THE Monfalcone, a mystery ship suspected by the authorities of being a floating gambling palace, was recently towed out of Los Angeles harbor to be anchored at sea off the California coast. The Monfalcone, as shown in the photo below, has no sails or other motive power and must remain where it is anchored. Note the water tank on the deck, furnishing running water for the cabins. Federal authorities are trying to find legal ways of putting the ship out of business.


Truly a wonder. Is there anything that technology cannot achieve?


STANDING on one’s hands in the bottom of a speeding motorboat and steering the craft with the teeth is the latest thrill in outboard motoring, invented by “Skeets” Eckleberry, noted bronco buster. The photo below shows him “doing his stuff” while his boat skims along at 30 miles an hour in Biscayne Bay, Miami.

Repairing Cables Broken by ‘Quake (Mar, 1930)

Repairing Cables Broken by ‘Quake

Twelve of the 21 cables between England and America were broken by a tremendous submarine earthquake on November 18 reported to be the most severe on record. The drawing above shows the submarine floor, with locations of the cables and points of damage, mainly off Newfoundland.

Water Traffic Cop on Duty (Dec, 1929)

Water Traffic Cop on Duty

HERR HAMMER, water traffic cop on the Wannsee lake near Berlin, is pictured signaling a pleasure craft to stop. On his feet are metal paddles for “walking.”

Monitor Speedboat Lands War Tanks Under Fire (May, 1938)

It seems like this boat would need to have an amazingly fast ballasting system to prevent just flipping over when the tank rolls off. Not to mention, with the tank on top it would be crazily top-heavy.

Monitor Speedboat Lands War Tanks Under Fire

DESIGNED to land a war tank ready for action, from a ship that may be several miles offshore, a unique forty-foot armored launch has been constructed at Portsmouth, Va., for tests by the U. S. Navy. Bearing the vehicle upon its flat, monitorlike deck, the speedboat may be driven right up on the beach without damaging its propellers, and the tank crawls ashore. The boat then backs off for another load, defending itself with a pair of machine guns in its steel-sheathed conning tower.

Fabulous Floating Control Center Will Guide us to the Moon (Feb, 1968)

Fabulous Floating Control Center Will Guide us to the Moon

Huge antennas, eyes and ears for our moon shot, mark Redstone — a $45-million engineering miracle


One fateful day within the next two years, crew members of the USNS Redstone, a smallish converted World War II tanker, will find themselves with a momentous mission. Cruising in the South Pacific off American Samoa, they will be responsible for the safety of our first astronauts to fly to the moon. Second by second, they will check out the condition of the Saturn S-IV B stage that will carry the Apollo out of its parking orbit and into a translunar trajectory.

Largest Diesel Engine in World Has Just Been Completed (May, 1930)

Largest Diesel Engine in World Has Just Been Completed

THE first of the pair of Diesel engines that are to drive the White Star liner M. V. Britannic across the Atlantic has just completed its test run. This ten-cylinder double-acting four-stroke power unit, which was built by Harland & Wolff, Ltd., of Belfast, is the largest Diesel yet made and on test it gave 10,000 h.p. at 110 revolutions per minute on the dynamometer.

Vest-Pocket Life Preserver (Mar, 1950)

Vest-Pocket Life Preserver

DURING many an over-ocean, wartime flight as service inspector of B-24s in the China-Burma-India theater, Engineer Bill Baker’s thoughts of home kept reverting to a time when he. and his sister were lake sailing and their boat capsized, pinning the girl under the sail. Both escaped—but from then on his sister’s love for sail-boating was spoiled by her fear of the water.

Divers Explore New Depths in 1-Man Sub (Jan, 1933)

Divers Explore New Depths in 1-Man Sub

DEEP sea explorers are now enabled to fathom the ocean’s secrets to a depth of more than 815 feet, thanks to the invention of a (living suit which has been dubbed the “one-man sub.”

Until recently divers could only descend to a depth of about 200 feet, while submarines could only go a little deeper, about 300 ft. In submarines it was not possible to work around in wrecked ships or examine the ocean floor.

Lots of Wheels With VW Push (Dec, 1961)

Lots of Wheels With VW Push

WITH 16 of its 20 wheels powered, the 2200-lb. Nobel-Amphibil travels quickly over ditches, rocks, mud, snow, or ice— through clinging undergrowth, swamps, and swift streams, according to York Nobel Group, Ltd., London, which holds world production and sales rights.

The twin front wheels on each side are un-powered; they absorb road shocks and help guide the vehicle on steep slopes. The prototype Amphibil shown here, during tests in Norway, averaged close to 40 mpg. It’s driven by an air-cooled Volkswagen engine at up to 40 mph. The one-piece fiber glass body will hold six passengers or four passengers and about 440 lbs. of luggage. Wholesale factory price is expected to be $2,250.