Tucked away in a small creek just a bit downstream from Cincinnati, Ohio rests a 114 year old ghost ship known as the Celt. It simply fascinates me the history that this one ship has and upon first glance of this rusted hulk you would never imagine so. Originally setting sail back in 1902 as a luxury yacht of a wealthy railroad executive, Celt was 180 feet long and powered by steam. The ship changed hands in 1917 when the US Navy started renting small, quick vessels to outmaneuver German U-boats during World War I. It was during this time that it was renamed the USS Sachem (SP-192) and was used as a coastal patrol boat after being outfitted with depth charges and machine guns. One of the most notable things about it’s life during WWI is that it was loaned to Thomas Edison while he conducted US Government funded experiments onboard in New York as head of the Naval Consulting Board.
After the end of WWI the Sachem changed owners a couple of times before landing back in the hands of the Navy for $65,000 in 1942. The Navy then changed the name to USS Phenakite (PYc-25) and used the vessel to patrol the waters off of the Florida Keys. Phenakite was used for a brief time after WWII to train soldiers to test sonar equipment before being decommissioned and returned to the previous owner in 1945. Subsequently it was sold to Circle Line of NYC and renamed Sightseer but was soon renamed Circle Line V and served as a tour boat until 1983. In 1986 a Cincinnati local named Robert Miller bought the ship for a mere $7,500 and before leaving the New York Harbor it had a cameo in Madonna’s video for ‘Papa Don’t Preach’. After traveling up the Hudson, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi and into the Ohio River, the ship settled in a small creek next to Miller’s property in Northern Kentucky where it has rested since.
[Image of a spiraling snail shell cracked dirt and rocks]
Pour into me Is this not
but some warped dream Spiraling
out of jurisdiction? ‘Cross this
crevice We break And bake And thirst Not for
salty water Like the
tears Like the
surface leaks But for new
springs To well up
from the depths To surge
And, oh my I’ve seen
your ripples When you’re
flowing When you’re
rising Like the
mountainside Your vine-grip
in my core Magnifying Illuminating
Exposing My shadows My veins Let me not
hide In my shell On your
cracked, dry skin Anymore Pour into me
Order Diptera (Flies) No Taxon (“Aschiza”) Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies) Subfamily Eristalinae Tribe Milesiini Subtribe Milesiina Genus Spilomyia Species longicornis (Spilomyia longicornis) Explanation of Names Spilomyia longicornis Loew 1872 Size 11-15 mm Identification mimics Polistes or perhaps Yellowjacket. Yellow-striped abdomen. Eyes have pigment which enhances the wasp-like appearance. Range e. NA (QC-ON-MN to FL-TX)(1) Season in NA, Sep-Nov at low elevations, Jun-Oct in mountains(2)
Migrants wait to be
rescued from a small wooden boat off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy; a car
rests on a security barrier in New York’s Times Square after driving through a
crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people; Kentucky Derby
winner Always Dreaming is washed after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in
Baltimore; a mobile phone rigged with explosive is seen during the battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq; an injured woman is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in New York City; a masked demonstrator throws a petrol bomb to riot police outside the parliament building as Greek lawmakers vote on the latest round of austerity Greece has agreed with its lenders, in Athens, Greece. These are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Getty/Reuters)
Photo credits: Chris McGrath/Getty Images, Seth Wenig/AP, Patrick Semansky/AP, Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters, Mike Segar/Reuters, Costas Baltas/Reuters
Class Arachnida (Arachnids) Order Araneae (Spiders) Infraorder Araneomorphae (True Spiders) No Taxon (Entelegynes ) Family Tetragnathidae (Long-jawed Orb Weavers) Genus Tetragnatha (Longjawed Orbweavers)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes First described in 1804 by Pierre André Latreille Explanation of Names From Greek tetra (τετρα)- “four” + gnathos (γναθος)- “jaw” Numbers 15 species and 3 sub-species in Bugguide’s range. Identification Best views to post are side view, dorsal view, eyes from the front & close-up of chelicerae.
Levi, 1981: 1) The distance between the two lateral and the two median eyes is useful. 2) Some characteristics of the chelicerae vary greatly. The following are the only useful features Levi mentions: - Male T. dearmata and T. pallescens always lack the first distal, long tooth. - T. elongata generally has longer chelicerae than T. versicolor. 3) Size is not useful as specimens in the same species can be twice as long. Also smaller individuals tend to have fewer teeth than larger ones in the same species.
branda - USA caudata - USA, Canada dearmata - Holarctic elongata - USA, Canada - elongata debilis - USA - elongata principalis - USA - elongata undulata - USA extensa - Holarctic gracilis (=earmra) - USA guatemalensis - USA, Canada laboriosa - USA, Canada nitens - cosmotropical pallescens - USA, Canada shoshone - USA, Canada straminea - USA, Canada vermiformis - USA, Canada versicolor - USA, Canada viridis - USA, Canada Habitat Larger species near water, especially along the shores of rivers and streams. Smaller species in fields and meadows. Remarks These spiders spin circular (orb) webs, mostly in the horizontal plane, often just inches above the surface of water where they can intercept emerging insects like midges, mayflies, and stoneflies.