Thursday, January 31, 2019

Steamboat JT Morse after collision with the steamboat Pemaquid.

Both the JT Morse and the Pemaquid were heading for the same buoy when the iron hulled Pemaquid hit the wooden JT Morse. The Morse got the worst of it. The Morse made it to the dock at Moose Island before sinking up to her freight deck. 
Both boats were put back in service.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Planes in formation, Hawker Hurricanes

Major Alexander P. De Seversky, Victory, Through Air Power, Simon and Schuster 1942

Santa Fe vs Southern Pacific, 1950

A Santa Fe passenger train powered by Alco PA diesels overtakes a Southern Pacific cab-forward pulling a freight train eastbound in the Tehachapis. In this late 1950 shot, the motive power is special in both cases, the diesels sport the distinctive warbonnet scheme (one of my favorites) while the steam engine has been designed and built to run backwards for both visibility and to keep the crew from being asphyxiated while running in tunnels and snowsheds.
Robert A. LeMassena, Articulated Steam Locomotives Of North America. Sundance Publications 1979.

More on the cab-forward here.

German K1 tank

This was Germany's first mass produced tank. It is really as small as it looks; about 12 feet long, with a two man crew and armed with two machine guns. It was shown often in military parades in Germany before the WW2 but was mostly used for training. 
It did see action but was obsolete by the beginning of the war.

A wealth of Art and Music, by recent settlers from Europe!

Promotions from the CPR. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

DKW 3-6

Available in 2 and 4 door versions, the car was sold from 1953-1959. It was powered by a liquid-cooled 3 cylinder 2 stroke engine.
Thanks Rolf!

Baldwin/Westinghouse Electic Locomotive

By the end of the the 20th century the Baldwin Locomotive Works was working hard at developing advanced ideas in steam power including compound engines  but they were also looking further ahead. They had the foresight to partner with Westinghouse "developing electric motors for railroad work" in 1895. This is a 3 foot gauge locomotive built in 1904. It carries builders plates of both Baldwin and Westinghouse. 
I'm not familiar with the Whitehall Railway but a bit of Googling led to this picture on the Collectors of White hall Pottery site. Could it be the same railway?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sidecar Sunday

World War 1 Red Cross stretcher carrier

Suzuki 10th anniversary poster

This is a sought-after poster. For 1984 Suzuki sold 200 numbered white Katanas like this one. The number on the fairing does not correlate to any V.I.N. so they are notoriously hard to track. I wonder how many remain.
 Although Suzuki was in the Canadian market from about 1964, the importer was Radco- Ray Deeley, brother of Yamaha importer Trevor Deeley.

Friday, January 25, 2019


Anyone else see a resemblance?

Veteran and Vintage Aircraft, Fourth Edition

I recently picked up this 1974 book, a compendium of surviving aircraft, their location and status.  I was interested mostly in the Canadian chapter, there were lots of vintage aircraft around 44 years ago that I wonder what happened to. 

A few examples; 
A Thruxton Jackeroo was located in Mississauga, CF-QOT- it seems to have disappeared. The Canadian civil register doesn't seem to be available any more!

The DC3 below is described as;
 CF-JRY c/n 4585 "Arctic 7" in this Pop Group's psychedelic colours of cream, brown and green; DG Harris Productions. 
All gibberish to me..

Bob Diermert is mentioned, who had an incredible collection, see this link...

Interestingly, one hundred thirty Spitfires are listed worldwide, compared to two hundred thirty eight today.  Wikipedia
Twenty three B17 are listed, compared to forty seven today. Wikipedia

The author Leslie Hunt lists a total of 9,080 historical aircraft in the book. As far as I can learn, this was the final edition of the book.

Cucciolo cutaway

Ducati's debut

Thursday, January 24, 2019

We used to make things in this country #298 Canadian Dedge and Dock,

These identical 60 foot long buoy tenders were built in 1980 for Coast Guard navigational aid service in the St Lawrence River.
Cove Isle is still in service- only now working in Georgian Bay.  Gull Isle was decommissioned in 2010. More here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mosquitos made in Australia

Stuart Howe, De Havilland Mosquito, An illustrated History, Crécy Publishing 1999
The Mosquito production line at the de Havilland aircraft factory in Bankstown Australia. 

Chevrolet in the twenties

Do the people seem drawn much under scaled? 
Just the industry practise of promising more for your money.

Monday, January 21, 2019

1972 Yamaha DS-7

The sporty two stroke 2 cylinder street bike came in both 250 and 350 cc versions. Not bad condition for 48 years old!

The Canadian

Luxurious transcontinental train travel by Canadian Pacific in the 1950s.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Starfighters on guard


Understated elegance....

Sidecar Sunday

Shipbuilding on the Canadian Prairie, Canadian Coast Guard Ship, Namao

Charles Maginley, The ships of Canada's Marine Services, Vanwell Publishing 2003

The 110 foot Namao was built in 1975 by the Riverton Boat Works in Manitoba for navigation buoy service on Lake Winnipeg. More here
Unusual for the prairie location, the Riverton Boat Works built boats for nearly 50 years, including large sophisticated ones like this
 The company is still in business as Riverton Welding and Fabricators.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Douglas X-3 Stiletto

Good name. Only one Douglas X-3 was ever built. 
As part of the American supersonic program, it was the first conventionally launching and landing plane capable of Mach 2, the previous ones were launched from a "mother ship". 
Engine development problems limited power and the the plane never achieved its potential. After less than 4 years it was donated to the U S Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio, where it can be seen today.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dreaming of Atomic railways

USS Memphis

The cruiser USS Memphis was the fourth naval ship named after the city. The ship ordered in the late stages of WW1 and launched during 1924. It had been built during the transition period of war ships so the armament changed several times, the six left and right side casemount-mounted 6 inch guns were augmented with two fore and aft 2 gun turrets. Torpedo tubes were plated over and the mine laying capabilities discontinued. Anti-aircraft armament was added for WW2,
Between the wars the ship served all over the world including  hosting Charles Lindbergh on his triumphant return voyage across the Atlantic.
 During WW2 the ship operated mostly in the south Atlantic and Mediterranean, acting as a host ship for various conferences. After WW2 the USS Memphis was retired and scrapped in 1947.

Studebaker Avanti, again

57 years later, still looks modern...

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Coffee grinders

These images of hand coffee grinders came from a reader in Sweden, he figures they were come from a company named Novelty Iron Works from the late 19th Century. 
 He wonders why he finds more wall coffee grinders is Sweden than in the US...