Saturday, January 14, 2017

USA's Largest Icebreaker / Skies / Postcards

USA's Largest Icebreaker Spotted ...

"USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is the United States' largest and most technologically advanced icebreaker. She is classified as a medium icebreaker by the U.S. Coast Guard. She is homeported in Seattle, Washington and was commissioned in 1999. On September 5, 2015, USCGC Healy became the first unaccompanied United States surface vessel to reach the North Pole. The current Commanding Officer is Captain Jason Hamilton. Captain Hamilton assumed command of Healy in May, 2015."  Wikipedia

United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy
USA's largest Icebreaker
Jan 13th  8:12 AM

Closer look.
Visit USCGC Healy's website for more info.

USCG Healy and a Washington State Ferry
Slow speed race into Elliott Bay?
Another ship spotted, a Matson container ship, noted with ALL Matson containers.

Matson Container Ship
Jan 13th  7:27 AM
Below, fishing vessel Arctic Storm just after sunset on Wednesday, January 11th.  More info on this ship is here.

Arctic Storm Fishing Vessel
Jan 11th  4:44 PM

Skywatch this past week ...

Clear as a bell morning.
Jan 12th  7:12 AM
Seattle, Mt Rainier in the distance.

Full "Wolf" Moon setting behind the Olympic Mtns
Jan 12th  7:32 AM
First Full Moon of 2017
Linking up to Skywatch Friday with thanks to the hosts Yogi, Sandy, and Sylvia! Checkout Skywatch for lots of neat sky photos!

Port of Seattle at Dawn
Jan 12th  7:16 AM

Postcards for the Weekend ...

This week's theme at Postcards for the Weekend is "Transportation -- Other than trains or trams." Here are a couple of old cards from our collection featuring transportation in and around Yellowstone National Park by stagecoach. Check out PFTW for more neat postcards and thanks to Maria for hosting!

The card below documents some interesting history for those interested in Yellowstone. The card is a real photograph made into a postcard. At lower right there is a line of printing: "Gov. B Odell and party leaving Monida for Yellowstone Park." We did a search for "Gov B Odell" and found Benjamin Odell was the 34th Governor of New York State, serving 1901 - 1904. A little more searching revealed two mentions of his trip to Yellowstone in July, 1903, and thanks to the New York Times TimeMachine we can share the newspaper clips below the card. In 1903 the primary way for tourists to visit YNP was via railroad to a stop near the Park and then into and through the Park via stagecoach.

Stagecoach to Yellowstone Park
July, 1903
This type of poscard is called a "real photo card"
From NYT TimeMachine
July 2, 1903

From NYT TimeMachine
July 23, 1903

The horses on these old postcards reminded us to link up with Eileen's Saturday's Critters. View all kinds of critters on Saturday's Critters. Thanks to Eileen for hosting!

One more card shows a coach rolling through the Park.

No. 61, A Wylie Coach
Photo by W S Berry, Gardiner, Montana
Early 1900s
W S Berry published several YNP Postcards

Closing thought ...
The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
     Swedish proverb


  1. I like the historical cards and the newspaper articles you attached. I don't think that _I_ would like to travel that way however!

  2. We had icebreakers call every summer with freight and then they went much further north.

  3. I like the red boat. The color really stands out.

  4. Great post . . . So much interest and wonderful photos. Have a great weekend.

  5. Hello, Great shots of the ships. The icebreaker is huge. Love the horse and stagecoach postcards. Yellowstone back then had to be amazing. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

  6. Hi John, I really love the rest of the photos on this post together with the postcards! The ship photos and the skywatch photos are all beautiful! The horse-drawn carriages rides at the Yellowstone park make me wonder if that type of experience throughout the park is available for tourists nowadays...

  7. The ride through the mountains to Yellowstone sounds a great way to get to the park.

  8. I loved your Wolf Moon shot over the mountains and the stagecoach postcard. I can be amazed by all the travel that took place in colonial days, given the amount of effort needed. By 1903, in comparison, they must have thought they had it easy. Alana

  9. Yes, John, your moon shot is simply amazing! Your posts just continue to get more fun to look at and read. Nice to have run into such a history buff, especially about Yellowstone! :-)

  10. Ships and sunset views, some of my favourite scenes.Thanks for sharing these sights, which I would not see otherwise.Have a wonderful week.

  11. Love to have seen Yellowstone back in those days... and also that icebreaker at work. :)

  12. Very interesting postcards. Thanks for attaching the newspapers as well.

  13. Whoa. It does look intimidating.
    What a lovely sight at night/dusk.


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