Tuesday, January 17, 2017

cars in Collyer Quay, Singapore, 1935

'Domain of the King' art

A Christmas card we were sent last month.  On the back it says this was produced for a Folio Society edition of Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams.

the 'Royal Viking Sky'

The first pic is off Hobart, Tasmania, in 1976, the second off Oslo. This was one of the first three ships of the Royal Viking Line (which lasted from 1972 to 1998), and was completed in 1973. Like the two others, almost identical in appearance, the ship was built by Wärtsilä Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland, and was approximately 21,900 gross register tons (grt).

The ship was rebuilt in 2005 and is now named MV Boudicca, owned and operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Line.


Monday, January 16, 2017

SNCF autorail in Valorbe, France, 1954

This was on a new service from Dijon to Lausanne in Switzerland. We think it's a De Dietrich 270 cv à gazogène from 1942.

here comes the tram to the end of the track, Oriental Bay, Wellington, circa 1908

See earlier posts, and of course our two books on Wellington.

'Pacific Express' (1940)

Seen in Kristiansand, Norway.  This was a fruit carrier built by Kockums Mekaniska Verksted in Malmö Sweden, and launched on 28 March 1940 as Pacific Express for Biørn Biørnstad & Co., Oslo.

The ship was laid up for the duration of WW2 and delivered on 10 September 1945. She was sold in March 1963 to Erling Hansen Rederi A/S and Skibs-A/S Linea (Erling Hansen), Kristiansand and renamed Ranada. She was sold again in October 1972 to Wan Lung Nav. Co. S/A, Panama, renamed Wan Chun. She drifted ashore off Ijmuiden in a storm on 13 November 1972 and was sold for breaking up on the spot.

3401 grt, 1671 net, 4200 tdwt, 368.7 ft x 52.2' x 25.5' (112.3 metres x 15.9 x 7.7 ), powered by 8 cylinder 2 TEV MAN DM (builders), rated at 6000 ihp.

1900s Straker-McConnell 36-40hp bus

Seen in 1906 at the tram depot of Boscombe, Bournemouth, England.  The tram depot had opened in 1902.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

SS 'North American' in the Chicago River, 1950s

This was a Great Lakes steamship built by the Great Lakes Engineering Works at Ecorse, Michigan, in 1913 for the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian Bay Transit Company. The vessel was launched on 16 January 1913 and was the older of two sister ships, the newer one being SS South American.

North American was 280 feet (85 metres) in length, had a 47-foot (14 metres) beam, and drew 17 feet 6 inches (5.33 metres). She had a 2,200 indicated horsepower quadruple expansion steam engine and three coal-burning Scotch boilers. In 1923 the boilers were converted to burn oil.

In 1963, North American was sold to the Canadian Holiday Company of Erie, Pennsylvania. The company used her in cross-lake service between Erie and Port Dover, Ontario, Canada, for one year until she was retired in 1964. After being retired from service, North American was involved in purchasing deals of uncertain nature, and was finally sold at public auction to the Seafarers International Union of North America in 1967 for use as a training ship at Piney Point, Maryland.

While North American was in the North Atlantic Ocean under tow to Piney Point, she unexpectedly sank off Massachusetts on September 4, 1967, 25 nautical miles (29 miles; 46 km) northeast of Nantucket Light.

Muslim migrant gangs turn Swedish cities into war zones

They have turned Sweden into the rape capital of Europe, so this is exactly what you expect.  There are 55 reported no-go zones in their biggest cities.

The solution?  Well, that's obvious to any sensible person, which clearly don't include Swedish politicians.