Author Results for H.H. Brindley

The “Keying”

By H.H. Brindley

In 1848, a large Chinese junk arrived in the Thames, brought there from Hong Kong via New York   She was exhibited to large audiences. Pamphlets and medals were produced. Keying was the name of the Canton Commissioner. Her sea-kindly hull was 160ft long, 33ft wide, 16ft hold depth, 750 tons burthen and contained fifteen compartments, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Art & Music | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

Early Reefs

By H.H. Brindley

In the miniature of Our Lord stilling the Storm double reef-points in two rows and apparently sewn into reef-bands are represented in the upper half of the sail. The Bibliotheque Nationale “Chroniques sire Jehan Froissart” is a work of the second half of the fifteenth century. It contains several miniatures showing ships, and one of […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages | Dutch Wars | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Whaling & Fishing

Notes on the Boats of Siberia Part V

By H.H. Brindley

This article, the fifth and last of a series, covers “Coasting vessels of European origin”. The author lists two- and three-masted boats observed by travellers to northern Russia, as well as the vessels built locally for explorers such as Bering and Billings. The piece also includes a discussion of the Russian names of various types […] Read More

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

Notes on the Boats of Siberia Part II

By H.H. Brindley

Bogoras and Jochelson state that the Yakuts, Yukaghirs (a Palaeo-Siberian people of the Arctic coast between the lower Yana and Kolyma Rivers), and the Kamchadals no longer build skin-boats. It is stated that the Yakuts and Yukaghirs often used the wooden parts of their sledges combined with tent-skins for crossing rivers, a practice which may […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific | Arctic | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Ship Models & Figureheads | Whaling & Fishing

Notes on the Boats of Siberia Part I

By H.H. Brindley

A Tungus bark canoe seen by Nansen at Khaborovsk, on the Lower Amur, attracted his attention by its “shapely lines,” which are “an example of how· superior to other Siberian peoples in their sense of elegant forms is this ancient and widely diffused race”. In any reference to Tungus boats, it is important to bear […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific | Arctic | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Ship Models & Figureheads | Whaling & Fishing

Mediaeval Ships Part XII Stem Ropes Part 4

By H.H. Brindley

A variety of representations of mediaeval ships are considered in order to arrive at a view of the nature of bowsprits of this period and the means of securing them to the ship. The relationship of these stem ropes to other heavy warps or chains used to strengthen the hull and prevent hogging are considered. […] Read More

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

A Ship of Hans Burgkmair

By H.H. Brindley

It is known that several of the original blocks signed H. B. have on their backs the names of the cutters. The signature H. B. is without question that of Hans Burgkmair, who was born at Augsburg c. 1473, and died in 1559. Though far less rigging is shown, and some of it seems inaccurate, […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Mediaeval Ships Part X Reefing Gear Part 4

By H.H. Brindley

One of the earliest representations of reef-points is in the ancient seal of the City of Dublin, which Birch gives as dating from 1297. Reference to the table already given (MM August, 1912, p. 243) of the representations of early reef points so far collected will show that only the Xll th century seal of […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Mediaeval Ships Part IX Reefing Gear Part 3

By H.H. Brindley

A miniature representing the arrival at Dover of King Edward II and his Queen, Isabel of France, in 1307, previously considered at MM 1912 p. 171 from a woodcut reproduction of 1884, can now be considered from a photograph of the original in the Biblioteque Nationale at Paris. The reef points are in four rows, […] Read More

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

Mediaeval Ships Part VIII Reefing Gear Part 2

By H.H. Brindley

A number of early works of art give clues as to the use of reefing points on the sails of mediaeval ships. Here consideration is given to the information to be gleaned from an English miniature held among the Bodleian manuscripts of Marco Polo embarking at Venice executed probably between 1410 and 1420, a ship […] Read More

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

Mediæval Ships Part VI Reefing Gear

By H.H. Brindley

From the slight evidence available – mostly pictorial, seals, manuscript images and church windows – it can be established that two methods of shortening sail were in use in the middle ages, bonnets and reef points. However, no image of reef points appears later than 1528, until their reappearance from 1665. In the interest of […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | High Middle Ages | North Sea
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Mediæval Ships Part VII Reefing Gear

By H.H. Brindley

From the slight evidence available – mostly pictorial, seals, manuscript images and church windows – it can be established that two methods of shortening sail were in use in the middle ages, bonnets and reef points. However, no image of reef points appears later than 1528, until their reappearance from 1665. In the interest of […] Read More

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

Mediaeval Ships Part VII Reefing Gear Part 1

By H.H. Brindley

From the slight evidence available – mostly pictorial, seals, manuscript images and church windows – it can be established that two methods of shortening sail were in use in the middle ages, bonnets and reef points. However, no image of reef points appears later than 1528, until their reappearance from 1665. In the interest of […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

Mediaeval Ships Part VI Stem Ropes Part 2

By H.H. Brindley

This piece deals with the use of stem-ropes, based on the visual evidence in contemporary seals and coins. The author presents and discusses five possible explanations for their presence in such images: gammoning of the bowsprit; anchoring the forestay; the representation of an anchor cable; a survival of ropes used to lash the ‘fighting stages’ […] Read More

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

Mediaeval Ships Part IV

By H.H. Brindley

Three sets of drawings of ships from the late fifteenth century are reviewed. The first is in a French manuscript composed by Canon Sebastien Mamerot in 1473. The second is a painting by a German artist showing the Martyrdom of St Ursula and her Virgins. The third is a series of eight engravings by an […] Read More

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

Mediaeval Ships Part II In Painted Glass and on Seals Part 2

By H.H. Brindley

The second in a series, this article examines two images of ships in the stained glass of the parish church of Villequier, near the mouth of the Seine. The window in question was dedicated in 1518, and the ships are part of a visualization of the life of St. John the Baptist. One ship is […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

Mediaeval Ships Part I In Painted Glass and on Seals Part 1

By H.H. Brindley

Seals have long been recognised as a source of information on mediaeval ships, but stained glass windows also provide a source that has been little explored to date. Although early artists were generally ignorant of nautical matters, and no one picture will show what a ship was like throughout, much may be learned about the […] Read More

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