those in peril on the sea

“Seventy-five years ago today, a sudden and unprovoked attack turned a tranquil harbor into a sea of flames. Over 2,400 American patriots lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor—military and civilian, men, women and children. Their sacrifice galvanized millions of GIs and Rosie the Riveters who answered the call to defend liberty at its moment of maximum peril. In the hours after the attack, President Roosevelt promised that ‘the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.’ Thanks to the heroism of a generation, we did.

Today, Michelle and I join the American people in remembering those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor—many of them not much older than boys—and in honoring their families—spouses, siblings, sons and daughters who still carry the memories of their loved ones in their hearts. We give thanks to the veterans and survivors of Pearl Harbor who faced down fear itself, met infamy with intrepidity, freed captive peoples from fascism and whose example inspires us still. For out of the horrors of war, this Greatest Generation forged an enduring international order, became the backbone of the middle class and powered America’s prosperity. Their courage and resolve remind us of that fundamental American truth—that out of many we are one; and that when we stand together, no undertaking is too great.

On this National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we also reaffirm that the work of securing and strengthening our nation goes on. While we can never repay the profound debt of gratitude we owe to those who served on our behalf, we can embrace our commitment to care for and support veterans of America’s wars from every generation.

As a testament that even the most bitter of adversaries can become the closest of allies, I look forward to visiting the USS Arizona Memorial later this month along with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This historic visit will stand as a tribute to the power of reconciliation and to the truth that the United States and Japan—bound by an alliance unimaginable 75 years ago—will continue to work hand-in-hand for a more peaceful and secure world.” —President Obama on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Those in Peril on the Sea: by IronicNarwhal

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Summary:When in 1910 the Holmes Corporation found itself without an obvious male heir ready to take over, the Holmes family did the only thing they could: offer their youngest son, Sherlock, for marriage. In accordance with the times, they had to send him through a rigorous and demeaning process called feminization, to make it socially acceptable for him to marry a man. It was in hopes that Sherlock’s husband could take over the company while their eldest son, Mycroft, was groomed into something resembling a decent CEO. Who they found was James Moriarty, youngest son of a firearms manufacturer and certainly qualified to take the Holmes Corporation under his wig.

While on a steamship taking him and his fiancé to America to be married, Sherlock met a man named John Watson. Over the period of five days, their lives were irreversibly entangled. But this was not the typical love story; the ship they were on was the RMS Titanic. From the moment it set off from Southampton on April 10th, 1912, the great ship was fated for destruction.

Eighty-five years later, an elderly and dying Sherlock Holmes tells his story to a research and salvage team recovering artifacts from the wreck of the ship upon which his life changed.

RATING: T, WORD COUNT: 36,688, CHAPTER COUNT: 5+, In Progress, PAIRING: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson & one-sided Jim Moriarty/Sherlock Holmes, CHARACTERS: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Jim Moriarty, Mummy Holmes, Penelopy Watson/Anderson (Sherlock’s granddaughter), Gregory Lestrade, Anderson, Dimmock, Mary, Mike Stamford. TYPE OF FIC: Titanic Crossover, WARNINGS: Swearing, violence, future adult themes

***** (5 STARS)

Honestly one of my favourite fics. Although many would shy away from the idea of feminization that is put forth, it is tied into the enigma that is Sherlock Holmes and is by-no-means a femlock fic.The characterization is brilliant, Maggie (IronicNarwhal) manages to keep the essence of each character while dramatically changing their setting from modern London to the TITANIC in 1912. The plot, although obviously based on the iconic movie is separate and individual from the cannon, adopting for each character. The conflict is spectacularly handled especially the tension between Jim Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes. Maggie also magnificently shows the dynamic relationship of Sherlock and Mycroft. Don’t even get me started about the chemistry and (obvious) wit between Sherlock and John.

Overall I highly suggest giving this one a read. Although it is in progress, Maggie updates rather regularly. I, personally, have been reading and closely following this fic since the first chapter was released in March.

Ironic Narwhal has also written Unlocking Sherlock, a quaint series that I will review on another date.

Happy Reading.

O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

I heard it was Witchsona Week and wanted to join in for the first time. A long time ago I dreamt I was under the ocean, and floating above were the still bodies of fish people with their heads obscured by the surface. I just never forgot that image.

It’s a scary thought - if mermaids drown people, what drowns a mermaid?

Maybe an ocean witch.

Norse Mythology: Rán

Rán is the Goddess of storms and the drowned dead. She is wife to Ægir, god of the ocean and king of the sea creatures. Her willingness to capture sailing men is referred to in the Eddic poem Helgakviða Hundingsbana I where escaping the perils of the sea is referred to as escaping Rán. Whether men drowned by her doing or not, she appears to have received those drowned at sea. Furthermore, her close association with the sea permitted the kenning for gold “brightness of the sea” to be rendered as “brightness of Rán”. Rán was a dangerous goddess and Snorri adds a stanza of poetry by the skald Refr where the voracious sea is called "Ægir’s wide mouth” and “Rán’s mouth”.

      Gymir’s wet-cold Spae-Wife
      Wiles the Bear of Twisted Cables
      Oft into Ægir’s wide jaws,
      Where the angry billow breaketh.
      And the Sea-Peak’s Sleipnir slitteth
      The stormy breast rain-driven,
      The wave, with red stain running
      Out of white Rán’s mouth

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Anthony Hilton: The perils of ignoring North Sea oil are very real

In a month when the oil-price benchmark has plunged from $54 to $48, it takes courage to say it will hit $85 before the end of the year.

But that is what happened a few days ago at one of those conferences in London where analysts from leading independent research boutiques sell their expertise and best ideas to professional fund managers.

It is a minority view but that is what makes it interesting — to echo the words of the legendary John Templeton, one of the early hedge-fund pioneers, who noted that no one ever made serious money by following the crowd.

Before fracking techniques were perfected earlier this decade, it was impossible quickly to step up the output of oil. A little extra might be squeezed from existing finds but it took years to locate new fields, develop them and bring them onstream. That rigidity of supply in the face of fluctuating demand meant prices were volatile.

But fracking now makes it possible to turn oil production on and off like a tap, which means supply can adjust quickly to demand — and that should mean the end of volatility. Conventional wisdom has it that oil prices will never again rise much above $55 because fracking in the US becomes economic at or around that price, and will kick in.

But Matthieu Raimbault of Palissy Advisors told his audience this view was too simplistic. Breakeven calculations for the shale producers were “lazy”, he said, and too often based on the cost of an additional barrel from an existing well. However, it cost a lot more than this to start again from scratch, so you needed a much higher price to get things going.

The consensus also underestimated the difficulty of reassembling crews of skilled workers after so many had been laid off; it failed to take into account shortages in essential raw materials like fine sand; and it underestimated the increased cost of hiring drilling rigs when everyone wanted them at once.

That was why he reckoned a continuation of the Opec-induced supply squeeze could push oil to $85 before fracking production kicked in in sufficient volume.

Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, one of the most astonishing omissions in the Government’s industrial strategy document, published earlier this year, was that there was no mention of the North Sea.

This is despite the fact it is this country’s major industrial asset and still has huge potential even with production declining. The mere thought the oil price might spike has significant implications for this country, because it could give a further lease of life to our oil and gas industry.

There are, for example, hundreds of small pockets of oil — some owned by the oil majors, some by the Government via the Oil and Gas Authority, some capped and some abandoned.

These cannot support a full production platform and pipelines but, just as fracking has revolutionised shale production, so it is now possible to mount a drill on a tanker, position the ship above the pocket and milk it.

This is not happening, however, because the industry is at an unfortunate inflexion point with prices so low.

The big companies are pulling out because they only understand big projects, but small firms — with the possible exception of Cairn — are financially too weak to take advantage of the opportunity.

The bigger prize still is the prospect of increased gas production.

The Government likes gas but seems determined to back the wrong horse by giving encouragement for fracking for gas on land — an odd idea for two reasons. First, there is far more unrecovered gas in the North Sea than on land.

So it would make more sense to exploit that initially, given the huge amount of expertise we have, the relative ease of extraction and the massively reduced environmental impact.

Second, even the Americans seem to understand how unpopular fracking will be if it is attempted in a small country like Britain, the more so when it takes place in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Indeed, they appear to think that the combined opposition from Greens and the wider middle class to a process that fractures rock underground by pumping in a high-pressure mixture of water, chemicals and sand is politically as well as environmentally toxic.

Thus, while all the expertise in this technology is American, no Americans applied for drilling rights in the latest round. That seems to be saying that it will be years before the opposition is overcome.

However, a growing number of small independents are assembling North Sea assets. Industry veteran Algy Cluff, for example, has put together an interesting portfolio through Aim-listed Cluff Natural Resources, and is looking for partners to help finance drilling.

In terms of value for money and helping meet Britain’s immediate energy needs, he is convinced that what he wants to do makes far more sense than potentially offering a $5 billion (£4 billion) subsidy to help build a wind farm on Dogger Bank or taking an even bigger gamble on building a tidal barrage in Swansea Bay.

He is surely right in this, and a country with a sensible energy policy would give him and the other remaining North Sea operators as much support and encouragement as possible in their efforts to extend the life of the assets. Unfortunately, the fact the North Sea failed to get a mention in the key industrial policy document suggests that such common sense is in short supply in Government circles.


Deep Sea Guardian|Celestial Messenger
Every sea traveller knows the perils of open waters, from the feral winds to raging waves to vile creatures in waiting. For those who test their luck and lose there are the oceanic celestial spirits, dubbed “aquatic angels.” These Lawful Good beings exist to calm the fears of dying innocents and to lead the lifeless lost in Material Plane oceans to the shores of Lunia, the eternally shimmering oceans of the Outer Plane heavens. As blessed guides to an underworld, even a pleasant one, celestial mer-spirits are no strangers to the darker sides of existence, having to be judges for who is worth carrying. Most mortals have, and never will, lay eyes on one as they are only to be noticed when needed.

This aasimon in particular patrols waters of among common travel routes of black market cargo ships to bless unforunate castaways.


(SN: Mermaids/aquatic beings are my favourites from since I was a child; all my ocs were “mers”-somethings and even my first aliens were amphibious. Granted, I can’t swim and I’m terrified of the idea of being in open water. heh.)

Kainora: Multichaptered Fics

So as I’m sure all kainora shippers know, there are many wonderful fics out there, especially oneshots. So to make it easier to find awesome multichaptered fics, here you go! 

Obviously, there are some I missed, and if you find any please add them to the list. In the meantime, kainora shippers, enjoy! :)
The darker your skin - the further down you go: The hierarchical system aboard Italy's migrant boats that governs who lives and who dies

The ruthless human traffickers charging desperate migrants up to £1,300 each to cross the Mediterranean are separating passengers according to race and locking Africans below deck, it has emerged.

More than 1,700 people have died making the perilous voyage in the past week alone and those who survive have told of unimaginable horrors on ships, including starvation, beatings and murders.

Teenagers arriving in the Italian port of Lampedusa told workers from Save the Children how migrants from sub-Saharan African countries were often kept below the deck, deprived of water and sunlight.

A teenage boy from Somalia said he wanted to be called Ali, after his friend who was pushed into the sea alongside other passengers.

“The Libyans who got me to Italy are not human,” he said. “They speak with the gun not with words…they pushed eight Nigerians into the sea.

“And they pushed my friend into the sea. They all drowned.”

Ali survived the trip alongside 400 others, telling how he was crammed below the deck with no windows.

“They didn’t give us water otherwise we would have to go to the toilet,” he said.

“There is no toilet on the boat. If you were sick or went up a level to get air the traffickers would shoot you.”

Ibrahim, a 17-year-old boy from Somalia, was also forced below the deck.

“My boat had about 150 people on it,” he said. “The Somalis were put on the bottom level and other nationalities could go on the top level.” He had paid £1,300 for the journey.

Yusuf, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy

who reached Italy in February after fleeing Gaza, said he was put on an upper level with other people from the Middle East.

“There were about 250 people in the boat, it had two levels and some Africans were put below,” he added.

“The traffickers had guns and if you talked they said they would throw you overboard or shoot you. They always threatened us with their guns.”

A spokesperson for Save the Children said that many migrants helped by their workers had told similar stories of different races being split up, with the lighter-skinned appearing to receive marginally better treatment.

“What we hear from numerous migrants arriving in Italy is that migrants from African countries are often treated worse than Middle Eastern or Asian passengers,” she said.

“They are often forced to stay in the hold, where they are at greater risk of drowning if the boat capsizes and can become ill from breathing in the petrol fumes.

“Partly this is because African migrants - from countries like Eritrea and Somalia often - are not able to pay as much as others, and partly we think simply because of racism on the part of the people smugglers.”

In July last year, around 100 migrants were massacred by traffickers after they tried to escape a locked hold as fumes spread from the boat’s engine.

As the poisonous gas spread below deck, panic started and the passengers managed to force open the door, only to be met by traffickers armed with knives who started massacring them and throwing them into the sea.

Five men stabbed and assaulted passengers at random and threw them overboard, telling others not to react or they would suffer the same fate, police said.

Approximately 60 of the migrants were attacked and their bodies dumped, while around 50 are thought to have been thrown directly into the sea to drown.

Eighteen migrants were found dead in a tangled mass of bodies in the hull after succumbing to the fumes.

Survivors who were taken off the ship by Italian and Maltese authorities were described as dominantly Syrian and reports at the time said the dead migrants were “African”.

The five men arrested for their murders were from Saudi Arabia, Syria, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Morocco.

Many of the estimated 900 migrants who drowned after a ship sailing from Libya capsized on Sunday had also been locked below the deck, according to a survivor.

The 32-year-old Bangladeshi man said he only lived because he was on an upper level of the vessel.

“I and the others managed to survive because we were outside, but many of the others remained prisoners in the hold of the boat because the traffickers had locked them in and they finished at the bottom of the sea,” he said.

Authorities, who have charged the Tunisian captain with reckless mass homicide, have not said how those migrants were divided up but they believe that the rush to escape after the boat collided with a container ship contributed to it capsizing.

The disaster came amid calls for action over rising numbers of deaths during voyages to Italy that have killed an estimated 1,700 people in the last week alone.

The crisis has sparked an emergency summit by European Union leaders to crack down on human trafficking and aid Italy’s rescue missions.

Even with migrants crossing the Mediterranean, there is a hierarchical system, and Black Africans are on the bottom. Figuratively and literally.

The Least Successful Sea Rescue

Sailing from Sydney in 1829, the cutter Mermaid struck a reef in the Torres Straits and ank, leaving all twenty-two people on board clinging to a rock. Eventually they were rescued by another vessel, the Swiftsure, but a few days later it too was wrecked. Some hours after that, they were picked up by the Governor Ready with a cargo of timber and thirty-two people aboard. Three hours later it caught fire and everyone had to escape in lifeboats as the ship burned to the waterline.

When the Comet pulled alongside, its crew heard their story and decided that, all things considered, it might be best not to pick them up. With considerable difficulty their public-spirited captain persuaded his men to rescue the castaways. Seven days later the Comet sank in a sudden storm and the passengers, now accompanied by four separate crews, were rescued by the Jupiter.

In all four shipwrecks not a single life was lost, but the Jupiter struck the harbour at Port Raffles and was later scuttled when found to be beyond repair.

The Ultimate Book of Heroic Failures, Stephen PIle, 2011.
Those in Peril on the Sea Chapter 13: The Betrayal, a legend of korra fanfic | FanFiction

After a two month delay, may I present the latest chapter of my fic Those in Peril on the Sea.

Summary: "The Ship of Dreams, they called it. And it was. It really was…" Over five days, the lives of Kai Wen and Jinora Gyatso became irreversibly entwined. But their adventure was not the typical love story, for the ship they met on was the RMS Titanic. From the moment the ship set sail from the Earth Kingdom in 177 AG, it was destined for disaster. [Kai/Jinora] Titanic!AU.