Brooklyn Bridge Opens In 1883

After 14 years and 27 deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River is opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Designed by the late John A. Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.

Purple Paint

 

Posted: 09 Aug 2017 11:27 AM PDT

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE COLOR PURPLE? Most of us are familiar with the “POSTED: NO TRESPASSING” signs that appear throughout the county. Under the former Alabama trespass law, an intruder upon rural, unfenced property was not necessarily a trespasser unless “notice against trespass is personally communicated to him by the owner of such land or another authorized person, or unless such notice is given by posting in a conspicuous manner.” BUT NOW, landowners have another option: PURPLE PAINT. The definition of “posting in a conspicuous manner” now includes painting vertical stripes of purple paint upon trees or posts along the property line. The full definition of the new posting rule is listed below:

POSTING IN A CONSPICUOUS MANNER 13A-7-1

A sign or signs posted on the property, reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders, indicating that entry is forbidden or the placement of identifying purple paint marks on trees or posts on the property, provided that the marks satisfy all of the following:

* Are vertical lines of not less than eight inches in length and not less than one inch in width.

Did You Know? George Washington Launched a Submarine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Yankee experimental submarine, code named Turtle, was launched against the British warship, HMS Eagle, on September 6, 1776.  In the attack, the submarine attempted to attach an underwater bomb, but was forced to withdraw when the corkscrew tethered to the explosive wouldn’t penetrate the warship’s hull.   The submarine made a similar attempt later against the HMS Phoenix with the same results.  In the end, however, success was achieved when a standalone torpedo, perfected in the secret program, was used by Colonial commandos to sink a British sloop. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160831/403054

Details of the submarine’s development were uncovered by examining letters from the inventor, David Bushnell, and correspondence between Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklinand George Washington. You can read about the clandestine program along with British attempts to foil the submarine in a recently published book, “Washington’s Undersea War,” by Shawn Shallow, Gatekeeper Press. Submarine Construction

The process began when a brilliant Yale student, David Bushnell, designed the rudimentary submarine before recruiting his brother Ezra and a local craftsman Isaac Doolittle for actual construction.  Working in secret, they produced a working submarine, round and almost six feet in height, with a brass head containing eight small glass windows.  Early attempts to operate the machine underwater met with multiple problems including total darkness for the operator.  Rumors of the invention reached George Washington who arranged for funds to perfect the underwater machine and train a military pilot, Ezra Lee. On the evening of September 6, 1776; Washington launched the Turtle in an attack of the HMS Eagle.  When unable to attach the underwater bomb, the Turtle was forced to return to the surface where it was spotted by British guards on Governor’s Island New York who gave chase in a rowboat.  In response, the pilot Ezra Lee, detonated the torpedo between himself and his pursuers to affect his escape.  A second attempt followed against the H.M.S. Phoenix with similar results.

Where Is Semmes Alabama

Where Is Semmes Alabama?

The City of Semmes Alabama is in the western part part of Mobile County Alabama. Semmes AL latitude is 30.79 degrees North and 88.25 degrees west. Semmes elevation is 216 feet above sea level.