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Lookit the little tiny life preserver in the water

Ha! Ha! I bet you thought this was an Obamacare metaphor.

Nope. Four generations of the Gibson family from the Islands of Scilly were photographers, and 125 years of their shipwreck pictures are going to auction at Sotheby’s.

585 glass plate negatives (214: 12 x 10in. and 382: 8 x 6in.) housed in 16 original wooden boxes and one cardboard box, a few plates with cracks, or loss to glass or image, some boxes worn; 407 glass plate copy negatives (6½ by 4¾in.) in 4 cardboard boxes; 179 glass plate negatives (4¼ x 3¼in.); 198 film negatives (5 x 4in.) in three boxes; 335 cut film negatives (various sizes); and 39 (35mm.) film negatives 97 original photographs of shipwrecks (silver prints, 12 x 10in.) manuscript ledger by Alexander and Herbert Gibson on the shipwrecks of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (folio, 330 x 205mm.; approximately 149pp. of notes on wrecks and 32pp. of records of telegraph messages sent from the Isles of Scilly, 1876-77) a collection of books by John Fowles, John Arlott, John Le Carré, and Rex Cowan on the Gibsons of Scilly (see detailed list below), together with newspaper and magazine articles

WANT. Well worth clicking the first link and browsing the photographs. Or this slide show in the Telegraph with larger pictures and longer descriptions.

Oh, but hey…it makes a pretty good Obamacare metaphor, too.


Comment from The Wreck of Hesperus
Time: October 23, 2013, 8:36 pm

The moist vessel functioned reasonably allright before ambient moisture increase.

You can’t say that about obangacare bungabinga banga! It was a most excellent collectivist wet dream, was all.

Edited to add: Flavack Achmed Flavama, Esq. (D-Okavango) done built the healthcare.gov portal. For realsies, yo.

Comment from drew458
Time: October 23, 2013, 10:54 pm

great pics. this is my favorite one. Amazing; I’d always thought that ships driven onto the rocks in storms would be all broken to scraps.

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Time: October 23, 2013, 11:07 pm

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Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 23, 2013, 11:26 pm

The one that stunned me was the wreck of the Cruiser Murmansk.
They built a cofferdam around the wreck, pumped the ocean out, broke the ship up into scrap.

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Comment from Deborah
Time: October 24, 2013, 1:36 pm

What an amazing collection of heart-sickening stopping photographs. Remind me stay on dry land. While following links and going down bunny trails, I found this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/498632989962955585/

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Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: October 24, 2013, 6:03 pm

No worries, I’m sure that ship is just suffering from a few glitches…

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: October 24, 2013, 10:01 pm

I feel the sooner they right that ship and all that’re gonna jump on can do so the real horror story will come out.
The payments and deductibles for working class peeps is INSANE!
My heart goes out to those poor bastards who didn’t vote for Teh Won and are pressed into his royal navy.
Think a lotta WTF will actually lead to its reporting and the subsequent “But YOU TOLD US…!”

Comment from Dan Patterson
Time: October 26, 2013, 1:07 pm

Shared on FacePlant with credit to the Weasel.

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