Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
City Point, a treasure trove of an image. Beyond the soldier's tent, there's a flat boat, a horse tied up next to an open door, a supply wagon and steamers, tugs, schooners and gunboats. It's a little awesome seeing a gunboat crew dangling feet above the water, savoring City Point's relative peace. The steamer closest to the camera is easy, steamer Monohanset. In May, 1865 Captain McIntyre, 20th New York arrested Seccesionist R.M.T. Hunter, transporting him to his fate aboard the Monohanset.
Best ever entertainment ( yes, I'm boring ) is poking around the massive tif images from LoC. You feel a little toooo nosy, like when some nice guy who was just trying to get a bath in the North Anna was caught. Oops. The thing is, we were left some incredibly good images of various ' landings ', Bell Plain, White House, City Point and a few others. Busy place, wounded and supplies, troops and prisoners flowed through all of them.
Same image, crew caught enjoying the peace prevailing at City Point.
A LOT of history there. Ships mostly, fascinating close ups of barges to tugs to steamers and schooners- an odd dory once in awhile. Every ship has a story, some of them had several incarnations through those years. Like Planter, the uberfamous ex-Confederate steamer. Captained to freedom by Robert Smalls, Planter spent time as a hospital transport, troop ship and supply vessel. They all have stories- sometimes it's all tantalizingly out of sight.
Ships at wharfs can drive you a little crazy- zooming in on names could tell us that ship's story but some are maddeningly obscured- like a game, be very cool to figure out which on earth ships we're seeing.
So, naval buffs, anyone have an idea which ships we're almost allowed to see? It's not a trick question, I have no idea. Some are easier then others- finally tracked down Ocean Queen with only a few letters in one image.
Steamer XXXXDEXXXEXXX at Belle Plain. ?
I'm always, always smitten by the general mess on a wharf. This pile looks like supplies, maybe some gear then just a general collection of mess.
Hang on, there are more mystery steamers.
White House Landing, probably a transport, may be so obscure it's impossible to trace. " R. XXXXSHOP " ?
I'm such a beginner with ships, this one took me awhile Duh, Ocean Wave at Belle Plain. With too many stories behind that blurred image for this thread.
There are more although if I'm the only geek who thinks this interesting it's a pointless thread.... and I could be. It's the stories behind where this went and what was her war, can't get enough.