Monday, December 26, 2011

Great Capstans in History!

It's holiday time, folks. So while I'm busying boxing it up on Boxing Day, it's time for another edition of Great Capstans in History!

As I'm spending Christmas at home in Newfoundland, I thought I'd give a local shout-out. This all-natural looking number is the spinning heart of the replica Matthew, a 15th century caravel famously sailed to Newfoundland by John Cabot when he discovered it in 1497.

Caravels were popular amongst 15th century explorers due to their very shallow draught. That is to say, they didn't go very deep under the water while sailing. This made them ideal for exploring the unknown shores of the new world, but not very ideal for weathering the crossing of the Atlantic. Oops.

The legend (read, Canadian Heritage Minute) goes that as the Matthew entered the waters off Newfoundland, its progress was stayed due to the unimaginable numbers of codfish in the ocean. Upon his return to England, Cabot recommended Newfoundland as a limitless fishing ground that would last "until the end of time", which history shows occurred around 1992. 

Other famous caravels include the Pinta and NiƱa which sailed with Christopher Columbus. Columbus himself sailed on the larger carrack Santa Maria, cause what a jerk.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mutiny, HD

Merry Christmas from Bounty, now in TECHNICOLOR. Or whatever the thing is nowadays.

Photo Credits!
Panel 1: Tall Ship Bounty, courtesy of
Panel 2: Clark Gable as Christian and Charles Laughton as Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
Panel 3: Errol Flynn as Christian in In the Wake of the Bounty (1933).
Panel 4: Anthony Hopkins as Bligh in The Bounty (1984).
Panel 5: Marlon Brando as Christian and Trevor Howard as Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).
Panel 6: The Mutineers turning Lt Bligh and some of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship Bounty, 29 April 1789 by Robert Dodd.

Incidentally, though all of the screen versions of the mutiny are fun, the '84 film The Bounty with Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and the incomparably furious Anthony Hopkins as Bligh is the most wicked fun. Check it out, cause it's probably like 3 bucks. Cheers!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Dog Hunter

I really just did this one to mess with Google's search results. Enjoy! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Science Fiction

My friend and ex-English Society compatriot Lacy was kind enough to give On the Bounty a shout-out in her blog nine little birds, which she is attentive to when she's not all sorts of journalizing. You should read her!

Yes, many was the day we'd sit around the society room having arguments about Shakespeare Batman. English Lit Majors! We do it literally. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Date Night

I believe Captain Bligh is developing some empty crow's nest syndrome. #bwaahaha