Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sepia Saturday - Boats, Docks and Lighthouses

The Sepia Saturday suggestion for this week seems to be about Boats and Harbors and Docks and Lighthouses.

The view from The George.

Of course the first thing I thought of was my own photograph that I titled "The View From The George."

I shot this with my old trusty Nikon 950 while sipping a glass of red wine and resting my tootsies from a miles long walk on the beach, collecting sea-glass for a mosaic I never made. (I still have the glass. Ah, someday...)

The George was one of our favorite stops during frequent journeys to the beach and shops. It was a very pleasant year I spent in Brid; one of the gems of my life.

If you take GoogleEarth to Harbor Road in Bridlington, just outside the Harbour Rock Shop, you can look up at the second floor window of the George where I got this shot.

The George

Ain't technology grand?

But on to the task at hand.

I did a search for Boats, Harbors, Docks and Lighthouses and rounded up some rather interesting rescued photographs for this week.


At the Dock

Ship and shore
A guy on a wharf with a ship in the background.
He's wearing Saddle Shoes.
Are you sure it's on this one?
The Waban sails at midnight.

(You got ketchup on that shirt. It'll never come out. And look at those pants.)

From a Very Informative Web Site:
The pertinent paragraphs say:

"Built under United States Shipping Board contracts (WW I) by G. M. Standifer Construction Corp., Vancouver, Wash., completed as Waban (USSB) in 1919. Design 1015; 9400 tdw, 402 ft x 53 ft. Owned by Lykes Bros-Ripley SS Co. in 1933. Purchased from USA by British Ministry of Shipping in 1940, renamed Empire Sambar. On March 6-1941 she had an explosion in engine room while at sea; towed in, repaired, and renamed Empire Beaver (M.O.W.T.) in 1942. (Info from Mitchell & Sawyer's "Empire Ships", received from Barbara Mumford).

This was one of 19 ships transferred to Nortraship in 1942, see my page "Ship Statistics & Misc." under Empire Ships for names of the other 18. Taken over at Mersey on April 5-1942 and given the name Norhauk."

So this photograph had to have been taken before 1941.

Two LT
US Army LT 787 and LT 22.
Ship in shipyard

Here's four ships away from the dock.
Four ships

Possible troop ship

Two ships passing one day
A ship passing a stage coach ... well maybe a bus or another ship.
Ferry Boat
Aboard ship w showgirls
A shot of an entertainment crew aboard a troop ship probably. Looks like maybe the '40's.

Algernon Trousers
Algernon Trousers

This really is a found photo. It was found on the sidewalk in front of an old house that was now for rent and empty. Some one had obviously dropped it while moving out. After scanning it, I left it in an envelope at the house next door to the rental for safe keeping in case someone ever returned for it.

Next door just happened to be the studio of Christopher Griffin the world famous artist. Chris and I had become acquainted a few months earlier.

There is a reason for everything.

Now these three photographs come from one of those books of over 300 35mm negatives that I found in a basement of an "antique" mall in Wichita Falls, Texas. They were no doubt destined for a dumpster. What a loss it would have been.

From their content, the date of many of the photographs have been established to the winter of 1944-1945, mostly at Bassingbourn Air Base in the UK.

The photographer was stationed at the base but did have a chance to tour a bit as some of the negatives show. Here are three such photographs. Fortunately he made brief notations in the negative file about many of the photographs.

0900 St Johns harbor 01
St. John's Harbor
1005 St .John's harbor
St. John's Harbor

Ship in harbor
Ship in the harbor.


I am sure it was all accidental but this snapshot is a work of art to me. The color, the balance, the action, the emotion and the message. It is a very fine photograph. It's just a tourist snap.

I printed a copy of this one slightly larger that the original and framed it with a wide mat.

E. Pascagoula Light

On the reverse is says merely:
"E. Pascagoula Light"

This is a found photograph of a lighthouse near where the Mississippi meets the Gulf. How it migrated to a junk shop in Oklahoma is anyone's guess.

The East Pascagoula Lighthouse was established in 1886 and destroyed in the hurricane of 1906. See this listing.

Back a couple years ago when I researched the photograph I found only one other photograph and two or three paintings of it.

I liked the photograph so much that I did some adjusting and work on it in Photoshop. Then it was enlarged to 16" X 16" and transferred by a secret method to canvas. Finally, there was some adjusting directly to the canvas.

E. Pascagoula Lighthouse

River boat

Excursion boat
An exciting shot. Too bad it was so badly damaged before it was rescued.

Dolly waves from ship

So as the sun sets slowly in the East, we bid farewell to our visit to the docks.

In the immortal words of Bob and Ray, "Write if you get work and hang by your thumbs."

Now all aboard and bon voyage on your trip back to The Sepia Saturday home page to find another excursion to delight the senses and make you hungry.

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  1. I could look at these kinds of photos all day. The next best thing to being on the water or docks side, is seeing them in photos!

  2. Thanks Karen S. I understand how it is. My wife lived most of her life near the North Sea.

  3. Your photos are always amazing. I love the couple next to the car but I want to see that woman's hat up closer and work out exactly what it is. And the photo of the wheeling gulls and the couple on the deck looking out at the busy sea traffic is magnificent. At first I thought the gulls were fighter planes!

  4. I too like the composition and action in that snapshot of the woman in furs and man looking out at the steam ferries, being mobbed by seagulls. Sometimes the best shots are accidental, at least for rank amateurs like myself. I thought that they too might be on a boat, with some sort of winch or similar contraption at left, but there are no railings.

  5. Thanks Alex Daw. I am a little concerned about that woman's hat also. I wish the photo had better resolution. The photograph of the gulls is my favorite I think.

    Thanks Brett Payne. You are right. There are no railings. I think there would be on any kind of boat that would accommodate tourists and travelers.

  6. This was such a rich post, it was hard to pick out anyone thing as a favorite --- so i just let myself enjoy, ships, the sea, saddle shoes,lighthouses, and especially the two ladies waving from the deck. Food for the soul.

  7. All wonderful examples of the ship meme in snapshots. I agree that your favorite is an accidental work of art. Reminds me of Hitchcock's The Birds though!

  8. Why can't find photos like that:) Wonderful.

  9. I like the one of the couple looking up the water with the sea gulls flying around and all.

  10. The photo with the seagulls reminded me of the time we were staying in a beach front motel. We'd gotten some wonderful blueberry muffins from the Continental breakfast buffet & had gone back to our room on the 2nd floor. I was standing on the balcony throwing little scraps of muffin to the seagulls & geese below on the sand when I noticed one of the seagulls only had one leg & was being beat out by the other birds. All of a sudden it flew down to the water's edge, turned around, & flew straight at me - veering off at the last moment. It did that twice until I finally got the message. The third time it came, I tossed a bit of muffin out when it got close & I'll be darned if it didn't pluck that piece of muffin right out of mid air. And as long as I kept tossing muffin bits, it kept coming. Amazing! Some day maybe we'll have a bird prompt again & I can show photos of it.

  11. tnicil110You have a great collection of old photos. Many matching the theme. yes the snap of the gulls and the ladies watching the busy waterway is a good one.

  12. I can see why most have us have admired the picture with the gulls; they make it seem alive.

  13. Thanks all. The photograph of the ladies and the gulls is a clear winner in popularity. And thanks Gail Perlee for your moving tale of the sea gull that has learned to communicate.

  14. I do miss the ocean. We grew up near the ocean (the tide came up in the back yard) but now live near the mountains.

  15. A great collection of ships.

  16. Thanks Sharon. Most of us only dream of living on the seashore.

    Thanks ScotSue. There were more than I expected.

  17. what an astounding collection! I could spend way too much time sorting through these, but I have some reading to do for Bible Study. So reluctantly off I go. I will be back. So glad I found you via Facebook's Sepia Saturday group!



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