NYC operates an 800-bed jail barge that is anchored off the southern shore of The Bronx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
There has been a boat/barge trapped in the rapids above Niagara Falls for over 100 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nia…
Today I learned about the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla, a motley collection of barges and gunboats assembled to defend Chesapeake Bay from the British Royal Navy. The ships were scuttled to prevent capture, and the sailors brought the cannons ashore to defend Washington D.C. in the Battle of Bladensburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
In 1980 a drilling rig in Lake Peigneur drilled into a mine underneath the lake causing the lake to drain, a connecting canal to flow backward, the highest waterfall in LA, and 400-foot geysers. Eleven barges, the drilling rig, one tugboat, and 65 acres were destroyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
A lake freighter launched in 1906 was in commercial service as a powered ship until 2013. The hull was then cut down to a barge and it is still active today, now in its 114th season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
German saboteurs blew up a 15 tons of gunpowder on a barge in Seattle, 1915. historylink.org/File/2059…
Today I learned of Hotel Barges, a Sort-Of Sailing Hotel Room on a River in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and, Most Commonly, France. The Guest Capacity Can Be Anywhere from Four to Twenty-Four en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Today I learned of the USS Indianola, a Civil War river gunboat captured by the CSA. In a clever response, Admiral Porter used scrap timber and a barge to create a fake ironclad. The dummy was sent drifting downriver, and the Confederates were so panicked they destroyed the Indianola. The dummy's cost? $8.63 historynet.com/admiral-po…
Today I learned of the Lake Peigneur disaster in which an oil drill in a lake accidentally struck a salt mine, causing the entire lake to drain into the mine taking barges and an entire island with it. youtube.com/watch?v=p_iZr…
The barge 'Akademik Lomonosov' in the Russian Far East is the world's first floating nuclear power station. It is also the world's northernmost nuclear power plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka…
Today I learned about chain boats. The boats traveled along a chain submerged in a river and pulled barges to transport goods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1590, a city was captured by Dutch and English forces using a tactic reminiscent of the Trojan horse; a small assault team hid in a peat barge and entered the city covertly. They then proceeded it to take it over with minimum casualties after revealing their presence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Today I learned Thailand has a national museum dedicated solely to its ornate Royal Barges en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Today I learned of the Diamond Knot. In 1947 it collided with the Fenn Victory off the Washington Coast and sank. The insurance company paid out for the ship and cargo lost, then salvaged the cargo, $3.5 million worth of canned salmon, using vacuum pumps and barges. It was then re-canned and sold. dcsfilms.com/Site_4/Diamo…
Today I learned of Ice Cream Barge, a vessel employed by the US Navy in the Pacific Theatre of World War II to produce ice cream in large quantities to be provisioned to sailors and Marines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
Spacex has two barges for catching rockets after they deliver their payload named "Of Course I Still Love You" and "Just Read the Instructions" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Al Capone was loaded on to a barge to Alcatraz island in the same carriage he was transported in from Atlanta. The whole train minus the engine was moved intact in fear there would be an attempt at escape. opensfhistory.org/news/20…
The Waters & Sons firm in 1868 developed a process for making boats out of paper. At the peak of their popularity, they built simple single-person boats to a 45-foot "pleasure barge," which could comfortably seat 23 people. In 1875 they became the "largest boat factory in the United States." cupery.net/SH.html
I learned New York City has a jail barge en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
A drilling company in Louisiana accidentally caused a sinkhole in a lake. The resultant whirlpool sucked in the drilling platform, eleven barges, many trees and 65 acres of the surrounding terrain. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M…
New York City used to put swimming pools in river barges for use by working families nycgovparks.org/about/his…
Today I learned of the Mobro 4000, a Mafia boss-financed barge carrying garbage from NYC which traveled to and was refused entry in NC, LA, The Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, and Key West, before finally returning to NY. In so doing, it sparked a national conversation on hazardous wastes and the environment. motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
Alaska doesn't have a rail connection to the rest of North America, and has to have its train shipped by barge. trainweb.org/ultradomes/f…
Today I learned of the Lake Peigneur drilling incident. 65 acres of land and 11 barges were swallowed by a whirlpool created when an oil rig drilled into a salt mine. youtu.be/ddlrGkeOzsI
In 1987 a barge left New York for North Carolina hauling 3,168 tons of trash. NC turned it away, and it traveled for 7 months trying and failing to find someone to take it. It sparked a national conversation about landfills and recycling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mob…
Today I learned of the 1980 Lake Peigneur disaster: Texaco drillers accidentally created the largest ever man-made vortex, which swallowed an oil rig, several barges, 150ft trees and temporarily induced the largest waterfall in Louisiana, fed by the Gulf of Mexico. No one was killed. youtube.com/watch?v=RrBB0…
In 2011 after the Fukushima disaster the Russians offered a special barge designed to clean radioactive water, the Japanese turned them down and decided to go with water tanks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The warship which fired the first shots of WWI was captured once, scuttled twice, raised and refurbished, served under 4 different nations throughout both world wars and is now currently operating as a gravel barge in Serbia. laht.com/article.asp?Arti…
Today I learned of the 1930's plan to dredge a barge canal across the state of Florida to connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The canal was about 28% complete when construction was cancelled, and to this day a State Road has a high bridge over a completed section. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Today I learned about the Cross Florida Barge Canal that was supposed to connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to make it easier for barge traffic to get from one to the other. It was started by FDR in 1935 but it never completed. It has now become a hiking trail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
In 1903, a barge tipped somewhere off the coast of Staten Island, sending most of its 7,700 silver-and-lead bars to the bottom. Most bars were recovered right away, but some 1,400 bars, valued at up to $20 million today were never found. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Lake Peigneur completely drained into a salt mine after an oil drilling crew accidentally drilled a hole into the mine. The resulting whirlpool sucked heavy duty barges underwater, caused a canal to reverse direction, and temporarily created the largest waterfall in Louisiana. youtu.be/5f3TKsi3NOc?t=35…
There is no freight rail crossing of the Hudson River south of Albany, so any train travelling south from NYC must take a 280-mile detour or float across on barges en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
In 1980, Lake Peigneur disappeared into a salt mine due to a triangulation error of a drill site. Video footage exists of the lake sucking in barges and other things. youtube.com/watch?v=ddlrG…
Drilling in Lake Peigneur resulted in accidentally draining the entire lake into a mine, creating a massive vortex which swallowed 11 barges and a tugboat. The ocean flowed backwards into the lakebed, and it's now a saltwater lake. youtube.com/watch?v=0Wx-c…
In 1971, an eccentric millionaire tried to create a new country by hiring barges to dump sand on a reef in the Pacific. Tonga subsequently sent a military force to claim this new land. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
At the time he invented dynamite, Alfred Nobel's notoriously explosive chemistry lab was actually housed on a floating barge, which some of his contemporaries referred to as "Nobel's Death Ship". parttimegenius.show/podca…
In 1980, a Texaco oil rig drilled into the top of a salt mine underneath Lake Peigneur in Louisiana, causing the lake to drain into the sinkhole -- swallowing 11 barges -- and a nearby canal to reverse direction. All 55 miners in the salt mine escaped. The lake is now permanently saltwater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
Today I learned of the concrete ship that was known as the great ice cream barge that produced fresh ice cream for troops serving abroad. news.usni.org/2015/01/30/…
During the Civil War, a Union water-borne attack was thwarted because the barges used were four to six inches too wide to pass through a canal on the way. civilwardailygazette.com/…
Bear Grylls lives on an old barge on the River Thames with his wife and 3 children Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry, and describes his Christian faith as the β€œbackbone” in his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Bear Grylls lives on a 100 year old barge by the Battersea Bridge in the River Thames independent.co.uk/propert…
During the Civil War, the Confederate Secret Service invented a "Coal Torpedo", which was a bomb disguised as a hunk of coal, then placed into Union coal barges to destroy ships when it was shoveled into the boiler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
That, on 21 July 1918, a German submarine attacked Orleans, Massachusetts, hitting a tugboat and four barges, as well as striking the beach with shells. This was the only time that the continental United States was shelled during World War I. news.wgbh.org/post/attack…
The U.S. spent 10 years and $195 million secretly developing and testing a stealth ship and have been trying to give it away since 2006. No one takes it because the mining barge it's stored in is part of the package. dailymail.co.uk/news/arti…
A barge hauling 6 million pounds of trash from NY traveled for 5 months and to 3 countries to unload, only to be turned away every time due to environmental concerns. Eventually the barge unloaded at its original port, and the public outcry sparked the modern recycling movement. bos.frb.org/economic/nerr…
An inmate attempted to escape an NYC prison barge by climbing a 30 ft fence. When the guards realized their boots were too thick to climb the fence, they resorted to throwing basketballs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
A submarine supporting the filming of The Hunt For Red October accidently snagged a tow cable between a tugboat and barge and dragged the 97 ton boat under water. articles.dailypress.com/1…
Google built four secret floating barges and nobody knows quite what they are planning to do with them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Today I learned of the Lake Peigneur disaster of Louisiana which created a whirlpool that suck in 65 acres of land, 11 barges and drilling platform. The whirlpool was so strong it reversed the flow of a nearby canal bring water from the bay into the lake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…

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