May 20, 1987 |
Moscow yesterday called on the United States to reduce its naval activity in the Persian Gulf as a step toward possible cooperation between the superpowers in protecting merchant shipping in the war-torn region. A spokesman for the Soviet Foreign Ministry, Boris Pyadyshev, said the Iraqi missile attack on the USS Stark was a "tragic event" that underlined the need for an immediate end to the Iran-Iraq war. When asked if Moscow and Washington might cooperate in the meantime to safeguard shipping in the gulf, Pyadyshev said: "A first step toward this would be a sharp decline in U.S. military activity and presence in the area, renunciation of support for those quarters which pursue aggression and real interest by the U.S. leadership in cooperation.
October 13, 1987 |
The U.S. command in the Persian Gulf is seeking approval from Washington to attack any Iranian craft that fires on merchant ships in the gulf, the Washington Post reported today. Such a move would effectively strip away the last vestiges of U.S. neutrality in the long Iran-Iraq war, the Post said. Until now, the announced U.S. mission in the gulf has been confined to protecting merchant ships flying the U.S. flag, particularly the reflagged Kuwaiti tankers. However, in recent weeks, the United States has become far more aggressive in dealing with Iranian forces, attacking an Iranian ship that was laying mines in the gulf on Sept.
December 29, 1988 |
A dramatic rescue effort was under way early today after a Coast Guard search plane spotted people waving flashlights from a life raft in stormy seas 200 miles off the New Jersey coast, near the site where a 250-foot cargo ship had capsized. As of 2 a.m., one crew member had been rescued and taken on board the merchant ship Eagle, which was assisting the Coast Guard in the rescue effort. The life raft was spotted about 12:15 a.m., five hours after the Lloyd's Bermuda captain radioed a distress signal, saying that the ship was sinking and that the 11 members of the crew were piling into two life rafts.
December 3, 2012
When Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. halted the public-comment period of Thursday's Council meeting to ask the previous speaker to return to the lectern, there was that feeling in the chamber of two combatants about to square off. The previous speaker was Ori Feibush, the feisty Point Breeze developer, and he had just spent three minutes blasting a bill to create affordable housing as a bad plan and a waste of money. Goode, who can be downright prosecutorial with witnesses, asked Feibush if he thought the 10-year tax abatement on new construction was a waste of money as well.
April 15, 1997 |
All history is revisionist. We regularly rediscover the past, see things from a different perspective, find new ways to compare ourselves with distant ancestors. Consider the early 18th-century pirates - Blackbeard and friends - as they have been rediscovered by colonial historians and nautical archaeologists. The pirates are still what they always were: freebooters and seafaring adventurers who plundered the merchant ships that crisscrossed the Caribbean and the western Atlantic.
July 29, 1987 |
Ed Schumacher is not one of those old salts who weeps after six chords of "Anchors Aweigh. " But he does get emotional about seeing the Navy ride shotgun for reflagged Kuwaiti tankers in the Persian Gulf. His emotion is anger. Schumacher, a Merchant Marine navigator in World War II, can remember a traumatic period when German submarines, operating within sight of our shores, were sinking merchant ships at the rate of more than one a day because the Navy wasn't providing escort.
January 3, 1988 |
The U.S. Postal Service begins its 1988 stamp program this week with statehood bicentennial 22-cent commemoratives for Georgia and Connecticut, the fourth and fifth states to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The Georgia stamp, which will be issued Wednesday, depicts Atlanta's skyline in the background, partially covered by an image of an oak tree in the foreground. Printed along the bottom are the state's name and "January 2, 1788," the date of its ratification. The Connecticut stamp, which will be issued Saturday, features a harbor scene typical of the town of Mystic, and the bow of the Charles W. Morgan, a fully rigged whaling ship.
May 5, 2002 |
During the World War II era, at least three ships bore names from this region. Most notable was the heavy cruiser USS Chester. This warship compiled a distinguished record in the battle for the Pacific. The USS Chester, which was built at a New York shipyard, was laid down in 1928 and completed in 1930. When she entered the war in 1941, the Chester was able to steam at 32 knots and carried a complement of about 1,200 men. It carried conventional armaments: nine 8-inch guns and eight 5-inch guns, and it carried four aircraft that could be launched from two catapults, according to Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II (1992)
November 16, 1987 |
Meet Bengt Janssen, the Norwegian consul in Philadelphia. Meet Bengt Janssen, the Swedish consul in Philadelphia. Meet Bengt Janssen, the Finnish consul in Philadelphia. "Yes, I was asked to become the Danish consul a little while ago. I said, 'No, three is enough,' " Janssen said in a interview at the consulate. The consulate is a large room with an impressive desk and some dandy flags just behind the offices of Janssen's ship supply business near Front and Christian streets in Queen Village.
May 19, 1989 |
Frank Cautilli has forgotten most of the names and faces of the men he worked with at the sprawling Hog Island shipyard. But he remembers the biting cold that gripped the Philadelphia riverfront in 1917. Cautilli, 90, was working as a surveyor at the yard, where the mercury dipped to 7 below as thousands of workers drove wooden piles into frozen, marshy ground and poured concrete for 50 shipbuilding slots that would line a mile-long stretch of the Delaware River. What also lingers in Cautilli's memory was the frenzied pace at Hog Island.