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The report opens:
"On October 29, 2012, the tall ship Bounty sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, while attempting to transit through the forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy. Three of the 16 people on board were seriously injured, one crewmember died, and the captain was never found. The vessel’s estimated value was $4 million. "
Calling all armchair historians!
OPERATION WAR DIARY is a fascinating online database project where British Army Battalion diaries from the Western Front during The Great War, among other official documents, have been digitised into a searchable format.
This is an opportunity for individuals to get involved and add their own family histories and to add a human touch to the names in the archives.
We have been asked by Leeds City Museum to mount a small display around their acquisition of one of Mr John Harrison's Chronometers. They have , on loan one of Harrison's later chronometers from the National Maritime Museum to make up their display. HMS is pleased to be supporting this event by putting on a display of seamanship along with interpretations of the principles of marine navigation, the surgeon and ship's carpenter as well the odd matelot to engage with...
Friends of HMS, Stirling & Son have some news:
"After a lengthy and competitive application process Stirling and Son were awarded £150,000 from the Regional Growth Fund through Plymouth University and the Western Morning News. This has enabled the installation of the heavy infrastructure to get the historic No.1 Slipway up and running once again. The funding has covered laying new rails on the slip, building two adjustable cradles, the installation of a winch and work on the roof in order to make the workshop watertight."
No.1 Covered Slip,
South Yard, Devonport,
Plymouth, PL1 4SG
Tel 01822 614259 / 07808 808188
Henry Trengrouse of Helston was inspired to develop his rocket apparatus having been one of those who had watched helplessly as many drowned only yards from the steeply sloped beach. HMS Anson (44) was a ‘razee’ frigate, cut down from a ship of the line to a heavy frigate – with all the unfortunate drawbacks of poor handling and instability in heavy seas. The Anson, under command of a Captain Charles Lydiard, was warped out of Falmouth on Christmas Eve in the teeth of a winter storm and then attempted to hold her blockading station at Brest. The hurricane-force storm blew her back along the South coast and eventually around the Lizard into Mount’s Bay and then onto the shingle bar known as Loe Bar. Over 100 men were lost yards from the beach where the people of Helston watched in horror as she foundered. The captain, having made it ashore, went back to save a boy sailor but both perished.
See article attached to this post (below)
January, 1814 was wild too, and the brig Venus was sinking off Yarmouth. Captain George Manby's mortar rescue apparatus was deployed.
The Winter of 2013-14 is looking to be a wild one with many still 'at peril on the sea' - even with abundant and advanced technologies at hand.
RESCUE FROM SHIPWRECK.
"THE brig Venus, off Yarmouth, was driven on shore in the tremendous gale of the 20th ult. half a mile to the southward of that pier; her large draught of water prevented her approaching nearer the land than two hundred yards. Every effort to rescue the crew, by the ordinary methods, was attempted without success. At last the naval officer of the signal station brought the apparatus invented by Captain Manby down to the beach. At the second fire, the shot with the line attached to it was thrown from the mortar over the vessel. The facility with which the crew were then disengaged from their danger was admirable, and deserves detail. By the line, with which communication had been gained, a hawser was drawn from the ship (in which it was made fast) to the shore, and distended by the efforts of the numerous spectators; the crew were then brought to land, one by one, in a sling that passed from the ship to the shore, by lines reaching to either; and ran, with ease along the hawser, by a ring, made of rope, called a grummet (opp.). The storm was of such extreme severity, that if the crew had not been thus saved, the poor wretches, supposing them to have escaped drowning, must have been frozen to death. "*
*Source: The Naval Chronicle : containing a general and biographical history of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom with a variety of original papers on nautical subjects ([1799-1818])
Footnote: Manby’s apparatus was responsible for saving five men and 2 boys in this incident, by one Lieutenant Woodger RN**
**Source: An address to the presidents and vice-presidents and members of The Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce…
...Vindication of the author from and imputation of some members of the Society that he had pirated his system of rescue from shipwreck on a lee-shore, from a previous plan of Lieut. Bell of the Royal Artillery – AND A COMPLETE EXPOSITION OF THAT SYSTEM by Geo.W.Manby Esq.
Honorary Member of the Royal Humane Society (1816)
The work goes on...
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Monday Oct 21st 1805
...at day Light saw the Enemys Combined fleet from East to E S E bore away made the signal for order of sailing and to prepare for Battle the Enemy with their heads to the South ward, at 7 the Enemy weaving in succession, May the Great God whom I worship Grant to my Country and for the benefit of Europe in General a great and Glorious Victory, and may no misconduct in any one tarnish it, and May humanity after Victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet, for myself individually I commit my Life to Him who made me…and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my country faithfully.
To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend.
Amen. Amen. Amen.