Ships & boats

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

The Terra Nova was built in 1884 as a whaling ship but became better known for her role in Polar exploration and her association with Captain Scott. 

England had a number of naval anchorages situated around its coastline, where vessels could dock when not out at sea or engaged in combat.

Sir Francis Chichester (1901–1972) was a British sailor and aviator, famed for being the first person to single-handedly sail around the world making only one stop.

Mauretania was in her day the biggest and fastest – not to mention most luxurious – ship on the seas.

The rating system of the British Royal Navy was used to categorise warships between the 17th and 19th centuries. There were six rates of warship.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859) was a renowned 19th century engineer. His achievements include the steamships Great Western, Great Britain and Great Eastern.

Toll for the brave – the story of the Royal George and how it went down in a home port with huge loss of life.

In the 17th and 18th centuries there were six Royal Navy Dockyards in England, at Deptford, Woolwich, Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth and Plymouth.

William Bligh was an officer in the Royal Navy and was the victim of a mutiny on his ship, the Bounty, in 1789.

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