Have a little history with your alcohol, the better to pretend that you’re not a drunk, you’re an intellectual… Happy summer 🙂
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 […]
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.
This piece by Peter Warwick of The 1805 Club describes his discovery of one of the most extraordinary artifacts of naval history recently found: the only known Napoleonic era naval lieutenant’s uniform!
The ship of today is a large, sturdy, self-propelled vessel in which people transport goods across seas, oceans, and lakes. It is the product of countless centuries of development. To cross small bodies of water, […]
Generally speaking the customs practised by officers were those of polite civilian society, with modifications to suit naval circumstances, plus other changes caused through historic development.
Hardtack (or hard tack) is a flat hard biscuit made from flour and water (often saltwater) that was used as a staple food where fresh and perishable foods won’t survive. Also known as “pilot bread,” […]