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Ephemeris

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 17, 2015

An ephemeris is a calendar giving the positions of naturally-occurring astronomical objects and, these days, artificial satellites in the sky at given times. Originally, the ephemerides were developed by and for astronomers at particular observatories.

Battle of Rio de Janeiro

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 19, 2014

French colonialists initially settled in Rio de Janeiro and the adjacent island of Serigipe in 1555. The Portuguese pushed them out in 1567 and expanded their hold on much of present-day Brazil. During the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714)…

National Maritime Museum

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 30, 2014

The UK’s National Maritime Museum in Greenwich was authorized by the National Maritime Act of 1934 and formally opened by King George VI and Princess Elizabeth on 27 April 1937. It is situated in the Greenwich Royal Park in buildings formally…

Panfilo de Narvaez

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 6, 2013

Panfilo de Narvaez was born in Valladolid, Spain in about 1470. He was among the first Spanish settlers on the island of Jamaica. In 1511, he joined the campaign of Diego Velásquez to pacify Cuba, commanding a company of archers. At the successful conclusion of that campaign…

Whaleship Charles W Morgan

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on August 20, 2013

The whaleship Charles W. Morgan, on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, is the only wooden whaleship surviving from the large nineteenth-century fleet of American whalers. It was built in 1841 in New Bedford at a cost of $48…

James Buchanan Eads

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 12, 2013

James Buchanan Eads (1820-1887) was a civil engineer and inventor. He was named for his mother’s cousin, Representative James Buchanan, who later was elected President. Growing up in St. Louis, he was largely self-educated. Eads made his initial fortune with the invention of a diving bell…

Henry Miller Shreve

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on July 9, 2013

Henry Miller Shreve (1785-1851) was a riverboat captain and inventor. Born in New Jersey, he moved with his family in 1788 to a homestead in western Pennsylvania on the Youghiogheny River. After his father’s death in 1799, he served on several riverboats, soon owning one of his own.

T-3

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 15, 2013

T-3, also known as Fletcher’s Ice Island, was a large iceberg in the Arctic Ocean used for many years as a scientific research facility by the United States Government. It was identified in 1947 by USAF Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher. Following the end of World War II…