Posts Tagged ‘Jerry MacMullen’

14th March
2012
written by Richard

The abandoned Narwhal on the mudflats off National City. Courtesy San Diego Maritime Museum.

A ship without a country,

A mast without a sail.

Then someone swiped the galley range,

And that’s the Narwhal’s tale!

The story of a famed American whaleship that ended it’s days on a beach in San Diego: The Narwhal.

24th January
2012
written by Richard

All those old exposition buildings are nothing but fire traps.  I go to bed every night afraid that I will wake up in the morning to see the park buildings wiped out and with them collections of materials that could not be replaced for less than $1,000,000 [and] several years of hard work. –Joseph W. Sefton, Jr., president, Natural History Museum.

The story of a disaster in Balboa Park: the Civic Auditorium Fire.

The Civic Auditorium was the former Southern California Counties Building, built for the Panama-California Exposition of 1915.

27th January
2011
written by Richard

After fifty-six years of service on the high seas, the clipper ship Bohemia would end its days in “battle.” Immortalized on celluloid as a star of the movie “The Suicide Fleet,” the aging ship sank in deep water, twenty miles west of Coronado, torpedoed by German “U-boats.”

Read the story of the ship Bohemia and the Suicide Fleet.

The Bohemia “under attack.” Courtesy San Diego Maritime Museum.