2. Lithograph of The ‘Goodwin Sands Floating Shipwreck Asylum’, England, 1829-1851

    This lithograph is by Rear Admiral J. N. Tayler. It shows a proposal for a moored ship to save people from shipwrecks on the Goodwin Sands. This was a notoriously treacherous stretch of sea on the east coast of Kent. Shifting sands make building lighthouses impossible and the area was prone to shipwrecks. The word ‘asylum’ means a sanctuary and a shelter from danger or hardship. This possibly guided Rear Admiral Taylor when naming his design. However, he may also have been satirising the number of ‘mental asylums’ being built during this period. This lithograph comprises a vignette of the moored asylum in use, plus a diagram of the vessel with explanatory captions. It was published by Standidge and Company in London; Science Museum, London.

  4. postcard sent from Highbridge to Liverpool on 30th March, 1907

    Highbridge Wharf was served by coastal vessels carrying coal, timber, cattle feed, bricks, tiles and other commodities which were then distributed inland by the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway


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  10. Edwardian sailor / Found image

    Photographed by Preston & Sons in Penzance

  11. RPPC — German Reichsmarine SMS Schleswig Holstein and SMS Braunschweig

    1926: Crew members of the  SMS Linienschiff Schleswig Holstein and SMS Linienschiff Braunschweig attending the raising of the colors.

  12. hadesworld:

    Peter Pan, 1924

    (Source: dodsrike, via mudwerks)

  13. sailorgil:

    ” My Cunard Trip “  … Cunard Line brochure for passengers [Circa 1925]

  14. climbing-down-bokor:

    Cecil Beaton- Jean Cocteau, Toulon, vers 1930

    (Source: fantomas-en-cavale)

  15. Maritime Monday for January 28th, 2013: The Cinque Ports


    Till the 15th century England had no permanent navy to defend itself against sea-borne aggression. Thus, five ports in the South East – the region most vulnerable to invasion – contracted with the Crown to provide a defensive fleet when required. In return they enjoyed extensive privileges, rather like those of the Hanseatic Ports.

    This Confederation of Cinque Ports (cinque is French for five) was formed probably in the early 11th century. The founding Members (‘Head Ports), later joined by Rye and Winchelsea, were Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich.

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