Category Archives: The Naval Chronicle

More Naval Chronicles

One of my earliest blogs was in anticipation of our reissue of the 40 volumes of the Naval Chronicle, and I followed it up a few weeks later with some comments on the extraordinarily varied content of the volumes. Now, … Continue reading

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The Transit of Venus

It’s always the same thing – you wait for ages for a once-in-a-lifetime moment, and then three come along at once:  the London Olympic Games next month (if you like that sort of thing), the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen … Continue reading

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Death in Paradise

The Revd Andrew Kippis (1725–95) was a Presbyterian minister.  Highly educated, although as a dissenter he was barred from the universities, he was appointed to the Presbyterian congregation in Princes Street, Westminster on Hanover Square), in 1753, and kept the … Continue reading

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Mutiny On The ‘Bounty’

Are you a Charles Laughton/Clark Gable person, or a Trevor Howard/Marlon Brando one? (We’ll ignore the Hopkins/Gibson 1984 pairing for the purposes of this exercise.)

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Wrapped in the Union Flag

Picking up Sarah’s theme of celebrity . . .  I’ve mentioned before the amount of useful and interesting information to be gleaned from the Eagle comic in the 1950s. Another story which I read then (I think it might have … Continue reading

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