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July 30, 2012 4:19 PM   Subscribe

Maritime Monday. (No NSFW images in this link, but some weeks there will be a random picture or two of a topless mer-person or sailor.)
posted by resurrexit (11 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
BOATS!

Also this is especially timely as I was randomly perusing the awesome wiki article on sea shanties this evening.
posted by elizardbits at 4:32 PM on July 30, 2012


Dual-Core Pentium chip? How PC.
posted by shakespeherian at 4:48 PM on July 30, 2012


I tried in vain (if not too hard in vain) to find the text of An Ocean Secret by Guy Boothby, but alas, with no success. Here's the opening to Dr. Nikola Returns though:
It was Saturday afternoon, about a quarter-past four o'clock if my memory serves me, and the road, known as the Maloo, leading to the Bubbling Well, that single breathing place of Shanghai, was crowded. Fashionable barouches, C-spring buggies, spider-wheel dogcarts, to say nothing of every species of 'rickshaw, bicycle, and pony, were following each other in one long procession towards the Well. All the European portion of Shanghai, and a considerable percentage of the native, had turned out to witness the finish of the paper hunt, which, though, not exciting in itself, was important as being the only amusement the settlement boasted that afternoon.
I might actually end up reading this.
posted by Panjandrum at 4:54 PM on July 30, 2012


Oh shit, this is definitely going to end up with me knee-deep in Wikipedia reading about spanker masts or something.
posted by ghharr at 5:02 PM on July 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is going to lead to me spending the next week watching Riddle of the Sands, growing a mustache, smoking a pipe, and wearing lots of sweaters. The following week I will run away and live on a catboat. This is ridiculous cause it's way too hot for sweaters.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 5:38 PM on July 30, 2012


They have a job board! With jobs for seafarers! I'm going to run away and become a deckhand of a crabbing boat!
posted by asnider at 6:59 PM on July 30, 2012


Yes, if you haven't checked out gcaptain, please do.
posted by resurrexit at 7:19 PM on July 30, 2012


Is this connected to that “seapunk” thing all the young people these days are into?
posted by acb at 3:29 AM on July 31, 2012


Oh shit, this is definitely going to end up with me knee-deep in Wikipedia reading about spanker masts or something.

This happens to me all the time.

Great link, OP. Thanks for sharing.
posted by jlh at 4:54 AM on July 31, 2012


Thanks to my father the sailor my home is stuffed to the rafters with mast hoops, gratings, fids, ship's lights of all descriptions, hatch covers, binnacles (yes, I have one in my living room in case the house loses its bearings), portholes, anchors, fishing floats, etc., etc., so this makes me feel RIGHT at home.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:58 AM on July 31, 2012


> the road, known as the Maloo, leading to the Bubbling Well, that single breathing place of Shanghai, was crowded.

The Maloo, i.e. Ma Lu 'Horse Road,' was an alternate name for Nanking Road (image here), which if you followed it west led to Bubbling Well Road (image here).

/Shanghai history nerd
posted by languagehat at 11:02 AM on July 31, 2012


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