The 16th century paved the way for the East India Company, which would become one of the most notorious organizations in history. It was a hotbed of naval exploration. Our oceans belonged to Portugal and Spain, as they blazed trails through unchartered seas. Such was their dominance they agreed to split the world in half with the Treaty of Tordesillas, 1494. Continue reading
CO Awareness Week Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November 2020
This week sees the start of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in the UK. Here is a reminder of the dangers of carbon monoxide and why you should be aware of it in confined spaces like a boat. Continue reading
The Deepest Ocean Area – The Challenger Deep
“…we have better maps of the surface of Mars and the moon than we do the bottom of the ocean. We know very, very little about most of the ocean.” Gene Feldman. Continue reading
HMS Victory 1737
When HMS Victory is mentioned thoughts immediately turn to Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. However, there is another famous HMS Victory, the predecessor to Nelson’s flagship. Continue reading
Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea – Terry Breverton
I was given my copy of Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities as a gift from an old boyfriend. The boyfriend has long gone now but my Breverton’s remains by my side as a much-treasured item. Continue reading
What is a Fata Morgana?
A fata morgana is an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions. These complex superior mirages appear on the horizon. They can be seen either on the sea or land and at different altitudes with some being observed from aeroplanes. These mirages can take all forms, mountains or towns on the sea, to ships that fly in the air. Continue reading
Top ten facts you probably didn’t know about barnacles.
Blistering Barnacles! The bane of many a seafarer, the humble barnacle is responsible for a multi-billion dollar biofoul industry. Here are some unusual facts about this tenacious crustacean. Continue reading
Underwater Statues Around the World.
Humans as a species have been responsible for some pretty lousy abuse of the oceans, especially in recent history. For once though something we are placing into the ocean is a force for good. Underwater statues are being placed on seabeds around the world and they seem to be having a positive effect. Continue reading
Nautical Decorative Knots.
Nautical knotwork, decorative knots, fancy knotting, creative rope craft and knotting are just some of the phrases used to describe the traditional craft that was popular with mariners the world over during the age of sail. Continue reading