Notes: Captain Bligh’s Glasses

By Pieter van der Merwe, published August 2020

Abstract

In 1939, on the death of Lieutenant Commander George Frederick Glennie, the National Maritime Museum (NMM) received from his widow a fine, oval, silver-mounted Georgian reading glass, which folds into protective tortoiseshell covers (REL0026, figure 1). It measures 76 x 52 x 20 millimetres and the lens hinges out sideways from one of the mounts on the short axis. With it came a note by Glennie reading…

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Eighteenth Century | French Revolution | Pacific
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