Foto Friday – Last Pictures of the Irish Tall Ship Asgard II

Med_Asgard digitally enhanced 

Not the usual light fare for Foto Friday but sometimes we need to be reminded that she can be a cruel sea.

These are the last photos of the Irish tall ship Asgard II before she sank in the Bay of Biscay. They were taken by French Customs. Previous post here and here.

std_Asgard II digitally enhanced

Via Sail World

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National Maritime Museum (UK) Joins Flickr Commons

Scarborough, Yorkshire NMM Flickr Commons
Scarborough, Yorkshire by Samuel Coupe Fox (c. 1910)

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwch, England has joined The Commons on Flickr project. NMM stands alongside these other world class institutions:

  • The Library of Congress (web) (Flickr)
  • The Powerhouse Museum – Australia (web) (Flickr)
  • The Brooklyn Museum (web) (Flickr)
  • Smithsonian Institution (web) (Flickr)
  • Bibliothèque de Toulouse – France (web) (Flickr)
  • George Eastman House (web) (Flickr)
  • Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Portugal (web) (Flickr)
  • National Media Museum – UK (web) (Flickr)

From the Commons on Flickr page:

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.

You’re invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.

The Maritime Compass blog recently wrote a interesting post entitled Maritime Flickr in which they talk about the fun you can have discovering contemporary and historic maritime photography on the photo-sharing website. With today’s NMM announcement, Heather was ahead of the curve. (Inside knowledge, perhaps?) One can only wonder when Mystic Seaport will hop aboard with these other world class institutions in sharing their collection in this exciting social media project.

In addition to an amazing collection of historic maritime photographs, NMM has also posted a set of images of the installation of Simon Patterson’s The Undersea World and Other Stories which was one of the maritime art projects presented during Sea-Fever’s Maritime Art Week.  (Maritime Art Week – Simon Patterson’s “The Undersea World and Other Stories”)

Finally, I chose the above photo for this post because it’s brought back some great memories from this summer’s holiday visiting my wife Jenny’s family in Norfolk, England. Here’s my modern day version of that photo, also on Flickr. Thankfully, somethings don’t change all that much!

The Shrimpers
The Shrimpers - West Runton Beach, UK by Peter A. Mello (2008)
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Texas Tall Ship Elissa Post Ike From the Air

Following up on an earlier post about the tall ship Elissa, Sea-Fever reader and commenter Bjorn sent us a link to a photo taken post Hurricane Ike by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey’s Remote Sensing Division which shows Texas’ official tall ship resting in her berth. (Click on the image and you will find Elissa on the left) Scanning the photo you can easily see that most of the boats in the nearby marina unfortunately did not fair so well.


Here is a link to a gallery of images taken from the air on the Ike’s track.

Thanks Bjorn!

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Foto Friday – No Anchoring

"No Anchoring" by Tim the Sailor as seen outside the Russian Admiralty in St. Petersburg

The above photo was from a Flickr set called Signs by Tim the Sailor.  Like our Flickr friend OneEighteen, Tim the Sailor is a professional mariner who’s also a good photographer. From the About page of his great blog Tim’s Times:

I’m originally from Ireland but now live in Sweden.

The blog is mostly about ships or related to the shipping industry, but not limited to that, it’s a blog not a professional publication.

I am a qualified Master Mariner and have been working in shipping since 1990. Opinions expressed have experience in their substance, of course they are my opinions and I take responsibility for them.

Check out his Flickr photostream. He is also pretty active in the social media space; in addition to Tim’s Times, he’s got a great photoblog, Photo Journey, and you can keep up with him on Twitter. Tim experiments with his photography and does a great job of capturing the life of a sailor. Hope you enjoy his work.

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Foto Friday – Maritime Compass and Maritime Flickr

Thomas Smillie was the Smithsonian's first photographer and curator of photography. He and his studio staff re-shot many of the photographs collected by the institution's scientists, including documentation of Smithsonian-sponsored expeditions as well as images of scientific phenomena.

Heather at Maritime Compass put up a interesting post yesterday entitled Maritime Flickr where in addition to mentioning one of my favorite maritime photographers, OneEighteen, she gave us a run down of lots of historical photo resources on Flickr. Check out her post.

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Foto Friday – Fishing Sailfish (National Geographic)

National Geographic - Sailfish fishing

This shot is one of an amazing series by Paul Nicklen and part of an article by Jennifer S. Holland entitled “In the Whirl” on the Please follow the link and check out the entire series, you won’t be disappointed.

BONUS: Because it’s the beginning of a holiday weekend here in the US, here’s a bonus video that will give you an even greater appreciation of how difficult it must have been to get the above photo and the linked to series. Enjoy! (note video is not part of National Geographic photo series)


Hat tip to Mr. Boat Blog

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