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There are many accounts of sea voyages and cruises amongst the collection of the Caird Library and Archive, but for this post I have chosen to highlight JOD/53; an account by John Hamilton of a voyage from Cardiff to Suez on board the ship Australian in 1896.
Charles Burns is an artist who specialises in silhouettes. Ahead of our Valentine's Day Seduction Late, he shares the history of this fascinating art form.
On 15 January 1815, Emma Hamilton died in poverty in Calais. So much more than Nelson's mistress, who was this amazing woman?
In the first issue of Yachting World (April 1894), the editor introduces his new periodical which is aimed at those individuals engaged in the ‘great national sport of yachting – a sport at once healthy, noble, and pleasant’. He highlights that it will have ‘accounts and illustrations of Yachting Celebrities’ and will include a specific column for ‘the fair yachtswomen, who now constitute as numerous and important, as they have always been an attractive, class’.
Seductress is the second in our series exploring the many fascinating identities Emma Hamilton held throughout her life. Few traces survive from these early years, but what evidence remains?
In March 2016 I released a Call for Participation asking Royal Navy personnel to share their stories of shipboard entertainment. One naval theatrical tradition I wanted to learn more about was ‘Crossing the Line’.
January’s highlights include the Quadrantid meteor shower and several planets. (Details given are for London and will vary for other parts of the UK.)
What was the Christmas Star? Over the years many astronomical explanations have been suggested.
What links Bond author Ian Fleming, a Norwegian spy on 'a night out in town' and a smuggled Christmas tree? (brought into the country we're told 'at some discomfort')