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  • PRESIDENTIAL-THE DISUNION QUESTION; Editorials-Amos Kendall on Disunion, Steamboat Construction (9/20/1860)

    09/20/2020 9:59:32 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson

    The New Orleans Times-Picayune was the premier newspaper for the Gulf Coast for many years.

  • PRESIDENTIAL-THE DISUNION QUESTION; Editorials-Amos Kendall on Disunion, Steamboat Construction (9/20/1860)

    09/20/2020 9:31:48 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    abb to Homer_J_Simpson


    Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi Hurricane, Sept 1860 - Mobile & Point Clear
    Submitted by Nancy Wright

    The Daily Picayune
    Tuesday afternoon edition, September 18, 1860

    The Late Gale at Mobile
    Further Particulars of the Disaster
    The Mobile Mercury, of Monday morning, comes to us with still further particulars of the late disastrous storm in that city and vicinity. It says:

    We have been placed in possession of the approximate loss of some of the companies, but reserve remark for further inquiry. We have heard the aggregate loss estimated at half a million. We think the true mark somewhere between a quarter and a half million.

    Men were at work all day yesterday picking up cotton and taking it out of the water. We saw a hundred bales that had been rafted together yesterday evening, and hauled into the slip at the city warehouse, which men were busy taking out. Some, of course, has been carried entirely away.

    A gentleman has just handed us the following statement:
    Amount of cotton burned in Goodman’s warehouse, Sept. 15, 1860, less amount saved in damaged state viz:
    Planter’s cotton ……………………..3,110
    Ship marked ………… .............+.55
    Less amt saved in damaged state…….-.365
    Total Loss……………………2,820

    The hull of the old Ambassador, used by M. Warring as a salt boat, sunk at the foot of Government street, with 4,000 sacks of salt.

    Five steamboats are totally lost, except what may be saved of their machinery and other movable articles of value. Yesterday being Sunday, it was difficult for reporters to find men in their places to get any information, of any sort, concerning the flood, and consequently we know not how far these losses are covered by insurance.

    Capt. Geo. Blakesley went down the bay yesterday morning in the Swan, returning yesterday evening. He reports all right down there. The ship Dicksey had come inside Sand Island Friday evening, and not having been seen since, is believed to have put to sea again.

    The masts of a small schooner are seen sticking up out of the water a little down the river from Dauphin, as seen by our reporter. Upon inquiry, we were told she belonged to New Orleans, and had nothing aboard of much value. She went down in the height of the gale yesterday. No one lost. We learn at a later hour, that she is the water boat Globe.

    The principal wharves all along the front are more or less injured. The upheaving of the waves had raised them in places, and the piles are said to have been drawn up by its force, giving their surface an equal appearance. Their coverings of plank have been displaced in some places, as also the sills upon which they were laid.

    Water street, below Government, is completely chocked up with logs, drift wood and the broken up wharves along that part of the front. In one place, an oyster boat was carried and lodged in the centre of that street.

    The Gale at Point Clear
    By the arrival of the Crescent last evening, we had news from Point Clear. The water rose up to the sills of the main building at Point Clear, and flowed under the house. The whole south wharf was carried away, leaving not a wreck behind. The only place left for landing is at Battle’s wharf.

    The second cook of the hotel, with two companions, got a sailboat on Friday night, and just before starting, bought a bottle of whiskey, saying that, as there was a fresh breeze, he was going to see how quick time could be made around the stake and back. Not one of the crew, not any vestige of the boat, has been seen or heard of since.


    An Incident of the Storm
    Last Friday evening, several young gentlemen, Messrs. Stanley Bell and Walter Weaver, of Mobile, Gabe Buchanan, of Aberdeen, Miss. and John Richardson of Okolona, started on the yacht Pastime on a pleasure excursion to Point Clear.

    They had proceeded about twelve miles when the lively breeze under which they had been sailing stiffened a gale. The two sailors, who made up the crew, prophesied a big blow, and according to their advice, the vessel was turned about to retrace her course. About two and a half miles from Choctaw Point which rushing at the rate of fifteen miles an hour, the yacht struck a beacon light pile and stove in her bow.

    She rapidly filled, and in a short time sunk in twenty feet water. The hatches were secured, and each man held them with one hand and with the other clung to the rigging. The storm increased its fury and the foaming billows at every surge swept over the unfortunate excursionist. In a short time Mr. Bell and one of the sailors concluded to try to reach the shore. Taking a hatch lid, three feet by six, they began their perilous voyage, and after two hours hard struggling, accomplished their object. Night dragged its slow length along, but daylight brought no prospect of rescue, and the strength of those remaining with the wreck was well nigh exhausted.

    Seven or eight hours spent in clinging to ropes and bits of plank, and being exposed to a fierce storm, raging sea and a cold, beating rain is enough to exhaust the fortitude of the most enduring. After waiting in vain for some sign of relief, Major Richardson and the other sailor also took a hatch lid as a buoy, and started for the lighthouse, distant some one and a half miles. This was deemed a hopeless venture, in the exhausted condition of the parties, but fate and tide were propitious, and they had nearly reached their destination when the propeller Neaffie, Capt. Keys, came along and took them on board. The Neaffie then went for Messrs. Weaver and Buchanan, who had stayed with the wreck.

    The young men lost many valuables in the way of watches, money, etc. Capt, Keys, deserves the highest credit for his prompt and vigorous action in rescuing a number of his fellow-beings from a watery grave. We learn it is the intention of the young gentlemen to present to Capt. Keys some suitable testimonial of their gratitude.

    We have not heard of a solitary instance of loss of human life about the city. Somebody had a camel which unfortunately got drowned down on Royal, below Madison.

    The Storm Up the Country
    The Taney arrived last evening, having laid up at Gindrat’s landing Saturday night. She reports rain from Selma down, with considerable wind, but the last nothing like we had here.

    The Rescue also arrived yesterday evening, from the Bigbee. She met the storm at Wood’s Bluff, and reports heavy rains, with high winds, calculated to do serious injury to the cotton crops.

    The Saturday down train met rain at Scooba, which increased all the way, without noticeable heavy wind. The train laid by at Whistler, and came in yesterday morning.

    We have ascertained the exact height of the water here at Mobile, as compared with August ’52, to be 16 ½ inches less.

  • Floating fire ants, the hidden hazard in Sally’s path

    09/19/2020 12:18:05 AM PDT · 29 of 31
    abb to minnesota_bound

    The Naked Jungle is based upon this very excellent short story. I first read it in high school back in the 60s.

    Leiningen Versus the Ants
    December 1 1938 CARL STEPHENSON

  • Hurricane Sally

    09/18/2020 3:52:06 PM PDT · 416 of 425
    abb to blam

    I hear ya. We were out about 60 hours after Laura.

  • Jaws: Classic Film, Crummy Science

    09/18/2020 3:47:54 PM PDT · 14 of 85
    abb to EEGator

    Scared me, and I was 26 in 1976. Roomie flung a box of popcorn up in the air when Ben Gardner’s head popped out of the boat hull.

  • 76 years ago, the Allies launched the largest airborne attack ever — here's how it all went wrong.

    09/18/2020 12:13:39 PM PDT · 60 of 60
    abb to L.A.Justice

    A very good case can be made that had Antwerp become available in September, the war would have ended by Christmas, 1944.

    My favorite cocktail:

    Dry Martini (Mongomery’s 15:1 ratio)
    Stir in mixing glass with ice and strain
    2 oz London dry gin (6 cl)
    1/8 oz dry vermouth (0.4 cl)
    1 dash orange bitters
    Serve in a well chilled cocktail glass (4.5 oz)
    Notes: The favorite Martini of Ernest Hemingway. Named after Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (1887-1976) who is said to have prefered having 15:1 advantage for his attacks.

  • Hurricane Sally

    09/18/2020 6:52:26 AM PDT · 410 of 425
    abb to NautiNurse

    Friend of mine has a condo on Pensacola Beach, on the bay side of the island. Condo complex (87 units) had about $100k in damage, mostly siding and railings. No structural damage. Oddly, they have power and water, and some of the residents are already moving back in.

  • 76 years ago, the Allies launched the largest airborne attack ever — here's how it all went wrong.

    09/18/2020 2:24:24 AM PDT · 29 of 60
    abb to L.A.Justice

    The key strategic mistake was Ike’s failure to DIRECT Monty to open Antwerp, rather than allowing him to do Market Garden. It was all about logistics.

    Was Eisenhower at Antwerp the Biggest Allied Blunder of World War II?

  • Floating fire ants, the hidden hazard in Sally’s path

    09/18/2020 2:09:14 AM PDT · 4 of 31
    abb to nickcarraway
  • Florida WWII statue to stay at Sarasota Bayfront after GOP congressman intervenes

    09/17/2020 2:33:49 AM PDT · 2 of 22
    abb to USA Conservative

    That statue is also adjacent to the USS Midway museum in San Diego.

  • What We'll Lose If The Mt. Wilson Observatory Burns

    09/16/2020 9:28:05 AM PDT · 3 of 31
    abb to bgill

    IIRC, many of the Southland area tv/radio transmitters are located there.

  • Hurricane Sally

    09/15/2020 1:54:57 PM PDT · 275 of 425
    abb to abb
  • Hurricane Sally

    09/15/2020 1:53:27 PM PDT · 274 of 425
    abb to NautiNurse

    Here’s a webcam from Gulf Shores, AL.

  • It Votes Biden Or It Gets The Riots Again

    09/15/2020 7:37:05 AM PDT · 7 of 44
    abb to Kaslin
  • Hurricane Sally

    09/14/2020 5:10:59 PM PDT · 173 of 425
    abb to NautiNurse

    Meant to tell you that during Laura the other day, a hurricane warning was issued for Lincoln Parish (county) for the first time ever in recorded weather history. The center of the storm crossed Interstate 20 about 15 miles west of my location at about Noon on Thursday, 8/27. We are about 195 statute miles (as the crow flies) from the landfall location of Cameron, LA.

  • Hurricane Sally

    09/14/2020 4:59:46 PM PDT · 172 of 425
    abb to NautiNurse

    Pressure up ever so slightly. Some good news.

  • Hurricane Sally

    09/14/2020 4:49:34 PM PDT · 169 of 425
    abb to NautiNurse

    Mobile area has some of the most beautiful azalea plantings in the South, IMO.

  • Hurricane Sally

    09/14/2020 4:10:14 PM PDT · 162 of 425
    abb to blam

    Near Bellingrath? Been years since I’ve been there. Really beautiful.

  • Wild in the Streets, 1968

    09/14/2020 8:07:14 AM PDT · 11 of 30
    abb to OKSooner

    Remember the movie well.

  • US prepares to quit strategic Incirlik air base amid increasing Turkish belligerence

    09/13/2020 5:43:01 AM PDT · 16 of 62
    abb to Destroyer Sailor

    Way back in the early 70s as USAF radio operator, this base was where a lot of my specialty code was assigned. Some kind of radio listening post, I suppose