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Seamen Collection

Background imageSeamen Collection: Saturday Night at Sea

Saturday Night at Sea
Saturday night at sea - the seamen, off duty, listen as one of their number sings a stirring sea-shanty

Background imageSeamen Collection: British Royal Navy recruitment poster, WW1

British Royal Navy recruitment poster, WW1
A British Royal Navy recruitment poster for seamen, aged 19 to 30, to enlist for the duration of the First World War. No previous experience necessary. Date: circa 1915

Background imageSeamen Collection: The Last Shot by Matania

The Last Shot by Matania
A group of British seamen gunners straining to fire a final shot at a German ship as their own ship sinks beneath them. The caption notes that this was a common occurrence with light cruisers

Background imageSeamen Collection: H. M.s Curacoa 1865

H. M.s Curacoa 1865
Conflicts with the savages of the New Hebrides, South Pacific Ocean. Boats of the Curacoa landing sailors and marines. A landing party of 180 seamen and marines, commanded by Captain Dent

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW1 recruitment poster with silhouettes

WW1 recruitment poster with silhouettes
World War One recruitment poster with silhouettes -- Remember! England Expects -- the Need is Great Today.... the Navy requires you for its glorious service. Join today

Background imageSeamen Collection: Anti-Aircraft Gun on USS Texas, 1916

Anti-Aircraft Gun on USS Texas, 1916
Photograph showing American seamen climbing up the tower of the new anti-aircraft gun on the US battleship Texas, 1916

Background imageSeamen Collection: Police guarding Liverpool Station during transport strike

Police guarding Liverpool Station during transport strike
Policemen on horseback guarding Liverpool Station during the general transport strike of 1911. The strike began with two of the seamens unions, resulting from a range of grievances

Background imageSeamen Collection: Royal Navy Seamen practice mine laying

Royal Navy Seamen practice mine laying using weighted barrels. Date: circa 1907

Background imageSeamen Collection: Lascar Seamen at work and at rest, 1906

Lascar Seamen at work and at rest, 1906
Series of Photographs showing Lascar seamen at work in the stokehole of a passenger liner (centre image) and at rest in the Home for Asiatic Seamen (bottom images)

Background imageSeamen Collection: A tea ship, the Loudoun Castle (spelt Louden Castle in the picture), from Hankow, China

A tea ship, the Loudoun Castle (spelt Louden Castle in the picture), from Hankow, China, commencing unloading ( breaking bulk ). The ship discharged from her vast hold 40, 000 packages of tea

Background imageSeamen Collection: Lascars on British Ships: The Question of their Retention

Lascars on British Ships: The Question of their Retention. " Human Salamanders" :The Lascar at Work and Play. Employed on board P&O Australian Line liners - working as Coal Stokers

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW2 - Minesweeper Otter Float

WW2 - Minesweeper Otter Float
A photograph which shows some WW2 merchant seamen deploying an otter float upon a minesweeper. Date: circa 1942

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW2 - Merchant Seamen

WW2 - Merchant Seamen
A photograph showing a crew of British WW2 merchant seamen, with smoke trails in the background, indicating an enemy raider being shot down. Date: circa 1942

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW2 - Merchant Mine Disposal

WW2 - Merchant Mine Disposal
A pair of photographs which show British WW2 merchant seamen spotting, and then disposing of an enemy sea mine. Date: circa 1942

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW2 - Minesweeper Apparatus

WW2 - Minesweeper Apparatus
A photograph depicting some British WW2 merchant seamen lowering some sweeping apparatus from the deck of a minesweeper to sea, by crane. Date: circa 1942

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW2 - The Merchant Service Fights Back

WW2 - The Merchant Service Fights Back
An illustrated front cover for an educational WW2 children's book, The Merchant Service Fights Back, told by Wilson Macarthur

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW2 - Knitting for the Merchant Seamen

WW2 - Knitting for the Merchant Seamen
WW2 - Home Front - A lovely photograph of 78 year-old Isabella Ottilie Simpkins of Whitstable, Kent - knitting for the Merchant Seamen Date: circa 1941

Background imageSeamen Collection: RMS Titanic - five postcards

RMS Titanic - five postcards. From top left: Titanic Memorial and Seamen's Institute, New York; two postcards of the ship; Belfast shipyard; seven verse in memoriam card, Wreck of the Titanic

Background imageSeamen Collection: Employment protest, Liverpool

Employment protest, Liverpool
Employment protest in Liverpool, 17 March 1979. Those taking part include Dunlop workers, Tate & Lyle workers, and members of the National Union of Seamen. Date: 1979

Background imageSeamen Collection: Lock of Fort Augustus, situated at the south-western end of Loch Ness. Date: late 1890s

Lock of Fort Augustus, situated at the south-western end of Loch Ness. Date: late 1890s

Background imageSeamen Collection: Old Floating Church for Seamen, London

Old Floating Church for Seamen, London
Sailors Floating Church was moored near Tower Hill in London, the ship was a well attended place of worship, with religious teachings for the seafarers that docked there. Date: 1846

Background imageSeamen Collection: CAPTAIN JAMES LOWRY

CAPTAIN JAMES LOWRY Sea-captain who had the misfortune to flog one of his seamen to death, whereupon he himself had the misfortune to be hanged. Date: ? - 1752

Background imageSeamen Collection: After dinner at the Sailors'Home, in Wells Street, near the London Docks in the East End

After dinner at the Sailors'Home, in Wells Street, near the London Docks in the East End
After dinner at the Sailors Home, in Wells Street, near the London Docks in the East End. A sailor dancing the hornpipe accompanied by a harp. Date: 1873

Background imageSeamen Collection: The Benin expedition

The Benin expedition- in quest of water: On the morning after the occupation of Benin three hundred water-carriers, with the seamen and marines of the Theseus and two companies of Houssas

Background imageSeamen Collection: Dreadnought Hospital ship at Greenwich 1870

Dreadnought Hospital ship at Greenwich 1870
In 1870 the patients were transferred ashore to the infirmary. which was renamed the Dreadnought Seamens Hospital. HMS Dreadnought herself remained in use as an isolation hospital until she was

Background imageSeamen Collection: Vikings to Greenland

Vikings to Greenland
Icelandic seamen discover Greenland Date: 986

Background imageSeamen Collection: Souvenir card from Queen Victoria Seamens Rest, Poplar

Souvenir card from Queen Victoria Seamens Rest, Poplar
Souvenir card from the Queen Victoria Seamens Rest, Poplar, London (established 1843). Date: circa 1910

Background imageSeamen Collection: Two friends - A British Navy Sailor and a Pacific Islander

Two friends - A British Navy Sailor and a Pacific Islander. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageSeamen Collection: Delivering Christmas Holly to a Steamship

Delivering Christmas Holly to a Steamship
A small rowing boat delivering Christmas Holly to a Steamship - Christmas Greetings Postcard. Date: 1906

Background imageSeamen Collection: Copenhagen, Denamrk - Sofartsmonumentet (Maritime Monument)

Copenhagen, Denamrk - Sofartsmonumentet (Maritime Monument)
Sofartsmonumentet (Maritime Monument), Copenhagen, Denmark - monument to the Danish Merchant Navy Seamen who lost their lives at sea during World War One

Background imageSeamen Collection: The boy who shouldn t grow up

The boy who shouldn t grow up
" The boy who shouldn t grow up". John Bull: " Theres your new navy suit. Now you must promise me you won t grow out of it." Germany: " Well

Background imageSeamen Collection: British Royal Naval Recruitment Poster, WW1

British Royal Naval Recruitment Poster, WW1
Remember! England Expects -- The need is great today.... the Navy requires you for its glorious service. Join today. Skilled artificers and artisans, seamen, stokers, marines and boys

Background imageSeamen Collection: British Sailors C18

British Sailors C18
Two seamen of the Royal Navy; note the pigtail, commonly worn by sailors of the period

Background imageSeamen Collection: La France Maritime - Merchant Seaman

La France Maritime - Merchant Seaman. 19th century

Background imageSeamen Collection: Sailors on board the British submarine, H42

Sailors on board the British submarine, H42
HMS H42 was a British H class submarine built by Armstrong Whitworth, Newcastle Upon Tyne. She was laid down in September 1917 and was commissioned on 1 May 1919

Background imageSeamen Collection: Half-Scale Replica of Drakes Golden Hind, 1935

Half-Scale Replica of Drakes Golden Hind, 1935
Photograph of an exact half-scale replica of Sir Francis Drakes Golden Hind, which was a feature of Navy Week, Plymouth, August 1935

Background imageSeamen Collection: La France Maritime - Sailor

La France Maritime - Sailor (in working uniform). 19th century

Background imageSeamen Collection: La France Maritime - Ordinary Seaman

La France Maritime - Ordinary Seaman. 19th century

Background imageSeamen Collection: Royal Seamen and Marines Orphan Home, Portsmouth

Royal Seamen and Marines Orphan Home, Portsmouth
A view of the Royal Seamen and Marines Orphan Home, Portsmouth. Date: 1908

Background imageSeamen Collection: Royal Seamen and Marines Home, Portsmouth - Walk Time

Royal Seamen and Marines Home, Portsmouth - Walk Time
Girls lined up for a walk at the Royal Seamen and Marines Home, Portsmouth. Date: 1908

Background imageSeamen Collection: Royal Seamen and Marines Orphan Home, Portsmouth - Kitchen

Royal Seamen and Marines Orphan Home, Portsmouth - Kitchen
Royal Seamen and Marines Orphan Home, Portsmouth - girls at work In the Kitchen Date: 1908

Background imageSeamen Collection: A British warship off the Dardanelles

A British warship off the Dardanelles
Scene on board the deck of a British warship off the Dardanelles. 1915

Background imageSeamen Collection: Yugoslav Sailor

Yugoslav Sailor
A member of the Marinarezza guild of seamen of the Adriatic. Date: 1925

Background imageSeamen Collection: John Hamilton (Naval)

John Hamilton (Naval)
JOHN HAMILTON naval commander, known for his courage and humour : instigated reforms in seamens conditions, drowned in shipwreck Date: ? - 1755

Background imageSeamen Collection: Dreadnought

Dreadnought
The Seamens Hospital-ship Dreadnought, off Greenwich Date: 1870

Background imageSeamen Collection: Lascars on British ships: the question of their retention

Lascars on British ships: the question of their retention, 1906. Human salamanders: the lascar at work and play. The Illustrated London News says that lascars (sailors from south and southeast Asia)

Background imageSeamen Collection: The A. B. who asked for a light! By H. M. Bateman

The A. B. who asked for a light! By H. M. Bateman
" Shocking! The A.B. who asked for a light!" Two high-ranking naval officers are aghast when an able seaman asks if he can borrow a light. Date: 1917

Background imageSeamen Collection: WW1 - British submarine rescues German sailor

WW1 - British submarine rescues German sailor
WW1 - A British marine seen saving the life of a German sailor belonging to a war-ship sunk in the North Sea. The marine is hauling the man on board using a life-line which has been flung to him



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