Author Results for Alan Moore

A Barge for Edward III

By Alan Moore

An inventory of a Barge provided by the City of London to serve under King Edward III in 1373, together with the rigging and tackle thereof, to William Martlesham, its master, is here transcribed from the Norman-French manuscript in the Guildhall letter-book and a translation in Memorials of London and London Life in the XIIIth, XIVth […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Craft of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Part III

By Alan Moore

At Yanbo a kind of sambuk is used for fishing. These vessels are lower in the water than those which carry cargo and their sterns are not so high, and their waist cloths of matting are in consequence more prominent in a side view. Their yards are literally ” lash ups,” and the several pieces […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

Craft of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Part II

By Alan Moore

The sambuk, or saiyeh (another name for the same craft, meaning swift), is the ordinary Red Sea trader met in every port. Sambuks vary in size. Some carry eighty tons of cargo, many certainly could not take half that amount, some are gaily painted in many colours; others have a simple but striking design, and […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Craft of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Part I

By Alan Moore

The craft of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden fall into two main divisions-those with square sterns and those with pointed sterns; and though there are many small differences and a variety of names which are not at all easy to apply correctly, the shape of the stern is the most important distinguishing feature. […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Edwin Williams

By Alan Moore

Williams went to sea in the Merchant Service in 1857, and made at least one voyage across the Western Ocean before joining the Navy. He described some of the last floggings with great vividness, and one could see the quarter deck with the grating rigged. Asked if he had ever been in action, he replied: […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads

Seventeenth Century Rigging Part V

By Alan Moore

A detailed explanation of the running rigging of the topmasts and topgallant masts and the cross jack yard and mizzen gear of a typical English or Dutch man-of-war of the Seventeenth Century. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Accounts and Inventories of John Starlyng, Clerk of the King’s Ships to Henry IV Part II

By Alan Moore

This article follows a previous one in the MM for January 1914. Following the seven lists there is an analysis and some speculation regarding the meaning of various words and phrases. There is an extended discussion of 15th century Armament and Rig directly related to various types of ships listed. Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Administration | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Accounts and Inventories of John Starlyng, Clerk to the King’s Ships to Henry IV Part I

By Alan Moore

The MSS containing the accounts and inventories of John Starlying are dated to 1410-1412, correcting an earlier dating by Nicolas to 1338. The author, in this first of a series of articles, focuses on the mixture of French, Latin and old English used in the documents. Taking one inventory as an illustration, the contents are […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Internal Waterways | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

Rigging in the Seventeenth Century Part IV

By Alan Moore

The article describes the arrangement of and developments in rigging for the Spritsail and Lower Yards and Courses on various types of vessels over the course of the Seventeenth Century. The author draws on a number of contemporary sources in setting out the organisation of the rigging and the terminology then in use. In particular, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Rigging in the Seventeenth Century Part III

By Alan Moore

At the Naval Exhibition at Earl’s Court, in 1905, a picture dated 1672 showed one reef in the fore, and two in the main topsail, but none in the mizzen topsail. The same state of things is shown in the pictures of the battle of Solebay (1672), published by the Navy Records Society. An etching […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | North Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Snow

By Alan Moore

Moore adds to the article that appeared in MM Volume 2, Issue 8 concerning the naming and function of the different sails and yards carried by a snow. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Dictionary Words

By Alan Moore

Moore provides explanations of the meanings of a number of nautical words that have appeared in previous editions of the Mariner’s Mirror. In addition he quotes the sources from which he acquired the information for the explanations. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Rigging in the Seventeenth Century Part II

By Alan Moore

Continuing with the changes and developments in seventeenth century rigging, this article considers the reduction in numbers of shrouds and their placement and setting up, the tackles and topmast and topgallant backstays, including craneline backstays to spritsail topmasts.  It examines the standing rigging and tackles of seventeenth century warships as evidenced in contemporary images and texts. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Rigging in the Seventeenth Century Part I

By Alan Moore

The first quarter of the seventeenth century saw a rise of a method of rigging ships which lasted almost unchanged in its principal features for more than a hundred years. This article examines the rigging of the seventeenth century to show the changes and developments that there were, and to point out where difficulties arise […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: A Difficult Passage and the “Naval Repository”

By Alan Moore

Moore seeks to explain the meaning of a very difficult passage from Capt. Nathaniel Boteler’s ‘Sea Dialogues’. The extract names the three decks of a ship of the period but confusingly adds that there are also half decks and quarter decks, the locations of which seem to conflict with their generally accepted positions. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Snow Part II

By Alan Moore

A continuation of the author’s consideration of the origins and use of the ship’s rig referred to as a ‘snow’; a brig with a main trysail mast providing a fore and aft sail aft of the main mast. On the transition from snow-rigged sloops to the man of war brig Steel noted that a vessel […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

The Snow Part I

By Alan Moore

The author sets out to analyse the origins of the snow, which is usually defined as a square-rigged two-masted vessel with a triangular trysail immediately behind the main mast. He suggests that the rig, related to that of the Dutch bilander, originated from the removal of the aft (mizzen) mast in three-masted ships. The resulting […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

A Ship of Carthage

By Alan Moore

The author was given a cast of a stone from a step of the Quay of Utica near Carthage on which was the outline of a ship. An inscription with the stone suggested that it was a representation of a ship of the time of St Paul, a claim the author discusses in this article […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

Of Decks and Their Definitions Part III

By Alan Moore

From the early 17 century the main decks of large ships changed little.  Compare Sovereign of the Seas 1637 to the Queen 1839. The main change that needs explanation is the word Orlop.  In 16 Century it was a word used for any deck running the whole length of the ship.  The word lope meant […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Of Decks and Their Definitions Part II

By Alan Moore

Here the author continues his survey of decks by looking at how the names of various decks on ships of war changed during the middle third of the eighteenth century. Using the Victory as his example, he traces the gradual evolution of the upper deck from a discontinuous surface interrupted by the waist to an […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Of Decks and their Definitions Part I

By Alan Moore

This article concentrates on the nomenclature of wooden men-of-war, and begins with a list of the decks of HMS Victory, explaining why, to the uninitiated, the expressions are sometimes anomalous.   Moore gives definitions from a series of eighteenth and nineteenth century Nautical Dictionaries, from as early as Blankley’s Naval Expositor of 1750, for the use […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design