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Armed Canoe

posted 23 Jan 2016, 12:43 by Neil Stott

Having built a replica of one of the more unusual WW2 raiding /reconnaisance craft - the Mark 8 Cockle Canoe - HMS has now moved to 'arm' it, albeit with an authentic-looking Vickers 'K' Gun (opp.)
This is a 'gas-firing' replica which will be mounted ahead of the new season.
Below is an image of a powered Cockle canoe variant, out in the Far East during WW2, with a Vickers K gun mounted.

Great War launch project latest

posted 15 Nov 2015, 10:35 by Neil Stott

'Little Titch' milestones

A short but sweet session on the boat ended with the ENGINE IN and the CAULKING FINISHED - the team being VERY pleased with those outcomes...
The engine is yet to be fully secured and commissioned, the decking purchased and the hull painted etc.

HMS Liverpool

posted 8 Nov 2015, 11:55 by Neil Stott   [ updated 11 Nov 2015, 14:19 ]

Well a hardy few made the best of wet and windy weekend in Liverpool, this being due to the (very) late cancellation of our scheduled event - 'Flag Down -The Surrender of the SHENANDOAH'  which was to have taken place within the docks but circumstances outside of HMS' influence dictated the outcome.

Tom and partner Mary, Jean , Bevan, Neil ,Rob, Lynne, Chris Ron  and Jen stayed over at The Nordic Church - not too far from the Historic Docks and Museums.

Following an impromptu architectural tour of the city (!) we took in the Walker Art Gallery - where, incidentally, the meaning of 'Art' was discussed and subsequently determined - and the 'Weeping Window' remembrance installation (left), which featured some of the ceramic poppies from last year's Tower exhibit.
We conducted the AGM and headed for home....

Lots to get involved in over the winter - watch this space.

HMS Subs

posted 27 Oct 2015, 14:07 by Neil Stott   [ updated 27 Oct 2015, 18:23 ]

HMS subscriptions being due

We have ongoing financial commitments - not least insurances that cover us at events as well as for our major assets, so do please bear this in mind.

A new form along with relevant addresses will be available on the HMS website page shortly:…/historicalmaritimesoci…/directory

Return to Trincomalee

posted 22 Oct 2015, 13:01 by Neil Stott

HMS is pleased and proud to be returning to Hartlepool this weekend (24th/25th) to put on a show at the historic dock.
This is our 2oth year as a society, with us having put on some of our first events aboard 'The Trinc.' back in the 1990's - and since

More to follow

Remember Lord Nelson on Trafalgar Day

posted 20 Oct 2015, 16:52 by Neil Stott

Monday Oct[ober] 21st 1805

" day Light saw the Enemys Combined fleet from East to E[ast]S[outh]E[ast] 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."

The Navy Records Society

posted 25 Sep 2015, 22:41 by Neil Stott   [ updated 25 Sep 2015, 22:55 ]

HMS member Bevan Spence recommends the NRS as the go-to site for anyone interested in the history of the Royal Navy (click on this banner image to redirect)

"The Navy Records Society publishes collections of rare and original documents on naval history. Since 1893 it has produced over 150 annual printed volumes. These constitute an invaluable source for students and scholars.
It maintains a fully searchable online archive of previous printed volumes which is available to full members.
You can find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Members will also receive access to Navy Records Online - an online archive of charts, portraits, cartoons, logs, letters, diaries, battle plans, sketchbooks, photograph albums, videos…. The goal of NRO is to preserve significant naval records of every type.
Membership of the Society is open to anyone interested in the maritime history of Britain and of the Royal Navy, anywhere in the world.

Tales from the boat-shed..

posted 21 Sep 2015, 11:19 by Neil Stott   [ updated 25 Sep 2015, 23:04 ]

This weekend a great deal of work has been completed on both the Blue Launch and Little Tich.
Jen, Ron, Bev and Chris turned up for a 2 day paint fest.

The Blue Launch
Completely dismantled, washed and cleaned
Repainted with one coat of the new internal colour.
Broken oar repaired.
Blue upperworks painted in new colour paint.
As to the paint on the Launch. We have long recognised that the 'Ikea' colours were wrong. We have taken advice and have changed the colour of the interior to a buff resembling that of the Victory. The blue is much lighter, the colour previously used. Our original blue would have been an expensive colour to use. Much too dear for the RN.

Little Tich
All the internal resin work completed (including the cuddy).
Fuel tank removed.
Some caulking
Some more filling of the hull.


HMS at Liverpool 'Pirate' Festival 2015

posted 14 Sep 2015, 11:39 by Neil Stott   [ updated 15 Sep 2015, 11:25 ]

HMS was invited to The Albert Dock Pirate Festival 2015 - all tongue in cheek stuff - but a good-humoured, fun weekend was had by all.
Lots of interest in The Blue Launch and the munitions of course, but everyone was very sad to see the poor old Zebu (or just her masts above water) following her unfortunate accidental, sinking. We all hope that she can be raised soon and restored to her former glory.
Thanks to our friends on the rather lovely Vilma and the good, loyal people of Liverpool!

HMS at The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby 5th & 6th September

posted 2 Sep 2015, 10:40 by Neil Stott   [ updated 4 Sep 2015, 03:58 ]
We hope that you will be able to come to see us at The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Grape Lane, Whitby  this coming weekend. This will be the 19th consecutive year that we have been invited by the Trustees, it being both a privilege for HMS and the highlight of our year.

During both days we will be in the museum doing our 'usual' things and we will have our large tent in the yard so there will be practical activities to engage with during the day . Our ladies will be in their usual place inside.

The Captain Cook Museum's theme this year is 'Fashion and Fibres'
Apart from the emphasis on clothing and fashion, we will be demonstrating and encouraging  knot-tying and splicing with our visitors , laying on a small demo of how to make rope from natural fibres and then use it to learn or practice tying knots. A must for children young and old(er)...

Our established surgery, purser, carpenter and chart-making demonstrations will be there as usual.

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