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Making three new guns for Oceanic 2

14 April 2014 by Sam

detail of guns on the deck of a ship model

Oceanic 2, showing an original gun (left) and a new one (right)

Here’s the latest update from ship and historic models conservator  David Parsons, in a blog series about conserving the model of Oceanic 2:

“The last of the major pieces of work that I have done for the conservation of the builder’s model of Oceanic 2 was the making of three replacement guns, similar to Bofors guns, or 12 pounder Quick Firing guns.

Originally the model had eight guns but three of these were missing. Read more…

An amazing escape

3 April 2014 by Sarah

A black and white photograph of sea and sky with an upturned table barely visible in the centre of the image.

Photograph taken during the aftermath of the sinking of Nova Scotia, Mozambique Channel, 28 Nov 1942 (Maritime Archives reference DX/2592).

This photograph doesn’t look like much, just a grey sea and sky, but if you look closely there is a speck in the middle of the image.  This is a photograph of the aftermath of the wreck of the Liverpool registered Furness Withy ship Nova Scotia which was torpedoed on 28th November 1942 off the coast of Mozambique.  The speck is Read more…

Guardians of the dawn: the Liverpool Pilots

27 March 2014 by Sam

man on the deck of a ship on the river Mersey, with the Liverpool waterfront in the background

John Curry

Ben Whittaker, curator of port history at Merseyside Maritime Museum, has news of a special free talk next week:

“Who ensures the safe passage of shipping into and out of the Port of Liverpool? The Liverpool Pilots!

The sea approaches to Liverpool have always been difficult waters to navigate,  so the Liverpool Pilot Service was established in 1766 to safely guide ships into the port. For almost 30 years our own ship the Edmund Gardner – the largest object in our collections – provided a base for the service in the Irish Sea. Read more…

Pancakes at sea

4 March 2014 by Sarah

Recipe for pancakes

Recipe for pancakes, from Sea Cookery by Richard Bond (Maritime Archives & Library reference 413.BON)

I’m sure there are plenty of pancake batter recipes available on the internet, but there’s always room for one more.  This is from a 1911 edition of ‘Sea Cookery’ by Richard Bond, which the author describes as ‘a cookery book which will on sensible and plain lines give a number of recipes of value both on sea and shore’. Read more…

Global Scouse Day

26 February 2014 by Lucy

Image showing a bowl of Scouse

Our Head Chef Ben’s beautiful Scouse

Scouse is our city’s traditional dish. A stew often made with lamb, beef, or both, it originates from the word ‘lobscouse’, which was a stew often eaten by sailors throughout Northern Europe, popular in port cities such as Liverpool.  By association, Liverpudlians are known as Scousers, and many have their own special recipies for this delicious Liverpool staple. Here’s our Head Chef Ben’s thoughts on Scouse:  Read more…

MV Derbyshire Trust Fund launched this week

13 February 2014 by Ellie

Pamphlet about the charity

For a while now I have been privileged to work with members of the Derbyshire Family Association (DFA). In September 2012 we opened a permanent display on the First Floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, dedicated to the story of the bulk carrier MV Derbyshire, lost in the South China Sea with all hands on 9 September 1980. 42 crewmen and 2 wives perished, including 17 from Liverpool. The oil/bulk/ore carrier MV Derbyshire was the biggest British merchant ship ever lost. Read more…

Valentine’s Day menu

12 February 2014 by Sarah

Menu from ship Baltic for 14th Feb 1913

This Valentine Day linked item is a menu from the White Star Line vessel Baltic for 14th February 1913, when the ship was approaching New York on a voyage from Liverpool.  It’s an impressive array of food, so is probably a first class menu.

The Maritime Archives and Library holds a lot of ship menus and I find them fascinating.  Read more…

Have you what it takes to join our busy catering team?

24 January 2014 by Dickie

six chefs dressed in aprons with cakes

Chefs at the Maritime Dining Rooms

Our catering and events team enjoyed a busy festive season and is looking forward to an exciting 2014. Do you want to be part of our team? Read more…

National Register of Archives

14 January 2014 by Sarah

Photograph of wounded disembarking from a hospital ship during the First World War

Photograph of wounded disembarking from a hospital ship during the First World War (Maritime Archives reference D/APB)

Here at the Maritime Archives & Library, I am in the process of preparing our annual return for the NRA, which in the world of UK Archives stands for National Register of Archives.  Read more…

Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition- new display.

8 January 2014 by Rebecca

Two ladies dresses on display

Dresses on display in the Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story exhibition

It has been nearly two years since this exhibition opened and we have been delighted by the public response to the Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story exhibition. I wanted to mention that the exhibition is still open, admission is free and it is worth a visit if you haven’t had the opportunity. We like to refresh the gallery with new displays when possible, the most recent being a new costume display.

Here is a post from assistant curator, Anna Ruchalska:-

Lady Duff Gordon’s dresses, which for almost two years were a very popular part of the Titanic exhibition, were returned to the Bath Fashion Museum today. The objects were replaced by beautiful evening dresses from the National Museum Liverpool’s Decorative Art collection. Both pieces were made by T&S Bacon of Bold Street, Liverpool and are Read more…

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