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Note: The Ship Models at Cuckfield Park Sussex

By L G Carr Laughton

Carr Laughton provides brief details of each of the eight models to be found in the rooms of Cuckfield Park. He also mentions two or three other models but does not go into detail. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

Captain Nathaniel Boteler

By L.G.Carr Laughton

The ‘Six Dialogues’ have so high a reputation that Carr Laughton thought it worth putting together a brief biography of their author. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Of Decks and their Definitions Part I

By Alan Moore

This article concentrates on the nomenclature of wooden men-of-war, and begins with a list of the decks of HMS Victory, explaining why, to the uninitiated, the expressions are sometimes anomalous.   Moore gives definitions from a series of eighteenth and nineteenth century Nautical Dictionaries, from as early as Blankley’s Naval Expositor of 1750, for the use […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: La Chanson du “Redoutable”

By Courtesy of L G Carr Laughton

Reproduced in its original French is a sailor’s song concerning the death of Nelson at Trafalgar. However, it takes us no closer to ascertaining who fired the shot that killed Nelson. Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

The Last of the East Indiamen

By W.B. Whall

This article recounts the end of the era of “John Company’s” ships. The regulation by Act of Parliament of the conditions of service is explained, and the reasons for its having been the source of huge wealth outlined.   When the monopoly ceased in 1814, along with the China trade in 1834, the ships were taken […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Note: Reef and Reef Point

By H H Brindley

Brindley shares his acquired knowledge of the two terms and the references from which he drew his conclusions. He completes the Note by seeking further details and evidence from fellow members to support, or challenge, his findings. Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Boatswain’s Call: as it was and as it should still be, used in HM Navy

By A Lieutenant, RN

This graphically illustrated article explains the importance of the whistle, which was used to pass orders around a ship without shouting. The purpose of each call, the ways in which the call is made, and the different effects achieved are all explained. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Eminent Marine Artists Part I The two van de Veldes

By Harry Parker

Pictorial representation of nautical life has long fascinated those interested in the sea. The artistic family of van der Veldes is best known for William, born 1610 in Leyden, and his son of the same name. Having made his name by representing naval scenes for the Dutch States, William and his son were invited to […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music

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

Note: The Origin of the Schooner Rig

By L G Carr Laughton

Tradition has it that the schooner came into existence in 1713, with the launch of such a vessel by Andrew Robinson of Gloucester, Massachusetts. However, Carr Laughton argues that vessels with similar rig were known before that date, with paintings by the Van de Veldes supporting his claim. In his view the 1713 date relates […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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