A Mississippi river paddle wheeler named SS Sultana, constructed in 1863, exploded on April 27, 1865. About 1,600 of its 2,427 passengers died when three of the ship’s four boilers exploded near Memphis, Tennessee.
io9 is reporting:
These are the world’s most devastating maritime disasters
Accidents at sea take place in one of the most deadly environments on Earth for humans — the ocean. Fleeing from the wreckage can get you into even more trouble than clinging to a burning timber. Here are the biggest and most memorable maritime disasters.
The complete io9 post is here.
Men’s Journal is reporting:
A stationwide alarm summoned the trauma team, a few trained volunteers whose real jobs could be anything from scientist to mechanic. Darryn Schneider, a fellow physicist and the only other Australian at the base, was the first to arrive. He took over for Sonja, holding the ventilator mask over his good friend’s nose and mouth, desperately pumping air into Marks’s lungs.
Then, just before six in the evening, as the trauma team scrambled to save him and the rest of the 50-member crew were sitting down to dinner, Marks took a deep, sighing breath into his chest – it was his last. It was May 12, 2000, a full five months before a plane would be able to retrieve his body.
The complete Men’s Journal post by Will Cockrell is here.
Men’s Journal is reporting:
Riggins, Idaho, population 410, is a scenic town, hugging a turn in the Salmon River. The river, locals say, was once so full of Chinook salmon that people joked you could cross it on their backs. During spawning season, “they made such a racket that you couldn’t sleep at night,” says Rexann Zimmerman, the 59-year-old owner of the Hook, Line, and Sinker tackle and liquor store. “Now they’re something rare and precious.”
The complete Men’s Journal post by is here.:
MotorShip is reporting:
US ferry operator Washington State Ferries reports that it is a step closer to converting one class of vessels from diesel to LNG operation.
The driving factors behind the move are to significantly reduce fuel costs and emissions. The announcement follows comprehensive studies over the last three years into the economic and safety implications of converting WSF’s six-strong Issaquah class double-ended ferries.
The complete MotorShip post is here.
Gizmodo is reporting:
PT’s were propelled by a trio of modified V-12 liquid-cooled aircraft engines based on those found in the WWI Huff-Daland XB-1 Liberty bomber. While they generated enough horsepower for a 50-knot top speed, they also drank 100 octane gas like it was going out of style. The PT’s 3,000 gallon supply lasted, at most, 12 hours—66 gallons per engine per hour. At speeds above 41 knots, a PT boat could guzzle a tank in half that time.
The weapon of choice for these boats was originally the 2,600 pound Mark 8 torpedo. Its 466-pound TNT-packed warhead could blow holes in even reinforced hulls from up to 16,000 yards away. The system was upgraded in 1943 to utilize the larger Mark 13′s which packed 600 pounds of Torpex-filled warhead. Topside, PT boats bristled with automatic weapons: a pair of twin M2 .50-cal’s as well as a 20 mm Oerlikon cannon. PT’s patrolling the front lines were also routinely outfitted with mission-specific hardware like anti-aircraft guns, depth charges, and sub-sea mines.
The complete Gizmodo post by Andrew Tarantola is here.
Scuttlefish has the post:
On October 15, 1953, this 6.2-meter three-point hydroplane racing hull with its 4,493.73 cc Ferrari Tipo 375 F1 V-12 engine topped the world speed record for its class at 150MPH (241.708 km/h.).
The complete Scuttlefish post and YouTube video is here.
The US Coast Guard is reporting:
Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw load more than 1,300 Christmas trees in preparation for the annual transit to Chicago where the trees will be given to nonprofit organizations, pre-determined by the Chicago maritime community, and then to needy families, Nov. 20, 2012. The Mackinaw, which has served as the Christmas Ship since 2000 and reenacting a tradition dating back to the late 1890s, makes the annual trip in conjunction with annual fall buoy retrieval operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Butler.
The complete US Coast Guard post is here.