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Time, it is often said, changes everything. This is not exactly true. As the following pairs of maritime photographs show, some things change dramatically after the lapse of many years and others, little or not at all. The American-British poet T.S. Eliot was right. “Time the destroyer is time the preserver.” he wrote in The Dry Salvages, the third poem of his famous Four Quartets.

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Boston Light, Massachusetts

c. 1906

Photo credit: Detroit Publishing Co. / Library of Congress, USA

2012

Photo credit: MBTafan2011 / Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence

Whitby, Yorkshire, England

c. 1890

Photo credit: Detroit Publishing Co. / Library of Congress, USA

2011

Photo credit: PJ Marriott / Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence

Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

1871

Photo credit: Charles Percy Pickering / Australian National Maritime Museum on the Commons

2009

Photo credit: WEAZ 73 on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) licence

New York Harbor ferries

1859

Photo credit: William England / Wikimedia Commons

2014

Photo credit: Pavel Kuritsyn / Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence

Port of Hong Kong cargo handling

1890

Photo credit: De Cou / Library of Congress, USA

2009

Photo credit: pete on Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) licence

USS Constitution frigate

1909

Photo credit: National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress, USA

2006

Photo credit: Dave Kaylor / U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Shipwrecks (what else is new?)

1898

Wreck of the Hereward, Maroubra Beach, Australia
Photo credit: William F Hall and William J Hall / Australian National Maritime Museum

2012

Grounding of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Tuscany, Italy
Photo credit: Paolo De Falco / Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) licence

~ Barista Uno

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