No huffing and puffing allowed Thursday, May 28 2015 

Amazing what we will do! Moving the Gay Head lighthouse

With live cam!

USS Macdonough DD-9 Thursday, Jan 16 2014 

pre WWI four stack destroyer

Frustrating mystery.  This ship was photographed off the Mid Atlantic coast (roughly near the Delaware) in August 1909.  Now, I thought it might be one of the three Truxtun class destroyers, the only ships that fit her profile even remotely (at least to my untrained eye).  But two of them were in the Pacific at that time; and the third was supposedly inactive.  And they don’t really quite seem to fit; the length of the stern and the close placement of the stacks is a bit off.

Any guesses anyone?

Ha! I think I found a possibility: the two Lawrence class torpedo boat destroyers.  Though it looks like something got changed on some of the deckwork, the stack placement is right. Furthermore, the USS Macdonough was in the right place at the right time!

Bush Bluff Lightship Monday, Sep 9 2013 

Your random photo of the day.  The Bush Bluff Lightship in the summer of 1909.  Anchored at the Elizabeth River in the Chesapeake Bay.  Taken on a trip south by the yacht Mavourneen

Bush Bluff lightship

Mavourneen Friday, May 24 2013 

Figure I ought to put a few photographs of Mavourneen up. These are from 1908.



Wooden hulled, powered with a somewhat cantankerous gasoline engine. She had a fairly spacious cabin and galley kitchen.

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