Pirate? Merman? Scientist? Gentleman adventurer?

Another stunning photo by the underwater photography pioneer, Louis Boutan. This is one of the earliest (1898) underwater photos ever taken. 

[From the James Dugan papers.]

Early underwater photography by Louis Boutan, 1898. The sign the diver is holding (upside down) says “photographie sous marine.” 
[From the James Dugan papers.]

Early underwater photography by Louis Boutan, 1898. The sign the diver is holding (upside down) says “photographie sous marine.” 

[From the James Dugan papers.]

This week is Sea Monster (and Viking) Week for the museum’s summer campers. This little duck-billed, bewinged guy was a bit hit during their weekly library visit.
[Map of the Azores Islands, 1688. Printed in Amsterdam by Ludoucus Teisera Lusitanus.]

This week is Sea Monster (and Viking) Week for the museum’s summer campers. This little duck-billed, bewinged guy was a bit hit during their weekly library visit.

[Map of the Azores Islands, 1688. Printed in Amsterdam by Ludoucus Teisera Lusitanus.]

Today I’m pulling items to show the museum’s summer campers. This week they’re learning about “patriots and pirates,” so some maps seemed in order! This 17th century Italian map of the Atlantic has some truly beautiful calligraphy done, not by hand, but engraved on and then printed with copper plates.
Carta particolare del’mare Occeano dal’Isole d’Asores di Flores, e Corvo Sin all terra nuovo in America (1662) by Antonio Francesco Lucini

Today I’m pulling items to show the museum’s summer campers. This week they’re learning about “patriots and pirates,” so some maps seemed in order! This 17th century Italian map of the Atlantic has some truly beautiful calligraphy done, not by hand, but engraved on and then printed with copper plates.

Carta particolare del’mare Occeano dal’Isole d’Asores di Florese Corvo Sin all terra nuovo in America (1662) by Antonio Francesco Lucini

weholden:

http://www.jessicaharrison.co.uk/page2.htm
rockyp77:

sailorgil:

" Moshulu and USS Olympia "  …. At sunset by Photographer: Richard Micco

The USS Olympia is the last ship from the Spanish American War still afloat. It is also the ship that brought back the body of the Unknown Soldier from France after WWI.  Several years ago the museum in Philadelphia that has custody of this great ship wanted to sink it as it needed many expensive repairs. If this incredible piece of American heritage is sunk it will be a significant historical loss as well as a national outrage.

Good news! Olympia is staying at Independence Seaport and there are no plans to sink or scrap her. We’re currently raising money for the repairs needed to keep her safe and floating. For more information, see here.

rockyp77:

sailorgil:

" Moshulu and USS Olympia "  …. At sunset by Photographer: Richard Micco

The USS Olympia is the last ship from the Spanish American War still afloat. It is also the ship that brought back the body of the Unknown Soldier from France after WWI.  Several years ago the museum in Philadelphia that has custody of this great ship wanted to sink it as it needed many expensive repairs. If this incredible piece of American heritage is sunk it will be a significant historical loss as well as a national outrage.

Good news! Olympia is staying at Independence Seaport and there are no plans to sink or scrap her. We’re currently raising money for the repairs needed to keep her safe and floating. For more information, see here.

sailorgil:

" Moshulu and USS Olympia "  …. At sunset by Photographer: Richard Micco

Hey, that’s us! The USS Olympia is cared for by the Independence Seaport Museum in sunny Philadelphia, PA. If you squint, you can just see the WWII sub, Becuna, doing what she was designed to do and hiding behind Olympia. Both the cruiser and the sub are open to the public. Come visit, internet!

sailorgil:

" Moshulu and USS Olympia "  …. At sunset by Photographer: Richard Micco

Hey, that’s us! The USS Olympia is cared for by the Independence Seaport Museum in sunny Philadelphia, PA. If you squint, you can just see the WWII sub, Becuna, doing what she was designed to do and hiding behind Olympia. Both the cruiser and the sub are open to the public. Come visit, internet!

(via navalarchitecture)

wwionline:

And…we’re live! This was the scene last night when Home Before the Leaves Fall officially launched at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The event included a talk by author Pete Williams, as well as a physical and digital display of war-related materials from local institutions like hspdigitallibrary, falveylibrary, othmeralia, and ismarchives. Check out Home Before the Leaves Fall for more great content and join us as we begin commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI.     

Seriously, go check it out! New content starting now through 2018!

historywars:

RMS Olympic (sister ship of the RMS Titanic) in dazzle camouflage while in service as a troopship during the Great War.

Dazzle paint: making your ship look like a Picasso zebra since 1914.

historywars:

RMS Olympic (sister ship of the RMS Titanic) in dazzle camouflage while in service as a troopship during the Great War.

Dazzle paint: making your ship look like a Picasso zebra since 1914.

(Source: pinterest.com, via navalarchitecture)

Shipment of sugar made on my account on board the ship Good Friends, John Smith, master…(1796)
We’re actually sailing on the friendship here, guys.
[from the Stephen Girard business papers, 95.63.3]

Shipment of sugar made on my account on board the ship Good Friends, John Smith, master…(1796)

We’re actually sailing on the friendship here, guys.

[from the Stephen Girard business papers, 95.63.3]

Introducing B. P. Lamberton and his pink pajamas. And his day drinking. 

It was early on our first morning out that I chanced to get a view of him. He was wearing pink pajamas and a benignant smile. In his hand was a brimming cocktail, which he lifted to his reflection in the mirror, saying in a voice that I could not help but hear, “D—- us American sailors! Here’s to us.” Then he drained the glass.
— Lou Tisdale, Olympia crewmember, 1898 [LT274-275]

[And by the by, this story is featured on one of the new interpretive panels the ISM curatorial staff are installing on the Olympia next week. Stop by soon to see what’s new on the ship!]

Introducing B. P. Lamberton and his pink pajamas. And his day drinking. 

It was early on our first morning out that I chanced to get a view of him. He was wearing pink pajamas and a benignant smile. In his hand was a brimming cocktail, which he lifted to his reflection in the mirror, saying in a voice that I could not help but hear, “D—- us American sailors! Here’s to us.” Then he drained the glass.

— Lou Tisdale, Olympia crewmember, 1898 [LT274-275]

[And by the by, this story is featured on one of the new interpretive panels the ISM curatorial staff are installing on the Olympia next week. Stop by soon to see what’s new on the ship!]

livelymorgue:

June 28, 1931: According to its handwritten caption by Frank Hurley of Hobart, Tasmania, the crew of the Discovery, a British-Australian-New Zealand vessel on its way to Antarctica, enjoyed a midnight sunset in the rigging. From aboard the ship, earlier in the expedition, Sir Douglas Mawson wrote proudly for The Times, “Very notable additions were made to geographical knowledge.” Photo: Wide World Photos

Introducing Tweets the Cat, who is probably rethinking some of his life choices in the third photo. (Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 1951)

[from the Edward O. Clark papers]

losta9view:

thistleburr:

Ditty, our ship cat, looking magnificent and nautical.

"Now…bring me that horizon."

losta9view:

thistleburr:

Ditty, our ship cat, looking magnificent and nautical.

"Now…bring me that horizon."

(via meetapossum)

usnatarchives:

These color photographs show the troops getting ready for the D-Day assault at an British port. Most of the color stills in the National Archives show the preparations rather than the invasion.

You can see more color photographs on the Media Matters blog.

Image:  111-C-1258, “These American troops have loaded their equipment onto an LCT and are waiting the signal for the assault against the Continent.”

Image: 111-SC-1237, “American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.”

Image: 111-SC-1248, “Medics and litter bearers going up the ramp of an LCT which will take them to France for the assault against Hitler’s Europe.”

Image: 111-SC-1232, “American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe.  Note Barrage balloons in the background.”