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HMS Tanfield

posted 28 Mar 2017, 05:00 by Neil Stott   [ updated 28 Mar 2017, 05:02 ]

HMS was pleased to attend an event with member Rob Langham’s colleagues at the Tanfield Railway.  A bracing weekend, it’s safe to say – just the weather for Khaki Drill and shorts!
We took our new vessel as part of a Great War event and the boat - and the Field Medical Station display -  certainly stimulated a lot of interest.

Chris, Ron, Jen, Bevan and Neil attended – and HMS' David Little too, along with his 'Durham Pals' unit.
 

HMS at Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend event 18th - 19th March

posted 3 Mar 2017, 03:58 by Neil Stott   [ updated 3 Mar 2017, 04:10 ]

http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk/index.php?page=great-war-weekend

We will be taking our 'Great War British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem evacuation boat' , recreating the service in Mesopotamia circa 1917, an often overlooked theatre of the First World War. Often called Silver Thimble, after the charity that bought them, these boats were bought in the UK and shipped to Mesopotamia for local use.  Operations there reflect our interest in lesser known exploits that are largely forgotten today. We believe that this powered craft is  a fine addition to our Georgian and Second World War Naval Craft collection.

Our boat will be next to a small reenactment  display portraying a  Field Hospital in Mesopotamia (now modern day Iraq), the motor launch being used to recover wounded men along the River Tigris. Although the weather and location is unlikely to match Mesopotamia, this display is an important reminder of a forgotten part of the First World War

You can also discover the important role that the railways played during World War 1 in this talk by HMS member, Rob Langham, author of the North Eastern Railway in the First World War on Saturday 18th March, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm), Andrews House 

Tickets cost £5 per person on the day or £3 per person online, when purchased with a day rover ticket.  Tickets can be purchased online - here





British Ship Building - Wooden Boat Building 1943 - After Dunkirk

posted 29 Jan 2017, 05:29 by Neil Stott   [ updated 29 Jan 2017, 05:31 ]

Great War Project - Medical Evacuation Launch

posted 27 Jan 2017, 10:29 by Neil Stott   [ updated 29 Jan 2017, 05:39 ]

https://sites.google.com/site/historicalmaritimesociety/news/_draft_post-14/rogers.png

The next vessel to join the Historical Maritime Society's fleet will be a Great War British Red Cross Society and Order of St John of Jerusalem evacuation boat, serving in Mesopotamia circa 1917, an often overlooked theatre of the First World War. Often called Silver Thimble, after the charity that bought them, these boats were bought in the UK and shipped to Mesopotamia for local use.  Operations there reflect our interest in lesser known exploits that are largely forgotten today. We believe that this powered craft will be a fine addition to our Georgian and Second World War Naval Craft collection.

Click on the image to go straight to the WW1 page.

Great War Launch latest - paint

posted 18 Nov 2016, 12:53 by Neil Stott


Today is Trafalgar Day

posted 20 Oct 2016, 23:29 by Neil Stott

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/features/trafalgar-day

'Little Tich' - Engine working at last!

posted 16 Oct 2016, 11:23 by Neil Stott   [ updated 16 Oct 2016, 12:46 ]

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We finally got the engine running today - top work by Bev. It was really gratifying to get to this stage after such a lot of work, by many, over an extended period.


























HMS Terror found...

posted 13 Sep 2016, 11:26 by Neil Stott

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The Guardian  reports

"The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries.

HMS Terror and Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus, were abandoned in heavy sea ice far to the north of the eventual wreck site in 1848, during the Royal Navy explorer’s doomed attempt to complete the Northwest Passage."  continues....

Little Tich - and the paint goes on, and on...

posted 11 Sep 2016, 07:44 by Neil Stott

Bevan applies more (and more) paint on  'Little Tich'

2 Coats of marine undercoat applied to topsides. At least one more will be required.

Undercoat applied to benches, bulkheads,  bulwarks and part of hull interior.  More to do + second coat to wearing surfaces.

Engine ignition timing set-up but engine not yet started because we forgot the petrol !

Installation of Porthole underway.

Manual Bilge pump installation complete.

Nelson's Dockyard: From 'vile hole' to national treasure

posted 11 Sep 2016, 03:06 by Neil Stott

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37286174

"With its elegant colonial buildings and whimsical charm, it is hard to imagine how the Western Hemisphere's only working Georgian dockyard was once described by Lord Nelson as a "vile hole"."

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