2. Mystery Ship (Columbia, 1941) movie poster

    FBI agents Allan Harper and Tommy Baker are in charge of a group of subversives, spies and saboteurs that the US government is deporting to foreign countries aboard a ship. The deportees attempt a take over… (imdb)

  3. The Maine in the Hands of the Shipwright
    West India Docks, London

    Pen & Ink on Paper
    Richard Quiller Lane
    London, England

    This rather exquisite pen and ink drawing by British maritime artist Richard Quiller Lane depicts the conversion of the Atlantic Transport Line steamer SS Maine into a hospital ship during the Anglo-Boer War…


    The Atlantic Transport Line was an American passenger shipping line based in Baltimore, Maryland.

    The line developed with railroad support as an offshoot of Bernard N. Baker’s Baltimore Storage and Lighterage Company in 1881. Although American owned, the Atlantic Transport Line operated from Britain, with British registered and manned vessels, most of which were British built.

    A full-scale regular passenger service to New York commenced in 1892 and today the line is best known for its first class only direct London to New York passenger/cargo service operated by four ships, SS Minneapolis, SS Minnehaha, SS Minnetonka and SS Minnewaska from 1900 to 1915.

    In 1898 the U.S. Government bought seven of the Line’s ten ships for use as military transports in the Spanish American War. Much of the line’s fleet was sunk during the First World War.


  4. The African Queen - French Movie Poster

    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell, Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner, Gerald Onn, and John von Kotze.

    Directed by John Huston

  5. Illustration by Fortunino Matania of King George VI

    From The Tatler magazine (Coronation number), 19th May 1937.

    Original (2479 x 1926)

  6. (Source: radio-free-sealab, via moewie)

  8. lauramcphee:

    Women in Porthole, c1970 (Mary Ellen Mark)

    (via mudwerks)

  10. Building boats in Cowes

    Courtesy of Messrs J S White.

    The White family started building boats in Broadstairs in the 1700s and subsequently moved to Cowes in 1802 where the firm built over 2000 vessels before the yards closed in 1963. the firm finally became defunct in 1981.

    Amongst many alumni of J.S.Whites was one Barnes Wallis who finished his apprenticeship there before becoming a marine draughtsman.

    An advertisement from my collection dated March 1949.

  15. Finnish icebreaker Murtaja in the Finnish Swedish-language magazine “Land och Stad” (Nya Pressen) on 16 April 1890

    Built in 1890 by Bergsunds Mekaniska Verkstads AB in Stockholm, Sweden, she was one of the first purpose-built icebreakers in the world. Murtaja remained in service for 68 years until she was decommissioned and broken up in 1958 .

    The history of winter navigation in Finland dates back to the 17th century when mail was carried year-round between Turku, Finland and Grisslehamn, Sweden, over the Sea of Ă…land.

    During the winter season, the postmen used ice boats, a ruggedsleigh-boats that was pushed over the ice until it gave in under the weight. Once in the water, the men began rocking the boat back and forth until it slowly began to break the ice and proceed towards open water. This mail route was often called the most dangerous in Europe.

    Murtaja, the largest and most powerful European icebreaker at that time, was completed on 30 March, 1890. She left the shipyard on the following day and headed to Helsinki, where she was welcomed by a large cheering crowd on 2 April 1890. However, she lost a large number of cast iron propeller blades and while the replacement blades could be installed at sea by trimming the vessel so that the propeller shaft was near the water surface, the heavy task took several days.

    She could break level ice up to 47 centimetres (19 in) thick in continuous motion as long as there was no snow, in which case even 25-centimetre (10 in) ice required backing and ramming. In this method the ship was reversed two to four ship lengths before ordering full ahead, after which the ship could break new channel up to six ship lengths, almost 150 metres (492 ft).

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