Del.icio.us links for 2008-02-13

Maritime Museums in Britain and Ireland – alphabetical main list A really useful list of maritime museums including some harder-to-track-down local ones. (tags: museums navy Britain Maritime Ireland)

It’s Woolly Hat Week!

From the 3rd to the 9th February, the Sailor’s Society is launching its annual Woolly Hat Campaign, encouraging us land lubbers to knit a hat (using one of their free patterns) and donate it. It’s a little-known fact that several of the Caird Library staff are quite keen on knitting…

Caird Library annual audit

Every year the Caird Library closes for the third week of February to allow us to carry out an audit of our books and manuscripts. This year we are carrying out a larger audit together with other necessary work in the stores and will therefore have to close for the…

Great Eastern display update!

As a result of our small exhibition of items relating to SS Great Eastern, we’ve had one of the items photographed by our in-house photo studio. So here is the Great Eastern Quadrille by Charles Marriott, in all its 1861 full-colour lithographic glory! Tanya (Reader Services Librarian)

Doctor Bombard goes to sea

Recently I’ve been researching the story of Alain Bombard, the French doctor and biologist who survived for sixty days in a dinghy on the Atlantic Ocean without food or water. In 1951, shocked by the deaths of local fishermen brought to his hospital after their trawler was wrecked, Bombard became…

Great Eastern Exhibition

January 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the launch of the SS Great Eastern, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s last great steamship and for several years the largest ship ever to be built. She was conceived as a passenger liner which would be capable of taking passengers from England to the Far…

Have your say about the Caird Library

For the next two weeks we’re conducting market research into what you think about the Caird Library – our facilities and services, what you like about us and what you think we could do better. We’ll be giving out paper surveys for reading room visitors to fill in, there will…

Ship’s biscuit recipe

Ship’s biscuits or hard tack was a vital part of a seaman’s diet in the years before the introduction of canned food in the mid-nineteenth century. Try the ship biscuit diet for yourself by following our recipe! Ingredients 1lb wholemeal flour (try to find a medium-course stone-ground flour for authenticity)…