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Shiver Me Timbers, It’s Pirate N’ Chief Obama! by Peter A. Mello
April 30, 2009, 9:42 pm
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Pirate in Chief (click for larger version)

Okay, not really sure why you can choose pirate language in Facebook, especially considering what’s been happening in Somalia, but you can. Go down the bottom of your FB page and click on language.

Interesting crew!

Thanks to FB Friend Ryan Maneri of Oystercatcher Media.

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Google Ships: Duchesse Anne of Dunkirk, France by Peter A. Mello

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Duchesse Anne in Dunkirk, France – Formerly a German training-ship called Grossherzogin Elisabeth, built in 1901. She was saved from scrap by the City of Dunkirk in 1981 and is currently an exhibit at Musee Portuaire Dunkerque

. With an overall length of 90 m, she is the biggest tall ship preserved in France. (via GoogleEarthHacks)

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Celebrating Samuel Morse’s 218th Birthday Google Style! by Peter A. Mello
April 27, 2009, 9:45 pm
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Google Search page logo 

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was the American creator of a single-wire telegraph system and Morse code and (less notably) a painter of historic scenes. (via FB friend Jill M)

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Remembering the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History: S.S. Sultana by Peter A. Mello
April 27, 2009, 11:39 am
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Sultana on Fire from Harpers Weekly

At 2:00 AM on April 27, 1865, a catastrophic boiler explosion took place on the grossly overcrowded wooden paddlewheeler S.S. Sultana. The ship was less than 10 miles from Memphis, TN on the Mississippi River when the explosion occurred. The overcrowding of the vessel was due to the large number Union soldiers from Ohio and Indiana returning home from the Civil War many of whom were recently released from Confederate prisons. The precise number of casualties is unknown but estimates are that 1,300 to 1,900 lives were lost.

This is the worst maritime disaster in US history yet few American’s are aware of it. In it’s day and ever since, it was overshadowed by the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln which had taken place two weeks earlier on April 14, 1865.

image Last week I received a copy of Alan Huffman’s Sultana: Surviving the Civil War, Prison and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History (2009). I had the chance to start reading it yesterday and am currently about a quarter of the way through it. So far it’s a fascinating read. If like me, you are interested in American and maritime history as well as leadership, this book’s also for you!

Here’s a few Sultana websites to check out on the 144th anniversary of the worst maritime disaster in American history:

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Sailing’s Boring. Yeah Right! by Peter A. Mello
April 24, 2009, 6:16 pm
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FotoFriday: gCaptain’s Megablock Move Time-Lapse by Peter A. Mello
April 24, 2009, 9:51 am
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My podcasting partner, Captain John Konrad, Admiral of the gCaptain maritime empire is currently in Korea building a big ship. Here’s a cool time lapse photograph he took.

He has lots of other cool shots in this Shipyard Korea set on his Flickr page including some in HDR. Who would have known he’s such an artiste?

Anyway, he’s probably pretty lonely over there away from family and friends, so go over to his Flickr page and leave him a comment telling him how much you like his photos and how much you miss him. ;-)

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Sea-Fever Style: India House’s “Mildewed Maritime” Decor by Peter A. Mello

Well, that the opinion of ALAN FEUER in his Rooms column in today’s (April 22, 2009) of the New York Times (Time and Tide Gnaw at a Downtown Enclave) While sounding a little harsh, there is more than a ring of truth to it and frankly therein lies the India House’s charm. At least for me.

India House by epicharmus on Flickr.com

A maritime curiosity shop as much as a luncheon club, the India House was where I was taken on a number of occasions by the “big wigs” to celebrate successes when I was cutting my business teeth. For good luck it was always a good idea to rub the belly of the big fat smiling Buddha standing sitting guard inside the front doors. If you like maritime culture, history and heritage, this place is like Disneyland (with cobwebs and expensive threadbare Persian rugs).

And this was a place where captains of industry made history. From the India House’s website:

We will never fully know how discussions over luncheon and private meetings at India House changed history from 1914 through World War Two. The maritime historian, Frank O. Braynard, in his 1973 foreword to the second edition of The Marine Collection at India House, states that “England could not have survived [World War Two] without the armada of American-built, American-manned, American-operated merchant vessels…managed by many of the outstanding members of India House.”

So without the India House, German might be spoken in England today. (more India House history)

Sept 27, 1914 NYT article - click to download PDF

Click on the above article for a PDF download of the original 1914 story which makes interesting reading. I was particularly struck by the following paragraph which shows how little things have changed in nearly 100 years.

From the sound’s of Feuer’s article, the same people who I spied across the room thirty years ago are still going there today. They appeared to be pretty old back then so there must be something good going on here. Maybe the new marketing pitch should be “Eat in the India House and Live Forever!”

This economy is causing all kinds of casualties. And while most people wouldn’t notice if the India House rolled up its carpet, it would be a real loss to our national maritime heritage. And heck, where else can you go and grab a good turkey club and feel like you are eating in a maritime museum.

The NY Times has a cool interactive feature you should check out.

Previous NY Times article: Streetscapes/India House, at 1 Hanover Square; A Club Created With the Theme of World Commerce

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