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View of the Naval Gallery in the Painted Hall, Greenwich Hospital

25 July 2018

Whilst cataloguing a collection of papers from the early 19th century, relating to the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, I came across a printed address dated 23 October 1823, written by the Hospital’s secretary, Edward Hawke Locker, to its Directors. 

A zebra and giraffe on board the Chindawara at the Royal Albert Dock (1950)

17 July 2018

Exotic animals have a long history in Britain. The Royal menagerie at the Tower of London was probably created in 1204 (during the reign of King John). There was an aviary at Greenwich Palace constructed for Queen Anne, which probably included both native and exotic birds, and there were other Royal menageries at Windsor, Richmond Lodge and Kew. 

Mariner’s Marvellous Magazine

10 July 2018

An intriguing item in the Caird Library rare book collection: ‘The Mariners' Marvellous Magazine : or wonders of the ocean : containing the most remarkable adventures and relations of mariners in various parts of the globe’ was begging to be introduced.   

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2 July 2018

Heavily contested at the time of its creation, crafted in secrecy and rebellion, the text of this document is now well known the world over.

'Captain Teach commonly call'd Black Beard'

22 June 2018

The Caird Library has a new display featuring archive and library items connected with crimes and criminals at sea.

Jonathan Hulls

13 June 2018

Traditionally, Jonathan Hulls had often been credited as the first person to conduct practical experiments involving steam-powered vessels. Why then, is his work not remembered?

Map showing the proposed Dock Yard at Grassy Bay, Bermuda, in 1811.

7 June 2018

Lured by the promise of pink sandy beaches and turquoise-blue seas, millions of tourists visit Bermuda every year. Collaborative Doctoral Student Anna McKay examines the difficulties faced by officials in acquiring labourers to work on the site during the nineteenth century.

Oil Tanker

30 May 2018

This item of the month is a 1970s journal kept by the merchant navy’s first female navigating cadet, 18 year old Nina Baker on board British Petroleum (BP) Tanker Vessel British Willow. Nina’s journal influenced me to explore women’s developing role in the merchant navy during the second half of the 20th Century and beyond.

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22 May 2018

It will be five years this July that our team of Navy Board In-letters volunteers: Derek, Roger, Terry, David, John and Fred, have so far provided full page summaries to seventy-six of our volumes from the archive. This is over more than double what had been achieved only two years ago.

Lindsay’s ships. Painting in Swedish National Maritime Museum, Stockholm. Inv. number SM 20028.#

16 May 2018

In July 1988, the National Maritime Museum purchased the papers of William Schaw Lindsay. Comprising an extensive collection of journals, diaries, newspaper cuttings and correspondence, it covers the period throughout his life and relates mostly to matters nautical. The Caird Library is grateful for this guest-authored piece, written by Lindsay’s great-great-grandson, William Stewart Lindsay, who is researching his illustrious forebear.

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