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The Osborne & Britannia magazines

Former residence of Queen Victoria, Osborne House became a Royal Navy officer training college in 1901, remaining open until 1921. Among the former students were Edward VIII and George VI. The NMM holds various bound volumes of the Osborne magazine. This journal served the Osborne college while the Britannia Royal…

February’s Item of the Month

February’s Item of the Month has just been published. Penny take s a look at ‘Camp Magazine’, produced by prisoners of war from the Royal Naval Division interned in Groningen (Holland) between 1914 and 1918. Camp Magazine, according to its creators, was produced to reflect camp life at Groningen and…

Contemporary manuscript book of naval records collected by Sir Robert Cotton (1571-1631) the antiquarian and collector. [PLA/2]

In the Caird Library Manuscript collections is a compilation of naval records containing extracts made by Sir Robert Cotton from original records from the time of King John to Elizabeth I [PLA/2]. It is perhaps little known that aside from amassing the ‘most important collection of manuscripts ever assembled in…

The loss of the Earl of Abergavenny

   Uncategorized   January 9, 2015  No Comments

‘The loss of the Earl of Abergavenny, East-Indiaman: a poem with notes’ Recently I came across to a very moving volume while cataloguing the rare fiction collection of the Caird Library. The book is entitled ‘The loss of the Earl of Abergavenny, East-Indiaman: a poem with notes’ (Item ID: PBH6656)…

Scarborough, Hartlepool & Whitby Raids

On Wednesday 16 December 1914, the German Navy raided the coastal towns of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby. Rear Admiral Franz Von Hipper, commander of the German battleship squadron, devised a plan to enact the bombardment whilst his superior, Admiral Friedrich von Ingenohl, stationed the ships of the entire German High…

Anti-Slavery Patrols

   Uncategorized   December 10, 2014  No Comments

Following the Act for Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807, the Royal Navy was used to supress the Atlantic slave trade. British naval squadrons were set up to patrol the coast of West Africa and the Caribbean looking for illegal slavers. Here at the National Maritime Museum, we have…

The Canopic Times: Hot off the Press from the south Atlantic

  As well his journal featured as November’s item of the month, (ref: JOD/106/1), Harry Bennett’s diairies include a fascinating newspaper produced on board HMS Canopus. The Canopic Times was produced at the time of the battle of the Coronel on 1 November 1914. It is a ‘ship board’ newspaper…

November’s Item of the month: battle of the Coronel

November’s Item of the month is a journal (JOD/106/1) kept by a navigating lieutenant on the Canopus, recording the battle of the Coronel, which took place off the Chilean coast, 100 years ago on Saturday. Harry Bennett did not witness the destruction of the British ships Good Hope and Monmouth,…

Archives – ‘War and Memory’

The Museum has had an exhibition called `War and Memory’ by the artist Rozanne Hawksley in the Queens House for some time now – it ends on 14th November. Her work is both fascinating and thought provoking and is partly inspired by the work her grandmother did sewing sailor’s collars…

The battle of Trafalgar: letters from the Lower Deck

Yesterday was Trafalgar Day, the 209th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, which took place off the south western Spanish coast. Much celebrated in British culture, depicted in film, verse, fine art and commemorated in all sorts of media, one could be forgiven for wondering what else there is to…