September 11, 2010 The dry cargo vessel USNS (United States Naval Ship) Washington Chambers was christened and launched at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego. NASSCO, a division of General Dynamics, built USNS Washington Chambers for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. The original crew for the ship included 129 civil... Continue Reading →

September 10, 1932 The George Westinghouse Memorial Bridge was officially opened in the borough of East Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County. One newspaper characterized the  debuting bridge as “the most recent link in Pennsylvania’s maze of beautiful highways.” The 1,598-foot (487.1-meter)-long bridge, which consists of five spans and carries U.S. Route 30 over the Turtle... Continue Reading →

September 7, 1970 Arctic explorer Donald Baxter MacMillan, a lifelong New Englander who made seminal contributions to transportation in the world’s northernmost regions, died at the age of 95 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In recounting MacMillan’s final years as a resident of that Cape Cod community, the New York Times highlighted his steadfast love for sailing... Continue Reading →

September 6, 1996 In the Netherlands, a recently completed bridge was officially opened by Queen Beatrix in the city of Rotterdam. This combined cable-stayed and bascule bridge was named after the prominent Dutch Renaissance humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who is also known as Erasmus of Rotterdam. The Erasmus Bridge (“Erasmusbrug” in Dutch), which crosses a distributary... Continue Reading →

September 5, 1927 “Trolley Troubles,” a transportation-themed cartoon short produced and directed by Walt Disney and distributed by Universal Pictures, made its debut. The film, which is about six minutes in length, is notable because it marked the first appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. This character would serve as the basis for Disney’s better-known... Continue Reading →

September 4, 1783 Frederic Tudor, a businessman who became known as the “Ice King” for creatively transporting ice to various regions of the globe from his native New England, was born in Boston. Long before the advent of electric refrigerators, Tudor came up with the idea of harvesting block ice from frozen freshwater lakes and... Continue Reading →

August 31, 1899 Automotive businessman Freelan Oscar Stanley became the first person to drive a car to the top of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England. He was accompanied by his wife Flora as he navigated his steam-powered Locomobile up the steep 6,288-foot (1,916-meter)-tall mountain. Stanley and his identical twin brother... Continue Reading →

August 30, 1929 Lightship 115 (LV-115) of the U.S. Lighthouse Service was launched in Charleston, South Carolina. As one of the lightships built to serve as navigational aids in waters too deep or otherwise unsuitable for lighthouses, LV-115 was stationed beginning in 1930 at one of the most dangerous places along the entire Atlantic coast... Continue Reading →

August 29, 1891 Bicycle pioneer Pierre Lallement died in Boston at the age of 47. He had been born in 1843 in the commune of Pont-à-Mousson in northeastern France. Lallement became a carriage maker by trade, but eventually developed an even stronger interest in another type of transportation. Specifically, Lallement worked hard on modifying a... Continue Reading →

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