and my bond and attraction to water with stories from the sea or other waterways. "Richelieu" refers to- a French prelate and statesman, principle minister to Louis XIII (1585-1642), was the name-ship of a class of French battleships in WWII, is an airport in Quebec, Canada, also a river, a color and so much more.
So many boats, so little time…here are just a few. A most interesting note is the building of ships, their christening, names given and later renamed, the labels/flags/names they carry (for country too) the ports they visit, and often their momentous demise, or rebirth.
The changing or reissuing of past names can confuse things....you see the French had another more famous ship named "Richelieu" later which was a battleship....in her honor I present several other vessels much like that French navy battleship.......
Now for a maritime disaster in Chicago, Illinois .... about a much documented ruin of the Eastland. These images are from postcards from an antique store.
|The S.S. Eastland- Clark Street Bridge- Chicago River|
In her touring days they called her "Speed Queen" of the Great Lakes. Sadly she was known to have too many flaws, too top heavy, her center of gravity too high, and she was over crowded once in 1903 causing her to list and water to flow up one of her gang planks. So many incidents proceeded even a mutiny ensued on the 14th of August 1903 while on a cruise from Chicago to South Haven.
|S.S. Eastland, after disaster on the Chicago River. July 24, 1915.|
|A postcard of : The brave and the strong divers, and their untiring efforts aided greatly in the recovery of bodies from the hull of the ill-fated Eastland.|
Flipping over to my father's scrapbook a look at a saying and a long time treasure.....
I close this post with sort of a mystery on the water.
Going back to a family album this grouping of photos remains a mystery to me yet. (I won't post them all) All are untitled, no story quotes and pasted in the middle of photos from
and Marseilles Versailles . So your guess or knowledge could solve this unidentified collection of ship disasters. For the purpose of this post my best presumption would be the location France , in and around the military fort located there. Please offer any information if possible. Marseilles, France
like lost soldiers never to return home again...
heavy bursts of smoke...drifted away.....clouds sailing calmly as though nothing had happened...
|Smoke drifted like lost barges across the morning sky.....|
|Two ships together they slip.......|
|Side by side they shared a lost journey....|
|Interesting ship to the left of this photo.......|
Through the smoke churning up on the right side of photo you wonder if something wasn't brewing on shore as well?
|Oh these barrel drifting by could bring answers to this mystery....|
|The black-clouded smoke swirls no more and soon she will be completely out of sight, but surely not out of mind.|