..... OR Mermaids & Sailors .... They go well together, no matter in which order I place them. These are two of my favorite subjects that I pursue in Art, Literature, Film, Music, Antiques & Collectibles and the Decorative Arts. I will be sharing things here from my collections and other items from the internet that I find appealing to me.
..... I also enjoy all things related to the "Seven Seas", which, of course is the domain of both, Mermaids and Sailors. This may include oceans, islands, ports & harbors, beaches, sea creatures, and classic sailing ships, to name a few.
..... So, relax and enjoy the sometimes wild, but always wet, world of Mermaids & Sailors !!
* "Real Sailors Have a Moustache and Smoke A Pipe" *
** "Once A Sailor, Always A Sailor" **
*** "Real Mermaids Do Not Wear Bras !!" ..... [Therefore, occasional female nudity will appear here !] ...Sailor Gil, June 2011 ***
" HMS Lancaster " … At the Cape of Good Hope [Circa 1800] … A watercolor executed by and contained in the diary of Seaman George Hodge …… George was 13 years old when he went to sea and started his diary in 1790 !!
In this photograph taken of Portsmouth Harbour in the 1890s we can see several grand old First Rate Men of War. The two first rates (ships of 100 guns or more) are the famous HMS Victory (right), which at the time would have been over 130 years old and HMS Duke of Wellington (left) which in its prime was home to over 130 guns.
While Victory & Wellington look much alike they in fact of very different generations, the Victory was commissioned in 1765 and had an active service life of some 80 years. While the Duke of Wellington was commissioned in 1852 and while she retained the masts and rigging akin to Victory she also had a 780hp steam boiler which powered a screw propeller. However, even though she boasted a mighty battery of guns and a new steam engine she was relegated to harbour duties after less than 10 years service. Such was the speed with which naval technology progressed. For many years Victory & Duke of Wellington shared the harbour of Portsmouth serving as training ships. The Duke of Wellington was sold and broken up in 1904.
Behind the Men of War in the distance can be seen numerous hulks of other older Men of War being used as store, maintenance or training ships and in amongst the forest of masts you can clearly make out numerous steam funnels of newer ships. In the foreground a steam launch and its crew pose for the camera.