1. HMS Collingwood (1882) was an ironclad battleship of the Royal Navy. She was the first example of the Admiral-class and was named after Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, Horatio Nelson’s second-in-command in the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

    Collingwood was commissioned at Portsmouth on 1 July 1887 for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Military Review, and was paid off into Reserve in August. She was posted to the Mediterranean, where she served from November 1889–March 1897.

    She was coastguard ship at Bantry from March 1897–June 1903, when she paid off into the reserve, where she remained until sold. Broken up, 11 May 1909.

    more on wikipedia


    HMS Collingwood

  2. Ogden’s Cigarettes "The Blue Riband of the Atlantic"

    (series of 50 issued in 1929) #38 The Ernest Bazin

    wikipedia: The roller ship, or roller steamer, was an unconventional – and unsuccessful – ship design of the late nineteenth century, which attempted to propel itself by means of large wheels. Only one such vessel was constructed – the Ernest-Bazin, named for its inventor. It was found to be impractical. +

    "a freak ship" built with a square superstructure on six buoyant wheels which her French inventor claimed would achieve 30 knots. She safely crossed the Channel, but could only manage 8 knots with difficulty.

    When her inventor died, she was broken up in England in 1899.

  3. m3zzaluna:

    karaköy, 1954

    photo by ara güler, from ara güler’s istanbul

    (via dirtyriver)

  5. 24 Pharmaceutical Ads from 1930s France

    ad for Quinuryl antioxidant: Block the Formation of Urea

  7. Hearts of Oak; vintage postcards

  9. HMS Thames  renamed SATS General Botha

    HMS Thames - Twin screw protected corvette. Named and launched at HM Dock Yard Pembroke December 2nd 1885. The ship did not see any action as a cruiser, and in 1903, was converted to a submarine depot ship.

    She was sold to the Jersey-born South African entrepreneur TB Davis, who purchased the ship in November 1920 as a memory to his son who died during World War I.

    He donated it to a trust, with the stipulation that it be used exclusively for the nautical training of British and South African boys, so that they could subsequently serve in ships of the British Empire.

    HMS Thames was renamed South African Training Ship (SATS) General Botha. She directly contributed to the establishment of the South African Navy. and was based at the Simonstown naval base.

    Original (1525 x 903)

  10. The Freighter Chao Yang in the 10000-ton Class. China’s self-designed and self-built 10000-ton freighter Chao Yang succeeded its trial voyage at high speed on October 30th, 1967.

    It measures 161 metres from bow to stern and 20.4 metres in width. It has a displacement of 19800 tons and a cargo capacity of 13,000 tons (equivalent to the capacity of 283 railway wagons). It has a speed of 17.5 knots per hour and can sail for 40 days and nights without docking. (2702 x 1353)

    Chinese childrens’ puzzle; Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

  11. engine room of a pre-WW1 battleship and clue to the name of this blog

  12. GA Tomlinson; Chicago

  13. Bil Canfield Editorial Cartoon

    William Newton Canfield (1920 - )

    During WWII Canfield was a Boatswain’s Mate First Class in the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Massachusetts. While on the USS Massachusetts. Canfield often drew cartoons for the ship’s semi-monthly newspaper, The Bay Stater.

    William Canfield Cartoons on Syracuse University Library

  15. Sea Stories

    The difference between a faiy tale and a sea story: a fairy tale begins with “once upon a time” and ends with “…and they lived happily ever after.” The sea story begins with “this is no shit” and ends with “…and it’s been screwed up ever since.”

    photo by OneEighteen