Author Results for G.E. Manwaring

The Lord Admiral’s “Whistle of Honour”

By G.E. Manwaring

In an article by Sir Julian Corbett it was clearly shown that the Lord Admiral had two whistles – one his “whistle of honour,” and the other his “whistle of command”. These whistles, which were of gold, and about a span in length, were suspended from a massive gold chain, frequently set with precious stones, […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies

The Dress of the British Seaman Part I

By G.E. Manwaring

British sailors, in Roman times, wore, poetically, blue or azure leather. The sea-kit of the Cinque ports was a blue woolen tunic.   Chaucer’s 14c seamen preferred blue or brown serge knee-length gowns; still seen recently amongst West Country fishermen.   Cotes, jacketts and doublets, gowns, shirt, hose and shoes were provided to crew.   Tudors liking for […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Antiquity | Medieval | Early Modern | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Art & Music | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies

The First Naval Uniform for Officers: The Story of the Blue and White Costume of 1748

By G.E. Manwaring

The earliest notice of the new uniform appeared in the Jacobite’s Journal of March 5th, 1748, as follows: An order is said to be issued, requiring all his Majesty’s sea-officers, from the Admiral down to the Midshipman, to wear an uniformity of clothing. Although the wearing of the new uniform was made compulsory by the […] Read More

Filed under: Austrian Succession | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies

The Whistle as a Naval Instrument

By G.E. Manwaring

In the book “Art of Navigation, translated by Richard Eden. Now newly corrected and enlarged by John Tap, 1630.” Among other things the engraved title-page shows a navigating officer, evidently a Master, with a cross-staff in his right hand, and a compass in his left. Around his neck is a chain or cord, from which […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship