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The amount of interest in late 19th Century sailing vessels was underestimated when this website was first launched.

Here are a few examples of the range of topics so far received:

” . . . . the free standing ‘post’ between the mizzen and jigger masts was a pole compass; it was quite difficult to read in heavy weather – from below¬† . . . .”

“I own a painting of the ship County of . . . . , 1898; where is the best place to have it restored in the UK”?

” . . . my maternal grandfather sailed on some of these ships. I have a cap badge & braid from a County ship officer’s uniform . . . .”

“. . . found in my late father’s belongings a sea-box inscribed County of . . . .”

” . . . have an original dated certificate from the ship County of . . . .”

” . . . great grandfather was a crewman in 1882 on the County of . . . .”

“. . . have a painting showing a rig-detail of the ship County of . . . .”

through to sometimes broader enquiries such as:

“. . . where can I find further details about the crew of the “County of . . . .?”

“. . . have an un-dated photograph of the County of . . . .”

” . . . how was it possible for a large ship to be ‘lost without trace’ . . . ?”

“. . . how long did it take to load and unload the County of . . . . ?”

“. . . where were COUNTY vessels surveyed on long voyages?”

and similar questions.

If you would like to book a talk on the subjects covered in this site, or indeed have any questions or comments, please send me a message:

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Please allow for, in some cases, a few days before you receive a response to an enquiry.