from the chapter Marine Art and Culture: "It is not only their delightful shapes and stunning geometry that draw one to seashells. It is their power to kindle the imagination. Looking at seashells calls forth tales from the deep — of Odysseus and the Sirens, Captain Ahab and Moby–Dick — and the tapestry of real loves and real tragedies that has unfolded over the centuries as humans try to come to terms with the sea."
Vintage postcard of the world's busiest passenger port. Sixteen million travellers, 2.1 million lorries, 2.8 million cars and motorcycles and 86,000 coaches passing through it each year. The port has been owned and operated by the Dover Harbour Board, a statutory corporation, since it was formed by Royal Charter in 1606 by King James I. wiki
Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. formerly ZIM Israel Navigation Company Ltd. and Zim American Israeli Shipping Inc., is the biggest cargo shipping company in Israel, and one of the top-20 global carriers. Though the company's headquarters are in Haifa; it also has North American offices in Norfolk, Virginia.
Founded in 1945 by the Jewish Agency and the Histadrut (General Federation of Laborers in the Land of Israel). The first ship was purchased in partnership with Harris and Dixon (based in London) in 1947. This vessel was refurbished, renamed SS Kedma, and sailed to the future state of Israel in the summer of 1947.
The Guardian – Nothing (apart from spiders and wasps) brings out the worst in journalism like a decomposing whale, it seems.
Animals that have the audacity to wash up on beaches in various stages of decay can never, ever, be familiar creatures. They are always required by journalists to fit the narrative of a grog-induced pirate yarn. And so last year, when a dead marine mammal washed up on a Welsh beach, it quickly became the Beast of Port Talbot.
Six ships (and one shore establishment) of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Sphinx or HMS Sphynx – Above, (based on the date) is described as, "a wooden paddle sloop launched in 1846 and broken up in 1881"
Known as "La Rotunda del Mar" ("The Circle of the Sea" in my poor, poor Spanish), this installation by artist Alejandro Colunga features creatures/beings straight out of Innsmouth and Lovecraft's imaginings. Fabulous!
Sunset at Rotunda of the Sea (Photo Gallery)
Alejandro Colunga Marín is a Mexican artist, painter and sculptor born in Guadalajara on 11 December 1948.
He has participated in many exhibitions, individually and collectively since 1968, in the United States, Mexico, Europe and South America.
What are the Totten Beacons?
These 19th-century aids to navigation are protected historical resources.
In 1513, Spanish explorer Ponce de León sailed into the strong currents of the Florida Straits. Little did he know that within a few years, these uncharted waters, which feed into the Gulf Stream, would become a major international shipping route to and from Europe and the New World.
By 1852, Lieutenant James B. Totten, the U.S. Army's assistant to the Coast Survey, had installed 15 wooden signal poles in the reefs to create more accurate charts of the Florida Keys. Local mariners quickly recognized that the poles themselves helped them safely navigate the reefs, and by 1855, Totten and his team installed a second generation of 16 poles using a more permanent material—iron.
Today, remnants of Totten Beacons are protected as historical resources by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Read on National Ocean Service
The floor of the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most geologically interesting stretches of the Earth's surface. The gulf's peculiar history gave rise to a landscape riddled with domes, pockmarks, canyons, faults, and channels — all revealed in more detail than ever before by a new 1.4 billion-pixel map. National Geographic
USCGC Lilac (WAGL-227) – The USCGC Lilac was a Coast Guard lighthouse tender currently located in New York City.
Built in 1933 at the Pusey & Jones Shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware and added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 7, 2005. She is a museum ship, docked at Pier 25, near North Moore Street in Manhattan.
America's Only Steam-Powered Lighthouse Tender, LILAC brought supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys from 1933 to 1972.
Persuasive cartography is decidedly more the former than the latter. Its aim is to sell a product or influence opinion using the aesthetic allure and/or the impression of scientific rigor conveyed by maps. The actual science of mapmaking — accurate renditions of land masses, roads, structures, topographical features — isn't the point, except insofar as it lends the cachet of objectivity to a pitch.
Retired lawyer PJ Mode began collecting maps after seeing an exhibition of old and unusual maps at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1980. Over the years he began to narrow his focus to maps of the persuasive persuasion, fascinated by the reasoning behind them.
Last month, more than 500 of them were digitized by the Cornell University Library. Now there are 862 of them. They can be browsed by subject or date. Almost 200 of the maps are in the Advertising & Promotion category, and they are some of the most aesthetically interesting. Like the Niagara Belt Line, shown above. All of the digitized maps are available for download in high resolution
Bristol City Line of Steamships – The Bristol Avon – The Port of Avonmouth – The Port of Avonmouth II – Bristol Albion Dockyard – SS Chicago City – Bristol Albion Dockyard – SS Chicago City 1917 – Bristol Tug John King 1935 – Bristol Albion Dockyard – SS Chicago City 3 – Launching of the New York City
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