USCG Adm. Zukunft.
Photo credit USCG Patrick Kelly, Photographer to the Commandant.
Admiral Zukunft looked back on his first year as the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in an interview he gave with MarineLink.com. The interview was wide ranging and covered the challenges the U.S. Coast Guard faces over the next several decades with expanding duties and tighter budgets.
Of interest to me are the challenges faced by the Cost Guard with Polar operations with only on heavy icebreaker the Polar Star. The Coast Guard also has only one research icebreaker The Healy ( A Luncheon Cruise & Tour on the Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy ). Both home ported here in Seattle
RMS Olympic and Titanic
A fascinating video on the RMS Titanic and the Olympic-Class ships by Bill “Engineer Guy” Hannack. The images and information is from the 1909 to 1911 editions of the Journal The Engineer. The video starts with the laying of the keel for the Titanic and the sister ship the Olympic and follows the lives of the ships including collisions and other difficulties.
Fore Boss Arms – one of two that held the port and starboard propeller shafts. Note the “Little Green Guy” for the scale.
The black and white images are enhanced with color to help show engineering and construction details.
Details start with the first laying of the keel blocks and keels. Construction, details are shown of the boiler and coal storage construction, ships engines (they had a turbine engine driving a third center propeller for higher speed in open water), propellers, and the propeller mounts.
The Anchor Hitch is a great knot for conditions that alternate between loaded and unloaded such as an anchor rode or where the end of a line might be flapping around.
The Anchor Hitch is a bit more difficult to tie and remember than the old standby the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches. However the Anchor Hitch is more secure.
The end of the line passing under the Round Turn makes the knot very secure since the harder the knot is loaded the tighter the end is held.
Some climbers are using the Anchor Hitch in place of the Buntline Hitch, they found they were not tying the Buntline Hitch correctly when in odd twisted positions.
The Spar Hitch is another little known knot that is great for tying fenders to a boat.