The Mariners Mirror Archive

Pitch, Paint, Varnish and the Changing Colour Schemes of Royal Navy Warships, 1775–1815: A summary of existing knowledge

By Brian Vale

It is a long-standing assumption that the colour scheme of British warships between 1775 and 1815 changed from yellow hulls, through the yellow and black Nelson chequer to the ubiquitous black and white; while the interiors and bulwarks were first painted red, then yellow ochre, then a range of light colours including green. In the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

An Ethnography of Shetland’s Oldest Boat, the Sixareen Mary LK 981

By arc Chivers, Michael J. Stratigos & Ian Tait

The Mary LK 981 is the oldest surviving Shetland-built boat. Detailed recording of surviving examples of Shetland’s boats has been rare, and where undertaken, has focused on analysing overall boat form rather than their biographies. However, previous work has been critiqued as too narrowly focused on hull form and the direct connection between Shetland’s small boats and […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

A Model of HMS Vindictive as Fitted for the Zeebrugge Raid, 1918

By Alistair Roach

HMS Vindictive’s role in the Zeebrugge raid on St George’s day 1918 is well known to First World War naval historians but details of her conversion for the event are difficult to ascertain. The work carried out at Chatham dockyard prior to the raid was shrouded in secrecy with very few details being recorded at […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads

Marstal Maritime Museum

By Annemette Aracama

The Maritime Museum at Marstal displays the ancient and unchanged connection between this island and its environment. Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines

Note: Marstal Maritime Museum

By Annemette Aracama

The opening of a new museum at Marstal is welcomed.  The archive of models, ship portraits, marine and navigation gear will now be housed in more spacious surroundings, allowing the centuries of marine activity here to be properly documented. Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Connecting Past and Present: Maritime museums and historical mission

By Lincoln Paine

This article explores different approaches that maritime museums might consider to enlarge their audience and enhance their mission. In particular, it focuses on how we can incorporate the innovative research into ancient and contemporary structures of maritime trading networks by historians, archaeologists and others to broaden our geographic and thematic focus, and take on a […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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

Note: Staghorn

By John H. Harland

The use of the term ‘stag horn’ to describe a mooring bollard Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: The Åland Maritime Museum

By Hanna Hagmark-Cooper

The Director of the Aland Maritime Museum describes its exhibitions and its artefacts. Read More

Filed under: Baltic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

The Application and Scheme of Paintworks in British Men-of-War in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

By Peter G. Goodwin

The question of the authenticity of the colour scheme for the preserved HMS Victory has been the subject of some debate. This article uses historical evidence and technical analysis of paint samples to draw conclusions about the external and internal appearance of HMS Victory and other ships of this time in both the British and […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel | French Revolution
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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