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  1. Here is none other than Robert Plant watching her play on the above video!
  2. Them Old Jokes

    "Sports! Go Sports!"
  3. John Bonham never looked so good! Her name is actually Yoyoka. I've been playing since the 1970's, and I can honestly say, she is great, regardless of her age. You go girl! From the 2018 "Hit Like A Girl" Drum Contest:
  4. Them Old Jokes

    Pot smokers: Go to California to get your "Weed card"! A song by 'Garfunklel and Oates'. (Warning, some of their other songs are pretty naughty, but this one's safe.)
  5. Them Old Jokes

    Triple Crown joke - (please don't take this as a political statement - it's not - it's just a funny joke): Did you know that Justify (the horse) just turned down an invitation to go to the White House? He said, "If I wanted to see a horse's ***, I would have come in second!"
  6. HMHS Britannic sinks in real time.

    Of course, there's always the 1958 classic version. Not bad really:
  7. HMHS Britannic sinks in real time.

    Well, if you have 2 hours, 40 minutes, more to waste, here's the Titanic going down, in real time.
  8. Them Old Jokes

    True Facts About The Sea Pig: Take notes, fellow marine-biologists, there will be a quiz afterwards.
  9. This video was made for the 100th anniversary of the loss of Titanic's sister ship, refitted as His Majesty's Hospital Ship Britannic, in 1916 after she struck a German mine in the Adriatic Sea. This video is about an hour long, since that was how long the real ship took sink. Great special effects with the camera angle constantly changing. Interspersed, there are eyewitness accounts and historical facts. Amazingly, very few people were lost. Enjoy the hour:
  10. Them Old Jokes

    There were about 200 dead crows found on a road near Boston, and there was concern for Avian Flu. They had a Bird Pathologist examine the remains of all the crows, and he confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, to everyone's relief. However, he determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by car impact. The State of Massachusetts then hired a Ornithological Behaviorist to determine the disproportionate percentages for truck versus car kills. He determined the cause in short order. When crows eat road-kill, they always post a "Look-out Crow" in a nearby tree, to warn of impending danger. The Ornithological Behaviorist's conclusion was that while the Look-out Crow could say "Cah", he could not say "Truck."
  11. ... was the USS Cumberland in 1861, showing off at the Battle of the Hatteras Inlet. From "What Finer Tradition: The Memoirs of Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., Rear Admiral, USN", USC Press, 1987, pp.39-40 " The repairs completed and vacancies in the complement filled, the Cumberland joined the fleet at Hampton Roads, and soon after was employed at the blockade of Hatteras Inlet. Since federal Naval forces controlled the lower Chesapeake, Norfolk's main line of water communication was via the Sounds of North Carolina, to the sea access was afforded through this inlet; and there the Confederates had erected two forts, the capture of which was undertaken by the Cumberland, Minnesota (flagship of Commodore Stringham) , Pawnee, Susquehanna, Wabash and Monticello on August 28, 1861. The initial bombardment caused an initial evacuation of the outermost fort, with little damage to the fleet, but the second fort, further inside, was more difficult to deal with since only our larger guns could reach it, and at the end of the first day, their flag was still flying. That night, the Cumberland, not having any steam power, stood offshore a a precaution against the threatening weather, and was therefore late in joining the bombardment on the following morning. Standing in under all sail for the line of engaged ships, and luffing ahead of the leading one, we executed a simultaneous evolution of shortening and furling sail, dropping anchor, and opening fire; which the captain had adopted at my suggestion. It was a very smart and inspiring piece of seamanship, demonstrating the splendid qualities of our crew. Old officers who saw the maneuver had often spoken of the magnificence and beauty of the ship on this, the last occasion of an American frigate going into battle under sail. The fleet spent most of the forenoon in bombarding the second fort, with little apparent result. Neither did the enemy's return fire do any appreciable damage. Finally a shell from the fleet dropped close to the earthworks, and into the ventilator of the bomb-proof, where most of the Confederates were sheltered. It did not explode, but fearing that it might do so, they rushed outside and hoisted a flag of truce. This ended the battle. Several days later. I had the opportunity to go ashore and investigate what kind of shell had caused the surrender. The Cumberland being the only ship of the fleet carrying 10-inch guns, and since both of her 10-inch guns were under my command, it was a source of great personal gratification to find a 10-inch shell in the bomb-proof." Actually, Lt. Selfridge was incorrect, since the Minnesota (flag) and the Wabash also carried 10-inch guns.
  12. Rigging Civil War Naval Guns

    According to "Warships of the Civil War Navies", by Paul Silverstone, page 86, the USS Tom Freedman initially mounted one 32-pdr/60 cwt and one 32-pdr/37 cwt. The former was swapped out for an 8"/55 cwt in April 1863, and they also added a 12-pdr rifle. That gun looks like a 32/60 cwt.
  13. Rigging Civil War Naval Guns

    Notice in the Thomas Freeborn photo, that altho the gun is rigged on a traditional carriage, it is sitting over a pivot trace, like the one in the right lower corner, and the wheels appear to be lifted just barely above the deck. (Note the wheels shadows.) As huge as that gun looks, the trunnion is only about six inches in diameter, it having the same width as the bore, making it a 32-pounder. At first, I thought she was an 8" shell gun, just due to its great size compared to the foolish fellow looking down the sight. I had not heard of a 32-pounder mounted on a pivot during that period. They seem to have rolled it over a rectangular wood, deck-colored platform, that I had first thought was just the deck, and then raised/attached the gun to it, but the carriage's shadow is just not right for that.
  14. Cut down / Razeed ships

    Let's not forget the USS Independence, 74, of 1813, a ship so badly altered from her design, that they had to caulk her lower ports shut while crossing the Atlantic on her only cruise. But after she was razeed, she became one the navy's favorite and best performing frigates. She lasted until about 1913.
  15. Saw this fun Naval Academy Museum lecture posted over at the CivilWarTalk board, by poster USS Alaska. Dr. Craig Symonds is a great lecturer. Enjoy:

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