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The Naval Medals of England and most particularly during the Reign of George III

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] Sim Comfort has built up a wonderfully eclectic treasure trove of coins, medals, paintings, swords and other naval items over many decades. He’s written and published a number of very fine books on the weapons and memorabilia of the Age […]

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BookPick: England’s Medieval Navy

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] I guess we’re all accustomed to think of England in terms of Shakespeare’s ‘precious stone set in a silver sea,’ safe behind its watery ramparts with its naval strength resisting all invaders. To the English of an earlier period – […]

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AskJules: Naval headgear

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Ken Smith was curious about naval headgear in Kydd’s day: ‘I was thinking about marines in the fighting tops. What kind of hat did they wear? Did it get in the way of […]

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Sim’s Treasures

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Over the decade or so that I’ve been a writer I’ve been privileged to meet many collectors, modellers, academics and historians who share my love of the Age of Fighting Sail. They’ve all […]

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Ask BigJules: Double Helping!

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] The first question comes from David Slinn who wants to know the origin of the term ‘tarpaulin officers’ : There weren’t many in the Georgian navy who made the hard journey from before […]

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BookPicks for Christmas

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Books make great Christmas gifts and I’ve chosen twelve to recommend for Santa’s sack. Some classics, some discoveries – and all have a maritime connection of some kind… Broadsides By James Davey and […]

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The Quarterdeck Interview

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] [ This interview is from the October issue of ‘Quarterdeck’ magazine ] During your formative early years was reading an important part of your life? Oh, yes. My mother introduced me to the […]

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The Immortal Memory

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Today is the anniversary of Horatio Nelson’s great victory – and mortal wounding – at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. At the time a sailor in Royal Sovereign wrote to his father […]

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BookPick: Nelson, Navy & Nation

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] This book celebrates the Royal Navy and the British People 1688-1815. As you can imagine, a subject dear to my heart! With an introduction by N A M Rodger, it looks at the […]

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Prick, Perique or Plug?

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] I first met Ken Yalden a few years ago. Ken is a keen member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. As we chatted he recalled I had mentioned a prick of tobacco […]

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