The Mariners Mirror Archive

The Turkish Imperial State Barges

By Douglas S. Brookes

From 1453 to 1917, the Ottoman elite sailed the Istanbul waters in magnificent barges. Twenty-nine caiques from five to forty metres long are preserved in the Maritime Museum.  They were opulently decorated with silver, carved mouldings and a canopied kiosk aft.  The harem, admirals, ambassadors and lords all maintained ceremonial caiques. The number of rowers […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Early Modern | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Note: Restoration (or Renovation) versus Conservation – some thoughts

By W. Roderick Stewart

The tension between the principles of conservation and restoration is discussed, with reference to the major vessels now preserved. Read More

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

Boat Timbers from El-Lisht: A New Method of Ancient Egyptian Hull Construction. Preliminary Report

By Cheryl Ward Haldane

In 1984, a third type of a planked Egyptian boat was uncovered at a pyramid site at Lisht, constructed differently from the Dashur or Cheops boats. The timbers, about twenty of them, are either acacia or tamarind. The novel fastenings consist of mortice-and-tenon joints, possibly pegged and glued, together with woven webbed lashings. The timbers […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

The Martello Tower at Ferry Point, St George’s Island, Bermuda

By Edward Harris

The only Bermudan Martello Tower was built in 1892, using limestone blocks, as part of the Royal Navy’s harbour defences. Although of a typical moated, south-coast England, ovoid design, it is slightly smaller internally and lacks the central masonry pillar. Stairs are built into the thicker walls from the lower magazine and storerooms to the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Note: A Missing Part-owner of the Mayflower

By J.J. and M.F. Packard

An investigation into the family of Bishop Andrewes has revealed the close links between shipwrights, ship owners and seafaring families of the River Thames. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines

The Marsala Punic Ship

By M Lucien Basch

In the reproduced letter Lucien Basch informs the Society of the recent dismantling of the excavated and preserved Third Century Punic Ship which had been on public display in Marsala, Sicily. He condemned the breaking up of the artefact, which had been re-constructed in a similar manner to the Viking Ships at the Roskilde Museum. […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Note: Unicorn’s Roof – a Unique Georgian Relic or Victorian Monstrosity?

By Roderick Stewart

The hut-like roof which protected Unicorn is now understood to be the original Fitting for Ordinary which took place in 1824.  The unique nature of this construction now deserves to be protected in its own right. Read More

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

A Colourful Record

By Lawrie Phillips

This brief article highlights the important role the Society played in the preservation of HMS Victory and acting as the driving force behind the establishment of a British National Maritime Museum. The author raised the issue at this time to ensure that the Society’s key role in these two initiatives was not lost on newer […] Read More

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

Richard Barnett: an Anglo-Jewish Sailor at the Battle of the Nile

By Richard D Barnett

This is an analysis of a manuscript document broadly covering Admiral Lord Nelson’s pursuit of the French invasion of Egypt including the battle of Aboukir Bay. Richard Barnett (or Abraham bar Baruch), being able to read and write, may have become a signalman or officer’s clerk while serving aboard HBMS Vanguard at that time.    He […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Exeter Maritime Museum: the Museum of the Evolved Boat

By David Goddard

The story of the life and times of the Exeter Maritime Museum and the good work undertaken by actual on-water trials of a wide range of craft from all parts of the world.   Some surprising results are recorded. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft

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