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Mare Island Naval Shipyard

The Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. It is located 25 miles northeast of San Francisco in California; the Napa River goes through the Mare Island Strait and separates the peninsula shipyard from the main portion of the city of Vallejo. MINSY made a name for itself as the premier US West Coast submarine port as well as serving as the controlling force in San Francisco Bay Area shipbuilding efforts during World War II; the base has gone through several redevelopment phases. It was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1960, parts of it were declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1975. In September 1849, Lieutenant Commander William Pope McArthur was placed in command of the US survey schooner Ewing, brought around Cape Horn to the West Coast by Lieutenant Washington Allon Bartlett. Upon reaching San Francisco and the other ship assigned to the survey, USS Massachusetts, were hampered from progress due to desertions of their crews to the gold fields, including a mutiny when crew members rowing into the city from Ewing threw an officer overboard in an attempt to desert.

They managed to survey the Mare Island Strait before steaming to Hawaii to obtain crewmen from Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha III. They returned to San Francisco in the spring of 1850 with the coastal survey of northern California beginning on 4 April 1850 and continued up to the mouth of the Columbia River. On 1 August 1850, while still in Oregon, McArthur purchased a ​1⁄16 interest in Mare Island for $468.50 returned to San Francisco that month to prepare charts and write reports. On 15 January 1852, Secretary of the Navy Will A. Graham ordered a Naval Commission to select a site for a naval yard on the Pacific Coast. Commodore D. Sloat along with Commodore C. Ringgold, Simon F. Blunt and William P. S. Sanger were appointed to the commission. On 13 July 1852, Sloat recommended the island across the Napa River from the settlement of Vallejo; the Navy purchased the original 956 acres of MINSY on 4 January 1853. McArthur's family share was $5,218.20. The Navy commenced shipbuilding operations on 16 September 1854 under the command of then-Commander David Farragut, who gained fame during the U.

S. Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay, when he gave the order, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" MINSY served as a major Pacific Ocean repair station during the late 19th century, handling American as well as Japanese and Russian vessels in the course of duty. In 1861, the longest lived of the clipper ships, was brought to Mare Island Navy Yard for $15,000 of repairs. Syren had struck Mile Rock two times while trying to sail out of the Golden Gate. Marines first arrived for duty in 1862 under the command of Maj Addison Garland, the first officer to command the Marine barracks on the island. Mare Island Naval Shipyard took a commanding role in civil defense and emergency response on the West Coast, dispatching warships to the Pacific Northwest to subdue Native American violence. MINSY sent ships such as Wyoming south to Central America and the Panama Canal to protect US political and commercial interests; some of the support and munition requirements for the Spanish–American War were filled by Mare Island.

MINSY sent men and ships to San Francisco in response to the fires following the 1906 earthquake. Arctic rescue missions were mounted as necessary. Ordnance manufacturing and storage were two further key missions at MINSY for nearly all of its active service, including ordnance used prior to the American Civil War. In 1911, the Marine Corps established two West Coast recruit training depots first at Mare Island, the second at Puget Sound, Washington. Mare Island became the West Coast's only recruit training facility when the Puget Sound operation consolidated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1912. Instructors trained recruits there until 10 August 1923, when they relocated to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. In March 1917 MINSY was the site of a major explosion of barges loaded with munitions; the blast killed 6 people, wounded another 31, destroyed some port facilities. Agents of U. S. Military Intelligence tied the blast to roving German saboteur Lothar Witzke, caught and imprisoned in 1918.

MINSY saw major shipbuilding efforts during World War I. MINSY holds a shipbuilding speed record for a destroyer that still stands, launching USS Ward in just ​17 1⁄2 days in May–June 1918. Mare Island was selected by the Navy for construction of the only US West Coast-built dreadnought battleship, USS California, launched in 1919. In 1904, the pre-dreadnought battleship USS Nebraska had been launched at Washington. Noting the power of underwater warfare shown by German U-boats in World War I, the Navy doubled their Pacific-based submarine construction program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard by founding a submarine program at MINSY in the early 1920s. Base facilities included a hospital, ammunition depot and rubber testing laboratories, schools for firefighters and anti-submarine attack during World War II. MINSY reached peak capacity for shipbuilding, repair and maintenance of many different kinds of seagoing vessels including both surface combatants and submarines. Up to 50,000 workers were employed.

Mare Island received Royal Navy cruisers and destroyers and four Soviet Navy subs for service. Following the War, MINSY was considered to be one of the primary stations for construction and maintenance of the Navy's Pacific fleet of submarines, having built seventeen submarines and fo

Sara Vickers

Sara Louise Vickers is a Scottish theatre and film actress, best known for playing Joan Thursday in the British television detective drama series Endeavour. Vickers was born in Strathaven, Scotland in 1985, grew up in Edinburgh, she graduated with a BA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2010. In 2010 Vickers appeared in Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea, adapted by David Eldridge and directed by Sarah Frankcom at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Playing Dr Wangel's daughter, she was reviewed in The Independent as giving a "lively identity" to the role; the British Theatre Guide described her performance as "very good". A review in The Telegraph said she "brim with forceful vitality". In 2011 she was Maia in Judgement Day, based on Ibsen’s last work When We Dead Awaken, directed James Dacre at the Print Room, Notting Hill Gate, her performance described as "brimming with intelligence and frustrated sexuality"; the Evening Standard called her "the lively Sara Vickers". The Guardian's Michael Billington gave the production four stars, saying that Vickers "lends Rubek's young wife the spirit of a caged animal".

In November and December 2011 she played Annabella in'Tis Pity She's a Whore at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Alfred Hickling in The Guardian, giving the production three stars, wrote that Vickers "makes a plaintive case for Annabella". For her performance she received a Commendation at the Ian Charleson Awards. In September and October 2013, she appeared as Alexandra McArthur in Dark Road, co-written by Ian Rankin, at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh; the Independent called her "a strong Sara Vickers", The Scotsman, "a fine Sara Vickers". In 2014 she was Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Walter Meierjohann, at Victoria Baths, Manchester, her performance was described as "defiant and energetic showing off the youthfulness of Juliet". The Manchester Evening News said she was "occasionally transporting". Vickers performed the role of Margaret Campbell in Dickie. Since 2013, she has played the recurring character of Joan Thursday in the Mammoth Screen-produced British television detective drama series Endeavour for ITV, appeared through the 2019 series six.

In 2013 she was Connie Charles in the five episode BBC One drama series Privates. In 2015, she had a supporting role in Waterloo's Warriors, directed by Ruán Magan, a docudrama produced by Caledonia Television for the BBC; that same year she was the character Lottie in episode one, "Perfect Woman", of series two of Man Down for Channel 4. In 2016, she played Cara in one episode of the British sitcom comedy, produced by Clerkenwell Films and broadcast on Netflix, she appeared as Leanne Randall in 2016 in the third series of the BBC One crime drama Shetland. In the Netflix historical drama series The Crown, directed by Benjamin Caron, she performed in one 2016 episode as Crawfie. In 2018, she appeared as Jane Gooding in one episode of The Alienist, directed by Jakob Verbruggen, for TNT-Netflix. Beginning with the premiere on October 20, 2019, Vickers appeared as Ms. Crookshanks, a main character in HBO's Watchmen television series continuation of the 1987 DC Comics limited series of the same name.

Vickers performed as Eilidh in Sunshine on Leith, a 2013 musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. She played Lizzie in Breaking, a 2016 film short directed by Joel Feder. Vickers married British actor and fellow RADA classmate Kerr Logan in August 2017. Sara Vickers on IMDb

Andrew H. Stone

Andrew H. Stone is a judge in the Third Judicial District Court of the State of Utah, he was appointed in October 2010 by Governor Gary Herbert. Stone was born in Pennsylvania and lived in California until the age of fourteen before moving to Utah. Stone graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with an emphasis on Botany and Mathematics, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation. In 1986, Stone received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah where he graduated Order of the Coif.. He began his legal career as a clerk for federal judge Bruce S. Jenkins of the United States District Court of Utah, he subsequently worked for the United States Department of Justice in Washington D. C. with the Attorney General's Honor program. He worked for the DOJ as a trial attorney in the commercial litigation branch from 1987 to 1989. In 1990, Stone returned to Utah to enter private practice with the Salt Lake City firm Jones, Holbrook, McDonough where he specialized in antitrust and business litigation.

In 1998, Stone assisted in the briefing of the Rubin V. Snake River Potato Growers case, a companion case that challenged the Line Item Veto Act of 1996; the act was determined by the Supreme Court of the United States to be unconstitutional on June 25, 1998. He assisted in several significant cases involving ERISA and continued his work in antitrust litigation. Stone represented the United Potato Growers of America, among others, in a multi-district class action lawsuit involving antitrust matters. While with Jones Waldo, Stone served on the law firm's Board of Directors as well as the Executive committee prior to his appointment to the bench. Stone began his judicial career in January 2011 as a judge in the Third Judicial District Court of the State of Utah, which serves Salt Lake and Summit counties. Stone was named to Best Lawyers in America for several years for his work with antitrust law, he received the honor of Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine for his work in business litigation.

Stone is an avid bicyclist and hiker


Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which features prominently in Terry Pratchett's Discworld fantasy novels. Pratchett describes this biggest city of Discworld as the corrupt mercantile capital of the Discworld. In The Art of Discworld Pratchett explains that the city is similar to Tallinn and central Prague, but adds that it has elements of 18th-century London, 19th-century Seattle and modern New York City, he stated that since the creation of The Streets of Ankh-Morpork, he tried to ensure that the descriptions of character movements and locations in the books matched the Ankh-Morpork map. The name "Ankh-Morpork" refers to both the city itself, a walled city about five miles across, the surrounding suburbs and farms of its fiefdom; the city itself lies on the River Ankh, the most polluted waterway on the Discworld, which divides it into the more affluent Ankh and the poorer Morpork Lying equidistant from the cold, mountainous Hub and tropical Rim, Ankh-Morpork is in the Discworld's equivalent of the temperate zone.

Ankh-Morpork is built on black loam, but is built on itself. There are many unknown basements, including an entire "cave network" below Ankh-Morpork made up of old streets and abandoned sewers; the succession of the Patrician occurs by either assassination or revolution. Patricians have been known to resign, but this is much the exception. Power is, to some degree, shared with the surviving nobility, they form a sort of advisory city council, with a system of one man, one vote - the Patrician being the "one man" in question. The primary engines of Ankh-Morpork's economy are the guilds. There are hundreds of guilds, for every conceivable profession, from clowns to butchers, each has its own maintained laws and trading practices. Many guilds have assumed roles; the City Watch is one of the greatest success stories. In the beginning, it consisted of the Day Watch, popinjays headed by Captain "Mayonnaise" Quirke and the Night Watch, three unemployable men; the addition of Lance-Constable Carrot was the catalyst for their reformation over the course of the novel Guards!

Guards!. Over the course of time, the Watch has grown under the leadership of Commander Samuel Vimes to the most modern police force on the Disc; the Ankh-Morpork Assassins' Guild is a professional organisation and school for assassins in Terry Pratchett's long-running Discworld series of fantasy novels. It is located in Ankh-Morpork, the largest city on the Discworld, is considered by the elite to be the best option for a well-rounded education anywhere; the Guild of Assassins is located in a light, airy series of buildings next to the Guild of Fools and Joculators, being a far more sinister building, is mistaken for the Assassins'. The guild is headed by Lord Downey; the Assassins' Guild was founded on 27 August AM1512 by Sir Gyles de Munforte as the de Munforte School for Gentlemen Assassins. Sir Gyles was a warrior knight who, during his crusades in Klatch, was intrigued by the Klatchian tradition of professional gentleman assassins, decided to set up a similar organisation at home, only without the drugs.

In AM1576 the school was elevated to the status of a Guild and the name was changed to the Royal Guild of Assassins. The'Royal' was dropped after the'events' of AM1688. In response to huge demand among the aristocracy for their children to receive the well-rounded education the Guild offered, the Guild's charter was expanded to include those intending to gain skills in proper Assassination. For most of its history the Assassins Guild School was a male-only establishment, however it has become co-educational, it is said to be the only school of assassination on the Discworld. However, assassination began in Klatch, it is stated in Interesting Times that there is a small select guild in Hunghung, in the Agatean Empire; the Bell Tower houses the Inhumation Bell, which marks not only the hours but the successful completion of an assassin's contract. It tolls to mark the passing of assassins; the Bell Tower is topped by a weathervane in the shape of a cloaked man. The Cloister houses the busts and portraits of famous victims of the guild's various graduates, along with the date of death and the name of the Assassin with whose "assistance" they threw off their respective mortal coils.

The Museum contains many noted tools and traps, such as rigged teddy bears, used in successful killings. The Library is the largest in Ankh-Morpork outside that of Unseen University, though it surpasses the latter in "certain specialist areas". Pratchett describes the Assassins' Guild in The Art of Discworld as a typical British public school with the knobs turned up to eleven. Like a British public school, it is divided into houses named for a deadly animal; the most oft-mentioned is Viper House, though Scorpion, Tree Frog and Cobra Houses have been mentioned. A purely male institution, it has recognised female students as being at

John Todd (British biologist)

John Andrew Todd FMedSci FRS is Professor of Precision Medicine at the University of Oxford, director of the Wellcome Center for Human Genetics and the JDRF/Wellcome Trust Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory, in addition to Jeffrey Cheah Fellow in Medicine at Brasenose College. He works in collaboration with David Clayton and Linda Wicker to examine the molecular basis of type 1 diabetes. Todd received a Bsc in Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, he went on to study a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge supervised by David Ellar which he completed in 1983 with a thesis entitled "Penicillin-binding proteins during growth and differentiation of bacilli". Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Honorary Member of the Royal College of Physicians. Fellow of the Royal Society in. JDRF David Rumbrough Award for Scientific Excellence. Helmholtz international fellow award. JDRF/WT Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory Cambridge BioResource Profile at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Gertrude Pocte Geddes Willis

Gertrude Pocte Geddes Willis founded the Gertrude Geddes Willis Life Insurance Company and Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was one of the first women funeral directors in New Orleans. Willis née Pocte was born in Happy Jack, Louisiana on March 9, 1878, her first husband Clem Geddes was in the funeral business. The couple partnered with Arnold Moss to form a company that sold insurance as well as owning a funeral home. After Clem Geddes died in 1913 she married William A. Willis. In 1940 she renamed the business Life Insurance Company. In William A. Willis died, Gertrude continued running the company, expanding its services. Geddes was a member of the NAACP, the YWCA, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver. Forsythe died on February 1970 in New Orleans. Gertrude Pocte Geddes Willis at Find Inc.. - Our Story