1. dirtyriver:

    American Manhood, Dec. 1952, cover by Peter Poulton

  2. Hand Illustrated and Later Printed Envelopes: 1870(c.), the front of a large envelope sent to Ramsgate, hand painted with very finely executed with a lady chastising a top-hatted gentleman ‘Where’s my daughter’ and showing the same gentleman in a small sailing boat, sent to Ramsgate with the adhesive (1858–76 2d. plate 13) cut to form the sail of of a ship

    via Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions

  3. Ships in Cinema, round 2; Name that movie

    soliano said: Chariots of Fire  

    Correct!  The Gilbert and Sullivan Society perform “For he is an Englishman” from HMS Pinafore

    Tagged #movies
  4. HMS Duncan

    HMS Duncan was the lead ship of the Royal Navy pre-dreadnought battleships. Commissioned in 1903, she served with the Mediterranean Fleet until 1905, at which she was transferred to the Channel Fleet.

    Damaged in a collision with HMS Albion in late 1905, she was damaged again when she ran aground off Lundy Island. After a further stint with the Mediterranean Fleet, in 1913 she was assigned to the 6th Battle Squadron and based at Portsmouth, where she served as a gunnery training ship.

    Decommissioned March 1919.

  7. Padstow Quay, Cornwall, England

    Views of the British Isles; Photochrom print collection;  Library of Congress

  9. RMS Laconia postcard

    Illustrated by Odin Rosenvinge

    The RMS Laconia was launched in 1921 and sunk by U-Boat in 1942 in what became known as The Laconia Incident.

  10. RMS Ivernia postcard

    The RMS Ivernia was launched in 1954. Her name was changed to the RMS Franconia in 1963. In 1973 she was sold to the Soviet Union and renamed the SS Fedor Shalyapin. Scrapped in India in 2004.

    Original (2195 x 1390)

  11. Building boats in Cowes

    Courtesy of Messrs J S White.

    The White family started building boats in Broadstairs in the 1700s and subsequently moved to Cowes in 1802 where the firm built over 2000 vessels before the yards closed in 1963. the firm finally became defunct in 1981.

    Amongst many alumni of J.S.Whites was one Barnes Wallis who finished his apprenticeship there before becoming a marine draughtsman.

    An advertisement from my collection dated March 1949.

  12. Fire Over England; 1937

    In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. British sea raiders regularly capture Spanish merchantmen bringing gold from the New World with the support of Queen Elizabeth I. After a plot to depose her is discovered, she enlists Michael Ingolby, whose father was killed by the Inquisition, to go undercover and infiltrate the court of Philip of Spain.

    Masquerading as one of the traitors, Ingolby finds the names of British subjects in Spanish pay. He identifies the would-be assassins and discovers their plans to send the Armada against England. His feats earn Ingolby the love of a Spanish noblewoman, an English courtesan, and Queen Elizabeth herself as he takes the British fleet into battle.


  13. Bernstein’s Fish Grotto

    The most unique restaurant-front in America. The entrance to Bernstein’s Fish Grotto faithfully follows in size and detail - ‘The Nina,’ Flagship of Columbus.”

  14. The Glass Bottom Boat (MGM, 1966)

    Starring Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey, John McGiver, Paul Lynde, Eric Fleming, Dom DeLuise, Elisabeth Fraser, Dick Martin, Dee J. Thompson, and Robert Vaughn. Directed by Frank Tashlin.


    The Submarine Gardens contain more than thirty varieties of Kelp and as many kinds of fish. This strange and wonderful under sea life may be viewed to the depths of 75 feet, owning to the remarkably clear waters about Avalon, as the large passenger boats with plate glass bottoms glide slowly over the Gardens.