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Burial at Sea
What exactly happened in the past when someone died during a voyage and was buried at sea?
Library Assistant Jon Earle delves into the tragedy of the sinking of the HMS Eurydice, through Sir Edmund Verney's work. The specific focus is on those 281 men who lost their lives.
Drawing in particular on material from our archives, Dr Elaine Murphy explores the diverse connections between women and the navy in the 17th century, researched during her time as a Caird short-term fellow.
Franklin's Last Message
William Bligh (1754-1817), Matthew Flinders (1774-1814) and Sir John Franklin (1786-1847) each had storied careers. Mike Bevan investigates the way these three careers overlapped and intertwined.
Photographs from SHO/2/1 and SHO/3/2
Archives Assistant Harriet Braine explores a collection of letters between John Short and Ella Ambrose, a couple who fell in love in 1931. Although they were separated after only a short time together, they continued getting to know one another through these letters.
Robert Gale’s diary JOD.284.1
Archives Assistant Victoria Syrett explores a collection of diaries, notes and drawings by Robert Gale (born 13 October 1816) who joined HMS Rattlesnake as Captain Owen Stanley’s steward for a voyage full of exploration, death and rescuing damsels in distress.
Portolan chart of the north-east Atlantic by Joan Oliva, Messina
A new display outside the Caird Library explores some of the Museum’s portolan charts.
Journals are not naturally the first place that maritime researchers turn to; however, one that deserves investigating is The Nautical Magazine.
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.
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’.