Examiner is reporting:
Brothers Jim and Cliff Courtney have a plan to bring economic prosperity to their small community of Stehekin, located on the northern end of Lake Chelan in the center of Washington state. Because Stehekin is accessible only by boat or plane, the Courtney brothers want to provide convenient ferry service across Lake Chelan so more people can enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor activities in the community their family has called home for four generations.
So far, however, the state of Washington has sunk their plan.
The complete Examiner post by Karl Dickie is here.
(Thanks to Nat Lara for the link)
From the laying of the keel through to the riveting of steel plates – teams of men work together to build and launch a steel ship.
‘Britain’s shipbuilders build ships for service all over the world. No two ships are alike, each has its own ‘character’. In the film a keel is laid, and from a tangle of steel plates and girders the hull takes shape. After weeks of skilled and patient work, the ship is launched and ‘steel goes to sea’.’
(Films of Britain – British Council Film Department Catalogue – 1942-43)
This film has been made available for non-commercial research and educational purposes courtesy the British Council Film Collection.
(Thanks to Lee on Orcas for the linik)
Mail Online is reporting:
Two divers had a close encounter with a giant pacific octopus in Bluefish Cove off Carmel, California.
David Malvestuto, of La Jolla, and his diving partner Warren Murray, who is also a professional underwater photographer, were initially shocked to see the large creature in shallow waters, 80ft beneath the waves.
The complete Mail Online post is here.
(Thanks to John Chessell for the link.)
Neatorama is reporting:
After its defeat in the Crimean War (1853-1856), the victorious powers forbade Russia from operating battleships on the Black Sea. Once these restrictions ended, Russia rebuilt its Black Sea fleet with modern warships that it hoped could defeat the navies of France and Britain should they ever cross again.
From 1872 to 1874, Russia built on the Black Sea one of the the world had ever seen. Andrei Alexandrovich Popov, the naval officer responsible for the design, wanted an ironclad monitor, which was a common naval design concept. But Popov built one had a circular hull. TheNovgorod weighed 2,490 tons and had a diameter of 101 feet. It carried 2 12-inch guns that retracted into an armored turret. The that could move 35 degrees in either direction. The ship had 6 engines, each of which powered 1 propeller.
The complete Neatoramam post by John Farrier is here.