Tag Archives: Ship

Sidewheeler vs Sternwheeler

 Steampowered paddlewheelers were a large part of transportation in Victorian Era America. The two basic types of paddlewheelers were ‘sidewheelers’ and ‘sternwheelers.’ Their definitions are obvious… the sidewheeler (upper left) has at least two wheels located on the side and the sternwheeler (lower left) has the wheel located at the back (stern) of the craft. […]

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S. S. Ventura – There must be a Story…

 This angel, body bent in silent mourning, sits atop a gravesite in Oahu Cemetery. The simple elegance of the angel and her gentle repose offers a beautiful vision to visitors of the cemetery. Beneath her on the base, a ship sets a course through the waves. The S.S. Ventura. The Ventura was a part of […]

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On the HIgh Seas…

 The Falls of Clyde, the last remaining iron-hulled, four-masted rigged ship is barely afloat… Built in 1878 by Russell and Co. in Port Glasgow, Scotland, and named after a waterfall in the tradition of the company. Its maiden voyage took it to Karachi (Pakistan) and the rest of her first six years of voyaging were […]

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The Sinking of the USS Monitor

The Monitor, the Union’s entry into the Civil War arms race. An eye-witness account of the events on December 29, 1862, tells of the harrowing efforts in the middle of a storm. Just nine months after her epic battle with the Merrimac, the Monitor left port in tow after the Rhode Island. Favorable weather turned […]

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