Posts by Rebecca
14 November 2012 by Rebecca
Ian Murphy, Curator of Martime History and Deputy Head of the Merseyside Maritime Museum reports:
Seafaring is a perilous occupation and this year the world has commemorated the lives lost in the sinking of Titanic. 10 years after this disaster however, another White Star ship was involved in dramatic events that had a much happier outcome.
90 year’s ago today, the White Star liner Pittsburgh under the command of Captain Thomas Jones was involved in the rescue of all 45 crew members of the Italian ship Monte Grappa in the mid Atlantic. Read more…
12 October 2012 by Rebecca
There are still events happening for the centenary year of Titanic’s sinking for people who are interested in the tragic tale of the ship. Ian Murphy, Deputy Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum is speaking at the Titanic Talks event organised by the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool at 6pm on 16 October along with Dr John Foster of Queen’s University, Belfast. Read more…
19 September 2012 by Rebecca
Michelle Walsh, Assistant Curator Maritime History, writes about a recently unpacked object from the reserve collection:-
Whilst in our store last week I unpacked a rather fabulous object from the collection: an asymmetrical spinnaker sail from the Opera class sailing dinghy Valkyrie. All the boats in this class are named after a different opera, Valkyrie being named after Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), second of the four operas that form the cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). Read more…
29 August 2012 by Rebecca
The Red Ensign or “Red Duster” is the offical flag of the British merchant marine (or fleet)
Sunday 2nd September marks National Merchant Navy Day which commemorates the 40,000 seafarers who died whilst in Britain’s Merchant Navy during the Second World War.
Those seafarers ranged in age from 14 years old to 78 years old, and also included 8,500 Asian seaman and seafarers from across the World who served in the British Merchant Navy.
The 3rd September marks the day when war was officially declared between Britain and Germany, and the nearest Sunday to this date is usually chosen to commemorate National Merchant Navy Day. This year the 2nd is the closet Sunday, and there will be a midday service at Our Lady & St Nicholas’ seafarers Church in Chapel Street, Liverpool.
After the church service there will be a parade from the Pier head, please see the link for details. Read more…
8 August 2012 by Rebecca
Curator Rebecca Watkin shows one of Henry Wilde’s letters to press photographers
There was a hive of activity last week in the Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story exhibition as we were busy installing a new display of personal items relating to Henry Wilde.
Henry Wilde was a senior officer on Titanic and the museum was honoured when the opportunity to display these never seen before items came to light.
Henry Wilde lived in Walton, Liverpool and worked for White Star for most of his career Read more…
2 August 2012 by Rebecca
Sir Steve Redgrave unveils Olympic Gold at Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club in 1985. Reproduced with kind permission of Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club
Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History reports:
Yesterday Team GB got their first rowing medals. Congratulations to Heather Glover and Helen Stanning, who won gold in the women’s pair. And with the rowing eight “Olympic Gold” on display in the Racing For Gold Olympic themed display, we were keeping a special eye on the men’s eight race. And Great Britain’s men did fantastically well in securing a bronze medal. The rowing eights take about five minutes to travel the two thousand metres of an Olympic race, and the eight rowers have to be guided by a cox who steers the boat. You can see film footage of rowing eights being rowed locally by Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club members in the Racing for Gold exhibition, and also online in the Olympic section of our website. Read more…
Barbara Cotton with W13 speedboat Melody. Copyright National Museums Liverpool.
Ben Whittaker, Curator of Port History reports:
A recent visit to the Maritime Museum for Barbara Cotton took her on a boat trip down memory lane. Barbara was delighted to see the Melody speedboat that is displayed in the museum foyer. Melody was raced locally off New Brighton with Wallasey Power Boat and Ski Club, and Barbara’s father was also a member and owned a very similar boat. The museum was delighted to receive a copy of some home movies Barbara has of her father and other Club members racing boats off New Brighton from the late 1950’s to early 1970’s. The films are fascinating slice of local history, especially of the New Brighton area. And eagle eyed staff spotted a brief cameo of the Melody speedboat!
20 July 2012 by Rebecca
The Leader model. Copyright National Museums Liverpool
The Merseyside Maritime Museum has a fantastic ship models collection from the grand Titanic/Olympic/Britannic builder’s model to the delightful ships in bottles, which always continue to fascinate me.
Whilst researching the early models, I came across the Leader which has a very impressive history as being one of the first ship models to be acquired into the museum’s collection in 1862. The model was made by Captain W. Hudson who was the Leader’s first master. Read more…
Ben Whittaker with silver model of the SS Great Eastern ship
From Curator of Port History Ben Whittaker:
While working in our museum stores I came across this beautiful silver model of the SS Great Eastern which was presented to Sir James W Paton on behalf of his employees at Paton, Calvert & Co Ltd. It was given to celebrate the company’s Golden Jubilee in 1937. Sir James had a personal connection to the Great Eastern – his father Captain Walter Paton captained the ship, and Sir James was born on the ship in the mid-Atlantic on the 15th January, 1863. Read more…
29 June 2012 by Rebecca
Copyright Keri Spellman
The group were developing a series of plays about Titanic and Liverpool, and the Maritime History department were approached by their artistic director -acclaimed Liverpool playwright Chris Fittock. We provided support for the group including a Titanic presentation for these budding new writers, drawing upon the themes from our exhibition Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story. Read more…