Author Results for H. H. Brindley

The Society Annual Lecture 1932: Primitive Craft – Evolution or Diffusion

By H. H. Brindley

Brindley seeks to establish whether the development of similar designs of water-craft found at different locations around the globe occurred by evolution or diffusion. If designs evolve then the similarities in the material culture of different peoples result from independent origins, whereas with diffusion such similarities would be a root idea generated by one people […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Leisure & Small Craft

A French Junior Naval Officer of the Great Wars

By H. H. Brindley

Some people are extremely unlucky and one such was Joseph Julien Piedagnel, a junior French Navy officer of the Napoleonic Wars. His misfortune was to be captured three times and on the last occasion was a prisoner-of-war from 1803 to 1814. The article was prompted by an analysis of two warship drawings attributed to Piedagnel, […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | English Channel
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads

The Hinchbrooke Drawings of the Action Between the Lyon and the Elisabeth, 1745

By H. H. Brindley

Three contemporary drawings that illustrate the 5 hour long, hard fought action between the English 58 gun Lyon and the French 64 gun Elisabeth are studied. Both ships were substantially damaged and made for Plymouth and Brest respectively. The action is of particular interest because the Elisabeth was escorting the Du Teillay that was carrying […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Battles & Tactics | Navies

The Sailing Balsa of Lake Titicaca and other Reed-Bundle Craft

By H. H. Brindley

  Reed-bundle craft are found in all continents and for the most part are associated with inland waters and with lakes and marshes. Through a description of over thirty types of such craft, and with particular reference to the balsa of Lake Titicaca and the many different canoes of Ancient Egypt and the White Nile, […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

The Loss of the Lapwing Post Office Packet

By H. H. Brindley

The article describes relates the story of the packet Lapwig and the ordeal of its crew. It starts off with a short introduction by the author and is later followed by the account as recorded by Colonel Henry Senior in a lengthy letter to a Nassau. Senior’s description of events starts off with the sailing […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

A Bronze Age Anchor

By H. H. Brindley

Excavations undertaken during the years from 1924 on in Malta revealed a number of objects whose form justifies their classification as anchors. The small anchors, suspected to be votive objects, date back to the Bronze Age and not later than 800 BC. After that period, it is possible to find numerous other examples of anchors […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

Early Pictures of Lateen Sails

By H. H. Brindley

The characteristic lateen rig of the Mediterranean and Red Sea is also found from Norfolk to Burma. This sophisticated fore-and-aft sail is descended from the simpler Roman running square-sail. The earliest pictures of Mediterranean lateen-rigged craft (with Jonah aboard) date from c880. Congruent evolution may have developed in the Pacific. Magellan, on arriving in the […] Read More

Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Notes on Boats of the Lesser Antilles

By H. H. Brindley

These notes were made in 1905-6. Originally, the islands had a uniform Carib-Arawakan population, then white-men with slaves arrived.   From the standpoint of primitive boat culture, the Antilles are a dug-out region; hollowed out trees with deep washboards, stern-wedge and a sprit-sail rig.   Plank boats range from small flat-bottomed punts, through oared whalers, flying-fish cutters […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

The Evolution of Shipping

By H. H. Brindley

Brindley challenges the statement in Mr. Sheppard’s June 1921 MM article that “the evolution of shipping is very simple”. Sheppard bases his proposition on a Hull Museum of Shipping and Fisheries exhibition of coins, tokens and medals. Brindley contests the idea that evolution was continuous from pre-history to the present day by providing examples of […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Antiquity | Medieval | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies

Notes on the Boats of Siberia Part IV

By H. H. Brindley

In Part IV Brindley describes 20 different boats of European origin used by the indigenous peoples of Siberia and Russian colonists. The details of the boats are gleaned from the publications and photographs of visitors to the region and range in date from the early eighteenth to the end of the nineteenth centuries. An example […] Read More

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

Notes on the Boats of Siberia Part III

By H. H. Brindley

The first part of this article relates to Canoes and Boats of skin sewn on a wood or bone frame which are used exclusively by circumpolar aboriginal peoples and which have probably remained uninfluenced by non-Siberian cultures.   Two well defined groups are covered, the bidarka or baidarkais canoes, and the bidarrah or baider which are […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

Mediæval Ships Part XIII Stem Ropes Part 3

By H. H. Brindley

This is a further detailed examination of the structure of medieval ships, in this case, the use of Stem Ropes. Textual and pictorial sources are carefully examined; Spanish, French, Venetian and English – from textual to medieval painted glass, coinage, Bayeux stitch ships and seals. The design of medieval ships to cope with the demands […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

Mediaeval Ships Part XIII Stem Ropes Part 5

By H. H. Brindley

This is the conclusion of a detailed examination of the structure of medieval ships, in this case, the use of Stem Ropes. Textual and pictorial sources are carefully examined; Spanish, French, Venetian and English – from textual to medieval painted glass, coinage, Bayeux stitch ships and seals. The design of medieval ships to cope with […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

Mediaeval Ships Part V Stem Ropes Part 1

By H. H. Brindley

In this paper the author considers a small detail of medieval ships, the stem rope, as represented on coins and seals of the time. The stem ropes were two or more turns of rope around the stem, just under the forestage, whose function is unclear and had been extensively discussed in earlier editions of Mariner’s […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Note: Ship in a Window of Lincoln Cathedral

By H. H. Brindley

Brindley provides a detailed description of a leaded glass medallion in a window of Lincoln Cathedral. The medallion depicts a possible small sailing vessel of the Fourteenth Century and although roughly repaired gives some idea of the design of such boats. Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design