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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…

Last Entry in the log of the His Majesty’s ship ‘Royal George’

Long-time followers of the Caird Library Blog may recall Tanya’s fascinating Item of the Month, looking at the collection of recently conserved books: An Account of the Loss of the ‘Royal George’ at Spithead, August, 1782.  For those of you who missed the article the first time around, you may…

September’s Item of the Month: diary kept by G.W. Smith, steward onboard the requistioned RMS AVON

September’s Item of the Month is the diary of an ordinary merchant seaman, steward GW Smith, from 1916.  The RMS ship Avon was requisitioned by the Admiralty for war service and fitted as an armed merchant cruiser and renamed Avoca. Smith and his colleagues were set to work supplying other…

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Voyages of Exploration: the expeditions of Captain James Cook

Forgotten Fighters: World War 1 at Sea

With a name like Forgotten Fighters, I expected the NMM’s new First World War exhibition which opened on 4 August, to be filled wall to wall with military memorabilia and naval paraphernalia. Instead, I was surprised to find how much emphasis was placed upon individual people.  Thanks to numerous interactive…

The letters of Archibald Buchanan, Midshipman (1803-1804) – Part 2

Here is the second part of Daniel’s look at the letters of a young gentleman midshipman, Archibald Buchanan. If you missed the first post, you can find it in the previous pages, posted on 30 June. After a few days aboard HMS Monarch, Archibald Buchanan was transferred to the sixth-rate…

August’s Item of the Month: Heligoland Bight

August’s Item of the month looks at the opening naval clash of the First World War, the battle of Heligoland Bight, as seen through the personal papers of David Richard Beatty, first Earl Beatty (1871-1936). Beatty commanded the prestigious, fast and powerful First Battle Cruiser Squadron. While the battle was…