Take a vast collection of 18th- and 19th-century ship’s logs (1), digitise their contents and geolocate each entry. Stick those millions of data points, on a blank map of the world, and this extraordinary image […]
Sail ho! The cry is heard frequently as Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship’s surgeon, Dr Stephen Maturin, navigate the 19th century plotlines of Patrick O’Brian’s celebrated novels. But just as a […]
Asked by Debbie Lynn Elias of Behind The Lens Online on what compels the director Peter Weir to film such varied stories as he does, leading up to Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World, the […]
“Master and Commander—gee, that was a hard film to make,” cinematographer Russell Boyd acknowledges in his understated way. “There is no easy film, of course, but both Master and The Way Back were very demanding physically—The Way Back because of […]
When a 22-year-old Pardon Mawney Whipple received his midshipman’s warrant in December of 1812, the war between America and Britain was well underway. By 1813 USS Constitution had already met with, and defeated, HMS Guerriere and HMS […]
This video shows the physical manifestations of diseases from our period and before. Thankfully almost all of these diseases are incredibly rare today, but our dear Stephen would have been familiar with the symptoms if […]
*SPOILERS* In Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander, Stephen Maturin, indifferent to wealth but desperately impoverished, accepts Commander “Lucky Jack” Aubrey’s invitation to become ship’s surgeon primarily to avoid starvation.
An interview with the late author Patrick O’Brian at The Mariners’ Museum, in Newport News, VA, on April 11, 1995. Then Museum President and CEO John Hightower moderated the interview and questions. This event preceded […]