Friday, August 17, 2012


Origin of Station ID

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Alexander von Humboldt, Selbstportrait in Paris, 1814{PD-US) ,  S/V ALEXANDER HUMBOLT (CCO)



As our site has grown, and it is just getting started, we have found it necessary to use some visual markers to help the casual visitor through the site. Most particularly, we found the actual daily blog postings have become quite numerous and give every indication of becoming more so.  We try to provide information to our very diverse audience who share a community of interest in things maritime, nautical, or ocean related. While that broadly stated interest is a unifying theme for our community of readers, the maritime world is very broad and generates a lot of information. So, as an aid in making the blog postings easier to understand visually, we have decided to start each "cyber publishing day" with a sort of "Station ID and Test Pattern" which of late we label "HOME PAGE AND NOTICES". The highly recognizable though changing "STATION ID" marks the start of a new day's postings since its instigation. It also provides us with a sort of community bulletin board where we may exhibit things we want to bring your attention to as the cyber publishing day wears on.

 We chose as our ID images visually interesting vessels of significance to the search for, publication, analysis, and preservation of maritime knowledge. In the case of the ALEXANDER HUMBOLT this criteria is as true of the ship's name sake as the ship. The ship's name sake was Fridrich Wilhelm von Humbolt.  Humbolt was born on September 14, 1769 and died May 6, 1859.  A Prussian by birth he was considered a leading geographer, naturalist, and explorer of his day.  Humbolt's quantative work on botantical geography laid the foundation for the modern field of biogeography.
He explored South America between 1789 and 1804 and over the space of 21 years produced extensive volumes of descriptive literature on the biodiversity of South America.
This hyperlink will take you to a more complete biography:


 The sailing ship ALEXANDER von  HUMBOLT II was built as a training ship and educational excursion vessel. To view a four minute video of the ship, its educational mission, and life aboard click on this hyperlink: This next hyperlink will take you to a site describing the ship's original owners the German Sail Training Association:,-Bremerhaven/Alexander-von-Humboldt-II.html

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