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The oldest working cargo ship in the world (1873)

Wooden sailing ship at sea. Sails. Rigging

PortandTerminal.com, September 18, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – The 82-foot cargo ship Nordlys — which translates to “Northern Lights” in English — dates back to 1873 making it very possibly the world’s oldest cargo vessel still in operation. The ship is a wooden ketch built on the Isle of Wight, on the southern coast of England, where she began her …

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VIDEO: Russia releases secret footage of world’s largest nuclear explosion

Mushroom cloud. Nuclear bomb explosion

REUTERS, AUGUST 28, 2020 MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has released previously classified footage of the world’s largest nuclear explosion, caused when the Soviet Union detonated the so-called Tsar Bomba almost 60 years ago. The hydrogen bomb, which carried the force of 50 million tons of conventional explosives, was detonated in a test in October 1961, 4,000 metres over the remote …

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VIDEO: The First Underwater Nuclear Test in U.S. History

Nuclear explosion cloud.

PortandTerminal.com, August 18, 2020 WASHINGTON – In 1946 the United States Navy conducted its first underwater nuclear test, dubbing it “The Baker Test.” It took place just 11 months after nuclear bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the Second World War in the Pacific. The Baker Test’s goal was to see how a Naval fleet and humans …

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A Brief History of Naval Smoke Screens

Navy boats. Smoke screen

PortandTerminal.com, July 5, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – In warfare, a smoke screen is used to mask the movement or location of military units such as infantry, tanks, aircraft or ships. The concept of military smoke screening dates back at least two thousand years. One of the earliest documented uses of the smoke screen in combat was the burning of green vegetation by the …

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A brief history of the invention of rope

PortandTerminal.com, May 14, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Everyone knows what rope is. Rope is a length of fibers, twisted and braided around each other, that creates a thicker strand which is capable of pulling, tying and connecting. Humans have been making and using rope for a very long time – much longer than we thought it turns out. A …

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Maritime Image of the Day: “Burial at Sea”

Body bags. Sailors. Ocean

PortandTerminal.com, April 27, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – This chilling photo shows the burial at sea for sailors of the USS Intrepid killed in a kamikaze attack in 1944. It has been colorized from the original black and white photo. Crewmen aboard New Jersey watch as a Japanese plane prepares to strike Intrepid 25 November 1944 USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11) is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World …

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Maritime Signal Flags Quebec Quebec: “I require health clearance”

PortandTerminal.com, March 16, 2020 Trending flag: Signal flag “QQ” = “I require health clearance” HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Here’s a handy maritime signal flag to know these days. Signal Flags QQ – “I require health clearance”. In the past, ships would fly the yellow flag with black boxes in the upper right and lower left quadrants (below) – Signal Flag …

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Kamikaze plane basically just bounced off of this heavy cruiser in WW2.

Colorized photo showing the minimal damage done to a Navy vessel by a Kamikaze fighter

PortandTerminal.com, February 28, 2020 In 1945, the HMS Sussex was struck by a kamikaze near the Dutch East Indies. The Japanese Mitsubishi Ki-51 ‘Sonia’ failed to penetrate the ships 4.5″ (115 mm) armor, leaving only a distinct imprint on the hull  LONDON – As WWII came to its final months the forces of Imperial Japan became increasingly desperate to stop …

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