Life at sea

From brass buttons to bell-bottoms, garments traditionally worn at sea have long been adopted and adapted to create new fashions and statements.

A Matthew Walker Knot keeps the end of a rope from fraying but its origins are a mystery.

Designers from Vivienne Westwood to Galliano and Chanel have all created collections inspired by naval wear and maritime culture. 

The ‘Vikings’ were seafaring raiders and traders from Scandinavia. The period known as the Viking Age lasted from AD 700 until 1100.

The enduring influence of nautical styles in fashion have been long celebrated in British culture. Find out more about its origins and the role of Queen Victoria.

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. 

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