Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veterans Day, 2019 -- November 11, 2019

East Oregonian, 11-November-1919
Happy Veterans Day to all the veterans out there. Thank you for your service to your country.

This is the 101st anniversary of Armistice Day. All the men and women who served in World War One are gone, but we can still remember their sacrifices.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Warriors -- November 5, 2019

On Friday we went to see the Warriors play at their new home in San Francisco, the Chase Center on Third Street in Mission Bay.  We were standing at a table on the third level when a young lady asked if she could share the table.  Some other people joined her and she asked if I went to a lot of Warriors games.  I said this was my game since the Warriors played at the Cow Palace, about 50 years ago.

The Warriors lost to the San Antonio Spurs, but it was an entertaining game.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November, 2019 Version of the Cable Car Home Page

I just put the November, 2019 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The former ticket office and waiting room of the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway. Google Maps Streetview Image updated March 2019. Copyright 2019 Google.
2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Ten and twenty year updates about Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway, including a current image of the former ticket office and waiting room
3. Added News item about a cable car being dedicated to Rey Morante, a conductor who was killed on the job

Ten years ago this month (November, 2009):
1. Picture of the Month: An advertisement for the Playa Del Rey development which mentions the "unique incline railway which will extend to the summit of Del Rey Heights..." From the Los Angeles Herald, 21-July-1905.
2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Roll out a new article about the obscure Playa Del Rey Incline Railway, including newspaper ads and contemporary articles:
-- "The present week also marks the beginning of work upon the inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Monday, July 17, 1905)
-- "Rails and lumber are already on the ground for the inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)
-- "Work began today upon the new inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 29, 1905)
3. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway including a contemporary newspaper article:
-- Mount Washington Auto Climb (Salt Lake Herald, Sunday, July 11, 1909)
4. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Three advertisements for Court Flight and an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.
5. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Angels Flight, an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.
6. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Newspaper ads for the Mount Lowe incline and an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.
7. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Contemporary newspaper articles about the Santa Catalina Island Incline Railway:
-- Catalina Inclines Under Construction (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)
-- Catalina Inclines Near Completion (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 29, 1905)
8. Added News and Bibliography items about big rainfalls and the city working out a deal to buy historic cable cars and other artifacts

Twenty years ago this month (November, 1999):
1. Picture of the Month: Mount Washington, Los Angeles
2. Roll out Los Angeles area funiculars/Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway on the Other California Cities page
3. Add news item and bibliography item about a collision at Washington and Taylor

Coming in December, 2019: On the UK page: A ten and twenty year update about London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

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The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2019) 
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2019) 
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2019)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween 2019 -- October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween, everyone. The 01-October-1945 cover of The New Yorker shows a group of ghosts wondering whether they should trick or treat at a spooky-looking house.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Reddy Kilowatt Strikes Again -- October 29,. 2019

PG&E shut down our power at 8:10pm on Saturday.  It came back after 4pm on Monday.  The house was nice and quiet.  Traffic along Highway One was miserable.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

John Cyril Porte 100 Years -- October 22, 2019

New York Tribune, 28-October-1919
British naval officer John Cyril Porte planned to fly a Curitiss Model H flying boat, America, from the United State to Britain in July, 1914. He was competing for the Daily Mail's ₤10,000 prize for the first non-stop fight across the Atlantic. Sponsored by Rodman Wanamaker, Curtiss and Porte developed the Model H. The attempt was cancelled because of approach of war.

Porte designed many flying boats for Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). He also flew combat patrols so he could learn what was needed.  

Porte was accused of financial improprieties, but was later cleared. He died of tuberculosis 100 years ago today, on 22-October-1919.  

Lieut. Col. John C. Porte,
British Air Pioneer, Dies

Came to America in 1914 to
Help Curtiss Build the America for 'Cross-Sea Trip

BRIGHTON, England, Oct. 27. -- Lieutenant Colonel John Cyril Porte, former wing commander of the Royal Navy Air Service, is dead here of tuberculosis.

Lieutenant Porte came to this country in February, 1914, to cooperate with Glenn H. Curtiss in the construction and navigation of the huge airplane America, which Rodman Wanamaker purposed to send in a transatlantic flight. He returned to England in March, but came back in April with his young wife, announcing his intention of remaining here until he could go across in the airship. He planned to go from Newfoundland by way of the Azores and Spain. The vessel was built at Hammondsport, N. Y.. and was completed by June 20. Two days later it was launched on Keuka Lake, and in trials it more than fulfilled expectations. Delays arose, and at the beginning of August it was announced that Lieutenant Porte was returning to England for army service and that the flight across the Atlantic would be postponed until after the war. A little later the America was purchased by the British government and taken over on a steamship, and with it Porte did noteworthy service over the North Sea.

In the summer of 1915 Porte visited this country in the interest of the British aviation service. In July, 1917, charges of conspiracy and "graft" were preferred against him in England, but the government soon withdrew its case and fully exonerated him. He was at that time suffering from serious lung troubles.

In May last he went to Newfoundland to compete in the transatlantic race for the prize of $50,000 offered by "The Daily Mail" of London, but was recalled by the British Admiralty. He was the inventor of the type of airplane known as the "Felixstowe Fury." The largest aircraft of that type, and indeed the largest airplane of any type, ever built, was about to start from England for Capetown, South Africa, on August 11 last, when on a trial flight off Felixstowe it sideslipped and fell into the sea. The wireless operator was drowned, but the other six passengers were rescued.