West Longitude
loverofbeauty:

R.H.Beck:   “Baseball game near the wreck of the USS Memphis, Santo Domingo 1917,” AMNH Digital Special Collections

loverofbeauty:

R.H.Beck:   “Baseball game near the wreck of the USS Memphis, Santo Domingo 1917,” AMNH Digital Special Collections

hms-surprise:

Woolwich Dockyard 4th July 1814 “Floating Out Day" HMS Nelson


With two bystanders admiring the ‘ship caisson’.

hms-surprise:

Woolwich Dockyard 4th July 1814 “Floating Out Day" HMS Nelson

With two bystanders admiring the ‘ship caisson’.
davyjonesin:

Mt. Fuji Seen Above Mist On The Tama River - Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

davyjonesin:

Mt. Fuji Seen Above Mist On The Tama River - Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

naval-gazing:

Corvette

Dully she shudders at the solid water,

A pause, and spray stings angrily over.

She plunges, and the noisy foam leaps

widely

Marbling the moon-grey sea. Loud in the

shrouds

Untrammelled winds roar songs of

liberty.

Free as the petrels hovering astern

Her long lithe body answers to the swell.

 

Pardon if all the cleaness and the beauty

Brave rhythm and the immemorial sea

Ensnare us sometimes with their siren

song.

Forgetful of our murderous intentions,

Through our uneasy peacetime carnival

Cold sweat of death rained on us like a

dew;

Even this grey machinery of murder

Holds beauty and the promise of a

future.

Norman Hampson

(written while serving on H.M.S. Carnation, 1942)

USS Mindanao after the USS Mount Hood blew up about 1,000’ away.

USS Mindanao after the USS Mount Hood blew up about 1,000’ away.

USS Corry, in better days. [via Wikipedia]

USS Corry, in better days. [via Wikipedia]

USS Corry, scuttled on the Napa River.

USS Corry, scuttled on the Napa River.

forgottenbattlemaid:

Closest you’ll ever get to seeing a WWI-style destroyer. This is the USS Corry which was a Clemson Class destroyer. This is in the Napa River just a mile from Mare Island, California.
 

Wow. I’ll have to find a way to visit next time I’m in the bay area.

forgottenbattlemaid:

Closest you’ll ever get to seeing a WWI-style destroyer. This is the USS Corry which was a Clemson Class destroyer. This is in the Napa River just a mile from Mare Island, California.

 

Wow. I’ll have to find a way to visit next time I’m in the bay area.

USS Allen, with Leviathan in the background.

USS Allen, with Leviathan in the background.

foresail:

westlongitude:

The Versabar ‘VB 10000’. And giant Claw.
I’m pretty sure the company owner is a frustrated super villain.

Dr. Villain. He didn’t spend seven years in evil university to be called super.

Sheldon Cooper: Yes, the Doctor Doom to my Mr. Fantastic. The Doctor Octopus to my Spider-Man. The Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel… You know, it’s amazing how many supervillains have advanced degrees. Graduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.
It seems you may have a point. I propose the following-
Degrees of Villainy:
High School Drop Out  = ‘Minion’
High School Graduate  = ‘Villain’
BS.  = ‘Super Villain’
MS. = ‘Master Villain’
Phd = ‘Dr. Villain’
[credit where it’s due: Sheldon Cooper quote and links from TV Tropes. ]

foresail:

westlongitude:

The Versabar ‘VB 10000’. And giant Claw.

I’m pretty sure the company owner is a frustrated super villain.

Dr. Villain. He didn’t spend seven years in evil university to be called super.

Sheldon Cooper: Yes, the Doctor Doom to my Mr. Fantastic. The Doctor Octopus to my Spider-Man. The Dr. Sivana to my Captain Marvel… You know, it’s amazing how many supervillains have advanced degreesGraduate schools should do a better job of screening those people out.

It seems you may have a point. I propose the following-

Degrees of Villainy:

  1. High School Drop Out  = ‘Minion’
  2. High School Graduate  = ‘Villain’
  3. BS.  = ‘Super Villain’
  4. MS. = ‘Master Villain’
  5. Phd = ‘Dr. Villain’

[credit where it’s due: Sheldon Cooper quote and links from TV Tropes. ]