Archive Results For: English Channel

Note: Wenceslaus Hollar

By L G Carr Laughton

Carr Laughton provides additional information concerning the artist Wenceslaus Hollar who was featured in MM Volume 1, Issue 8. Hollar lived in England in 1639 and one of his engravings in the British Museum is part of a history of Kent. Its nautical research interest lies in the fact that it depicts the English, Spanish […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Art & Music | Navies

Note: The Coast Signal Stations and Semaphore Telegrams

By R Huddleston

Huddleston expands on his article that appeared in MM Volume 1, Issue 7. His research showed that those charged with establishing the network of stations should ”consider the great object of establishing these Posts is that no ship or vessel of the enemy shall be able to approach the coast without being discovered from one […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Note: Timmynoggy & Vargord

By R Morton Nance

Morton Nance expands on his note in MM Volume 1, Issue 6. Additional information gleaned from Cornish fishermen is provided, along with linguistic connections to Brittany. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Coast Signal Stations and the Semaphore Telegraph

By Captain R. Hudleston, R.N.

Notes taken from the Public Record Office on the dates and details of construction of the Semaphore Telegraph stations erected during the Napoleonic wars, the routes served and the number of stations built. Notes taken on the establishment and manning of Coast Signal Stations in England and Ireland and the flag signalling system used. References […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel | North Sea | French Revolution | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

The Rivals

By W. Senior

The article describes the events following the capture by the French of the merchant ship “Blenden Hall” in 1813, her sighting, when drifting abandoned, by the post office packet “Eliza”, the putting of a crew on board and subsequent events. These include conflicting claims for salvage and the passage of these through the Admiralty Court. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | English Channel
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous

The Navy and the Coronation

By John Leyland

The Naval Review appears to be of modern origin, the first being recorded in 1902. The Navy has celebrated Coronations in many ways;  by the firing of guns,  manning the side and hoisting colours and flags.  The actual content of the celebration appears to have been decided by the Senior Officer present. Celebrations of Coronations […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies

Mediaeval Ships Part II In Painted Glass and on Seals Part 2

By H.H. Brindley

The second in a series, this article examines two images of ships in the stained glass of the parish church of Villequier, near the mouth of the Seine. The window in question was dedicated in 1518, and the ships are part of a visualization of the life of St. John the Baptist. One ship is […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Timmy Noggy and Vargord

By R Morton Nance

Morton Nance explains the meaning and history of the two Cornish seafaring phrases ‘timmy noggy’, a rope secured so as to stop the fore sheets dropping down between the anchor and ships side, and ‘vargord’, a spar which served instead of a bowline and pushed the fore leech of the sail forward. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Note: Fishing Boat Nicknames


The author provides the nicknames of five types of fishing boats that were found around the coasts of Kent and Sussex. He also offers explanations of the origin of most of them. In addition the editor also provides a number of which he was aware. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Note: To Sew

By S Goodwin

The verb “to sew”, when referring to a ship, meant ‘to go dry’ but appeared to be obsolete by 1911. Goodwin relates his conversations at that time with a number of seafarers in Kent, with the older ones remembering the phrase but younger men having no recollection of its use. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

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