According to Wikipedia: “USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) is the third US Navy ship of that name. It was named in honor of John Paul Jones’ famous frigate, which he had named the French equivalent of “Good Man Richard,” in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Ambassador to France at the time. The name “Bonhomme Richard” is derived from the pen name of Benjamin Franklin, the author of Poor Richard’s Almanac.”
“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, and this effort commemorates the hundreds of brave sailors who were lost at sea,” said Allen. “It is a true honour to undertake the expedition to recover the bell from ‘The Mighty Hood’.”
Paul G. Allen
The bell of HMS Hood has finally been recovered from the depths of the North Atlantic and will be put on public display.
HMS Hood Bell Recovery Video by Paul Allen Productions
Thank you, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, for discovering the wreck of HMS Hood and later recovering the bell of HMS Hood on behalf of the Royal Navy. Allen has used part of his fortune to preserve lots of World War Two history.
From Daily Mail of London: “…computer genius Allen retains his geeky side. Octopus is also a deep-sea exploration ship, with a research laboratory, ten-man submarine and remotely operated underwater vehicle (or ROV) that can drop to 3,000m.
He has long been fascinated by the ocean deeps and also by World War II — particularly the technology of its planes and ships. That fixation, say his aides, goes back to his childhood when his father Kenneth would tell him stories about his time stationed as a soldier in war-time Britain.”
Read more from the Daily Mail here:
SEATTLE, WA and PORTSMOUTH, UK, August 8, 2015 A research team led by US philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has successfully recovered the bell of the battlecruiser HMS Hood, sunk in 1941 during World War II. Once restored, the bell will respectfully serve as a tangible and fitting memorial for the 1,415 lives lost when the Bismarck sunk the ship in the North Atlantic.
mighty HMS Hood on maneuvers before the outbreak of the Second World War
Paul Allen’s boat, Octopus, one of the largest private yachts in the world.
Brief vid of Allen’s yacht moored in London
Mighty HMS Hood’s bell recovered from sea bed after 74 years
recovered ship’s bell of HMS Hood
on 10 August 2015, the bell of HMS Hood was located and salvaged with funds provided by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, who paid all the costs to both locate the wreck of the HMS Hood and to retrieve the bell of HMS Hood.
The bell is lifted from the sea-bed by the robot submarine.
(Courtesy of Paul G Allen)
The symbol of the battle-cruiser, which lies more than a mile and a half down on the bottom of the Denmark Straight, was recovered by team led by Microsoft founder and philanthropist Paul G Allen.
Three years ago the American was thwarted in his efforts to pick up the bell by the weather in the waters between Iceland and Greenland.
This summer he returned with his yacht Octopus and its state-of-the-art robot submarine from the same firm, Blue Water Recoveries, which found the Hood’s wreck back in 2001.
Now the 18in-high bell, which was cast for the previous battleship of the same name, will be restored and placed on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.”
This was clearly a special bell for a special ship and it will forever serve as a fitting memorial to the mighty Hood – and a reminder of the service and sacrifice of her men
David Mearns, director of the maritime salvage firm, Blue Water, who did the work to the find the bell.
from the website of the British Royal Navy Continue reading Bell of the mighty HMS Hood recovered
A fascinating article from the New York Times of 10 March 2016 about Tittmoning Castle in Bavaria used by the Nazis as an internment camp for American civilians still in Germany when that country declared war on the US, including African-American jazz musicians, various other performers, Jewish men and women with American passports or passports from neutral countries.
by Eve M. Kahn
Prisoners either sort or open up bedding and bundles in the courtyard of Tittmoning castle. Caption and photograph courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. You can learn more about the castle in World War Two here:
Sketches From a P.O.W. Camp That Held African-Americans and Others
(NY Times 10 March 2016)
“During World War II, the Nazis imprisoned African-American athletes and jazz musicians and European Jews with passports from the United States and Latin America at Tittmoning Castle in Bavaria. The black detainees had been working overseas, partly to escape racism at home, and some had European wives and children who were also taken to interment centers.
The little-known wartime deprivations of foreign nationals imprisoned by the Nazis come to life in a collection of caricatures that were drawn at Tittmoning and are on view through March 31 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
The remainder of the article from the Times is here:
Resettlement Administration–Small loans give farmers a new start
(poster in the public domain from collection of the US Library of Congress)
Created by an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Resettlement Administration had as its initial goal the resettlement of impoverish tenant farmers from worn out farmland to more fertile lands which they would be able to purchase with a small loan from the Federal Government.
Large landowners were afraid they would lose their tenant farmers and they succeeded in persuading conservative Congressmen that the entire scheme was nothing but socialism in disguise and the agency was closed.
Another part of the program was to move urban poor to “greenbelt towns” where they could start over. Greenbelt, MD, outside of Washington, DC is one of these planned communities of which only a few were constructed.
famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow
The Bottom Line Up Front: Attorneys informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook, then I was screwed.
You can repost anything I have written and posted on Facebook since I first write all my personal work on my blog which is copyrighted. Even when you repost I still retain my copyright.
I attended a seminar sponsored by the Authors Guild at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property of the George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA.
I was able to meet with several of the law students and their professor for an hour and then hear a talk by the general counsel of the Authors Guild.
A week prior to my meeting I had sent them Facebook’s draconian terms of service which are similar to all other social media sites in that they lay claim whatever you post.
I specifically asked how to protect my copyright in this situation since I had become so concerned I had stopped posting to Facebook. They researched this and informed me that if I posted to Facebook from my blog, then I was protected since my blog is copyrighted. If I posted directly to Facebook then I was screwed.
Fortunately, if I post something to Facebook from my blog and Facebook friends repost, then I still retain my copyright.
Fortunately, I mainly post to Facebook via my blog and never directly. So I will begin to post certain things again but I won’t post any of my personal writing about the South or other parts of m life which I plan to later sell to other publications because Facebook can change their terms of service without informing users.