I’ve previously posted about tilt shift photography. (Foto Friday – Miniature maritime?) I love the dream like qualities.
Filed under: Education, Experiential education, life, maritime heritage, sail training, storytelling | Tags: sail training, storytelling, Tabor Academy, tall ships, The Tabor Boy Project
We’ve just tacked over at The Tabor Boy Project with a new masthead (above) and color scheme. While you’re there, check out all of the great new content too!
Filed under: FotoFriday, maritime | Tags: Boston Globe, Foto Friday, photography, The Big Picture
The former Russian icebreaker and now cruiseliner Kapitan Khlebnikov breaks through the annual sea ice near the Oates Coast of Antarctica on January 29, 2005. (Photo credit: Mike Usher/National Science Foundation)
If you are not familiar with the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture photoblog, you are missing out on one of the most amazing ongoing large scale photography exhibitions on the Internet. Click on the above photo to see the original and explore; you won’t be disappointed.
Filed under: maritime heritage, new media | Tags: Herman Melville, John Huston, Led Zeppelin, mashup, Moby-Dick
YouTube – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
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Filed under: maritime heritage | Tags: In the Heart of the Sea, maritime heritage, maritime history, Moby-Dick, Nathanniel Phlibrick, Wired.com
Wired.com reminds us that November 20, 1820 marks the real life event that inspired one of the classics of American literature, Moby-Dick.
The story of the Essex was the inspiration for a young Herman Melville who himself served time at sea on similar whaleships. More recently the Essex story was chronicled in nonfiction fashion by Nathaniel Phlibrick in his award winning book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex .
The Essex had taken its share of whales and on Nov. 20 appeared ready to take a few more when a pod was sighted off the starboard beam.
The ship’s three remaining whaleboats — one had been destroyed by a whale’s flukes during an earlier hunt — were dispatched for the kill. As the harpooning began, First Mate Owen Chase, commanding one of the whaleboats, looked back and saw a large sperm whale, which he estimated at 85 feet, approaching the Essex.
As he watched helplessly, the whale propelled itself into the ship with great force. Some crewmen on board were knocked off their feet by the collision, and Chase watched in disbelief as the whale drew back and rammed the ship again. This time the Essex was holed below the waterline, and doomed.
The crew organized what provisions they could and two days later abandoned ship aboard the three whaleboats. Twenty men left the Essex. Eight would ultimately survive the harrowing ordeal that played out over the next three months.
Filed under: maritime | Tags: BLDGBLOG, Google Maps, IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, Live Paracy Map
The always interesting BLDGBLOG has a post today about the Live Piracy Map generated by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre which is basically plots piracy incident reports on Google Maps. I posted about this back in April but BLDGBLOG presents a different spin. Sadly the map has quite a few more markers today.
This sums up the current sad state of affairs in the Gulf of Aden.
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Today’s (Nov. 19, 2008) Wall Street Journal has three first section articles/editorials about modern day pirates which might indicate that mainstream media is finally beginning to understand the serious nature of this international waterborne form of terrorism. Hijack a supertanker full of oil valued at over $100 million and you’re bound to attract attention.
On page 12, JOHN W. MILLER wrote Piracy Spurs Threats to Shipping Costs (free content) Accompanying this article you’ll find a slideshow, video and interactive graphics that shed more light on the problem.
On page 20, Opinion – Review & Outlook you’ll find an editorial titled Pirates Delight – Other thugs will come if we don’t punish the Somali pirates
On page 21 Opinion – DAVID B. RIVKIN JR. and LEE A. CASEY, two Washington, D.C. lawyers who served in the Justice Department under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush wrote an editorial titled Pirates Exploit Confusion About International Law.
Additionally, JOSEPH SCHUMAN’S The Morning Brief (a look at the day’s biggest news which is emailed to subscribers by 7 a.m. every business day) dealt with the subject. Failed State: Pirate’s Life For Somalia, Shippers
Back in April 2008, I wrote a post titled Modern Day Pirates: No Kidding Matter. Unfortunately, the problem has gotten a lot worse since and there’s no immediate solution in sight.