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HMS Captain Cook Birthplace Museum 21st/22nd July

posted 13 Jul 2018, 04:30 by Neil Stott   [ updated 13 Jul 2018, 04:41 ]

Our forthcoming event at the Museum

Contact Jenny Phillips at the museum for further information

HMS Bedford - Great War event and The Bedford River Festival

posted 8 Jul 2018, 05:05 by Neil Stott

"Bedford’s award-winning River Festival—now in its 40th year—will be staged at the height of the English summer on the 14th & 15th July 2018 when over 250,000 spectators will attend the event over two days."
HMS will be there with our Great War Medical Evacuation Launch.

Please come over and support this event – and meet up with our team over the weekend.
If you wish to come along and join or to find out more about HMS,  please contact Chris Jones

The outline itinerary on each day is as follows:

11.00am         Official Start

11.30am – 12.00pm WWI Children’s Drill (Arena) 
12.00pm – 12.30pm WWI German Display (Arena)

12.30pm - 1.00pm WWI Navy Casualty Clearing (River)

1.00pm – 1.30pm WWI Royal Flying Corp/RAF Display (Arena)
1.30pm - 2.30pm WWI British Soldiers Drill (Arena) 
2.30pm – 3.00pm WWI German Display (Arena)

3.00pm – 3.30pm WWI Navy Casualty Clearing (River)
3.30pm – 4.00pm WWI Royal Flying Corp/RAF Display (Arena)
4.00pm – 4.30pm WWI Children’s Drill (Arena)
6.00pm Official Finish

Recent events - Anderton and Leeds

posted 8 Jul 2018, 04:25 by Neil Stott

Rudyard Lake Event

posted 21 May 2018, 07:59 by Neil Stott

Report to follow

HMS Rudyard Lake 19th/20th May

posted 12 May 2018, 23:43 by Neil Stott   [ updated 13 May 2018, 00:05 ]

Fancy an alternative to Royal Weddings and/or the FA Cup final? We are holding a small event next weekend where will be using our Blue Launch and WW2 canoes (see menu bar opp. Nelson's Navy &WW2)
Please come along and support this wonderful venue.
There will be some shore-based activity as well as rowing/ on beautiful Rudyard Lake.

200-year-old Battle of Trafalgar ship's biscuit to be auctioned - by Mr Pepys!

posted 27 Apr 2018, 06:28 by Neil Stott   [ updated 27 Apr 2018, 06:29 ]

From BBC News website

A 213-year-old biscuit dating from the Battle of Trafalgar is to be sold at auction.

The biscuit, which belonged to a sailor on board HMS Defence in 1805, is believed to be the oldest surviving ship's biscuit in the world.

It is thought to predate one from 1852 on show at a museum in Denmark.

Auctioneer Oliver Pepys said it was "remarkable" the biscuit has survived, adding: "I have never seen anything quite like it."

The ship's biscuit belonged to Able Seaman Thomas Fletcher, who was a gunner on HMS Defence. He brought it back with him from his days at sea.

It was kept by the Fletcher family until 2005, when it was bought by a private collector at an auction at Sotheby's in London.

Easter work-weekend

posted 2 Apr 2018, 02:07 by Neil Stott   [ updated 12 Apr 2018, 04:12 ]

A gang of us; Sam, Jen, Phil, Chris, Bevan and Neil, set-to on all three of our boats in order to complete some essential maintenace. It was cold.
Blue Launch: cleaned, paintwork touched-up and a new mast step fitted
Little Tich (Great War casualty launch): engine fired-up - after much wailing and gnashing of teeth - and some other, sundry works.
Ron had already done some prep on the WW1 launch beforehand.
Geoff's Fabulous Uncle Archie (WW2 canoe) repainted after various new fixing points were added.
All were sustained by Jean's extraordinary victualing...

On the domestic front..

posted 18 Mar 2018, 04:35 by Neil Stott   [ updated 18 Mar 2018, 04:39 ]

We have just taken delivery of this new stove complete with a spit.

C18th - early 19th cooking has always been a central theme of our land-based activities so this makes for a long overdue investment.
When funds allow, (all donations gratefully received!) we intend to add an oven box to this stove.

There is talk of various roasted meats  - possibly game too...

Our expert team of cooks and culinary magicians will be experimenting over Easter - no shortage of volunteer tasters. This will coincide with a planned boat maintenance weekend.

Propelled at last..

posted 20 Feb 2018, 12:10 by Neil Stott   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 12:23 ]

Safe to say it took a while to find a suitable prop for our Great War boat, 'Little Titch'
We needed a LH one but we reckoned that they had all been weighed-in or else languishing on theme-pub walls...

ebay delivered.

As our replacement engine ran the opposite way to the original, modern one we had to run it in reverse...

Anyway - back on schedule and back to a world where forward means, well - forward!

We have a July event at the Bedford River Festival for Titch ....

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

posted 2 Feb 2018, 02:36 by Neil Stott   [ updated 2 Feb 2018, 07:15 ]

HMS are planning an event at the museum to take place on the weekend of 21st/22nd July 2018.
We were contacted by museum education officer, Jenny Phillips, who has invited us along to put on our living history displays at the newly refurbished museum - which looks fantastic.
We are very pleased to be asked to support this museum.

Please visit the website and support their new venture with an actual visit, from Easter 2018.

"The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 – the 250th anniversary of Cook’s birth. It is housed in a purpose-built building close to the granite urn marking the site of Cook’s birthplace cottage in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough. The museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events and a lively education programme.

There is full disabled access throughout and additional facilities such as the Mess Deck(education & activities, meetings & events), Walkabout Gallery (education), Cabinet of Curiosities (archive & research), gift/book shop, and a café.

Since opening it has undergone a series of refurbishments and has won a number of major awards for its displays and services to visitors"

See the Video opposite for a message from Jenny, linked from The Gazette 
(Note - external content - video contains short advertisements)

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