Tag: ship

U-Boat Commander Extraordinary

Exactly one month after Britain’s declaration of war on the German Reich (September 3, 1939) a U-boot skipper’s audacious opportunism sent the first of five of Britain’s battleships and battlecruisers to the bottom of Scapa Flow. Situated on Scotland’s stormy west coast this fortress harbour served as an English lair from which Royal Navy ships ambushed German shipping navigating the North Sea.

The Fate of a Passenger liner seized as a prize of war by the Soviets

After the defeat of the Workers Reich on May 8, 1945, the armies of the British, Soviet and American empires plundered everything they could lay their hands on. Soviet plunder of the defeated Reich included the seizing of the German-built transatlantic liner SS Berlin III. This super liner, after providing German workers with affordable Mediterranean cruises, in July 1939 was converted into a hospital ship and later evacuated thousands of troops and civilians fleeing the rapacious Red Army.

The Sailor Cats of Amsterdam

In a city boasting more than one hundred kilometres of canals, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam is full of houseboats writes Annie Cooper. However, a houseboat in the historic Herengracht district is hiding something peculiar inside. It is the waterborne home to about 50 pussy cats and their kittens.

Imperial Germany’s African Queen is still servicing clients

When on December 12, MV Mutambala, a ferry operating on Lake Tanganyika sank in a storm there was little news coverage.  The disaster claimed the lives of up to 150 passengers, mostly women and children.  Strong winds and overloading are said to be the cause of the tragedy.  It is not uncommon for ships operating on Lake Tanganyika to sink, usually for the same reasons. 

The Black Sea Triangle

A seismic shift in the global power struggle between the West and the East has shifted to Central Europe. Russian and NATO military hardware confront each other in what was, until a short time ago, a sea that was of little interest to the rest of us. Happily, for peace, Turkey, the keyholder of the Bosporus has forbidden all military ships from entering the Back Sea.