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“Deaf as a post” and “a well-looking fellow”: Descriptions of crewmen in the Commonplace Book of Captain Edward Rotheram

Have you ever wondered what kind of people manned ships around the time of the Napoleonic Wars? Where they came from, what they did before serving, even how they looked? Well, this is exactly the information found within the Commonplace book of Captain Edward Rotheram (LBK/38). In addition to the official…

Women and war: women’s uniforms

Hello Caird Library Blog followers. My name is Sonia and I am the Library Assistant who, from now on, will be looking after the Caird Library blog. I joined the Caird Library and Archive team in 2010 and, when not on duty in the Reading Room, I assist with cataloguing…

Enhance your nautical vocabulary at the Caird Library!

If you haven’t visited the Caird Library recently, you may not yet have spotted the addition to the staircase leading up to the Library from the Sammy Ofer Wing ground floor.  A mixture of nautical words and phrases have been painted on our walls.  Some, like “bow”, “galley” and “harpoon”…

August’s Item of the month: Captain George Peacock: naval officer, inventor…and more

August’s Item of the month has just been published…and it is mind-blowing!!! Katherine has been researching the interesting career of George Peacock, a naval officer who was also a very industrious inventor. His credited inventions include the peculiar ‘floating poncho’, a dress the top half of which was inflatable, and…

Jack tars and Tarpaulins

Jack tars and Tarpaulins

Patronage in the Royal Navy: An Old Flame

In this our third and final post, Doctoral Student Catherine Beck continues to make discoveries in the papers of eighteenth century Admiral, John Markham…

The Illustrated War News No.2

   Uncategorized   July 18, 2015  2 Comments

Perhaps not surprisingly in view of the need to keep morale at home high, this was not a publication which aimed to expose the full horrors of war, and there are few photographs of actual combat, although some paintings were based on sketches done at the scene. Losses of warships…

July’s Item of the Month: The WW1 journal and photographs of Commander Geoffrey Middleton Randall Rayne

The WW1 journal and photographs of Commander Geoffrey Middleton Randall Rayne

The Illustrated War News

   Collections   June 30, 2015  No Comments

The Illustrated War News is a periodical published during most of the First World War (12 August 1914 – April 1918) by the Illustrated London News publishing company. As part of my work as a volunteer in the Caird Library, I have been compiling an index of entries relating to…

Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1915 – new online database

Tuesday 30 June 2015 – we’re very pleased to announce the launch today of Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915, a collaborative project between the National Maritime Museum and the National Archives highlighting the contribution of the Merchant Navy in the First World War. For the first…