Archive for the Transportation Category

This Date in History

Posted in March, Trains on March 19, 2011 by Kent

March 19, 1917: The Supreme Court, in Wilson v. New, upholds the eight-hour workday for railroad workers.eight-hours-work-day-poster

1967 Ford Mustang

Posted in Vintage Vehicles with tags on August 7, 2009 by Kent

1967 Ford Mustang (detail)In 1967, Ford’s Mustang saw its first major redesign. For the first time since its launch, the car faced some serious competition. This resulted in Ford evaluating the Mustang’s strengths and weaknesses.

In addition to the Pontiac’s Firebird, Mercury’s Cougar, and Plymouth’s Barracuda, Chevrolet had plans to roll out their new Chevy Camaro muscle car. This resulted in Ford duking it out with its competition by creating a more muscular and powerful Ford Mustang.
1967 Ford Mustang
1967 Ford Mustang (detail)
1967 Ford Mustang (detail)

Lost Washington: Norfolk and Washington’s Northland

Posted in Lost Washington, Ships with tags , , on July 31, 2009 by Kent

N&W NorthlandThe Northland was built by the Harlan & Hollingsworth Corp., Wilmington, Del., in 1911 for the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Company. Like the Southland, she transported passengers and freight between Washington and Norfolk.
Steamer Northland Deck Plans

During the first part of World War II, she operated as a transport with the British Navy. She was assigned the name Leyden (IX-167) on May 18, 1944, and was acquired by the Navy and commissioned May 22, 1944, Lt. William S. Johnson in command.

From her commissioning until July 1945, Leyden operated as a naval auxiliary in British staging areas and French ports during the final European campaigns of World War II. Leyden was decommissioned at Falmouth, England July 23, 1945, for return to the War Shipping Administration, and was sold to the Fu Chung International Corp. November 7, 1946. She was renamed Hung Chong. She was broken up as scrap in 1955.
N&W Northland

This Date in History

Posted in Aircraft, July with tags on July 30, 2009 by Kent

July 30, 1911: Aviator Eugene B. Ely, who startled the world in November, 1910, by flying a Curtiss biplane from the shore at Hampton Roads to the deck of the cruiser Birmingham, and later by duplicating the feat on the battleship Pennsylvania at San Francisco, treated the visitors at College Park to one of the most sensational bits of aeroplaning they had seen in the afternoon.Eubene B. Ely

1948 Oldsmobile Coupe

Posted in Capitol Hill, Vintage Vehicles with tags , on July 29, 2009 by Kent

1948 Oldsmobile CoupeI found this vintage gem on Capitol Hill over the weekend. While it could use some loving care, it all appeared original and that counts for a lot. I think it has some really great lines as well.

I also found the great ad below from a basic Web search (sorry I couldn’t get a larger image)More images after the jump Continue reading

Sunday Relaxation During Simpler Times

Posted in Culture and History, Ships with tags , on July 24, 2009 by Kent

River QueenFrom the June 29, 1901, Colored American.

Lost Washington: The U.S.S. Dolphin

Posted in Lost Washington, Ships with tags , on July 23, 2009 by Kent

USS Dolphin
The U.S.S. Dolphin was built by John Roach & Sons, Chester, Pennsylvania. She was launched on April 12, 1884, and commissioned December 8, 1885. The dispatch vessel of 1,465 tons was commanded by Henry W. Lyon.

The ship carried the flag of the President and Secretary of the Navy for 12 years and carried more distinguished guests than any other boat in the U.S. Navy. In this regard, it is considered the second ship to be used as a presidential yachts.

The U.S.S. Dolphin was one of the first modern ships constructed for naval service in the U.S. During the Spanish-American War it was transformed into a war-vessel and at Guantanamo Bay, along with the U.S.S. Marblehead, the U.S.S. Dolphin protected U.S. Marines from defeat.