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streetsahead99:

Hyrule Warriors is getting an 8-Bit version of Link’s Sword.

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peashooter85:

The Arctic Confederates and the last shots of the Civil War,

Ironically the last shots of the American Civil War did not occur in hot humid Deep South, or in Virginia, or the borderlands of Texas, or by violent guerrilla fighters in Missouri.  No, the last shots of the Civil War occurred far north, in the cold arctic waters of the Bering Sea near Alaska.

Great Britain made a killing building and selling ships to the Confederacy during the Civil War.  It was not a political thing, but merely good business.  British ship builders sold ships to Confederates, who used them to raid Union shipping, which caused American insurance rates for shipping to skyrocket, devastating the American shipping industry, which gave British shipping an incredible advantage in the world shipping market.  In fact British shipping would dominate for 50 years after the close of the Civil War.  Supplying Confederate raiders and privateers was good business indeed.

One such Confederate raider was the CSS Shenandoah.  Built in 1863 as the HMS Sea King, it was a steam/sail ship originally intended as a troop transport.  In 1864 the Sea King was outfitted with guns and transformed into a war cruiser.  She was transferred to the Confederate Navy where it was renamed the Shenandoah.  Under the command of Capt. James Waddell, the Shenandoah sailed past the Cape of Good Hope, across the Indian Ocean, and headed for the North Pacific.
Using Australia as a base for rest, repair, resupply, and even recruitment of sailors (yes Australians in the Confederate Navy), the Shenandoah cruised and raided the rich whaling waters of the Bering Straight, far north in Arctic between Russia and Alaska.  Whale oil was an important commodity to industry, being the main lubricant and illuminant until the invention of petrochemicals. 

From Winter to Spring of 1865 the Shenandoah sunk, captured, or ransomed  a dozen Union merchant ships and whalers. Captured goods and ships were sold at foreign ports, with each crew-member being given as share of the profits. As Spring drew nearer weird things started happening.  Crewman of captured ships would present Captain Waddell and crew newspapers or telegraph transcripts depicting unusual events, such as the capture of Richmond, the Surrender of Gen. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, however Capt. Waddell assumed that the war was still being fought on other fronts, such as in the deep south or by Joseph E. Johnston’s forces in the Carolinas.  He continued his attacks, raiding two dozen more ships in June (10 in the space of 7 hours), around two months after the war had ended.  On June 28th, the Shenandoah captured the whaling ship Nile, firing the last shots of the Civil War, it was now almost three months since the surrender of Gen. Lee at Appomattox.

In late June, 1865, Waddell formulated a plan to bombard San Francisco, the largest city in the West, left completely undefended as it was far away from the war (not to mention the war had ended three months ago). On August 2nd, a mere days travel away from the city, the Shenandoah was met by a British ship.  The Captain of the vessel presented Waddell with newspapers proclaiming the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the surrender of Gen. Johnston’s army, the war was officially over. 

However the crew of the Shenandoah were in a pickle.  The US government granted a full pardon for ex-Confederates, however they wanted the crew of the Shenandoah to hang as pirates, as they were raiding well after the war had ended, Confederate commerce raiders were not afforded the same protection as soldiers, and much of their crew were foreigners (Australians).  Within a few days the Shenandoah was transformed.  The Confederate ensign was removed and replaced with a false flag, her guns and gun decks removed, and she was repainted to look like a merchant ship.  The Shenandoah then sailed south, through the South Pacific and around the Cape Horn of South America to the Atlantic.  Avoiding other ships and staying off shipping lanes, she crossed the Atlantic and made her way to Britain.  The Shenandoah surrendered to the British government on Nov. 5th, 1865, becoming the last Confederates to surrender and bringing a final close to the Civil War.  The Shenandoah also has the distinction of being the only Confederate ship to circumnavigate the world.  During her 12 and a half month journey she raided 38 ships, took over a thousand seamen prisoner, and caused millions of dollars in damages.  Eventually the US Government’s stance on Confederate raiders softened, and the crew of the Shenandoah was permitted to surrender and return home.

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thefrogman:

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likeafieldmouse:

Charles Freger - Wilder Mann (2010) - A series exploring human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition

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malkshake:

Day 7 Favorite Fire Type: Darumaka and quilava.
Cute babiiiieeessss hnnggggg

malkshake:

Day 7 Favorite Fire Type: Darumaka and quilava.

Cute babiiiieeessss hnnggggg

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glumshoe:

This was my chemistry professor.

glumshoe:

This was my chemistry professor.

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peashooter85:

The India Pattern Military Musket, The Brown Bess of the British East India Company

The East India company was a joint stock company founded to conduct trade between Britain and India.  Founded in the early 1700’s, it was one of the first multinational corporations and dominated the world of Georgian Era commerce.  The East India Company was perhaps the most powerful private entity in the world.  From the mid 1700’s to the 1800’s the company controlled large swaths of territory on the Indian Subcontinent.  The East India Company was also very powerful and was given free reign by the British Parliament to make its own laws and government within the territories they controlled.  In essence the East India Company was an empire within an empire.

To protect their commercial interests, the East India Company created their own private army and navy.  Numbering from 100,000 - 350,000 at any given time during its history, most East India Company soldiers were recruited from native Indians.  Incredibly the military forces of the East India Company were often better armed, equipped, and trained than that of the regular British military.  This was because the company was willing to spend more money to arm, train, and equip their forces. To arm their troops the company ordered a special model of Brown Bess musket from England specially designed to suit their needs.

The most noticeable feature was the musket’s length.  With a 39 inch barrel it was significantly shorter than the standard British Land Pattern (46 inch) and Short Pattern (42 inch).  This made the musket more compact, lighter, and easier to handle in the field.  The India Pattern was also a much simplified version of the Brown Bess.  It was made to be rugged and serviceable, but at the same time use less time and resources to produce.  For instance the standard Brown Bess has four pipes to hold the ramrod, the East India Company has three.  Carving of the stock became more simpler and more practical. The lock also used a much simpler and easier to maintain spring mechanism.  Because of its simple design and shorter length, it was the perfect musket for fighting in remote parts of the Indian frontier.

The India Pattern Brown Bess became a hit among soldiers.  In 1797 the musket caught the attention of British Ordnance Board and became the main arm of the British Army.  At the time the military needed a simpler Brown Bess that could be quickly produced for the Napoleonic Wars.  Around 3 million India Pattern Brown Bess Muskets were manufactured in the late 18th and early 19th century.

(Source: militaryheritage.com, via peashooter85)

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froybot:

Viking ladies at Borrekaupangen. :)

froybot:

Viking ladies at Borrekaupangen. :)

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