In 1951, the term “supertanker” had not yet been invented. But with the United States’ growing appetite for oil post WWII, the need would soon arise for shipping massive quantities of crude overseas, at ever lower costs. The S.S. Atlantic Seaman was considered a supertanker in its era, transporting 257,935 gallons of oil–enough to move […]
Cutaways of ships.
Illustration by Ray Quigley shows an anti-sub device from 1950 termed “the hedgehog.” It lobbed multiple depth charges all at once at the presumed submarine location. Charges were slightly angled so that they would land in a spreadout, scattershot pattern, covering a wider range. Click to Enlarge to 695 x 768 px: Source: Popular Science […]
Pictured is a 1953 cutaway of the planned HMS Perseus, showing the novel introduction of a steam catapult to replace the customary cylinder, ram, pulley, and wire catapults. The plane is hooked to a long, slotted cylinder. High pressure steam is released from the ship’s boilers into the cylinder. As of the date of that […]
Behold, in all its gigantic 2500 x 1060 px glory, the oceanliner Cristoforo Columbo from 1955. This 29,100 ton Italian Line ship provided 703 tourist class, 225 first class, and 320 cabin class cabins. It’s a Rolf Klep masterpiece, part of a larger LIFE double spread that included an Super-G Constellation in the upper left. […]