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Photograph of Japanese fleet on the morning of the battle - PKM/2/9

23 June 2017

One hundred and twelve years ago on the 27 May 1905 the Imperial Japanese Navy achieved a major victory at the Battle of Tsushima, destroying or capturing much of the Russian fleet that had sailed 18,000 nautical miles from the Baltic in an attempt to reinforce the Russian Pacific Squadron at Port Arthur.

Letter describing the Dutch landing on the Isle of Sheppey and the attack on the Medway

16 June 2017

This June marks the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Raid on the Medway which took place 9-14 June 1667. It was humiliating for the English Navy resulting in the loss of thirteen English ships, with the Unity and Royal Charles captured. Mike Bevan, archivist at the Caird Library, takes a closer look.   

Loss of the Princess Alice PAD6772.jpg

9 June 2017
On the evening of Tuesday 3 September 1878, the Princess Alice paddle steamer was making her way up the Thames on her return journey from Sheerness to London. The weather had...

Franklin-193x300_0.jpg

7 June 2017

Going to sea is a dangerous business. Ahead of our major new exhibition, Death in the ice: the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition, we're looking at some of the more gruesome tales that can be found in the exhibition and in our archive.

Burial at Sea

26 May 2017

What exactly happened in the past when someone died during a voyage and was buried at sea? 

HMS Eurydice.jpg

9 May 2017

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.

Henrietta Maria

10 April 2017

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

27 March 2017

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

16 March 2017

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

28 February 2017

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.

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