The Mariners Mirror Archive

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

The Ships from Herodium

By Yaacov Kahanov, Deborah Cvikel, Silvia Rozenberg, Yakov Kalman, Rachel Chachy & Roi Porat

Ships are depicted in two nautical scenes in the unique wall paintings discovered in the Royal Room next to the private small theatre of Herod the Great at Herodium near Jerusalem. The walls of the Royal Room were finely adorned with wall paintings and stucco decorations, dated to about 20–15 BC. The first scene, on […] Read More

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

Note: Medieval Ship Graffiti in English Churches: Interpretation and function

By Matthew Champion

The freshly conducted survey of ship graffiti has discovered shared characteristics, meaning and functions. Read More

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

Note: Graffiti of British Ships at La Algeria Castle

By Alejandro Martín López

An examination of the graffiti found in the castle used to house prisoners during the eighteenth century. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Popular Topics | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Benjamin T. Hill’s HMS Victory Collection

By Rodney Hilton Brown

An account of the Nelson and HMS Victory memorabilia collected by Benjamin Hill Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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