rusted wrecks

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Nissan Patrol Fanta Limon Paris-Dakar rally car, 1987. After 30 years, Nissan has brought one of its iconic motorsport machines back to life. It took victory in the diesel category, and was the first diesel car to ever finish in the race’s overall top 10, taking 9th spot. The original car, in a much deteriorated state, was discovered in a Spanish motor museum and has been restored thanks to a dedicated team of engineers at Nissan’s European Technical Centre in Barcelona. For over two years they have worked on the car after work and at weekends, turning it from a rusting wreck back into a capable off-road racer

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It’s 1 am and i couldn’t sleep till i doodled this out

( @roseymoseyberry mentioned young!Ratchet time-shenanigans and opened the floodgates; assuming that space bridges work along the same principles as the Lost Light’s Quantum Engines in order to bend the rules of physics, i imagine there’s some potential for time-related incidents…especially if Sari gets her Key involved. So cue a younger Ratchet stumbling off a battlefield in the past into the autobot’s future base on earth, and browbeating his older self into taking better care of their frame because he refuses to end up looking like a ‘rusted over wreck of a mech’) 

July 11th, 1915 - Königsberg Destroyed in the Rufiji River Delta

Pictured - The scuttled wreck of the Königsberg - sans guns. 

After a failed attempt to destroy the German light cruiser Königsberg on the 6th, the Royal Navy tried again on the 11th.  Mersey and Severn, the two British gunboats that had entered the Rufiji River to attack the besieged enemy warship, had learned from experience.  Seaplanes flew reconnaissance high overheard the swampy river delta to spot the German ship, which had been bottled up in the Rufiji, in German East Africa, since September 1914. 

With her forward observation and gun posts destroyed on the 6th, the Königsberg could only fire blindly at her attackers, while the two Royal Navy gunboats pinpointed their fire with accurate reports from the air.  Within two hours the Königsberg had been put out of commission.  Captain Max Looff recognized the inevitable and at around 2 in the afternoon he gave the orders to scuttle the ship.

With the destruction of the Königsberg, German naval presence ended in the Indian Ocean.  The Royal Navy was the unquestioned master of the seas throughout the world.  In fact, the Königsberg was the last German war vessel anywhere on the high seas.  The penultimate German raider, the Kronprinz Wilhelm, put in at Newport News, Virginia, in March.  So passed the threat of surface raiding ships to the Allied merchant fleets.

As for the Königsberg, the wreck rusted in the Rufiji, eventually sinking into the river mud decades after the war.  33 German sailors had died, mostly due to disease.  Looff and the survivors marched off to join the forces of Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the resourceful German commander of resistance in East Africa. Later they returned to strip the wreck of her guns.  Von Lettow-Vorbeck used them as the backbone of his artillery force for the rest of the war, and the sailors fought as infantrymen for the rest of the war in Africa.