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Missing the Iceberg: The Life of David Blair

Here we are in March and I have  not posted one new article in the fresh new year. Boo-hoo, now I feel really bad. Bad, J.G. To appease that guilt that has been gnawing away at my conscience please allow me … Continue reading

On the River: Evansville, Indiana

Looking up at the Four Freedoms

I think it’s safe to say that most major wars America has ever taken part in are represented on the riverfront in Evansville, Indiana. In some shape or form veterans and wars are memorialized. The LST-325 stands as an ever-present … Continue reading

Head for the Hills: Johnstown Flood

View of the broken dam looking from bed of lake (Credit: Library of Congress)

The year was 1889. The South Fork Dam in Pennsylvania had existed since 1838 when construction began on it (but was not actually finished until 1852). For years there had been talk about the possibility of the dam giving way … Continue reading

Soldier & Emperor: Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon (Courtesy Library of Congress)

On 15 August 1769 Napoleone di Buonaparte was born to Carlo and Leticia (Ramolino) Buonaparte in Ajaccio, Corisca. The fairly influential family of Italian heritage was of some substance. As a result Carlo was able to send Napoleone to study … Continue reading

Murder in the Pacific: Whaler Sharon

A slightly newer whaler (Courtesy Library of Congress)

Howes Norris was married and the father of four when he shipped out as master of the whaler Sharon. He had made quite a few prosperous voyages in the past, hopefully this one would be too. Norris was a hard taskmaster, having … Continue reading