Author Results for C S Harris

Note: “Derrick”

By C S Harris

The type of crane referred to as a derrick derived its name from Thomas Derrick, a well-known Early Modern period hangman. So famous was he that he was immortalised in the ballad “A Lamentable New Ballad upon the Earle of Essex death”. Read More

Filed under: Early Modern | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music

Note: The Semaphore Telegraph

By C S Harris

The author references Chamber’s Encyclopaedia where an article states that the last London to Portsmouth message was sent on 31 December 1847. Also mentioned is the fact that a message could be sent and acknowledged in less than a minute. (See MM Volume 1, Issues 7, 9 and 11 and Volume 2, Issues 2 and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Note: Mufti

By C S Harris

Harris answers Olaf Hartelie’s question in his article in Volume 1, Issue 2 concerning early references to the word ‘mufti’. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Note: The Bitter End

By C S Harris

The author provides a very early example of the derivation of ‘the bitter end’. (See MM Volume 1. Issue 4) Read More

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

Note: The Broad Arrow

By C S Harris

As no conclusion was drawn in MM Volume 1, Issue 5 as to the origin of the broad arrow as a Royal Mark, Harris provides early evidence of its use and description. The first is from Samuel Pepys in 1689 and the second from Robert Ward in 1639. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

Note: Revenue ‘Flags of Chase’

By C S Harris

Following on from MM Volume 1, Issue 3 Harris quotes “Signals for the Royal Navy and Ships under Convoy, &c.,” published by J. Millan, 1746 where two flags are identified as being applicable to the chase. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration