Theodore Clement Steele (September 11, 1847-July 24, 1926) was an American Impressionist painter. Steele was born in Owen County, Indiana, and later moved to Indianapolis after study in Cincinnati, Chicago and Munich. He is considered to be the most important of the Hoosier Group of painters and his work is widely collected by museums and individuals. Steele earned his living primarily as a portrait painter, and enjoyed plein air, or outdoor, painting, which is reflected in many of the landscapes he painted.
1915: The SS Persia, an ocean liner with 519 passengers and crew, is sunk without warning by U-38 off the coast of Crete. Only 176 survive. U-Boat commander Max Valentiner is considered a war criminal by the Allies for this act.
One of the most potent weapons of war is to starve the opponents population. During the First World War, Germany and Britain had this in mind. Britain with its large war fleets and merchant marine had a distinct advantage. Germany faced with this reality and the dwindling of her sea trade adopted the art of underwater attacks.
Submarines, according to the morality of the time had to surface and give the captains time to abandon ship. This lost the primary surprise so vital in war and exposed the Submarine to extra dangers. By 1915 the gloves were off and Germany abandoned International Agreements and unleashed unrestricted submarine warfare…
The P&O liner Persia was the first passenger ship to be torpedoed without warning during WW1. She sank in December 1915 – hundreds of passengers lost their lives. Among them was a woman who later became one of the world’s best-known icons…
HMS Hood (pennant number 51) was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. One of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916, her design—although drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland and improved while she was under construction—still had serious limitations. For this reason she was the only ship of her class to be completed. She was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood.
Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood ( Butleigh, 12 December 1724 – London, 27 January 1816) was a British Admiral known particularly for his service in the American War of Independence and French Revolutionary Wars. He acted as a mentor to Horatio Nelson.
left: Last picture of Hood, sailing toward her rendezvous with Bismarck, as seen from Prince of Wales.right:Hood during and after the explosion; sketch prepared byCaptain JC Leach (commanding HMS Prince of Wales) for the second board of enquiry in 1941
Vinicius Quesada is a talented street artist from Brazil who likes to add a shock value to his artwork. His series entitled Blood Piss Blues were created using exactly what it says – blood and urine. The Brazilian street artist makes incredibly detailed psychedelic art of violent geishas, smoking monkeys, and other apocalyptic and imagery.
A hundred years after Robert Scott‘s disastrous mission to the South Pole, a pair of Kiwi scientists are traveling to his observation hut today to continue the work he began there: tracking the Earth’s magnetic field. Since 1957, New Zealand has measured the field at Scott’s base every five years, accruing data that, along with measurements from other, more comfortable sites around the world, helps maintain the model used by NATO and nations’ defense departments for navigation.
from ‘Liber Floridus,’ a compilation of extracts from nearly two hundred late Classical and early Medieval works by authors such as Isidore of Seville, Orosius, Julius Honorius, Pomponius Mela, Solinus, Venerable Bede, Rabanus Maurus, Pseudo-Callisthenes and Martianus Capella… The manuscript was completed by hand by ~1120 and is regarded as the first encyclopædia of the High Middle Ages. This manuscript – of about 300 folio leaves – is a real treat to look at closely.
When dinosaurs walked – or in this case, swam – the earth, they reigned supreme. Now long dead, their remains lay hidden beneath layers of earth, waiting to be discovered. This one was lucky enough, not only to be discovered, but to have an entire museum built around it.
In the early nineteenth century a trip to Egypt and up the Nile aboard a native dhahabîyeh (large sailing craft) was reserved for only the most adventurous traveler, or howadji, a Turkish word originally meaning ‘merchant’ or ‘shopkeeper’. Howadji soon became a term applied by local inhabitants to all foreign travelers.
Augustus Hoppin [W] left his law profession in 1848 to study art and pursue a career as an illustrator. He became quite successful and widely known for his illustrations for novels. In 1873, he embarked on a extensive tour of Egypt and soon followed his adventure with a fully illustrated book, On the Nile…
Inside the book is a handwritten notation stating, “Merry Christmas from Edi, Dec 25, 1871”
SMS Vineta; 1864 and 1900 – vintage postcard
Two ships of the Imperial German Navy bore the name SMS Vineta, named after the mythic city of Vineta:
Vineta or Wineta (sometimes held to be identical with Jomsborg) was a possibly legendary ancient town believed to have been on the coast of the Baltic Sea. In 1043 Vineta was to be conquered by the fleet of the Danish and Norwegian king Magnus I of Norway. MORE ON WIKI
SMS Vineta (1863, top) was a corvette built in 1863 (SMS Vineta 1863; wikipedia; in German)
SMS Vineta (1895) was a protected cruiser built in the Imperial Dockyard in Danzig. She was laid down in 1895, and completed in Sept. 1899.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region on the French Riviera.
Villefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10 km (6.2 mi) south west of Monaco. The bay of Villefranche is one of the deepest natural harbours of any port in the Mediterranean Sea and provides safe anchorage for large ships, reaching depths of 95 m (320 ft) between the Cape of Nice and Cap Ferrat; it extends to the south to form a 500 m (1700 ft) abyss known as the undersea Canyon of Villefranche at about one nautical mile off the coastline.
SS Great Britain was an advanced passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company’s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had previously been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first screw steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the then-record time of 14 days (one day faster than the previous record holder, the SS Great Western).
Great Britain carried thousands of immigrants to Australia until 1881. Three years later, the vessel was retired to the Falkland Islands where she was used as a warehouse, quarantine ship and coal hulk until scuttled in 1937.
In 1970, Great Britain was returned to the Bristol dry dock where she was first built. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Core Collection, the vessel is an award-winning visitor attraction and museum ship in Bristol Harbour, with between 150,000–170,000 visitors annually.