Author Results for Basil Greenhill

The Mysterious Hulc

By Basil Greenhill

The study of the development and structure of medieval ships has for many years relied on iconographic evidence and the hulc in particular has proved different from other types with its characteristic dish like shape and ‘reversed’ clinker construction.  Any recognised remains have yet to be found in Europe but various forms, some very close […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | English Channel | Medieval | North Sea | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Captain Cook Commemoration

By Basil Greenhill

The text of the eulogy at the commemoration service in Westminster Abbey to mark 200 years since his death. Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

The Account Book of the Sally and the Albion

By Basil Greenhill

The account books of these Bideford ships from 1766 – 1815 illustrate perfectly the decline in Bideford’s overseas fortunes in the late 18th / early 19th centuries. The article reviews the growth and decline of Bideford’s and North Devon’s trade both foreign and domestic from 1625 until 1816. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | English Channel | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

The Steamers of the Brahmaputra and the Ganges

By Basil Greenhill

Side-paddle steamers enabled the exploitation of the extensive river systems exiting into the north of the Bay of Bengal.   In 1833, a steamboat service was established on the Ganges. Calcutta to Allahabad, five hundred miles, took a month; comparatively swift. Coal logistics were expensive and as the railway expanded up the Ganges, so the steamer […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | East India Company | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Logistics | Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

A Boat of the Indus

By Basil Greenhill

This paper describes the design and construction of the Indus punt, a graceful flat-bottomed cargo-carrying rowing or sailing vessel used on the adjacent canals and marshes as well as on the Indus itself. Their design is flat amidships but with the planking bent up sharply at each end. They can be anything up to 50 […] Read More

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

Note on the Lisslie Collection of Ship’s Drafts

By Basil Greenhill

The collection  of ship’s drafts made by shipwright Henry Walter Lisslie, now in the National Maritime Museum,  are those of trial drafts not ever built. Read More

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

The Society Annual Lecture 1958: The Boats of Pakistan

By Basil Greenhill

Both East and West Pakistan are dominated by their river systems, which provide important means of transportion and industry. The lecture illustrated the methods of construction of the present day fishing boats of Karachi, unchanged from those of antiquity. The huge rivers of East Pakistan have given rise to very different boat building techniques. The […] Read More

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

Japanese Inshore Fishing Boats

By Basil Greenhill

Economic conditions and regulations to conserve fish stocks kept small, un-powered fishing boats operating in Japan into the late 1950s. During a two and a half year stay in Japan, the author interviewed local boatbuilders and examined the structural details of two types: the seine-net boats of Kenada-Wan and the sailing fishing boats of Kumamoto. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

The Karachi Fishing Boats

By Basil Greenhill

The article sets out to supplement an investigation conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation with information from nautical archaeology. It distinguishes five main types in two classes and describes their construction, rigging and handling. One class consists of plank-built craft evolving from dugouts. The other suggests Arab influence. The article is comprehensively illustrated […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

Obituary:Vernon C. Boyle

By Basil Greenhill

Vernon C. Boyle, the renowned maritime artist and scholar, died in June 1954. He was a leading authority on the history of the ships and harbours of north Devon and produced numerous notes and articles for The Mariner’s Mirror, including ‘The Bideford Polackers’ in Vol.18 He also provided the north coast half of Devon Harbours, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

The Rise and Fall of the British Coasting Schooner

By Basil Greenhill

Greenhill explains the rationale behind the rise of sailing coasters around Britain and Ireland, and their dramatic fall in the first half of the twentieth century. He covers the various trades involved, and the types of craft that evolved to meet those needs. Greenhill was just 21, and this was a subject in which he […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

The Story of the Severn Trow

By Basil Greenhill

The development of the Severn Trow from the 15th to early 20th century is discussed. The earliest form was an open flat bottomed, double ended barge progressively developing a more rounded section and transom stern, small fore and aft decks, and later growing to larger fully decked vessels with auxiliary motor. Early rigging with square […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Merchant Marines