Worst Airship Disaster in History - The Airship USS Akron, April 4, 1933

Worst Airship Disaster in History - The Airship USS Akron, April 4, 1933

USS Akron was a helium-filled rigid airship of the U.S. Navy. It was designed to provide long-distance scouting in support of fleet operations. Construction of U.S.S. Akron began in November, 1929 at the newly completed Goodyear-Zeppelin Airdock in Akron, Ohio. The airship was christened by First Lady Lou Hoover, the wife of United States President…

The world’s last commercial sailing ship,the Pamir, rounding Cape Horn for the last time in 1949

The world’s last commercial sailing ship,the Pamir, rounding Cape Horn for the last time in 1949

The Pamir, a four-masted barque, was built in Hamburg, Germany in 1905. It was used in the South American nitrate trade. After WWI the sailing ship was handed over to Italy as war reparation and atfer WWII the Pamir was seized as a prize of war by the New Zealand government. In 1950s, German shipowner Heinz Schliewen, who had sailed on her in the…