The Mariners Mirror Archive

Note: The Victory Cutter

By David Page and Keith Chittenden

A  brief history of the Victory Cutter and its appearances as part of the Small Craft Section  of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Trust Read More

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

Kathleen Scott’s Statue of Captain Smith of the Titanic

By Ann Savours (Dr Shirley)

This note describes the statue erected at Lichfield to the memory of Captain Smith of the Titanic.  The circumstances of the raising of the statue are described, as well as the last moments of his command. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Note: Philanthropy and the Cutty Sark: Capt W.H. Dowman and Mrs Catherine Dowman, new Courtauld

By Alan Platt and Robert T. Sexton

This note recounts the part played by Captain Dowman and his wife Catherine, a Courtauld heiress, in the saving of the Cutty Sark. Read More

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

A Memorial to Hibberts

By Anthony Partington

The hull of a West Indiaman is nearly complete in artificial stone, intended to be placed over the grand entrance into the West India Docks at Blackwall. The length from stem to stern is upwards of ten feet, with height in proportion. The sides are beautifully adorned with all the minute appendages of a vessel […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | French Revolution | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Lusitania: The Liverpool story

By Eleanor Moffat

The Lusitania display in the Merseyside Maritime Museum has focused on the implications in Liverpool of her sinking. Read More

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

The Cutty Sark’s Second Keel and History as the Ferreira

By Alan Platt, Simon T Waite and Robert T Sexton

This article examines discovery and examination of the composition of the historic vessel Cutty Sark’s keel in 2005, and the history of the vessel as the Ferreira. Also examines the contemporary practices of British shipbuilding and the discrepancies between the registered parameters of Cutty Sark in Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and the results of 2005 and […] Read More

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

Warship Figureheads from the Royal Dockyards: towards a National Collection?

By David Pulvertaft

This article re-examined accounts by Douglas Owen of the figurehead collections in the royal dockyards of Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth and Devonport in 1913 and 1914. Pulvertaft analyses and evaluates the objectives of Douglas Owen by focusing on the principal external influences on Owen’s findings (namely the opening of the National Maritime Museum in 1937 and […] Read More

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

William Scamp and his Early Naval Works in the Mediterranean

By Philip MacDougall

The architect William Scamp (1801–72) was chief assistant to the Director of Admiralty Works 1845–52 then Deputy Director 1852–67. In 1841 he built for the Royal Navy a new steam-powered bakery at Malta, with iron stanchions and ceiling support joists on all three storeys, and completed the church of St Paul. In 1844 he started […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Logistics | Navies

Early Seafaring in Northwest Europe: Could Planked Vessels have Played a Significant Part?

By John Coates

Discusses the capabilities and limitations of the three main types of sea-going craft built during the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages, i.e. logboats, hide boats and wooden planked boats. The remains of wooden planked boats excavated at Ferriby on the River Humber, over a period from 1937, and sailing a half-scale reconstruction of one on […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | North Sea
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Saving the Victory

By Alan Aberg

This article chronicles the connection between the Society for Nautical Research and HMS Victory. The lack of conservation during the nineteenth century had led to her condition giving real cause for concern, and the Society initiated the fund-raising drive which enabled first her removal into dry dock and then the program of restoration and conservation […] Read More

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

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