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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…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – 3

Here is the third and sadly final post by research student Daniel Lange, who has been looking at the correspondence of Napoleonic midshipman, Archibald Buchanan…. If you missed the first (or second) post, catch up here. Click on the images to enlarge them. Perhaps the most intriguing features in the…

A piece of P&O at the ‘Cheesegrater’

During the London Open House weekend in September I was one of many hundreds of visitors to The Leadenhall Building, the tallest building in the City of London.  While waiting in the long queue that meandered towards the gigantic new structure, I was curious about a fragment of old architecture…

October’s Item of the Month: WW1 cartoons, propaganda and fishing smacks

October’s Caird Library Item of the month is a cartoon! Brian takes a look at war time cartoons, propaganda, and a fishing boat that might just have not sunk a German submarine in 1916 ( or did it?)… Take up the story with October’s Item of the month    

A wander around ‘Ships, Clocks and Stars: the Quest for Longitude’.

I recently had a look around the  NMM’s new exhibition, “Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude”. On entering, one of the very first items on display is William Hack’s beautiful 1685 manuscript-atlas. Being in the manuscripts department I may be just slightly biased, but Hack’s “A Waggoner of…