alive. In fact, the president had to transfer to a smaller boat which successfully got him to the Penn Railroad station on the New Jersey side.

    more on The Bowery Boys

    Red Hook; Brooklyn on the Waterfront

    see also: blog post, images and notes

    Red Hook Graving Dock

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  14. Arrival of HM The Queen and the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the
    Royal Yacht Britannia at the Pool of London, 15 May 1954
    by Edward Seago
    Signed and dedicated “To Lord Waverley”

    The Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the world’s most famous ships. Launched at John Brown’s Shipyard in Clydebank in 1953, the Royal Yacht proudly served Queen and country for 44 years. During that time Britannia carried The Queen and the Royal Family on 968 official voyages, from the remotest regions of the South Seas to the deepest divides of Antarctica.

    As 83rd in a long line of Royal Yachts that stretches back to 1660 and the reign of Charles II, Britannia holds a proud place in British maritime history. On 16 April 1953, Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia rolled down the slipway at John Brown’s Clydebank Shipyard, on the start of her long and illustrious career.

    Commissioned for service in January 1954, Britannia sailed the oceans for 43 years and 334 days. She travelled a total of 1,087,623 nautical miles, calling at over 600 ports in 135 countries.

    more on The Royal Yacht Britannia website

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  15. Saluting, 7 April 1919: While awaiting the arrival from Europe of his father, Admiral William S. Sims, who was en route on the SS Mauretania.

    Note his small-scale Sailor’s suit, with peacoat and “flat” hat featuring a cap band from USS Melville (Destroyer Tender # 2), which had been Admiral Sims’ flagship as Commander of U.S. Naval Forces in European Waters during and shortly after the First World War.  

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph

    image via sailorgil

    USS Melville (Destroyer Tender # 2)– Ship’s motor gig underway, circa 1916-1919

    USS Melville (AD-2) was a United States Navy destroyer tender that saw service in both World Wars. Laid down by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, New Jersey, on 11 November 1913, she was launched on 2 March 1913, and first commissioned on 3 December 1915; Comdr. Henry Bertram Price in command. Decommissioned 9 August 1946, and sold for scrapping, 19 August 1948

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