Bismarck Sapphire Necklace

The Bismarck Sapphire Necklace is a sapphire necklace designed by Cartier, Inc. in 1935. As of 2010, the necklace is on display between the Hall Sapphire and Diamond Necklace and the Logan Sapphire in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology and Minerals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington D. C. United States, it is named after Countess Mona von Bismarck, who donated the piece to the Smithsonian in 1967. The sapphire itself was mined in Burma, was purchased by the Countess in Sri Lanka in 1926 during her honeymoon with Harrison Williams; the necklace consists of a single chain of platinum links connected by pairs of round brilliant cut diamonds. The 98.56-carat table-cut Bismarck Sapphire is mounted in a pendant at the front of the necklace, surrounded by baguette-cut diamonds and eight smaller square-cut sapphires placed symmetrically around the edges of the setting

Windsor Road (Sydney)

Windsor Road is a notable road in the Hills District of Sydney. It ends at Northmead, New South Wales. However, Windsor Road is not continuous; the northern section of Windsor Road is continuous with Old Windsor Road instead, with the route allocation A2. The southern section of Windsor Road forms a T-junction with A2 at Kellyville; the North West T-way parallel to Windsor Road from Kellyville to Rouse Hill. This section of Windsor Road was part of the original Windsor Road, which opened in 1794; the rest of the original Windsor Road is now known as Old Windsor Road, which goes parallel to the new Windsor Road from Kellyville to Northmead. When the new Windsor Road opened in 1812, the original Windsor Road is aligned such that this section and the new section is continuous, leaving the southern original section renamed to Old Windsor Road and forms a T-junction with Windsor Road; this remained until 2002 when the Old Windsor Road regained importance and the junction was remade to the original Windsor Road alignment.

This newer section of Windsor Road was completed in 1812. Metroad 2 used to run along Windsor Road between Windsor and Showground while State Route 40 used to run along the entire stretch of Windsor Road from Northmead to Windsor; the opening of the M2 Hills Motorway forced Metroad 2 to realign to Old Windsor Road and Metroad 2 was decommissioned on this section of the road. State Route 40 was realigned to Old Windsor Road and the northern section of Windsor Road; as a result, this section has no route allocation since then. Australian roads portal

Kwa-di Tabil-class ferry

The Kwa-di Tabil -class ferries known as the 100 Vehicle class and 64 Vehicle class, were built by Washington State Ferries to replace the retired Steel Electric ferries. The vessels to carry up to 64 vehicles; the State of Washington spent $213 million to construct the three ferries in this class. Ferries in this class include: MV Chetzemoka MV Salish MV Kennewick In November 2007, Washington State Ferries made the decision to remove the 80-year-old Steel Electric ferries from service over safety concerns. Routine inspections revealed serious hull corrosion damage on two of the four old vessels; when the Steel Electrics were removed from service, there were no ferries able to carry vehicles on Port Townsend / Coupeville route as no other vessel could be used in Coupeville's small, shallow Keystone Harbor. Due to the vessel shortage created by the sudden retirement of the Steel Electric-class ferries, Washington State Ferries decided to base the design of the Kwa-di Tabil-class ferries on an existing ferry, Island Home, which runs between Martha's Vineyard and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

The Washington State Legislature authorized and funded vessel construction in February 2008 and the first vessel was built on tight 18-month schedule by Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle. The first ferry, was christened by Governor Christine Gregoire and began service November 14, 2010 on the Port Townsend / Coupeville route. Two boat service returned to the route on July 1, 2011 with the delivery of the second ferry, Salish. Kennewick entered service on February 14, 2012 and was assigned to the Port Townsend / Coupeville route, allowing Chetzemoka to be reassigned to the Point Defiance–Tahlequah route and the 65-year-old ferry Rhododendron to be retired; the Kwa-di Tabil-class ferries have had a number of problems. Most the non-symmetrical design of the ships caused them to list noticeably to one side. After a few months in service, ballast was added to one side of the vessels to correct the list. Despite promises that the Kwa-di Tabil-class ferries were designed to serve all routes and terminals in the WSF system, they have proven to be ill-suited for many routes.

The narrow car decks on the ferries make it difficult to turn vehicles around. During a December 2012 and January 2013 fleet emergency, Salish was pressed into service on the well-traveled Bremerton-Seattle run, it was at that time that it was discovered that the diesel fuel-hungry engines on the Kwa-di Tabil-class ferries struggled to make the 15.5 knots speed for which they had been designed, Salish averaged at best 13 knots. Washington State Ferries class information Washington State Ferries class history Evergreen Fleet