Fishing for Oil (Sep, 1936)

Fishing for Oil

A very valuable oil, for watches and fine machinery, is obtained from the blubber of the “blackfish”—which is really not a fish, but a species of small whale, attaining a length of 30 feet and weighing three tons or more.

THE average person, hearing of a “blackfish,” imagines it to be an ordinary fish, about the size of a herring. But there are many fish called “black-fish” and one of them (sometimes called the “pilot-whale”) is not a fish at all, but a mammal (a species of small whale). A full-grown blackfish averages 30 feet in length and weighs about 3 tons.

Motor Boat Sportsmen Race Over Merry-Go-Round Course for Thrill (Sep, 1930)

Wouldn’t the boat on the inside track always win?

Motor Boat Sportsmen Race Over Merry-Go-Round Course for Thrill

SPEEDING at 40 miles per hour in an outboard motorboat around a merry-go-round course is one of the thrill-producers of water sportsmen at Winterhaven, Florida. Each boat is attached to a rope of a different length from the others so that the boats can pass each other on the course. They circle round and round the central pole held by the ropes. The only difficulty in this sport is that you never get anywhere—you just keep on going and end at the beginning.

‘Pocket’ Aircraft Carrier to Mother Seaplanes (Jun, 1936)

‘Pocket’ Aircraft Carrier to Mother Seaplanes
Following the trend toward “pocket-size” warships, an airplane carrier designed by a British aircraft manufacturer has a displacement of only 3,000 tons. It
would be specifically commissioned to handle seaplanes. Over-all length would be 361 feet, with a fifty-two foot beam. Its cruising radius would be 5,000 miles.

Submarine Auto (Sep, 1936)

Submarine Auto

LOU SENARENS developed many outlandish and queer vessels for Frank Reade, the hero of one of his groups of nickel novelettes. One of these mysterious vessels was an automobile which could travel on land, in the water, or under the water, under its own power, and, strange as it may seem, such a combination craft has actually been invented and constructed by Michel Andre of France.




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Jet Sub Fires Underwater Rockets (Aug, 1949)

I don’t know of any chemically propelled submarines that have ever been deployed, but the Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, was completed about five years after this was published. The author is correct that Ballistic Missile Submarines did become a huge part of our strategic deterrent during the cold war.

Jet Sub Fires Underwater Rockets

Submarines can win a war, top military men say! So here’s the dope on our race for undersea supremacy.

By Frank Tinsley

THE lowly pig-boat of yesterday has become the capital ship of tomorrow! An American jet submarine, firing underwater rockets, might tilt the balance between victory and defeat in the event of a third world war.

Magic Carpet on the Water (Aug, 1956)

Magic Carpet on the Water

A NIFTY new device for seashore capers is the Water Skipper, a veritable magic carpet that will skim the surface at speeds up to 35 mph.

One operator and passenger can ride the small, sturdy and maneuverable boat. Constructed of marine plywood, the Skipper is four feet wide, seven feet long and seven inches thick.

21-Foot Motor Boat Resembling Pontoon Starts Long Pacific Journey (Feb, 1931)

21-Foot Motor Boat Resembling Pontoon Starts Long Pacific Journey

LONE trip from Santa Monica, Cal., to Honolulu in a novel boat built to resemble the pontoon of a well-known seaplane is the adventurous project of William Burgess, shown below with his unique craft. The boat is built of airplane plywood, and is controlled by an airplane type rudder, of which two-thirds of its area is above water. When Burgess is sleeping the craft will proceed under robot control. Forty m.p.h, is the estimated top speed of the Miss Ionia, as it is named.

Thrills of the Flying Sailors (Jul, 1940)

Thrills of the Flying Sailors


By Lieut. Comdr. DON F. SMITH

THE author, at present in command of the Floyd Bennett Field Naval Reserve Base in New York City, has had more than 5,000 hours of flying in every type of Naval aviation squadron. Of his twenty-three years in the Navy, nine have been spent piloting swift pursuit ships and powerful dive-bombers from the decks of Uncle Sam’s giant floating airports, the aircraft carriers.

Lifeboat Has Invisible Crew (May, 1952)

Lifeboat Has Invisible Crew

FAR OUT AT SEA an Air Force plane crashes. Search planes head over the area, and the survivors are spotted in the water. Then an amazing series of electronic miracles begins.

From the rescue plane drops a lifeboat shaped like a fat cigar. A stabilizing fin on the stern keeps it level until a parachute opens.