The Japonica, Corpus Christi

The JaponicaThe Japonica off Corpus Christi, Texas. I found little more than brief references to the boat on the net, but apparently it often served to ferry expeditions of duck hunters. The boat ran aground during the hurricane of 1919, but given that this white border postcard would have been printed in the 1920s the vessel was clearly repaired and put back into service.

R.M.S. Majestic

R.M.S. Majestic PostcardLooking rather like a more famous ship from the White Star Line, The Titanic, this postcard shows the R.M.S. Majestic, “The Largest Steamer in the World”. The Majestic was actually a product of Germany, it’s construction halted with the outbreak of World War I. Following the war the ship was completed and handed over to Great Britain for war reparations.

Recruits Aboard Training Ship

Navy Recruit PostcardNaval recruits aboard a training ship is the subject of this divided back postcard. Probably published right around the beginning of World War I, this description is printed on the back:

The enthusiasm shown by young men from all walks of life in joining both the army and the navy is a splendid indication of the genuine patriotism which stirs Young America. Many of the young fellows in this group are members of America’s most prominent families. They have been trained as sailors on last summer’s citizens’ training cruises, and are prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with the regulars of Uncle Sam’s fleet now that the time has come for them to render an account of themselves.

RMS Titanic

Postcard, RMS TitanicPostcard, RMS Titanic - backLet me just start by saying that if I owned this postcard I could die a happy man. It’s in the collection of Steve Taylor, a friend that owns entirely too many amazing cards, and it’s his feeling that the postcard pre-dates the ship’s sinking. I’m going to have to agree, in part because it’s hard to conceive that a postcard published after the disaster would fail to reference the tragedy. The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is this Sunday, April 15th.

Largest Ferryboat in the World

Ferryboat Solano postcardFerryboat Solano postcard - backThis postcard is presented courtesy of Steve Taylor, rabid postcard collector and all-around good guy. In his words:

This postcard shows the Southern Pacific Ferryboat, Solano. I remember when I bought it that I just thought it was a cool card. Ferryboat, nice 1915 Panama Expo postage. It wasn’t until later that I noticed that the ferry has entire trains on board and realized that the Solano was a “monster”! I’ve included a link that has some amazing photos of it.

Cool indeed. Thanks for the contribution Steve!

A.G.H. Lines

City Yacht Basin PostcardA trio of sightseeing boats off of Miami, Florida. On the back:

Pier No. 6 and No. 7
Miami, Fla.
YACHT BISCAYNE – Reef and Key Fishing Trip –
9:30 A.M. Daily.
YACHT DIXIE – Sight-Seeing 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.
YACHT SEMINOLE QUEEN – Sight-Seeing – 10:00
A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Stopping at Musa Isle
Indian Village.

Weitzel Lock

Weitzel Lock PostcardWeitzel Lock in Soo, Michigan. On the back:

Showing the Weitzel lock (at the left) with the water on the low level and boats leaving the Poe lock, on the high or Lake Superior level. Boats in canal above are awaiting their turn to lock through.
The strip of park at the extreme right of the picture is the site of the new lock, now under construction.