Life at sea

Cleopatra’s Needle is the obelisk that stands on the Thames Embankment in London. It was transported from Egypt to London in 1877.

The art of tattooing has existed for many centuries, across different cultures. We list 10 interesting facts about them and what they mean. 

The ship’s biscuit was an important part of the sailor's sea diet before the introduction of canned foods. 

Alan Villiers was a distinguished sailor, author and photographer. His work vividly records the period of early 20th century maritime history.

The hornpipe dance hasn't always been associated with sailors and dancing on deck. 

As well as being a naval hero, Lord Nelson was an interesting and complex man. His letters and diaries reveal much about his character.

Life at sea meant short bursts of work followed by short periods of rest, these four-hour long segments of the day are called watches.

Life at sea during the age of sail was filled with hardship. Sailors had to accept cramped conditions, disease, poor food, pay and bad weather.

In the 19th century, MP Samuel Plimsoll campaigned for load lines to be painted on the side of ships to prevent them being overloaded and sinking.

The introduction of steam power in the 19th century revolutionised the shipping industry and made Britain a world-leader in shipbuilding.

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