Sunday, June 17, 2018



WikipediA – USS Akron, ZRS-4, built by Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation,
Akron, Ohio in 1929 and launched 8 August 1931, was a U.S. Navy vessel , an aircraft
carrier which carried 5, Curtiss F9C 'Spearowhaw' fighter planes that could be launched
and recovered while she was in flight. The Akron was helium filled, overall length 785
feet. The USS Akron was destroyed in a thunderstorm by lightening off the New Jersey
coast, the morning of April 4, 1933, killing 73 of the 76 crew and passenger aboard.

The Franklin Pennsylvania News-Herald, Tuesday, April 4, 1933, reports the
dirigible Akron, flying at a altitude of 1000 feet or more about midnight, brilliantly illumined
by a mighty flash of lightning , dove downward to destruction , through a storm that ripped
her 'envelope' and hurled her against the Atlantic's waves with such force that she crumbled under the impact. The poor but vivid details were relayed over stormy waters off Barnegat
Light by ships searching for bodies and picked up three survivors .

The story of the last hours was told in a navy report of Lieut. Commander Herbert
Wiley, one of the three survivors. A four hour fight against wind, fog and rain continued
until the crash. “ Ship demolished upon impact. We saw men swimming away in lightning
Wiley's report; “Storm sighted 30 mile south of Philadelphia, 8:45 pm. Proceeded east &
northwest course, lightning to south, ground obscured by fog, ship in good static condition,
6000 pounds heavy. Off Jersey shore 10 pm, entirely surrounded by lightning.
Atmosphere not turbulent, ran east until 11 pm, then west at 12 midnight. Sighted light on
ground, change course to 180 degree. . 12:30 am ship descended rapidly from 1000 feet.
Dropped ballast, regained altitude in three minutes, Appear to be in center of storm, ship
tossed violently. Called all hands. Ship descended , stern downward. Dropped ballast,
controls carried away. Descent into water, demolished upon impact. Control car had
perfect discipline” .

Brooklyn Navy Yard: April 4, 1933: Destroyer Tucker brought three survivors and a body
to dock where four ambulances were waiting. The dead was Robert Copeland who died after
being picked up at sea. .

Wreckage parts are picked up on beach at Bethany and bodies off the coast are sighted but
stormy rough seas prevent Coast Guard going out for them.

Abstract: News Herald, Franklin, PA., & Wilmington Journal, April 2, 1933.
Harrison H. 06/17/18

Friday, June 15, 2018



Sea lettuce is mentioned in the June 15, 2018 issue of Cape Gazette.

What is SEA LETTUCE?     Just in case you might want to know, here is what I found
about what appears to be a weed hereabouts.

The Gazette says it is useless but thrives in local water ways, is slimy, robs the waters
oxygen, stank, drew flies and killed shellfish. May have caused some beach folks to move 
to the mountains. 

Wikipedia says it is an edible green algae, known as Ulva, is available world wide. Other
names it has are lactuca, latin for lettuce, Enteromorpha and green nori. Th e'blades',
I assume they mean leaves, can grow to be 16 inches in size, is light to dark green in color.

Now lets get to the eating of. Sea fare, manatees and the slug “sea hares” are included.

Humans of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, China and Japan. In Japan it is aosa. They
eat it raw in salads or cook it in soups. It is high in protein, fiber and a variety of vitamins,
minerals, and iron. Some places with high contamination of toxic metals it is dangerous for
human consumption.

The rotting sea lettuce leaves will produce hydrogen sulfide which is toxic, and cause
death. Sea Lettuce is able to grow where no other plants can.
Have you tried sea lettuce salad ? Are you going to try a sea lettuce salad ? Got to the bay
beach for all you want. It's free for the taking, I assume. If you like it, thank Dennis
Forney. He's the one who brought it up.

Absrtact: WikipediA by Harrison Howeth 06/15/18



The June 15, 2018 issue of Cape Gazette has a letter by Delaware State Representative
Steve Smyk that mentions the “Angel Investor Job Creation & Innovation Act..

I thought anything with a title like this needed 'looking into”.

OK, this from by reporter Holly Quinn dated May 25, 2018 at
9:50 am.

It is house Bill 170 which Gov John Carney signed into law Thursday. It is noted
that it is for small technology companies, but, what is it and how can it help you if you are
other than a startup or potential startup investor. Here it is, “Broken Down” as they say on :

The act is an amendment to Titles 29 & 30 Delaware Code “which entitles qualified
investors 'angel' investors to a TAX credit.
It does away with Title 29, the “ Delaware Investment Tax Credit Program” .
The credit amount is changed from 15% to an amount up to 25% 'to be determined'
by the director of Division of Small Business Development & Tourism.
Before this amendment , credit could not exceed the total of TAX due, but now, it can,
so it is possible to receive credit as a tax refund.

For an individual investor a minimum investment in a small tech company is
$10,000 a calendar year or $30,000 for a fund.

The incentive here is to encourage more investment in a specific sort of Delaware
tech startup that is committed to innovating the state.

What you need to qualify to start a small tech company : You need to by based in
Delaware, 51% of employees be in Delaware, fewer than 25 employees, a tech in
high tech field, employee wages federal minimum. A 10 year business record, no
previous investment more than $4.000,000 and no public exchange holding.

Business has to be certified and investors need to be qualified investor.

06/15/18 Harrison Howeth abasract .

Thursday, June 14, 2018

deBraak's captan Drew last drink


Captain Drew's Last Drink
May 25 1798

The drink that ended in disaster , the Captain of deBraak , Captain James Drew, had with
pilot Andrew Allen, Lewes pilot, as the British Brig bobbed peacefully rolling seas off Cape Henlopen, May 25th 1798.
As Allen reached the top deck of the British War Ship he was greeted by Captain James
Drew who proclaimed “I've had good luck” .
Drew had just finished a successful voyage where he had captured the Spanish merchant
ship “ Dom Francisco Xavier “ with a cargo of cooper and cocoa, which was riding
low in the sea as short distance from the deBraak.
Drew offered Allen a drink and went below to fetch a suitable beverage to toast his good
luck. Allen remained on deck watching large black clouds rolling in from the west. Feeling
a thunderstorm coming , Allen ordered the sails in. When Drew returned he cursed Allen
and had the sails reset. Drew told the pilot “ you watch the bottom, I'll watch the spars”.
All of the sudden the wind filled the sails, tipped the deBraak to one side, allowing the
sea to cascade into the open hatches down in the hold and within a few moments the
deBraak slipped below the surface. Allen was able to swim away and be saved but Drew
and his several dozen crew members drowned.
Captains of the Royal British Navy were the masters of their ships. They had a cabin
above deck somewhat like the living rooms and bedrooms in homes ashore. The crew
slept below deck, in hammocks, in a cramped space. Food was marginally edible,
meats heavy salted , there was cheese, oatmeal, hardtack biscuits. Each sailor got a
gallon of beer and a shot of rum grog every day, plus a ration of lime juice to offset
the scurvy. Remember, English sailors were called 'limeys” ? .

Abstract: Michael Morgan,, Sussex Journal,, Delaware coast Press, 06/13/18, by
Harrison H.

Friday, June 8, 2018





Henlopen Acres, home of Rehoboth Art League, an extraordinary place, thanks to Louise
Chambers Corkran and Colonel Wilbur Corkran. Colonel Corkran hired Jack to be an
artist for the CCC in 1934. Louise wanted to bring culture to southern Delaware as it was in
northern Delaware, Wilbur, an architect, wanted to keep Henlopen Acres as natural as
possible. He made 'rules' about how a house had to be built, what could be done to the land,
and how to save the Loblolly pines, sea grass and sandy beach along the Atlantic. Everyone
today agrees with his dream and foresight, although it upset many when he made his
demands years ago.

The Paynter Studio was a dream of the Corkrans. At one time it stood between Lewes and
Rehoboth at the edge of a marsh in pretty poor condition. In the fall of 1937 it was brought
down the canal, through the pines, to the new Art League next to the Homestead, the
18th century home of Corkrans. Jack ran behind to pick up shingles being brushed off by
the pine trees. Within a year it was restored and dedicated.. Jacks signature is on the 'door'
with other notables Ethel Leach,, Thornton Oakley, Gayle Hoskins and Louise Corkran.

Abstract: A Brush With Fate, Jack Lewes, his book.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


JUNE 7, 1866

212 years ago, June 7, 1866, Chief Seathl of the Duwanish and Suqanish
tribes died in an Indian village near Seattle which was named for him 13 years before.
Born to a Suqanish Indian father and a Duwanish Indian mother, sometime around 1790 along
the banks of a Pacific coast bay, now Puget Sound, where white Euro-Americans, in 1850's,
began establishing villages along the shore of Puget Sound and Chief Seathl welcomed
his new neighbors and treated them with kindness.

In1853 the settlers set up a village on Elliott Bay to establish a permanent town.
Due to the chief's friendship and kindness they named the town after him, Seattle.
The American settlers had picked the Seattle site for the luxuriant forest near by, on
a bluff. which would produce the timber for the gold rush . A saw mill was built at the
lowerr side of the bluff and timbers for sawing were “skidded” down a chute to be cut into
lumber. He chute became to be known as “skid road” and in time this became the main
street of Seattle, keeping it's name. As the Seattle business district moved north, the area
of Skid Road became dilapidated and was home to the homeless and a haven for drunks
and derelicts, and Skid Road, became 'skid row' , heeiafter any dilapated , part of a city ,
is called 'skid row'.

Not all of the Puget Sound Indians were as friendly and in 1855 the White River Valley
tribe attacked Seattle village and Chief Seathl convinced the White River tribe that hostility
to the white man would only hasten the Indians demise, so they became peaceful.

Chief Seathl , rather that fight, tried to learn the white mans ways, and became
a devout believer in Catholicism which he observed the rest of his life. He died at age 77,
in 1866

Abstract: , 06/07/18

Wednesday, June 6, 2018




June 1895, a Captain Mitchell , master of the steam tug “ Thomas J. Jones”
out of Philadelphia, was sailing southward along the Delmarva coast when he
rendezvoused with the Italian sailing bark “Oreb” which was in need of a 'tow' . After
making fast, the two vessels headed northward toward Fenwick Island.

Then, the wales showed up.

Whales once were numerous off the Delaware coast, but vigorous hunting by
New England whaling ships decimated the great schools of Atlantic whales. Late in
the 19th century it was only on occasion that a whale was spotted off Fenwick Island
and Cape Henlopen. However, in 1895, Captain Mitchell aboard the “Thomas J. Jones”
spotted a school of the great sea creatures.

Captain Mitchell, thirty years at sea, had never seen such large whales in such
large schools, so close to land.

The very large whales circled the two vessels and then began to pound on the
“Oreb”, then on the “Thomas J. Jones”. It is fortunate both vessels were strong and
could withstand the hammering by the whales. At first Captain Mitchel tried to out run
the whales but the tug had all it could do to haul the bark in tow, and was too slow. In
the attacks by the whales, large amount of sea water was slashed aboard the tug, it became
in danger of being 'swamped'.

Failing to outrun or otherwise drive the whales off the “Thomas J. Jomes” and the
“Oreb” appeared doomed. Suddenly, the leader of the school changed his direction and led
the rest of the whales out to sea, and Captain Mitchell, the “Thomas J Jones” and the :”Oreb”
made the Philadelphia port.....

Abstract: Delaware Coast Press, June 6, 2018, Michael Morgan's Sussex Journal
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