Martin Cox has a great web site of general maritime and shipping news. Don’t know how I’ve never ran across this one before. Tours and histories of historic vessels, videos, and even Ship Cams with various live webcams from cruise ships worldwide.
The SS United States, a history ocean liner from the 1950s and 1960s is just a couple of months from being sold for scrap unless more money for its restoration can be raised. Check it out and contribute if you feel led. These old ships hold a fascination for many, and are such an important part of our maritime heritage.
A picture from the Doxford Engine works between 1957 and 1958. Check the site for a history of the company (a British shipbuilder that started in the late 1800’s) and lots more pictures of the engine works.
Always hate to see a ship scrapped, but I guess the time has to come eventually.
The Sea Shadow was a testbed of the U.S. Navy for stealth ship technologies. She’s been out of service since 2006 and the Navy wasn’t able to find a museum willing to take her on.
Completed in 1985 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Lockheed Martin, it was the Navy’s first experimental stealth ship. The Sea Shadow is 160 feet long and 70 fee wide, has a maximum speed of 14 knots and has the ability to operate in Sea State 5 conditions, or winds from 17 to 21 knots. But it was never intended for missions, just for testing.
We think of modern aircraft carriers and the incredible power and grace of those ships, but often don’t think about the early days of naval aviation.
In late 1910 and early 1911 the first takeoffs and landings onboard ships were successfully performed. This article has some interesting pictures of the USS Birmingham, considered to be the world’s first aircraft carrier.