All good things must come to an end. And what an end it is.
Happy Halloween fellow travelers!
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The Martin PBM Mariner was a patrol bomber flying boat of World War II and the early Cold War period. It was designed to complement the Consolidated PBY Catalina in service. A total of 1,366 were built, with the first example flying on 18 February 1939 and the type entering service in September 1940. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)Click on any image to see it larger.
The Martin P5M Marlin (P-5 Marlin after 1962), built by the Glenn L. Martin Company of Middle River, Maryland, was a twin-engined piston-powered flying boat entering service in 1951 and serving into late 1960s in service with the United States Navy for naval patrol. It also served in the U.S. Coast Guard and with the French Navy. 285 were produced overall. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
During the Second World War, both the American and the Japanese Navies built a number of seaplane tenders to supplement their aircraft carrier fleets. However, these ships often had their catapults removed, and were used as support vessels that operated seaplanes from harbours rather than in a seaway. These aircraft were generally for long range reconnaissance patrols. The tenders allowed the aircraft to be rapidly deployed to new bases because their runways did not have to be constructed, and support facilities were mobile much like supply ships for submarines or destroyers.
The German navy in World War II did not operate any seaplane tenders. However, the German air force, Luftwaffe, had 19 seaplane tenders of both large and small sizes in operation. These ships were mostly converted from existing civilian seaplane tenders, and were capable of carrying 1-3 seaplanes. The French and Italian navies also had seaplane tenders in service.
Seaplane tenders became obsolete at the end of the Second World War. A few remained in service after the war but by the late-1950s most had been scrapped or converted to other uses such as helicopter repair ships. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)To see another post about a P5M click here.
Every Saturday, Earl stops by Mrs. Blair's boarding house with his shoeshine kit. Mr. Hansen likes to gets his best shoes shined before hitting the town that night. Sometimes the Weber sisters come out for a smoke. Today he brought his brother Lester along so he could practice with his camera. Lester thinks he can make money taking photos of the tourists who stay at the boarding houses. Earl thinks that's foolish as most tourists don't have much money and a lot are sick with consumption. Lester made a couple of prints but no one ever bought any. They sat in his desk drawer for years until his nephew sold them to an antique dealer.