The Mariners Mirror Archive

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

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 French navies. An investigation […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: The Hong Kong Maritime Museum: New premises for its seventh anniversary

By Stephen Davies

The new permanent location of this Museum is in the centre of Hong Kong’s historic Victoria Harbour. Read More

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

Note: Unravelling the Mystery of the Comet Engine

By Martin Bellamy

The succession of engines fitted to the first commercial steamship in Europe. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

The Fate of Louise: a Maine-built ‘down-easter’ at Grytviken Harbor, South Georgia Island

By Charles Lagerbom

Located in a tiny harbour of Cumberland Bay, South Georgia Island is one of the last remaining examples of a Maine-built ‘down-easter’. The barque, burnt to the waterline with one of her steel masts lying haphazardly across her remains, is what is left of the Louise. While not much remains now, Louise was one of the first vessels involved […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Whaling & Fishing

The Society Annual Lecture 2011 HMS Trincomalee (1817): a Frigate spanning three centuries, also known as TS Foudroyant from 1902 to 1989

By David Smith OBE FNI RN

The lecture covers the complex history of the 38-gun Fifth Rate frigate Trincomalee over nearly 200 years in which her varied career and service to the nation, whether in naval or civilian use, has been brought into focus. Those who wish to read her full story and access technical details and references will find them […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Financing the Preservation of Historic Ships: should the UK Taxpayer Pay? An Overview of Past, Present and Future Policy

By Martin Bellamy

Historic ships help to define our national pride and represent our glorious traditions. A survey of ship preservation in the UK reveals a mixed story with successes and failures. Attempts to create a coherent policy on preserving ships have suffered setbacks. Tables set out the distribution of public funds to ship preservation projects. The age-old […] Read More

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

‘Ignorant of Nautical Matters?” The Mariner’s Mirror and the Iconography of Medieval and Sixteenth Century Ships

By Ian Friel

This article focuses on the period Ad400-1600 to indicate how ship representations from this period have always been important sources for research, alongside documentary and archeological evidence. The Mariner’s Mirror has reproduced a number over the years, and they remain an important source for research. Ship graffiti is also mentioned as a research tool, highlighted […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Digs and Documents: Gaps in our Knowledge of Medieval Shipping

By Susan Rose

The article traces the contributions in The Mariner’s Mirror to our understanding of medieval ship building, using visual and documentary evidence. The Grace Dieu is cited as an example of how the study of such ships has developed since 1911. The Newport Ship was an example of a contrasting method, where the ship was dismantled, scanned […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Oldest Shipwreck: Historical-Archaeological Research of an Early Modern-Era Portuguese Merchantman on the Namibian Coast

By Bruno E.J.S Werz

In 2008, a shipwreck was discovered at a Namibian diamond mine. Excavation of the remains and artefacts was carried out by archaeologists and mining personnel. The wreck was subsequently identified as the Portuguese merchantman, Bom Jesus, lost in 1533. These findings provide a wealth of information on shipping and trade between Europe, Africa and India […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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