Prostrate in Portland


Most likely, at least if you’re old like me, you remember the movie Sleepless in Seattle, that starred Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. It was a cute movie…they’ve done several movies together and they seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

Well, this has nothing to do with that movie, but I needed some intro and thought Prostrate in Portland was a nice play on the Sleepless in Seattle format!

Wandering the street one day with my oldest son, not far from his home, we ran across this scene. I don’t know if there was ever any more to this sculpture or not, but I thought it looked like some angel in deep repose. Perhaps she just was wandering the neighborhood, too, and lay down to take a nap among the flowers.

Is it a medusa?  Minerva? Or just some Sally or Jane? I think she should have a name, don’t you?  So, suggestions, anyone?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1940, the German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis set off on a mission to catch and sink Allied merchant ships.

By the time the Atlantis set sail from Germany, the Allies had already lost more than 750,000 tons worth of shipping, the direct result of German submarine attacks. They had also lost another 281,000 tons because of mines, and 36,000 tons as the result of German air raids. The Germans had lost just eighteen submarines.

The Atlantis had been a merchant ship itself, but was converted to a commerce raider with six 5.9-inch guns, 93 mines ready to plant, and two aircraft fit for spying out Allied ships to sink. The Atlantis donned various disguises in order to integrate itself into any shipping milieu inconspicuously.

Commanded by Capt. Bernhard Rogge, the Atlantis roamed the Atlantic and Indian oceans. She sank a total of 22 merchant ships (146,000 tons in all) and proved a terror to the British Royal Navy. The Atlantis‘s career finally came to an end on November 22, 1941, when it was sunk by the British cruiser Devonshire as the German marauder was refueling a U-boat.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The British wear paper crowns while they eat Christmas dinner. The crowns are stored in a tube called a “Christmas cracker.”


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