The Mariners Mirror Archive

Book Review – ‘Nautical Chic’ by Melanie Vandenbrouck

By Melanie Vandenbrouck

Nautical Chic charts the sea’s complex relationship with fashion, from the birth of naval uniforms in the eighteenth century to the catwalks of the twenty-first century. In doing so, it debunks some nautical myths while throwing surprising light onto others. Dress arguably contributes to defining one’s identity and place in society, and the book’s chapters are […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Art & Music | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Art as a Tool in Support of the Understanding of Coastal Change in Wales’ by Peter Wakelin

By Peter Wakelin

The evidential use of historical images is the subject of this report, written by a geologist and an engineer interested in their applications to assess coastal change prior to scientific coastal monitoring. Formerly a coastal manager on the Isle of Wight, Robin McInnes has been commissioned by the Crown Estate to write a series of […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Frank Henry Mason: Marine painter and poster artist’ by Pieter van der Merwe

By Pieter van de Merwe

This small hardback monograph updates and expands a 47-page booklet by the same author, published by Hartlepool Museum in 1996, and accompanying a local exhibitions on Mason who was born at nearby Seaton Carew in 1875 (a date confirmed here, rather than 1876). It is published to coincide with two other retrospectives this year, one […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review – ‘Ships on Maps: Pictures of power in Renaissance Europe’ by Richard W. Unger

By Zsolt G. Török

Before the sixteenth century, images of ships rarely appeared on maps, while the charts and maps from the European Renaissance to the Enlightenment were frequently and prominently decorated by sea vessels. This is a simple statement based on practical experience, which can be agreed by not only map historians but anyone familiar with the cartography […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Art & Music | Miscellaneous

Note: The Early life of Thomas Luny, Marine Artist

By Tacy Rickard

While speculation must surround the early life of Thomas Luny, he appears to have had maritime connections through his father, a merchant ship’s captain who traded with Jamaica. His connections with Shadwell and other maritime districts of London are also clear. Read More

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

Note: The “Henri Grace A Dieu”

By R C Anderson

Anderson compares three images of the above ship and wonders whether they are the same vessel. One engraving is dated 1523 which means it is much earlier than previously believed. Read More

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

Singing for the Nation: Balladry, naval recruitment and the language of patriotism in eighteenth-century Britain

By James Davey

During the eighteenth century the ballad was one of the most important vehicles of mass communication. The Royal Navy was a consistent and popular subject for ballads and hundreds of songs were published with a distinct naval theme. This article analyses the nature of naval ballads, and investigates their potential political, social and cultural roles. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music

Note: The Portrait of the Alexandra of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

By A.B. McLeod and A.M.G. McLeod

This description of the ship portrait examines the period and location of the portrait, as well as the ship’s cargo and crew. Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Merchant Marines

The portrait of the Alexandra of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

By A.B. McLeod and A.M.G. McLeod

A close study of this ship portrait reveals a great deal about the period in which she operated and the owner/manager responsible for her. Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Note: Tyrrhenian Naval Iconography During the First Ice Age: the origin of Etruscan ships

By Francesco Tiboni

Starting from a critical analysis of some of the most important evidence concerning Etruscan maritime activities, the evolutionary line linking the ninth-century BC Villanovan clay models to the sixth-century BC figures of Etruscan ships is re-evaluated. Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Ship Models & Figureheads

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