More wars and battles

From the floating fire the Greeks used to see off their enemies, to the sinking of 20th century warships, we delve into some fascinating stories of war and weapons. Plus, read all about the Battle of the Glorious First of June - the first sea battle between the Brits and the French during the French Revolutionary Wars.


This unique altar cross acts as a poignant symbol of the First World War.


These binoculars should have been lost when the HMS Invincible was sunk at the Battle of Jutland.

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On Remembrance Day we look at the conservation of two memorial busts ‘intended to record the rank and file who have gained no mention or special distinction’.


An illustrated journal written by Francis Meynell, a naval officer during the Crimean War.


One unassuming print in our collection reveals a different perspective to the extraordinary celebrations that followed the Battle of the Glorious First June. Hazel Vidler, Ship Portrait volunteer, reveals more.

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

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.   

Boat badge and crest of HMS Delhi

World War I might have ended for some in 1919, but for others fighting continued, whether they liked it or not. 

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John Byng (1704–57) was a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy. He is best known for the loss of Minorca to the French at the Battle of Minorca, marking the start of the Seven Years War in 1756.


Carronades were short heavy guns, similar to canon, used by the British Royal Navy on battleships from the late 18th century until about 1820.

HMS Terrible played a decisive role in two imperial wars and ended her days being broken up and parts of her sold as souvenirs.