Monday, February 18, 2019
Sunday, February 17, 2019
|The American Heritage History of Flight, Simon and Shuster 1962|
Various competitions were held, the altitude record was set at 9714 feet and the 100km speed race was won at an average speed of 61 mph.
Three airshows had been held in the US that year, only a year after the Bleriot cross-channel flight and the Reims air meet. Aviation fever had struck.
|Roger A Freeman; Mustang at War, Doubleday 1974|
Flight Officer Frank Hanton recorded the first nighttime victories by a Mustang on the moonlit night of August 14, 1943, catching and shooting down both a Me110 and a Ju88 as they were landing. From On Watch to Strike
A quick Google search fills in more of his story. During his service he shot down a number of German planes and also ran up a tally of 54 trains destroyed while on ground attack missions.
On one of those missions he was shot down and suffered burns to his face when he crash landed. That made him part of the Guinea Pig Club, the pioneering plastic surgery program where injured and disfigured soldiers and airmen were integrated back into society.
After the war he flew for the Manitoba Government Air Services until his retirement in 1978.
More on Hon. Col. Hanton hereUpdate; I got derailed a bit on this post, getting distracted by the Guinea Pig Club. Turns out there is a Canadian connection in Dr Albert Ross Tilley who worked closely with New Zealander Dr Archibald McIndoe in the program. Incredible work.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019
This sloop- is it a sloop?- was America's entry for the America's Cup in 1903. The design made use of a loophole in the rules, that when heeled over, due to the bow and stern overhangs the waterline length greatly increased from 89 feet 8 inches at dock (just meeting the 90 foot limit) to about 130. Someone once explained to me why this is so, but an increase in hull length means an increase in the speed of a boat. I didn't understand it then and still don't really.
The hull was light as could be, 3/16" bronze plates over a light steel frame. The deck was 1/4" aluminum plate. The 19 foot deep keel was where the weight was, it was filled with 100 tons of lead.
Due to a 199 foot mast and long bowsprit and boom (totalling the overall boat length at 200 feet) there was 16,000 sq feet of canvas to propel the boat. It was the first yacht to have winches for the sails below deck. Despite the powered winches, there were still 64 crew members. To save weight the boat was completely unfinished below decks. The boat soundly defeated the English challenger Shamrock III in all three races.
The boat was sold for scrap 10 years later.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
|The Rideau King|
|Friends of the Rideau|
The Rideau King was built in 1890 in Kingston Ontario by the Davis Dry Dock Company. A thoroughly modern boat, she had electric lighting and steam space heating and many other modern conveniences. The dining room is described as, "beautifully appointed" and the interior "throughout, the interior was finished in white and gold paint and fabrics".
STEAMER RIDEAU STRANDED IN STORM.The steamer RIDEAU KING is aground on White Island in Mud Lake near Newboro, in a driving wind storm, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The boat was blown out of her course and under full steam ran high and dry on the land. The KING had on a large cargo of freight, and several passengers. The latter were taken off.
Buffalo Evening News
October 16, 1909
Remarks "Got off"
|The Rideau Queen|
The Rideau Queen, launched in July of 1901, is quite up to, and in not a few respects superior to, any passenger craft at present plying on the inland waters of Canada. Her length over all is 112 feet, extreme beam 28 feet, and though 7 feet 6 inches depth of hold, has a draft of but 4 feet 6 inches forward.
Her power is supplied by a triple expansion engine with cylinders 8}4 x 13 x 21, and a stroke of 14 inches. She is thus enabled to easily obtain a speed of twelve miles per hour and maintain it evenly throughout the run. Hard coal is burned in her grates, and passengers, therefore, are not called upon to suffer annoyance from hot cinders and grimy smoke, always attendant upon the use of soft coal.
Her upper works as so constructed as to allow a promenade, outside the cabins, the whole length of the boat while, exclusive of the cabins, 25 feet clear is afforded forward and twelve feet aft. She is lighted through- out with electricity, a plant furnishing 350 lights having been supplied by the Canadian General Electric Company. In fact, nothing seems to have been neglected by the company which was considered as at all likely to add to the comfort of passengers. The dining room seats comfortably over fifty people, is a model of neatness, and quite in keeping with the sleeping apartments provided. These include twenty-two double and twenty-two single berths. Some of these are ensuite and all are provided with running water, lavatories, electric bells, and, in fact, all the accessories of a modern hotel or private dwelling. Another important feature is the ventilation of all the rooms. This is accomplished by the use of steam fans, by means of which the passenger can practically gauge the temperature to suit himself. These features, together with the really elegant furniture supplied throughout, brought the cost of the " Queen " up to nearly $40,000.
The War of 1812 fresh in their minds, the 126 mile Rideau canal was constructed by the British government as a military project during 1825 to 1832 at a cost of five million dollars. Running from Kingston to Ottawa Ontario, it was built as a bypass of the St. Lawrence river. In case of war this route, in conjunction with the Ottawa river, would furnish an alternate water passage between Montreal and the Great Lakes.
It was soon obsoleted by the arrival of the railways and other factors. By 1900 the Rideau was already a tourist attraction, the route consists of a string of remote lakes and rivers connected by a series of locks, twenty three in total. Only about 12 miles is man-made.
The canal was designated as a historical site in 1925 and has been restored and maintained and is still a popular attraction for boaters.
Campion built motorcycles from 1901-1927, so this catalog of lightweights represented the cheaper offerings towards the end. Proprietary engines were used, and they seem to be not dissimilar to other motorcycles of the time.
1922 488 cc Model
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
CPR number 2850 was one of sixty five semi-streamlined Hudsons bought by the company for high speed passenger service. This locomotive was used to pull the Royal train when The King and Queen made their 1939 visit. The locomotive required no adjustments or repairs for the whole trip. When it was retired it was put on display at the Canadian railway museum in Delson, Quebec.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
|R S Hutchings; The Western Heritage of Type Design, Cory Adams & Mackay 1963|
This set of unknown age was manufactured by Northland Tire of Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
This 1982 link mentions that Magline of Canada got a contract to supply the US army with snowshoes, however, a google search doesn't find the company around today.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Here is a rare thing. It is a tiny model engine made for a EC Kolben (piston) salesman to show as a sample demonstrating the company's capabilities in Elektron metal (a form of magnesium alloy). The metal was mainly used in aviation and race cars, the VW Beetle engine and transmission were also made of the metal. The EC company became part of Mahle KG in 1938.
More here; Collectorsweekly
The company is still around, still known for its automotive components including what they started with, pistons.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
|Mid-Atlantic Air Museum|
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Built in 1925 by Baldwin... this is one of five built for the company which was absorbed by the Canadian National a few years later. This locomotive, along with others of the same class, were updated and modernized over the years. Four of the five lasted till 1961.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
|The Automobile Collection, Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, 1986|
Monday, February 4, 2019
|The Classic Motorcycle, 1990|
Sunday, February 3, 2019