ship-building

people who follow others on tumblr just waiting for them to fuck up so they can call them out

get a hobby like building miniature ships inside bottles or collecting stamps literally anything thats not wasting your life hate following someone

Unsure if writing is an inherently lonely career.

Things are going really well and all the big opportunities that I was figuring out a few days ago at the end of August seem to be panning out. I am very happy about those things and how my work is coming along, but I feel somewhat alienated socially, or something. 

A thing I have come to realize over the past few months is that while “New York media” is a creative community in some senses, it probably has more in common with like, a finance networking group than it does with any type of artist scene you’d see in a movie about New York. Hanging out is often just networking in disguise, and people (especially young people) bring a lot of insecurities and ego things to the table that they go to great lengths to hide in convoluted ways.  

There are lots of wonderful people to meet in the media/writing universe, but a lot of times it feels like a reality show, where people are sort of keeping tabs on everyone else’s business and trying to “win” even though the whole setup is somewhat arbitrary. How could you even know if you are winning anyway?  

I do not put too much stock in validation from others, but a thing I wish I had is a community of people that genuinely lookout for each other, creatively and also personally. I suppose that sort of thing comes with time, but it’s just a lot to spend so much time thinking about my career and the best way to structure a good life, and then have nobody I can really talk to about it in a frank way. My parents care, but they don’t have sufficient context to understand why certain things are important to me. Shared context is important. Acquaintances will entertain you, but after a while it is very exhausting to maintain relationships that don’t get more intimate over time. There are a lot of emotional components to this job, maybe more than some other jobs, and I am looking forward to a future where I have a better support system here in New York. 

I realize these are my own problems to solve, and I am thinking about changes I can make to my own life to meet people who put more stock in the idea that a rising tide raises all ships. I have maybe three people here that believe in that, but I just wish my life felt richer in terms of community.     

RMS Mauretania in Canada Dock in 1909.

Constructed by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson on the Tyne in 1907, Mauretania was up until the Olympic was completed in 1911, the largest ship in the world and held the record for the fastest Trans-Atlantic crossing for 29 years.

The gentleman seen wearing uniform is Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer John Currie.

Thanks goes to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums for the free uses of this image with accordance to the Commons.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries

Employees work on a ship under construction in the dry dock at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

Hyundai Heavy Industries is the largest shipbuilding company in the world. They employ 26,000 people in production, including research & development and administration. 

Photographer SeongJoon Cho visited their 1,500-acre shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, which stretches over four kilometers, according to the company’s website. Their products range from container ships to bulk carriers, submarines and destroyers.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP

IJN Hatsuse steaming through the open swing bridge, at Newcastle Upon Tyne. Around 1899-1901.

Built at the Armstrong-Whitworth, Elswick Works.

Hatsuse was a Shikishima Class Battleship and her story began immediately after completion in 1901. When sailing for Japan she was to represent the Meji Emperor, at the funeral of Queen Victoria.

Hatsuse was not to wait long before seeing battle, for just three years after her completion, began the Russo-Japanese War. At the Battle of Port Arthur Hatsuse was to take two direct hits, loosing seven crew and seventeen injured.

It was on May the 14th, 1904 that disaster would strike the Hatsuse. For acting as flagship, with Admiral Nashiba aboard, Hastsuse along with the Yashima (posted earlier) and several smaller ships, made for Port Arthur to relieve a Japanese blockading force. But Hatsuse hit first, one mine, which disabled her steering, to which Yashima responded and subsequently struck a mine. The Hatsuse then drifted into a second mine igniting a magazine, killing 496 crew and sinking the ship. The Captain of the Hatsuse and the Admiral and 334 crew were however saved by the Tatsuta and Kasagi, who came to their aid.

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Shell launches largest vessel ever to float: It’s 93 metres high and half a kilometre long

Royal Dutch Shell says it has completed building the hull of the world’s largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.

Shell said Tuesday that the 488-meter (1,600 foot) hull of the structure, known as “Prelude,” was floated out of the dry dock in Geoje, South Korea where it is being built.

With a bow and stern half a kilometre apart, four football pitches would fit on the vessel’s deck were it not for a clutter of kit towering up to 93 metres high that will take in the equivalent of 110,000 barrels of oil per day in natural gas and cool it into liquefied natural gas for transport and sale in Asia. It will float above gas fields.

Shell says it can remain in place through a category 5 cyclone.

Construction began last year, three years after the project was announced. Gas production is slated to begin in 2017. (Photo: Seokyong Lee/ Royal Dutch ShellShell)

(1899) The Isle of Dogs

The urbanisation of the Isle of Dogs took place in the 19th century following the construction of the West India Docks, which opened in 1802. This heralded the area’s most successful period, when it became an important centre for trade. The East India Docks were subsequently opened in 1806, followed by Millwall Dock in 1868.

The three dock systems were unified in 1909 when the Port of London Authority took control of the docks.