Life at Sea

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A story by John Wilson from Scarborough Sea Dogs by G Forest Frank. John Wilson was made an apprentice but tried to run away to sea against his fathers will I heard that Mr Hodgson wanted some lads for his barque Lady Wharnecliffe, and I calle...

A boatswain's call, pipe or bosun's whistle is a pipe or whistle used on naval ships. It is sometimes called the "bosun's call". The pipe consists of a narrow tube (the gun) which directs air over...

The Captain's wife has always been an important personage. A few years ago there was a lengthened discussion in the newspapers about her. She was the subject of many letters; the object of praise on one hand, of blame on the other, as great p...

This is a short extract from a book Dennis Allen wrote about his first trip to sea in 1954. The wind screaming through the rigging reached its peak as the storm hit us. Waves crashed over the decks ripping their way through the ships rails and...

The following story is based upon a real life account written by Forrest Frank based upon a story by Captain John Wilson. These appeared in the Scarborough Daily Post in 1920 as part of the 'Sea Dogs' stories by Forrest Frank. The cond...

John Wetherell by John Wetherell, edited by C. S. Forester John Wetherell was a native of Whitby, one of the thirteen children of Nathan Wetherell, a whaling captain. He was born in 1780, and his father died in 1789 — killed, accordin...

The following story is based upon real life accounts of life at sea. They appeared in the Scarborough Daily Post in 1920 as part of the 'Sea Dogs' stories by Forrest Frank. Condensing water at sea - in the era of sailing ships In Ap...

Many words and expressions originate from our relationship with the sea. Some familiar words and phrases come from their use on the sea; from commonly used words like overwhelm (from the English word meaning "to capsize") and casual (fr...

The Scarborough Maritime Heritage centre has some examples of Scrimshaw on display which were donated by Andrea Smith. Scrimshaw is the name given to scrollwork, engravings, and carvings done in bone or ivory. Typically it refers to th...

An article on Ship's Biscuits from the Albert Strange Association Newsletter 2019   ...

The fishing industry was always dangerous. The sailing ships were always vulnerable to gales and bad weather which could come out of nowhere. These huge seas and treacherous storms could endanger any vessels on the coast. When the storms got real...

Local fishermen, mariners & residents were asked what the sea means to them.  Here are some of their answers:- “The sea feeds us, it entertains us and it excites us. It takes us to new countries to meet the rest of the world...

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