St. Kitts, or Saint Christopher to give it its full name, was first recorded by Christopher Columbus when he arrived at the island in 1493. The most northerly of the Caribbean Leeward islands, St. Kitts offers a delightful year-round climate with accessible sun-drenched beaches and lush countryside. It is rich in history and culture and retains unspoiled charm, serenity, and a special beauty all its own. For a destination that has only experienced large-scale tourism for a few years, St. Kitts has a surprisingly diverse range of attractions and activities for visitors to experience, including a well-preserved British fortress, hikes to an extinct volcano, and of course day trips to neighboring Nevis.
BY THE SEA BY EMILY DICKINSON
Locus, in supremum finem
Hi sunt maritimum emporium fuisse de Enterprise Starship
Sua missione quinque anni
Ut explorarent novis novum mundos
Et novus humanis cultibus
Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit
One of Wales’s oldest castles, Caernarfon Castle dates back to the thirteenth century and is so beautiful to see. It’s one of the most significant castles that still exists in Wales with it being used as the place for the investiture of the Prince of Wales. Once here, make sure to see the King and Queen’s Gates and walk around the Ward itself.
SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH, BULGARI. Set with a square-cornered cushion antique modified mixed-cut sapphire weighing 51.81 carats, within a frame of ribbon design set with 24 round diamonds weighing approximately 8.00 carats and 123 baguette diamonds weighing approximately 5.00 carats, mounted in platinum, signed Bulgari
Vintage Art Deco engagement ring set with an approximately 1.35 carat old European-cut diamond with EGL certificate stating the diamond is I-J color/SI1 clarity, extending graduated old European-cut diamonds within a baguette-cut sapphire surround. Set in platinum. Circa 1930 A spectacular example of Art Deco design. These sapphires create a dramatic silhouette for the diamonds.
AN IMPORTANT SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, BY MOUAWAD Of flexible design, the bracelet mounted with a sugarloaf cabochon sapphire weighing 180.86 carats, set within an emerald-cut diamond demi-surround to the tapered lattice-work band composed of a series of vari-cut diamonds and circular-shaped cabochon sapphires, with presentation case, 18.0cm long
“One of a Kind” Exotic Color 14.24 Total Carat Weight Natural Tanzanite & Diamond Ring. This absolutely gorgeous 12.00 carat (exact carat weight) VVS Clarity Tanzanite specimen features a stunning Bluish Violet color and is accented with a designer halo of 56 round brilliant & 40 baguette cut colorless & near colorless F-G color VS2-SI2 clarity diamonds totaling 2.24 carats. These diamonds light up this solid 18k white gold setting with sparkle and fire. The setting is a true fine jewelry masterpiece.
Antique 18th Century Ruby and Diamond Slide Brooch This rare and exquisite 18th C jewel is designed as a flowing ribbon set with 24 gemmy raspberry red table-cut rubies, draped with 16 shimmering peruzzi and rose cut diamonds and accented with 4 deep red garnets. This brooch has been beautifully hand-fabricated in silver and rose gold with its original, soft, time aged patina. A delightful piece of history. Measurements: 2 1/4″ wide x 2 3/8″ long. Available for purchase here:
6 Carat Natural Emerald and Diamond 14K White Gold Engagement Ring
Item Type: Ring
Item Style: Engagement
Material: 14K White Gold
Stone Color: Green
Stone Weight: 4.8 Carat
Stone Shape: Emerald
Stone Quantity: 1
Stone Dimensions: 13.95×10.20 mm
Stone Creation Method: Natural
Stone Treatment Method: Oiled
Gemstone 1: Diamond
Stone Color: F-G
Stone Clarity: VS1-VS2
Stone Weight: 1.2 Carat
Stone Shape: Round
Stone Creation Method: Natural
Stone Treatment Method: Not-treated
Total All Stones Weight: 6 Carat
Total Metal Weight: 6.3 Grams
Face Measures: 19.28×16.25 mm
Made in: USA
The Cliffs of Moher have majestically faced the Atlantic for over 350 million years and their beauty is incomparable . The Cliffs rise to 702 feet (214 m) at their highest point and range for 8 kms (5 miles) over the Atlantic ocean. The sheer scale and dramatic impact of the cliffs never ceases to amaze and delight in equal measure.
Tuscany is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contains well-known museums such as the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace.
Fallen Leaf Campground is situated on the north shore of Fallen Leaf Lake and adjacent to Taylor Creek. The south shore of Lake Tahoe is less than a mile away. The campground features 206 sites that include six yurts and standard tent and RV sites. The campground is typically open from mid-May through mid-October. Fallen Leaf Lake is less crowded and not as well-known as Lake Tahoe, making this a great base camp for exploring the many sights and recreational activities in the area. It’s a popular campground and tends to fill quickly.
Both Henschel and Porsche were involved in preliminary design work for a new heavy tank. In mid-1941, Henschel decided to build two prototypes of its VK 4501(H) design that were armed with an 88mm KwK.36 cannon and a 75mm KwK.42 cannon, and these were known respectively as H1 and H2. The Rheinmetall L/70 gun of the H2 was mounted in a newly designed turret similar to that eventually used on the Panther Ausf.D and Ausf.A. Only a wooden mock-up of the turret was ever made, as Henschel eventually decided to focus on the H1 type in late 1941.
The F-15 eagle is an all-weather; extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter plane which is designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield its unparalleled range, persistence and weapons load makes this aircraft the backbone of the U.S. air force. The aircraft is capable to perform air to air or air-to surface missions at all attitudes day or night and also in any weather conditions.
The P-38: When Lightning Strikes The pilot in a new American fighter, the P-38 Lightning, peeled down from the skies over Iceland on August14, 1942. True to its name, the P-38 was akin to a force of nature: fast, unforeseen, and immensely powerful. The aircraft’s target, was a German Focke-Wulf Fw-200 Condor patrol bomber. Its crew had never encountered anything quite like it before. With its distinctive design, the P-38 was sleek but its twin tails gave the Lightning a radical new look. The pilot, pumping 409 rounds per minute from its nose-mounted machine guns, dispatched the Condor in seconds, marking the first successful American engagement of a German aircraft during World War II. Within six months, as the P-38 showed its versatility in North Africa, a lone hysterical German pilot surrendered to soldiers at an Allied camp near Tunisia, pointing up to the sky and repeating one phrase—“der Gableschwanz Teufl”—over and over. Once the phrase was translated, U.S. officials realized the focus of the pilot’s madness. The P-38 had been given a new nickname: the “fork-tailed devil.”
Heartless tycoon Bart Jason (Edward Asner) hires a group of thugs to force the MacDonald family out of El Dorado so he can claim their land. J.P. Harrah, the town’s sheriff, is too deep in the throes of alcoholism to help the family. When Harrah’s friend, noble elder gunfighter Cole Thorton (John Wayne), learns of the predicament, he travels to El Dorado with his upstart friend, Mississippi (James Caan), to help Harrah clean up in time for a shootout against Jason’s men.
In the Southwest during the Civil War, a mysterious stranger, Joe (Clint Eastwood), and a Mexican outlaw, Tuco (Eli Wallach), form an uneasy partnership — Joe turns in the bandit for the reward money, then rescues him just as he is being hanged. When Joe’s shot at the noose goes awry during one escapade, a furious Tuco tries to have him murdered. The men re-team abruptly, however, to beat out a sadistic criminal and the Union army and find $20,000 that a soldier has buried in the desert.
The shoot took place in the house and grounds of Tittenhurst Park, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s home in Sunninghill near Ascot, Berkshire. The couple had moved in earlier in the month on 11 August, although they had bought the 72-acre estate on 4 May 1969. The photo shoot took place two days after their final recording session together. The photographers were Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco, with additional pictures taken by The Beatles’ assistant Mal Evans. Some low-quality film footage was also shot, some of which is thought to have been shown on the BBC Two arts programme Late Night Line-Up on 19 September 1969, during an Abbey Road special.
This exquisite and highly unique pair of Victorian earrings are encrusted with emeralds and diamonds in silver-topped gold. Various exotic cut emeralds adorn these chandelier earrings in bezel settings exhibiting rich medium to dark green hues and weighing about 6.40 carats total. They are accented by old European and baguette cut natural diamonds weighing approximately 1.60 carats total. They measure 2 7/16″ in length and have friction posts for butterfly backs. These antique earrings were created in the 1890s and are in great condition with normal signs of wear consistent with the age.
This ring setting has captured a rare round cabochon cut piece of the cosmos and nestled it amongst tantalizing diamonds. This solid 14kt white gold diamond encrusted setting was custom made by our jeweler specifically for this Lightning Ridge opal which weighs a spectacular 10.74 carats. You truly are on a interstellar adventure upon just gazing at this gemstone as every single twist and turn creates a new and exciting breathe of color and fire. Opals are a rare breed in that just when you think you’ve seen them all, another one completely amazes you. This beauty is surrounded by a halo of natural round brilliant diamonds. This halo setting is lifted nearly 1/2″ above your finger on a wide split shank ring where more diamonds are encrusted. Just underneath the halo on all four sides are a fleur de lis symbol molded out of the gold resting in open space. This statement ring is bold, large, unique and indescribably beautiful as it is of the most beautiful gems we have seen. This ring weighs 23.1 grams and its ring face measures 1 1/8″ from North to South and 1″ from East to West. Again, it is completely custom made and Brand New.
5.83 Carat Natural Blue Aquamarine and Diamond (F-G Color, VS1-VS2 Clarity) 14K White Gold Cocktail Ring Material: 14K White Gold Mainstone: Aquamarine Stone Color: Blue Stone Weight: 5.33 Carat Stone Shape: Emerald Stone Quantity: 1 Stone Dimensions: 11.95×9.83 mm Stone Creation Method: Natural Stone Treatment Method: Heat-treated Gemstone 1: Diamond Stone Color: F-G Stone Clarity: VS1-VS2 Stone Weight: 0.5 Carat Stone Shape: Round Stone Creation Method: Natural Stone Treatment Method: Not-treated Total All Stones Weight: 5.83 Carat Total Metal Weight: 5.83 Grams Face Measures: 15.70×13.68 mm Gender: Women Condition: New
The photograph is taken from the docks of Annapolis Harbor, in Annapolis, Maryland, USA and shows one of the many sailboats in the harbor, this particular one being blockd by the 18th Century replica wasrship, “The Hermoine”. The fact that wind is the most sustainable energy sources available, one of he many forms of solar energy, sailing boats and ships embody a not so begone era of limitless energy for travel and recreation.
Single cut diamonds unravel from the magnetic centerpiece which is a lovely marquise cut natural blue sapphire in a gold bezel setting. The setting is made of solid 14kt white and yellow gold as the diamonds are set in white gold. The 1/4 carat sapphire exhibits a deep dark blue and looks fantastic amongst the diamonds. The setting is currently a size 6.25 and we offer free resizing and shipping. This ring is in Excellent condition.
The owner of this particular Plymouth opted to go with the tried and true American Racing Torq Thrust IIs, a really popular choice for enthusiasts of many classic car styles. The gloss black with the yellow stripe down the side, combined with the hard-to-see racing stripe down the center make this resto-mod one of a kind.
As legend has it, Plymouth bought the rights to the “Road Runner” name from Disney for $50K. The idea was that the Road Runner would be more of an inexpensive muscle car option compared to the GTX, their high priced model. The model was first introduced in 1968, and the ’69 model remained almost unchanged. The 1970 model, as seen in this beautiful example in the photo above, had a new design to both the front and rear.
While the Road Runner enjoyed a solid reception in the mid level muscle car market, it hasn’t received the same amount of lust from avid muscle car collectors as it’s big brother, the Plymouth Superbird. Most Road Runners came from the factory with the standard 383 (6.8L) V8, rated at 335 hp. Not bad. But, the Superbird came with the legendary 426 HEMI as the most popular engine choice. Some were offered with the 440 Super Cammando. Road Runners actually did come these high performance engines but they are much harder to find these days.
This 2 piece art deco halo ring set will take your breath away with its impeccable brilliance and vintage style allure. Made of rhodium plated fine 925 sterling silver. Features 1.28 carat round cut clear cubic zirconia (7mm) in 4-prong setting. Accented with 0.93 ct.tw step-cut trapezoid and round cut cubic zirconia in prong setting. Bands measure 4.25mm in width.
Australian Opal Pendant with Diamonds in 14Kt Yellow Gold 14.45ctw Certified by EGL USA
Imagine an ocean filled with diamonds surrounding an island made of opal and you will arrive at this pendant. This masterpiece was custom made by our jeweler specifically for this natural Australian opal which is a freeform tablet shape and conforms perfectly to the pendant. The stone has been certified by EGL USA to be a natural opal and weigh 11.45 carats. It exhibits the most exotic blend of colors from the entire color spectrum. There are 22 round brilliant cut natural diamonds encrusted around the opal which are perfectly matched in color (G-H) and clarity (SI1-SI2) and weigh 3.00 carats total. The gemstone is bezel set into the setting yet it looks like the opal is just floating in the sea of diamonds. This pendant weighs 12.1 grams and measures 1 3/4″ in length with its bale, 1″ in width and about 7mm in depth. It is one of the most remarkable pieces that we’ve had made and of the most beautiful opals that we’ve seen. This pendant is Brand New and the original EGL USA certificate is included.
Built with exceptional craftsmanship and the absolute best materials in the Hoyt QuadFlex limb system. An increase in width to .75″, this limb configuration in its wider stance paired with Zero Tolerance Bi-Ax limb pockets provides the ultimate in torsional stability. ZT Pro Cam, the all new engine with all new limbs and cams maximises energy transfer throughout the entire shot sequence. With an unprecedented 3% gain in cam efficiency, these are the smoothest, fastest carbon bows Hoyt has ever engineered. Efficient, smooth drawing, fast cams are at the heart of this premier hunting bow. The Carbon RX3 continues on with Hoyt’s split cable system that utilities dual buss cable tracks terminating at the bottom cam, eliminating bottom cam lean and the need for a flexible cable guard system. The top cam has not been left out of the equation either! As always with a Cam and a Half system, there is a yoke attached to either side of the top limb which can be altered in length by twisting to adjust top cam lean. This can lead to one side of the yoke being significantly more twisted than the other and under a different load to the opposing side The ZT Pro Cam employs two differing sized tear drop shaped anchors at either side of the limb to allow an even twist ratio in each yoke leg, reducing any chance of unwanted stretch. The RX3 stands apart from the other REDWRX bows with its longer 34″ Axle to Axle and a draw length option out to 30″ to suit most shooters. Vibration Dampening Silencing Technology. Hoyt’s noise crushing vibration damping system includes upgraded Shock Pods, StealthShot and Limb Shox along with the all new Hole Shot string silencers to help make this Hoyt’s quietest carbon bow ever.
“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”
“I’m dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they’re going to do something incredibly stupid.” – Jack Sparrow
Typhoon Mk1b fighter-bombers of 247 Squadron exit the target area near Falaise at full throttle, the havoc wreaked in their wake bears witness to the devastation of their powerful rockets. Fuel and ammunition from the retreating German column explode with shattering detonations, the savagery of the attack demoralizing the enemy into stunned oblivion. The Typhoons will hurtle back to base to re-arm and hastily re-fuel, ready for yet another withering strike on the encircled Wehrmacht columns. This stunning new rendition from the the worlds premier aviation artist Robert Taylor pays tribute to the brave young RAF fighter pilots of the twenty squadrons of rocket-firing Hawker Typhoons who flew those perilous ground attacks during the Battle of Normandy.
This Cartier ring is crafted from 18K yellow gold and weighs 5.1 grams. It is set with diamonds that amount to 0.28 carats and with sapphires that weigh 1.07 carats in total. The ring boasts band thickness of 3 mm and top height of 3 mm, while top dimensions measure 16 by 11 mm. Offered in estate condition, this item includes the manufacturer’s box.
The vast majority of automotive historians accept that the Mustang was named after the P–51 fighter from WWII. Ford designer John Najjar was involved in the design of the Mustang prototype and was also a big fan of the P–51
The Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), also known as the Apollo Lunar Module, is the portion of the Apollo spacecraft that lands on the moon and returns to lunar orbit. The 6.65 m³ module was designed to carry a crew of two. It is 6.4 m high and 4.3 m across, and rests on four legs. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were in an astronautical engineering race. President Kennedy made space exploration and lunar landing a top national priority. The LEM came into being out of NASA’s choice to reach the moon via a lunar orbit rendezvous (LOR) instead of a direct ascent or Earth orbit rendezvous (EOR). Both a direct ascent and an EOR would have required the entire Apollo spacecraft to land on the moon. Once the decision had been made to proceed using an LOR, it became necessary to produce a separate spacecraft capable of reaching the lunar surface. Out of the eleven firms invited, nine submitted proposals for the LEM. In September 1962, Grumman was awarded the contract. As the program continued, there were numerous redesigns to save weight, improve safety, and fix problems. The LEM is divided into two major parts, the Descent Module and the Ascent Module. The Descent Module contains the landing gear, landing radar antenna, descent rocket engine, and fuel to land on the moon. It also carries the water tank and the majority of the battery power and oxygen. The Ascent Module contains the crew cabin, radar and communications antennas, instrument panels, and guidance and navigation systems. The first LEM flight was on January 22, 1968 when the unmanned LM-1 was launched on a Saturn IB for testing of propulsion systems in orbit. On July 20, 1969, LM-5 Eagle, the LEM of the Apollo 11 mission, landed on the moon.
Combat Over the Reich – Me262 & B-17. Robert Taylor graphically brings to life the potency of the Luftwaffe’s radical new jet in his famous painting, Combat Over The Reich. Set against a breathtakingly beautiful aerial panorama, he vividly depicts a heart-stopping drama that took place on 19 March 1945. It was the day when a force of 28 Me262 jet fighters from JG7 intercepted a formation of B-17s of the 452nd Bomb Group en route to bomb the oil refinery at Zwickau, 60 miles south of Dresden. Closing at a speed almost three times as fast as their targets, each jet pilot has but a fraction of a second to find his mark and the B-17 gunners have milliseconds to respond. Within the blink of an eye the interception is over. The main B-17 has lost part of its tailplane but with luck and a skillful pilot, the battered bomber will make it home. The encounter occurred during a five-day period when the small band of Me262 fighter pilots were credited with over 50 Allied aircraft destroyed. But the damage inflicted by the Me262s was too late – within weeks Germany had surrendered.
This 10K Gold princess, baguette and round cut diamond ladies cocktail ring showcases 3.00 carat of masterfully pave set in highly polished shiny diamonds. Very expensive looking unique diamond ring for women who has an interest in cluster design. This piece can be worn as a cocktail diamond ring, right hand ring or a fashion diamond ring. Size 7.
White’s Electronics GMT is White’s “Gold master” – used in goldfields around the world! This detector ignores the harsh ground found in gold-bearing areas to simplify prospecting and find nuggets large and small and coins, too. The GMT is made for gold country, with 48 KHz operating frequency – the best for gold – and a waterproof search coil that’s ready for streams and rivers. High-end features like the iron target analyzer make hunting easier. Manual controls are available for advanced users and each option includes a recommended initial setting.
The Spitfire was the brainchild of designer Reginald Mitchell and evolved from his experience with the early super marine seaplane racers. This aircraft entered World War II in 1939 and was known as the Spitfire.
When rays of light penetrate the sea, graduating hues are revealed.
For this bracelet, Tiffany designers and stone setters
arranged a blue spinel with sapphires and white diamonds to
evoke the colors of water at various depths.
The Drill Paddle is 1.5 pound hands held devise that easily hooks to your 3/8 or larger cordless drill. It is easy to maneuver on ANY side of your craft, not just the transom. The Lithium-Ion batteries last from ½ an hour to 45 minutes at maximum power, to about 1 hour or more when cycled every 5-10 seconds (which is recommended) this keeps your drill and battery cool to prevent overheating. It will take the craft at a speed of 1-3 knots and out about ½ mile or more, depending on weight of craft and passenger. The Drill Paddle can be used on a variety of crafts, float tubes, kayaks, canoes, rafts, inner tubes, pontoon boats, both air type, and standard, up to 20 foot long. It is a superior alternative to rowing with oars when a mechanical failure happens. The drive or motor remains out of the water, so it is somewhat more reliable than a trolling motor that has the motor submerged in water at all times of operation, this could cause malfunction if it is compromised. The Drill Paddle is an inexpensive alternative to a trolling motor and much more versatile.
The e flite f18 was easy to assemble. When I powered it up everything worked perfectly. I am new to edf jets so I had a friend who is experienced with them trim it for me. It is more of a challenge to fly than the trainer planes I am used to. I haven’t crashed it but I am not smooth with it. It’s not a beginner plane.Last and really important to me is how realistic it looks and flies.
Rio Grande No. 481 is a K-36 class 2-8-2 “Mikado” type narrow-gauge steam locomotive built in 1925 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. It is now a resident of the preserved Durango & Silverton heritage railroad.
The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably called after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD. There are several churches dedicated to Donan in the area and it is likely that he formed a small cell or community on the island during the late 7th century.
The first fortified structure was not built on the island until the early 13th century as a defensive measure, protecting the lands of Kintail against the Vikings who raided, settled and controlled much of the North of Scotland and the Western Isles between 800 and 1266. From the mid 13th century, this area was the quite seperate “Sea Kingdom” of the Lord of the Isles where the sea was the main highway and the power of feuding clan chiefs was counted by the number of men and galleys or “birlinns” at their disposal. Eilean Donan offered the perfect defensive position.
Over the centuries, the castle itself has expanded and contracted in size. The medieval castle was probably the largest, with towers and a curtain wall that encompassed nearly the entire island. The main keep stood on the island’s highest point. Around the end of the 14th century the area of the castle was reduced to about a fifth of its original size and, although the reason is unclear, it probably relates to the number of men required to defend the structure. By the 16th century a hornwork was added to the east wall to offer a firing platform for the newly introduced cannons.
In 1719 the castle was garrisoned by 46 Spanish soldiers who were supporting the Jacobites. They had established a magazine of gunpowder, and were awaiting the delivery of weapons and cannon from Spain. The English Government caught wind of the intended uprising and sent three heavily armed frigates The Flamborough, The Worcester, and The Enterprise to quell matters. The bombardment of the castle lasted three days, though met with limited success due to the enormity of the castle walls, which in some places are up to 14 feet thick. Finally, Captain Herdman of The Enterprise sent his men ashore and over-whelmed the Spanish defenders. Following the surrender, the government troops discovered the magazine of 343 barrels of gunpowder which was then used to blow up what had remained from the bombardment…
For the best part of 200 years, the stark ruins of Eilean Donan lay neglected, abandoned and open to the elements, until Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. Along with his Clerk of Works, Farquar Macrae, he dedicated the next 20 years of his life to the reconstruction of Eilean Donan, restoring her to her former glory. The castle was rebuilt according to the surviving ground plan of earlier phases and was formally completed in the July of 1932.
The F-22A Raptor is an advanced tactical fighter aircraft developed for the US Air Force (USAF). It entered service with the USAF in December 2005 to replace the F-15, with emphasis on agility, stealth and range. Developed at Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, the F-22A Raptor is a supersonic, dual-engine fighter jet, which has won the 2006 Robert J Collier Trophy from the American National Aeronautic Association (NAA). In April 2009, production of the F-22 fighter jet was officially terminated when Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that the Pentagon would end the Lockheed-run F-22 programme and increase the production of the F-35 joint strike fighter. The last produced F-22 was delivered in 2012 and 183 F-22 aircraft are currently in service with the USAF. Lockheed Martin received a $7bn five-year contract to maintain the USAF fleet of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters, in December 2019.
August 1, 1943 – Over Ploesti, Romania, German-occupied Europe: The Vagabond King, B-24 Liberator #42-40787, shook from the flak concussions, from bullets smashing its windows, and from the roaring rumbling of its four Pratt & Whitney R-1830 fourteen-cylinder radial engines. 1st Lt. John McCormick cursed as the gunner in the top turret opened up with his twin fifties. He was ruining the bomb run! And McCormick wanted to hit this target, the Steaua Romana oil refinery outside Ploesti. General Brereton had told them this raid could shorten the war by six months. McCormick barked out orders to his crew, just as he had done so often in the past two weeks, when the 389th Bomb Group practiced for Operation “Tidal Wave” over the godforsaken Libyan desert outside Benghazi. “Mosco, bomb bay doors open,” to the bombardier, 1st Lt. Marvin Mosco. “Start the camera, Van,” to the radioman, enlisted man Martin Van Buren. He steadied the stick as the big Liberator sped along the deck at 225 mile per hour, staying close to Hitler’s Hearse, Captain R.C. Mooney’s plane immediately ahead, so that Mooney’s bombs, with 45 second delay fuses, didn’t blow up in Vagabond King’s nose. Down at chimney height, as black smoke from the bombs and sooty burning hydrocarbons boiled up all around them, suddenly “Bombs away!” and Vagabond jumped up, 4,000 pounds lighter. At that instant, the Hearse, grimly lived up to its name, as it took several direct hits, killing the Capt. Mooney. As more bullets tore into his own bomber, McCormick hoped those workers at Consolidated’s San Diego plant had been paying attention when they built his plane. The Vagabond had taken a lot of punishment; one anti-aircraft shell had hit Van and he was a bloody mess. Paul Miller, the gunner in the A-6 power tail turret, reported that their particular target, the boiler house, had been flattened and was burning fiercely. McCormick hugged the deck as he made his getaway, figuring that the German fighters couldn’t dive on them down that low. The Vagabond King headed south, desperate to get medical attention for the badly wounded Van. They flew over Turkey and touched down at Nicosia airfield, Cyprus as it was getting dark, fourteen hours after they had taken off. They were one of the lucky ones; of 178 B-24’s that took off that morning, 54 didn’t come back.
Well I spent the better part of my life on a Mississippi riverboat
I used to be known from coast to coast as the slickest gambler afloat
I’ve dealt the cards from Minnesota to the harbor in New Orleans
I made a lotta big money on the riverboat I loved a lotta pretty riverboat queens
Riverboat riverboat I love your whistle’s wail
I wish I was back on the riverboart stead of in the Memphis jail
Oh a big man got on the riverboat our last time in St Paul
He had a lotta money but his luck went bad and the riverboat won it all
He said I dealt from the bottom of the deck and he pulled a shiny knife
But before that gambler lunged at me my 44 took his life
Well they came on the boat and they took me to jail when we got to Tennessee
A gamblin’ man has very few friends guess nobody cared for me
So I might be here for a many long years but if I ever get out
I’m gonna head straight for that levee and get me
S riverboat headin’ south
Stead of in the Memphis jail
New York’s Greenwich Village has some of the most desirable real estate in the world — save for one brownstone on West 10th Street. Known as “The House of Death,” the townhouse is said to be haunted by the ghosts of 22 people who lived or died within its walls, including that of a 6-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her adopted father.
Being New York City, however, the house has a celebrity pedigree, too. It’s said that author Mark Twain stayed in the house back in 1900 and returns for the occasional visit.
The house’s haunted history is documented in author Jan Bryant Bartell’s “Spindrift: Spray from a Psychic Sea,” which recounts her experiences living in the building’s top floor apartment.
In the early 1800s, John Bell bought a tract of farm land along Tennessee’s Red River. Bell and his family thrived on the farm until they started to see strange looking animals around the property, most notably a dog with a rabbit’s head.
From that point on, the family was beset upon by unseen forces, largely targeted at Bell and his daughter Betsy. They experienced physical attacks, heard unexplained noises, and even spoke with the “entity,” who, in at least one account, identified herself as the Bell’s former neighbor, Kate Batts, who was exacting revenge from beyond the grave for some unknown slight.
The entity is rumored to have prevented Betsy’s marriage to a local boy and is believed to have killed Bell. According to one Bell Witch website, the haunting is backed by plenty of evidence, including “eyewitness accounts, affidavits, and manuscripts penned by those who experienced the haunting first hand.”
Today, visitors can tour the Bell Witch Cave and a reconstruction of the Bell’s cabin or visit Adams during the annual Bell Witch Festival, held on Halloween, of course.
Spectacular Red 1967 Firebird. After GM forced Pontiac to drop DeLorean’s Banshee concept car, Pontiac introduced the Firebird February 23, 1967, to compete with the Chevrolet Camaro (introduced September 29, 1966) and the Ford Mustang (introduced April 1964).