Saturday, November 19, 2016

WHERE AND WHEN ARE WE?

BORU


Hey guys, Boru here with today's Bumpass hounds & Kitties blog edition.  As you may, or may not, know, I'm the oldest cat or dog in the group, I'm 15 years old and hence the patriarch of the clan.  I've picked up some useful knowledge during my life and I've also picked up a lot of useless trivial crap too.  So today I thought that I'd share one of my more useless pieces of trivia with you so that you nay impress your friends at the office coffee pot or water cooler; whichever you prefer.  I involves an old tale (tail?) of the sea (the place where tuna comes from, Mmmmmmmmmm.).  It's from way back somewhere around 1899 or 1900, sometime around then.  So here goes my yarn (ball of yarn?).


The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver, Canada  to Australia. Since tis was before Mr. Garmin invenetd GPS, the navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the Master, Captain John Phillips (not the Tom Hanks one), the result. 
NOT this Captain Phillips but another one.
The ships position was LAT 0 S 31' N and LON 179 S 30' W.The date was 31 December 1899.

Captian Phillips said, “Know what this means?” 

First Mate Payton broke in, “We are only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line.”

Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check and double check the ships position. He changed course slightly to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather and clear night worked in his favor.At midnight, the Master ensured that the Warrimoo lay still on the equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!

The consequences of this bizarre position were many:


The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere and the middle of summer. The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere and in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. Forward it was 1 January 1900.  

                                                     International Dateline
                                                                    ↡
SS WARRIMOO

This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different years, and two different seasons, but in two different centuries, all at the same time!
This is a picture from the historic occasion:

Intersection of Equator and International Dateline at Midnight
This is a map of where it happened:

Intersection of Equator & International dateline is where dotted lines cross.
If you ever want to go to the place,you'll need a boat or an airplane.  If you're in the northern hemisphere simply head south (from southern hemisphere head north) until you see the equator, which is marked by a reddish line on the ocean.

The Equator line on the ocean.

When you get there, determine which part you're on.  If you are on W. Equator St. you have to turn east, and if you're on E. Equator St. you'll need tto turn west.  Continue sailing/flying until reaching International Dateline Blvd.  Look for the intersection marker in the ocean.  Its a large dark drum shaped float.  WALAA ...... you're there.




Here are a couple of other famous intersections that you might want to check out:

This one is somewhere in California I think.

This is a really cool multiple intersection out west of Florida.  A bunch of states come together there.

Utah & Arizona & Colorado & New Mexico Intersection
Can you guess which way is north, south, east and west without using Google maps?

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