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Island of Mozambique

The Island of Mozambique lies off northern Mozambique, between the Mozambique Channel and Mossuril Bay, is part of Nampula Province. Prior to 1898, it was the capital of colonial Portuguese East Africa. With its rich history and sandy beaches, the Island of Mozambique is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Mozambique's fastest growing tourist destinations, it has a permanent population of 14,000 people and is served by nearby Lumbo Airport on the Nampula mainland. Pottery found on Mozambique Island indicates that the town was founded no than the fourteenth century. According to tradition, the original Swahili population came from Kilwa; the town's rulers had links with the rulers of both Quelimane by the fifteenth century. In 1514, Duarte Barbosa noted that the town had a Muslim population and that they spoke the same Swahili dialect as Angoche; the name of the island is derived from Ali Musa Mbiki, sultan of the island in the times of Vasco da Gama. This name was subsequently taken to the mainland country, modern-day Mozambique, the island was renamed Ilha de Moçambique.

The Portuguese established a port and naval base in 1507 and built the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte in 1522, now considered the oldest European building in the Southern Hemisphere. During the 16th century, the Fort São Sebastião was built, the Portuguese settlement became the capital of Portuguese East Africa; the island became an important missionary centre. It withstood Dutch attacks in 1607 and 1608 and remained a major post for the Portuguese on their trips to India, it saw the trading of slaves and gold. Apart from the ancient fortifications, only half of the town is stone-built; the hospital, a majestic neo-classical building constructed in 1877 by the Portuguese, with a garden decorated with ponds and fountains, was repainted white after the Mozambican Civil War. For many years, it was the biggest hospital south of the Sahara. With the opening of the Suez Canal, the island's fortunes waned. In 1898, the capital was moved to Lourenço Marques on the mainland. By the middle of the 20th century, the new harbour of Nacala took most of the remaining business.

Other notable buildings on the island include the Palace and Chapel of São Paulo, built in 1610 as a Jesuit College and subsequently used as the Governor's Residence, now a museum. The island, now urbanised, is home to several mosques and a Hindu temple. A 3 km bridge was erected in the 1960s to connect it to the mainland; the island in itself is not big, about 3 km long and between 200 and 500 metres wide. Most historical buildings are at the island's northern end; the majority of the residents live in reed houses in Makuti Town at the southern end of the island. The island is close to two tourist highlights: Chocas Mar, a long beach about 40 km north of Ilha de Moçambique across the Mossuril Bay and Cabaceiras. O. J. O. Ferreira, Ilha de Moçambique byna Hollands: Portuguese inbesitname, Nederlandse veroweringspogings en die opbloei en verval van Mosambiek-eiland. Gordonsbaai & Jeffreysbaai: Adamastor: 2010 Malyn Newitt, Mozambique Island: The Rise and Decline of an East African Coastal City, 1500–1700.

An article from Portuguese Studies. Ilha de Mozambique travel guide from Wikivoyage World Heritage Site Website managed by the Community Multimedia Center of the Ilha de Mozambique

HMS Pickle (1800)

HMS Pickle was a topsail schooner of the Royal Navy. She was a civilian vessel named Sting, of six guns, that Lord Hugh Seymour purchased to use as a tender on the Jamaica station. Pickle was at the Battle of Trafalgar, though she was too small to take part in the fighting, Pickle was the first ship to bring the news of Nelson's victory to Great Britain, she participated in a notable single-ship action when she captured the French privateer Favorite in 1807. Pickle was without loss of life. In 1995 five replica Baltic packet schooners were constructed at the Grumant & Askold shipyard in Russia. One, named Alevtina & Tuy, renamed Schooner Pickle in 2005. Retaining her adopted name, she is berthed in Hull Marina on the Humber; the vessel, owned by Historic Motor and Sail, is presented as a representation in name only with no structural or physical resemblance to the original HMS Pickle. One can see her during the summer months at ports along the east coast of England. Named Sting, Pickle was built in 1799 in Bermuda, where this type of vessel was known as a Bermuda sloop.

Vice-Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour, the commander in chief on the Jamaica Station, formally purchased Sting in December 1800 for £2,500, after having leased her for some time at £10 per day. His purchase was in defiance of orders not to purchase vessels. However, faced with a fait accompli, the Admiralty issued an order in February 1801 that her name be changed to Pickle. Between April and June 1800, on the Leeward Island station, a Pickle participated in the capture of four prizes and a recapture. Sting may have been known as Pickle on station long before the Admiralty made her name change official; that said, the Naval Chronicle numbers the "schooner Sting" among the vessels escorting the convoy in which Lowestoffe wrecked on 10 August 1801. The Admiralty admonished Sting's commander after September 1801, Lieutenant Thomas Thrush, to cease referring to her as Sting and to refer to her as Pickle. On 9 April 1800, the tenders Garland recaptured the schooner Hero, she was 136 tons burthen. She was out of Guadeloupe, sailing from Pointe Petre to Saint Bartholomew with a load of cordwood.

A week the same two vessels captured the Dutch schooner Maria. She had a crew of 19 men, armed with small arms, was of 35 tons burthen, she was from Curaçao. On 9 May, Pickle alone took the schooner Jack, of Boston, sailing from Boston to Martinique with a cargo of cattle. Pickle's commander is given as Mr. William Black. On 26 May, described as the tender to Captain William Browell's ship of the line Sans Pareil recaptured the schooner John, William Jeffrey, Master; the French privateer Brilliant had captured the John, sailing from Boston to Martinique. Lastly, on 30 June and the tender Gipsy captured the French privateer schooner Fidelle, armed with four guns and had a crew of 61 men, she was on a privateering cruise when the two British vessels captured her. On 11 September Captain Frederick Watkins sailed Nereide to Curaçao to forestall the French from taking it. On 13 September he took possession and signed the terms of capitulation on behalf of the British. Sting acted as a tender to the flagship there.

The schooner Sting is listed as one of the escorts of a convoy that formed on 29 July 1801 when Lowestoffe came to escort it. Lowestoffe and five merchant vessels were wrecked, on 10 August; the subsequent court martial of Captain Robert Plampin of Lowestoffe, which exonerated him and his officers, took place in Kingston, Jamaica on 3 September. On 25 September 1801 a privateer hoisting the Spanish flag unsuccessfully engaged Pickle in a single-ship action that resulted in the death of her commander, Lieutenant Greenshields, the wounding of Midshipman Pierce, the master, Thomas Hayer, seven others of her crew. At 11am, some five or six miles NW of the Isle of Ash, Pickle sighted a vessel flying the British flag and sailing towards it; when the vessel got within pistol-shot, he opened fire. The fight lasted an hour and a quarter, with a musket ball through the body killing Greenshields about 40 minutes in; the Spanish vessel tried to board Pickle, but when the Spaniard was unable to do so, he fled.

Pickle chased the privateer for an hour and a half but the privateer was faster and Pickle gave up the chase. Hayer, who wrote the report of the action, described the privateer as having two 12-pounder and two 9-pounder guns, a crew of about 70 men. Pickle had a crew of 35. Thomas Thrush, a lieutenant on Sans Pareil, next assumed command, he received the duty of bringing Seymour's body back to England, the admiral having died on 11 September of a fever. On 24 March 1802 Pickle came under the command of Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere, he may not have assumed command until May. On 16 February Pickle arrived from Malta after a 14-day voyage, she was carrying urgent dispatches, so after meeting with Rear-Admiral Dacres her captain rushed off in a post-chaise and four for the Admiralty while the vessel itself went into quarantine at Coney Cove, Stonehouse Pool. In 1803 Pickle was attached to Admiral William Cornwallis' Inshore Squadron, where she reconnoitered enemy harbours during the blockade of Brest and Lorient.

On 1 June Pickle was in company with Diana when they took t

Twister...Ride it Out

Twister... Ride It Out was a special effects attraction located at Universal Studios Florida, based on the 1996 film Twister, it opened on May 4, 1998, replacing the Ghostbusters Spooktacular attraction in the New York area of the park. The attraction was hosted by actors Bill Helen Hunt, who starred in the original film; the attraction closed on November 2, 2015 and was subsequently replaced with Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which opened on April 6, 2017. The attraction took guests to a small mock-up of the Oklahoma town of Wakita. Video monitors show home movies of signs carry information about the Fujita Scale; as guests walked into Soundstage 50, the opening scene from the film was shown on a video screen. When the scene ended, Twister stars Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt appeared on television to talk about their experiences filming the movie. Guests next walked into a new room, a model of Aunt Meg's damaged house after the twister; as guests walked into the kitchen, televisions are seen impaled into the wall, as if by tremendous force.

Paxton and Hunt appear on the televisions and talk about. The moment they finish, the televisions started to static, after the static, the channel changes to Channel 5, with a weather anchor issuing a tornado warning in the area the guests are in. Staff members with red emergency lights will move the lights to now opening doors while a message is playing telling you to get out of the house, at the same time sirens can be heard, they are led onto a set resembling the drive-in theater scene in the movie. The guests line up on a tiered observation platform under a corrugated metal roof, overlooking a real sound stage outdoor scene featuring a view of the rural Galaxy Drive-in theater and the Rocket Hamburgers diner at dusk as dark clouds roll overhead. A tree gets struck by lightning, scenes from The People Under the Stairs appear on the movie screen, sirens sound and winds in the room get stronger, as well as rain falling from the sky. A small flashlight can be seen inside the Rocket Hamburgers a couple of feet away, as well as voices of family within the restaurant screaming to get inside along with a dog barking.

A projected tornado drops from the sky in the background. As it forms getting closer, the tornado turns and destroys the drive-in theater. Another tornado would appear on stage five stories tall and twelve feet wide; the glass on the Rocket Hamburgers window shatters as the guests would be squirted with water from behind. DOROTHY flies by as lightning flashes; the Galaxy Drive-in sign crashes inside Eric's garage. After that happens, a cow flies by the guests, a homage to a scene in the film; the roof of the observation platform threatens to tear off, being pulled upwards. A Dodge Ram parked in front of the garage slides towards a couple of gas tanks with the force of the tornado pulling it; the truck hits one of the gas tanks. Sparks are caused by the impact of the truck and fire forms up reaching the tornado which causes a fireball three stories high to erupt; the twister dies out, the roof falls down above the guests. As this happens, the floor gives a sudden drop giving guests a final scare. Bill Paxton thanks everyone for surviving twister directing them to exit to their left through the "Aftermath" gift shop.

To simulate a tornado, Universal Parks & Resorts entered talks with tornado meteorologists to discover the actual sights and feel of the experience. Universal planned to open the attraction in March 1998. Due to this, the opening was delayed until May 4, 1998. During summer of 2008, the queue was pushed outside due to construction of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, where the roller coaster blasts through the firehouse façade; the ride involved the closure of the Boneyard in September 2008, the moving of the Blue Man Group pathway in November 2008. This was to make room for the Universal Music Plaza Stage and the entrance of Hollywood Rip, Rockit. On February 16, 2009, the attraction began operating only during peak seasons. However, it was re-opened by Universal on March 2009 due to guest demand. On October 27, 2015, it was announced that Twister... Ride it Out would be closing on November 1, 2015 to make room for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. List of amusement rides based on film franchises Retired attractions at Universal Orlando Twister...

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