Maritime Monday: Tattooed Sailor By Monkey Fist On June 4, 2012

image Tattooed Sailor by Paul Bommer image Pirate, Artist: Richard Clifton Dey (via briganda-omalley) image
‘Photograph (Cinematograph Film) entitled ‘With Captain Scott [Royal Navy] to the South Pole (British Antarctic Expedition)’. Group of men at side of vessel by Herbert Ponting (1870-1935). Date: c.1907
“Trucking is the predominant mode of freight transport in the US, carrying 58% of commercial freight (by tonnage). In the New York metro region, the figure is more like 80%. This illustration is of the highly distressed and congested George Washington Bridge which connects the New Jersey side to New York. It spans the Hudson River, part of a waterway which extends to the New York State Canal System northward and goes south into Metropolitan area of NY, NJ, Long Island, Connecticut, and out to sea…”
Two articles urging us to look more closely at shipping by water have just been published: and Bowsprite’s presentation of NYHarbor at the CoastLink Short Sea Shipping conference in Hamburg last month
image Source: catapleustico image Lisa Congdon via bluewaterblackheart image

Journael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinge van de Oost-Indische reyse Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe; Amsterdam, Joost Hartgers, 1648

book-aesthete: One of the most compelling and entertaining travel accounts of Dutch literature. Bontekoe details his eventful 8-year voyage to the East Indies. The vivid description of his ship accidentally exploding in the Sunda Strait, killing almost a third of the crew, no doubt made a huge impression on his readers. With 2 title-pages, both with large woodcut title vignette with two ships on both titles, and double-page engraved plate with 6 views of the ship at fire and in a storm, the islands St. Mary, Samatra and Princes eyland, and an image of flying fishes
image Joseph Mallord William Turner – Whalers (The Whale Ship), 1845. Oil on canvas – via coldisthesea image Full resolution‎ (3,654 × 2,759 pixels) - “Osborne”, royal yacht. This image belongs to the Category:Photochrom pictures in their original state. – from piledrivers image
SS Calanda; Built by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd., Sunderland, 1913. Purchased by the Swiss Merchant Marine 1941. Home port of Basel.
“The first ships were purchased and operated by the government in order to ensure the supply of critical resources during World War II. After the war, a privately owned merchant fleet emerged, spurred in part by government subsidies that paid for the fleet’s operation up until 1953″
image Navy History & Tradition Publication; US Dept of the Navy, 1959 digitalcomicmuseum.comvia comicallyvintage     image (via climbing-down-bokor) image
Le Départ du Bucentaure vers le Lido de Venise, le jour de l’Ascension (c. 1768); Francesco Guardi (1712–1793)
In March 2008, this painting and another by Guardi, together worth £10 million, were seized in the UK by the police at the request of Italian authorities which alleged that they had been illegally exported from Italy.
The bucentaur was the state galley of the doges of Venice. It was used every year on Ascension Day up to 1798 to take the doge out to the Adriatic Sea to perform the ceremony of wedding Venice to the sea. The origin of the name bucintoro is obscure, but one possibility is that it is derived from the Venetian burcio, a traditional term for a lagoon vessel, and in oro, meaning covered in gold. Scholars believe there were four major barges, the first significant bucentaur having been built in 1311. The last and most magnificent of the historic bucentaurs made its maiden voyage in 1729 in the reign of Doge Alvise III Sebastiano Mocenigo. Depicted in paintings by Canaletto and Francesco Guardi (above), the ship was 35 m (115 ft) long and more than 8 metres (26 ft) high.  A two-deck floating palace, its main salon had a seating capacity of 90. The doge’s throne was in the stern, and the prow bore a figurehead representing Justice with sword and scales. The barge was propelled by 168 oarsmen, and another 40 sailors were required to man it. The ship was destroyed in 1798 on Napoleon’s orders to symbolize his victory in conquering Venice. more on wikiFull resolution‎ (3,200 × 2,139 pixels)
image Pass the Comics: In the Land of Submarines on Michael May’s Adventure Blog image readyforbattle via drtuesdaygjohnson image Munjoy Hill; Portland, Maine and Portland Observatory – June 03, 2011 by Monkey Fist
Had company in from out of town this week and did the touristy thing.  Took the Mailboat Run on Casco Bay Lines Ferry. see Flickr set 111 photos
image Underwater Horror - Angel and Anemone ©aleksandr marinicev – via rhamphotheca image Peggy Shannon – c. 1930s – via mothgirlwings image Net Menders Cape Cod (detail) – artist, Ralph Eugene Cahoon Jr. (1910 – 1982)see full image image Decatur Boarding the Tripolitan Gunboat by Dennis Malone Carter. (1818-1881) United States Navy Lieutenant Stephen Decatur and his men from USS Enterprise attacking the Barbary pirate ketch Mistico on 23 December, 1803.
“Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. ( 5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the United States Navy, and the first American celebrated as a national military hero who had not played a role in the American Revolution. He was friends with James Monroe and other Washington dignitaries. His home, known as Decatur House on Lafayette Square was once home to Henry Clay, and was the center of Washington society. Decatur’s military career in the Navy saw service in the first Barbary Wars, the Quasi-War, the War of 1812 and the second Barbary War. His distinguished career in the Navy would come to a premature end when Decatur lost his life in a duel with a rival officer”more image U.S. Postage Stamp, Navy Issue of 1937, 2c, Commemorating Stephen Decatur and Thomas MacDonough President Theodore Roosevelt originally for a series of U.S. Postage stamps commemorating the Army, Navy and various war heros of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the American Civil War. His dream was never realized until 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was a serious stamp collector himself, urged congress and the U.S. Post Office to issue the long overdue Army and Navy Issue of 1937; ten stamps consisting of two sets of five, one each for the Army and Navy.  –full size
image   Russian Navy In 1893 from the Library of Congress – on EnglishRussia  (Not to be Missed!) image USS Wisconsin. 1950’s. U.S. Navyfrom climbing-down-bokor image
ENTRANCE TO BEAUTIFUL GATORLAND ZOO On U.S. 17, 92 and 441 between Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, where hundreds of alligators and crocodiles may be seen in natural habitat and many other rare animals and birds from many parts of the world.  –from bad-postcards
image L: Planet of the Apes vs. Giant Squid; via squidlinks – R: THE MÜLLER-FOKKER PULPBOT EFFECT: Diamants Pour Solitaire); via mudwerks image Tide of stars ~ Bob Eggleton  via – from msbehavoyeur image Stacey Martin – ahoyhoyyy image tattooed ladies, stern view – via mudwerks     Reparata & The Delrons – Captain Of Your Ship As found on Brian Eno’s Guest DJ stint on NPR image Eadweard Muybridge, First-Order Lighthouse at Punta de los Reyes, Seacoast of California, 296 Feet Above Sea (4136), 1871 – climbing-down-bokor image SS Eastland disaster – Chicago, IL – 7/24/1915 – 848 fatalities – More on fuckyeahwrecks image whale shark – via thewidowflannigan image Japanese Artist Turns Fish Into See Creaturesvia jraffunderwater image paloetic’s photostream
YouTube: Frogfish Attacks Diver – My Ex-boyfriend is an underwater videographer, and he was a major influence on improving my diving and underwater photography. It didn’t work out, but we’re still friendly enough for him to tell me things I’ll get jealous of, as he dives everyday for work. And I do not. For example, seeing Manta’s/Whaleshark/Hammerhead….and this is him ‘getting attacked’ [?] by a Frog Fish. A phenomenon previously unheard of [to myself] leading me to the conclusion that the Frog Fish decided he was far too dodgy a character to be loitering along it’s wall, so it chased him off.  –from mad-as-a-marine-biologist
image Mosasaur – giant marine lizard from the late Cretaceous period. – Scientific Illustration image Lunch: Maine Lobster Roll. 12:27 pm; Portland, Maine – photo by Monkey Fist image Link Wray | The Swag; on mudwerks image Penguins at Sea (Mini-Station)by Paul Bommer
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Monkey Fist is a smack-talking, potty mouthed, Yankee hating, Red Sox fan in Portland, Maine.  In addition to compiling Maritime Monday, she blogs about nautical art, history, and marine science on Adventures of the Blackgang. Submit story ideas, news links, photographs, or items of interest to her at
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