1871: A boiler on the Westfield, one of the ships serving as a Staten Island Ferry, explodes at South Ferry, Manhattan. Over 85 people are killed.
1945: The USS Indianapolis is struck by a torpedo fired by Japanese submarine I-58 and sinks in only 12 minutes. 880 of her 1,196 man crew are left waiting in the water for rescue; exposure, dehydration and shark attacks ultimately kill all but 317 of them.
Robert Shaw’s speech from Jaws is a well known reference to the sinking, despite some errors (including the date). (video)
1971: Pan Am Flight 845 takes off at an incorrectly calculated speed and is unable to clear the runway lighting system, sustaining damage and injuring some passengers. The pilots are able to land the plane after dumping fuel, with no fatalities. photos
Trials and tribulations of a 30 year old on a long and winding road. I still wonder sometimes about the outcome of my still verdictless life. I like boys too, get over it.
Airplanes? Yeah, I like em. ✈
The Boeing 747 is an icon for me. I have been fascinated by it ever since I acquired my first library card and was able to read about the "Queen of the Skies"
A little side note: Obviously the photos I post are not entirely mine. I post them because I enjoy them. Proper credit always goes to the photographer/source. If you have a problem with that, simply let me know, and I will remove it.