West Longitude
wernergvt:

Arriving at the anchorage


Reminds me that I haven’t been sailing since early summer. Sheesh.

wernergvt:

Arriving at the anchorage

Reminds me that I haven’t been sailing since early summer. Sheesh.

One of these three boats is not like the others, can you tell me which class?

One of these three boats is not like the others, can you tell me which class?

Philo McGiffin, in front of the Chen Yuen.

Philo McGiffin, in front of the Chen Yuen.

Malaysian Air MH370, search area mapping from mid-August.

Malaysian Air MH370, search area mapping from mid-August.

The Wreck of the Memphis

All that is left of the Memphis today are the scrapbooks kept by some of her crew, the undimmed memories of her sponsor who still keeps the broken bit of champagne bottle which she smashed upon her receding bow that December day in 1904, now mounted on a silver base, and a bronze plaque in the city of Memphis, Tennessee, commemorating the loss of life and the heroism of the men who served in her. Her recast bell, now disguised with a new inscription, still hangs in the belfry of the Church de las Mercedes, where the notes to which it has become accustomed have a cadence very different from the quick military striking of a ship’s bell; but they are the same clear notes that the Memphis once heard, and they carry out far beyond the ship’s last resting place and will continue to do so long after all those interested in remembering her have gone from the ken of men.

And, of course, the flag under which she served.

[The Wreck of the Memphis, Captain Edward L. Beach, 1966]

fishstickmonkey:

Beck, R. H., “The wreck of the USS Memphis on the rocks, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1917,” AMNH Digital Special Collections

fishstickmonkey:

Beck, R. H., “The wreck of the USS Memphis on the rocks, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 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

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)