HMS BIRKENHEAD was one of the first iron-hulled warships built for the Royal Navy. Although laid down as the frigate, HMS Vulcan, at John Laird’s shipyard on the River Mersey in 1845, she was given the name of the town where she was built soon afterwards.
On the morning of 9 October 2014, two patrol boats from the Spanish Maritime Service and Public Safety Unit were sent out from Algeciras with police on board in response to a telephone call from the captain of a vessel in local waters, claiming his ship had been taken over…Read More
Captain A J Murdoch served with Eastern & Australian Steamship Company until he retired in 1982. Hailing from Melbourne, during his 37 years’ service, he served for a period as second offi cer on the SS Eastern (2). This ship was built as Empire Dynasty by J L Thomson &…Read More
The nature of the world’s sea trade routes means that relatively few mariners have the opportunity of circumnavigating the globe in the course of a single voyage. I was fortunate to do so on just the one occasion. Even more fortuitously, I was able to sail in the company of…Read More
One of the last tea clippers to be built, the Cutty Sark was the fastest of her time. She was one of the last tea clippers to be built, coming just before the advent of the steam ship. Today she is one of London’s top sights, attracting thousands of visitors…Read More
First published in the January 1984 issue of Sea Breezes, this article describes the few days before Christmas 1894 which saw the wildest weather experienced in the British Isles and Northern Europe for many years.
Just mention the word “Terschelling” to any lover of stories involving sunken gold and silver, and the name Lutine will crop up next. She is one of the most famous and legendary treasure ships of all time.