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The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope… John Buchan

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Nymph fishing : a history of the art and practice Terry Lawton Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 2005 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. vii, 194 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 182-187). Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Upstream nymph fishing has developed from the minor tactic of G. E. M. Skues into a universally-accepted method wherever fly fishermen fish for trout and grayling. The history of nymph fishing is notable for the argument between F. M. Halford, the dry-fly ultrapurist, and Skues, culminating in the debate on the legitimacy of fishing nymphs on chalkstreams and the later fallout between Frank Sawyer and Major Oliver Kite.

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Nymph fishing was developed in England and then spread, along with nymph patterns, around the world through the writings of Skues and others and the travels of English anglers. Over the last fifty years, the English method has been adapted and developed to suit local conditions throughout the world and particularly in the United States.

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To each officer and soldier in the Third United States Army, I Wish a Merry Christmas. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We march in our might to complete victory. May God’s blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day. George S. Patton, Jr, Lieutenant General, Commanding, Third United States Army.

A BASTOGNE STREET AFTER LUFTWAFFE BOMBARDMENT

A BASTOGNE STREET AFTER LUFTWAFFE BOMBARDMENT

11 days in December : Christmas at the Bulge, 1944 Stanley Weintraub New York : Free Press, c 2006 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xv, 201 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-189) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.VG/VG

PARATROOPERS OF THE 101ST AIRBORNE MOVING UP TO BASTOGNE

PARATROOPERS OF THE 101ST AIRBORNE MOVING UP TO BASTOGNE

In 11 Days In December,historian Weintraub tells the story of the Battle of the Bulge as it has never been told before, from frozen foxholes to barn shelters to boxcars packed with wretched prisoners of war.

TROOPS OF 325TH GLIDER INFANTRY MOVING THROUGH FOG TO A NEW POSITION

TROOPS OF 325TH GLIDER INFANTRY MOVING THROUGH FOG TO A NEW POSITION

In late December 1944, as the Battle of the Bulge neared its climax, a German loudspeaker challenge was blared across GI lines in the Ardennes: “How would you like to die for Christmas?” In the inhospitable forest straddling Belgium, France, and Luxembourg, only the dense, snow-laden evergreens recalled the season. Most troops hardly knew the calendar day they were trying to live through, or that it was Hitler’s last, desperate effort to alter the war’s outcome.

105-MM. HOWITZER M7 OF THE 30TH DIVISION IN ACTION near la Gleize

105-MM. HOWITZER M7 OF THE 30TH DIVISION IN ACTION near la Gleize

Yet the final Christmas season of World War II matched desperation with inspiration. When he was offered an ultimatum to surrender the besieged Belgian town of Bastogne, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe defied the Germans with the memorable one-word response, “Nuts!” And as General Patton prayed for clear skies to allow vital airborne reinforcements to reach his trapped men, he stood in a medieval chapel in Luxembourg and spoke to God as if to a commanding general: “Sir, whose side are you on?” His prayer was answered. The skies cleared, the tide of battle turned, and Allied victory in World War II was assured.

TANKS OF THE 7TH ARMORED DIVISION in a temporary position near St. Vith.

TANKS OF THE 7TH ARMORED DIVISION in a temporary position near St. Vith.

Christmas 1944 proved to be one of the most fateful days in world history. Many men did extraordinary things, and extraordinary things happened to ordinary men. “A clear cold Christmas,” Patton told his diary, “lovely weather for killing Germans, which seems a bit queer, seeing whose birthday it is.” Peace on earth and good will toward men would have to wait.

ELEMENTS OF THE 3D ARMORED DIVISION ADVANCING NEAR MANHAY

ELEMENTS OF THE 3D ARMORED DIVISION ADVANCING NEAR MANHAY

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O Trinity of love and power! Our brethren shield in danger’s hour; From rock and tempest, fire and foe, Protect them wheresoe’er they go; Thus evermore shall rise to Thee, Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

shpwrk011Photograph shows crew and passengers of the S. S. Vestris trying to lower lifeboats from the port side; passenger in foreground trying to keep balance as ship tilts sharply to starboard side.

From the 15th century until the middle of the 20th century the way to get from Europe to the Americas was via a waterborne route. The same was true of going from the Americas across  the Pacific or even for trips within or between the two continents of the Americas themselves. The variety of vessels used – everything from 10 ton sail power to 25,000 ton steam – the uncertainty of weather information, the incompleteness of nautical charts and the improbability of rescue made this form of travel very high risk.

shpwrk004Images showing a shipwreck and people in a boat sailing toward the wreck. Illus. in: Bontekoe, Willem Ysbrandsz. Ovrnael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinghe vande Oost-Indische reyse…, Hoorn : Ghedruckt by I. Willemsz, 1646.

Yet travel they did – not by the thousands but by the tens of thousands – in search of better land, better opportunities, better lives and the fact that these people demonstrated the indomitable will to pursue that which was better is what gives the poignancy to the tragedies that occurred. We have illustrated this post with a series of prints from the Library of Congress that gives a sampling of some American shipwreck’s – not all of them are covered in the book but together with the book they give a greater appreciation of those who lived in peril on the sea.

shpwrk013Destruction of the packet-ship John Rutledge by an iceberg, Feb. 20, 1856 The only survivor, Thomas W. Nye, of New Bedford [with others in lifeboat].

Ships and shipwrecks of the Americas : a history based on underwater archaeology edited by George F. Bass New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1988 Hardcover. 1st ed. 272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

shpwrk002Nova Scotia – loss of the steamship “Atlantic” – scenes and incidents during and after the wreck [4-1-1873] [3 cuts – “the fisherman Clancy and his daughter administering to … shipwrecked people; fishermen’s boats going to the wreck; … survivors at Halifax”]

shpwrk003SHIPWRECKS AT MILE ROCK SEWER OUTFALL, JANUARY 23, 1940. Department of Public Works, Map and Plan Room, photo #A 6271. – Mile Rock Tunnel, Under Forty-eighth Avenue from Cabrillo Street to San Francisco Bay at Point Lobos, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA

shpwrk005Print shows a large ship capsized with hundreds of people on board; groups of rescue workers on rocks are pulling people out of the water from the crashing waves; others are holding a long rope extending from the ship and secured to a rock for passengers to use as a way to escape the vessel.

shpwrk006Disasters of 60 days : Wreck of Steamship Tennessee, Indian Cove, March 6th, 1853 ; Wreck & burning of the steamer Independence on the island of Margarita, Feby. 16th, 1853. 150 lives lost ; Collapse of flue on board Jenny Lind off San Francisquito, April 11th, 1853, 50 lives lost ; Wreck of propeller steamship S.S. Lewis, Duxburg Reef, April 9th, 1853 / / Lith. & pubh. by Britton & Rey, cr. California & Montgomery St., San Francisco.

shpwrk007The sinking of the United States steamer Oneida off the port of Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, January 23 / from a sketch by a survivor.

shpwrk008The marine Redowa–Dedicated to the brave, energetic and whole souled Capt. Hiram Burt, of the Brig. Marine, who rescued from a watery grave a large number of the passengers of the ill-fated Central America

shpwrk009The loss of the Pennsylvania New York packet ship; the Lockwoods emigrant ship; the Saint Andrew packet ship; and the Victoria from Charleston, near Liverpool, during the hurricane […] Jany. 7th & 8th, 1839 / painted by Samuel Walters ; drawn on stone by T. Fairland.

shpwrk010Wreck & burning of the steamer Independence on the island of Margarita, February 16th, 1853 ; 150 lives lost / / From the sketch of Mr. Cross, passenger ; Lith. & publd. by Britton & Rey, S. Fco.

 

shpwrk012North Carolina. The steamship “Metropolis,” wrecked in a gale off Currituck Beach, on the night of January 31st, with the loss of one hundred railroad operatives, on their way to Brazil

shpwrk014Burning of the steamer Stonewall, on the Mississippi River, October 28th, during which upward of two hundred lives were lost

shpwrk015The U.S. Steam Frigate Mississippi, Com..re M.C. Perry–Going out to the relief of the American steamer Hunter a French bark [her prize] and an American pilot boat wrecked on Green Island reef near Vera Cruize March 21st, 1847 / lith. of Sarony & Major ; executed by H. Walke Lt. U.S.N.

shpwrk016AL-KI wrecked on Point Augusta, Alaska coastal steamer.

 

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Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, where storms will show your mastery, where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ… Francis Drake

 Cicumnavigators; Sir Francis Drake; Oliver van Noort; Ferdinand Magellan; Wilhelm Schouten; Thomas Cavendish; George Spilman

Cicumnavigators; Sir Francis Drake; Oliver van Noort; Ferdinand Magellan; Wilhelm Schouten; Thomas Cavendish; George Spilman

Francis Drake : the lives of a hero John Cummins London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c 1995 Hardcover. 1st ed. xv, 348p., [24]p. of plate : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 25 cm. Bibliography: p 332-338. Includes index. Map on lining papers. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

The Thames, or the Triumph of Navigation' (James Cook; Sir Walter Ralegh; Sir Francis Drake; Charles Burney)

The Thames, or the Triumph of Navigation’ (James Cook; Sir Walter Ralegh; Sir Francis Drake; Charles Burney)

The most famous of all English seafarers, Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandingly successful piracy. His circumnavigation of the globe from 1577-81 involved a number of very profitable raids on Spanish ships and ports. Drake’s increasingly frequent and serious attacks during the 1580s were an important factor contributing to Philips II’s decision to launch the Armada against England in 1588. Drake served as vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Armada.

Admiral Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth

Admiral Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth

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In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization… Nikola Tesla

Science, seeds, and cyborgs : biotechnology and the appropriation of life  Finn Bowring  London ; New York Verso, 2003  Hardcover. xiii, 338 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [278]-329) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Robot cow walking up ship plank. Published, possibly as title page, in "The Automaton Dummy : Bovine Usher" by Wallace Peck, Life, 8:25 (July 8, 1886).

Robot cow walking up ship plank. Published, possibly as title page, in “The Automaton Dummy : Bovine Usher” by Wallace Peck, Life, 8:25 (July 8, 1886).

Drawing on an impressive wealth of evidence, Science, Seeds and Cyborgs challenges the legitimacy of genetic engineering. This book highlights countless scientific flaws in many of the recent developments in agriculture, medicine, and new reproductive technologies, and shows that the degree of uncertainty involved in genetic manipulation is far greater than is generally assumed.

The Radio Robot. Ralph Stair of the Bureau of Standards has invented the Radio Robot, an electrical and mechanical trouble-shooter for radio receiving data. It is almost a human detective in finding radio troubles, testinng and "pepping up" vacuum tubes, testing radio parts and complete receiving sets, both alternating-current and direct-current and is a portable power pack

The Radio Robot. Ralph Stair of the Bureau of Standards has invented the Radio Robot, an electrical and mechanical trouble-shooter for radio receiving data. It is almost a human detective in finding radio troubles, testinng and “pepping up” vacuum tubes, testing radio parts and complete receiving sets, both alternating-current and direct-current and is a portable power pack

Science, Seeds and Cyborgs then explores the social and ethical implications of genetic engineering. Bowring argues that the current cultural obsession with the idea of cyborgs encapsulates society’s biotech vision and ultimately the victory of a technocratic consciousness. We are entering a mechanical civilization in which feelings of sympathy and affection, moral ambiguities, cosmic doubts and inexpressible convictions are nothing but obstacles to the rapid circulation of data and the harmonious reproduction of technological systems. If this cybernetic vision succeeds, biotechnology achieves its final triumph: the abolition of subjectivity and the adaptation of humans to an inhuman world.

DECK #4 TOPSIDE FROM NORTHEAST CORNER END PIECE FOR ROBOTIC ARM FOR ANCHORING ASTRONAUT FOR MECHANICAL WORK. - Marshall Space Flight Center, Neutral Buoyancy Simulator Facility, Rideout Road, Huntsville, Madison County, AL

DECK #4 TOPSIDE FROM NORTHEAST CORNER END PIECE FOR ROBOTIC ARM FOR ANCHORING ASTRONAUT FOR MECHANICAL WORK. – Marshall Space Flight Center, Neutral Buoyancy Simulator Facility, Rideout Road, Huntsville, Madison County, AL

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