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"The deck: where history is made, dreams set sail, and heroes take their stand

Background imageDeck Collection: The Last of England, 1855. Artist: Ford Madox Brown

The Last of England, 1855. Artist: Ford Madox Brown
The Last of England, 1855. From World Famous Paintings edited by J Grieg Pirie [W.& G. Foyle Ltd. London, 1938]

Background imageDeck Collection: G. H. Wilkins on his return from the expedition in The Quest with Sir Ernest Shackleton

G. H. Wilkins on his return from the expedition in The Quest with Sir Ernest Shackleton
JHL390978 G. H. Wilkins on his return from the expedition in The Quest with Sir Ernest Shackleton, Plymouth, 16th September, 1922 (b/w photo) by Grant, Thomas E

Background imageDeck Collection: Naval Trawler, HMS Liffy alongside a Grimsby fishing vessel in Grimsby Docks, 1937

Naval Trawler, HMS Liffy alongside a Grimsby fishing vessel in Grimsby Docks, 1937
A Naval Trawler (H.M.S. Liffy) alongside a Grimsby fisihing vessel in Grimsby Docks, 1937. From Shipping Wonders of the World, Vol. II, edited by Clarence Winchester. [The Fleetway House, London]

Background imageDeck Collection: Poster advertising Holland America Line

Poster advertising Holland America Line
Poster advertising the Holland America Line from Rotterdam, calling at Le Havre, Southampton, Cobh in Ireland, New York and Canadian ports

Background imageDeck Collection: The crew of HMAS Melbourne line up on the flight deck

The crew of HMAS Melbourne line up on the flight deck alongside its complement of Skyhawk and Tracker aircraft. HMAS Melbourne was laid down in 1943 as HMS Majestic

Background imageDeck Collection: Poster advertising Bibby Line cruises

Poster advertising Bibby Line cruises
Poster advertising Bibby Line short sea cruises, showing some glamorous people strolling around the deck in their evening dress

Background imageDeck Collection: Aircraft HMS Ark Royal Fleet Air Arm. McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1 (F-4K

Aircraft HMS Ark Royal Fleet Air Arm. McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1 (F-4K) of 892 Naval Air Sqd and a Blackburn Buccaneer of 809 NAS of the Royal Navys Fleet Air Arm on board the Aircaft Carrier HMS

Background imageDeck Collection: Group photo, HMS Musketeer, Scapa Flow, WW2

Group photo, HMS Musketeer, Scapa Flow, WW2
Group photo on board HMS Musketeer, Scapa Flow, WW2. 1943

Background imageDeck Collection: Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Compass Drill, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving compass instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageDeck Collection: Whaling ship diagram, 1800s

Whaling ship diagram, 1800s
Deck plan and cutaway view of whaling schooner " Amelia" of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDeck Collection: England / Southend-On-Sea

England / Southend-On-Sea
A glimpse of Pier Hill, seen from across the Boating Lake, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, with the impressive Palace Hotel in the background

Background imageDeck Collection: Airship R101 G-FaW moored outside the hangars

Airship R101 G-FaW moored outside the hangars
Airship R101, G-FaW, moored outside the hangars at Cardington while onlookers view from the road and the top deck of a bus

Background imageDeck Collection: Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent

Knotting Class, Training Ship Arethusa, Greenhithe, Kent
A group of boys aboard the Training Ship Arethusa receiving knotting and splicing instruction. The ship received boys aged 13-16 from a variety of poor backgrounds, including the workhouse

Background imageDeck Collection: Admiral Nelson and Captain Hardy during Trafalgar

Admiral Nelson and Captain Hardy during Trafalgar
During the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, it was shortly before Nelson was mortally wounded that a shot struck the fore brace bits on the quarter deck and passed between Nelson and Hardy

Background imageDeck Collection: Cutaway view of an American warship

Cutaway view of an American warship
Hull of an American man-of-war cut open amidships, showing deck plans and quarters, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageDeck Collection: Interior of the R101 airship

Interior of the R101 airship
Amenities of the giant British airship R101, showing the smoking room, a typical two-berth cabin, and passengers looking down on the lights of a city from the starboard promenade deck

Background imageDeck Collection: Titanic 2nd Class Deck

Titanic 2nd Class Deck
Colour illustration depicting the Second Class Promenade Deck of the ill-fated Titanic. Passengers can be seen sitting on steamer and deck chairs

Background imageDeck Collection: Consequences, illustration by William Heath Robinson

Consequences, illustration by William Heath Robinson
Consequences -- How the thoughtlessness of a butterfly seriously affected a bishops corn, illustration by William Heath Robinson. Credit must appear as: Courtesy of Mrs J. C

Background imageDeck Collection: Handley Page HP 42 flight deck

Handley Page HP 42 flight deck

Background imageDeck Collection: EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India

EMPIREs HIGHWAY TO INDIA. The Empires Highway to India. View of Bombay, India from a British ship. British Empire Marketing Board poster, c1928

Background imageDeck Collection: Yacht sailing west along the coast, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Yacht sailing west along the coast, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageDeck Collection: Ships - Ark Royal prepares for service - The aircraft carrier Ark Royal, launched in 1950

Ships - Ark Royal prepares for service - The aircraft carrier Ark Royal, launched in 1950, leaves shortly for service in the Medterranean

Background imageDeck Collection: Jazz orchestra by the pool on board the Mauretania

Jazz orchestra by the pool on board the Mauretania
A jazz orchestra entertains passengers by the pool on board the ocean liner, the Mauretania, just one of the many amusements available. Date: 1931

Background imageDeck Collection: Carrier deck of HMS Warrior aircraft carrier

Carrier deck of HMS Warrior aircraft carrier
View of the carrier deck of HMS Warrior (R31) aircraft carrier at Kure, Japan, with crew lined up and a Sea Fury plane. Date: 1953

Background imageDeck Collection: Some of the Officers of the British Antarctic expedition

Some of the Officers of the British Antarctic expedition
Officers on board the Terra Nova on its return to New Zealand in February 1913 after the discovery of the bodies of Captain Scott and his companions. From left to right. Back row, Mr

Background imageDeck Collection: Empire Marketing Board poster - Gibraltar

Empire Marketing Board poster - Gibraltar
Empire Marketing Board poster showing a family on the deck of a ship which is sailing close to the rock of Gibraltar

Background imageDeck Collection: Horatio, Lord Nelson

Horatio, Lord Nelson
Circular portrait of legendary British naval commander Horatio, Lord Nelson (1758 - 1805) surrounded by scenes depicting his death on the deck of the flagship HMS Victory

Background imageDeck Collection: EVCW2A-00109

EVCW2A-00109
Admiral David G. Farragut in the rigging during the Battle of Mobile Bay, 1864, American Civil War. Hand-colored photogravure of a W.H. Overend painting

Background imageDeck Collection: Helen Keller with her Great Dane

Helen Keller with her Great Dane
Helen Keller (1880-1968) born blind deaf mute. Thanks to her governess she overcame these handicaps, studied and created in 1921 the American Foundation for the Blind. Pictured here on the S.S

Background imageDeck Collection: Lady Houston D. B. E

Lady Houston D. B. E
DAME FANNY LUCY HOUSTON Adventuress and among the first five women to be made a Dame Commander of the British Empire. Pictured on board her steam yacht, Liberty

Background imageDeck Collection: Naval Captain 1800

Naval Captain 1800
A captain of the Royal Navy stands on the taffrail, on the poop deck of his vessel

Background imageDeck Collection: USA, Charleston, South Carolina. The boardwalk at Shem Creek Park in Mt

USA, Charleston, South Carolina. The boardwalk at Shem Creek Park in Mt. Pleasant near Charleston

Background imageDeck Collection: KRONSTADT MUTINY, 1921. Rebel forces in command of the battleship, Petropavlovsk

KRONSTADT MUTINY, 1921. Rebel forces in command of the battleship, Petropavlovsk, at the Soviet naval base at Kronstadt during the mutiny of February-March 1921

Background imageDeck Collection: Whaling Harpoon

Whaling Harpoon
A harpoon gun on the deck of the Norwegian whaling ship M. V. Rodny, at Ayr Harbour, Scotland

Background imageDeck Collection: Hawker Sea Hawks

Hawker Sea Hawks parked adjoining the angled deck area on board HMS Ark Royal during operations in the Mediterranean. March 1957. Date: 1957

Background imageDeck Collection: HMS Repulse with Sopwith Pup, WW1

HMS Repulse with Sopwith Pup, WW1
Stern view of HMS Repulse showing a Sopwith Pup biplane on the aft turret during the First World War. Date: 1916-1918

Background imageDeck Collection: Prestatyn Holiday Camp brochure

Prestatyn Holiday Camp brochure
A Prestatyn Holiday Camp brochure -- Look! Heres your 1955 Holiday -- showing two women and a man in swimsuits standing on the deck of a ship, looking out

Background imageDeck Collection: Some of the men who found Captain Scott

Some of the men who found Captain Scott
Some of the Men who found the bodies of Captain Scott and his companions and erected a cairn, pictured on their return to New Zealand

Background imageDeck Collection: The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea
Illustration by Raymond Sheppard to The Old Man and the Sea - a novella by Ernest Hemingway, written in Cuba in 1951. The story focuses on Santiago

Background imageDeck Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill

Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill
Uniformed boys on the deck of the Training Ship Exmouth perform dumb bell drill. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment

Background imageDeck Collection: Sheep graze in Kensington Gardens

Sheep graze in Kensington Gardens
Sheep grazing in Kensington Gardens, London. The first ever Ha-Ha in the country acted as the dividing line between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens

Background imageDeck Collection: Poster of the Suez Canal

Poster of the Suez Canal
Poster for the Empire Marketing Board, showing a view of the Suez Canal from on board ship

Background imageDeck Collection: Poster advertising Union Castle

Poster advertising Union Castle cruises for South Africa, East Africa and around the African coast

Background imageDeck Collection: Issuing Grog to Navy

Issuing Grog to Navy
On deck on the Royal Sovereign ship: sailors are issued with grog, a mixture of rum and water

Background imageDeck Collection: Frigate Bay Beach, St. Kitts, Leeward Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Frigate Bay Beach, St. Kitts, Leeward Islands, West Indies, Caribbean, Central America

Background imageDeck Collection: Deck of Pont Aven ferry, Brittany Ferries, Plymouth to Roscoff crossing, Atlantic Ocean

Deck of Pont Aven ferry, Brittany Ferries, Plymouth to Roscoff crossing, Atlantic Ocean
Andrew Davies / SpecialistStock

Background imageDeck Collection: Poster advertising Union Castle

Poster advertising Union Castle cruises: the goings good!

Background imageDeck Collection: Titanic Hymn Sheet 1912

Titanic Hymn Sheet 1912
A photograph of the ship on the cover of a French music sheet: the hymn was played by the band on deck as the ship sank



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"The deck: where history is made, dreams set sail, and heroes take their stand. From the flight deck of HMAS Melbourne to the grandeur of Holland America Line's poster, it is a stage that captures our imagination. Witness the precision and discipline as the crew lines up on the flight deck, ready for action. Step aboard the Training Ship Arethusa in Greenhithe, Kent, where future sailors undergo compass drills and knotting classes on its sturdy deck. The Bibby Line cruises beckon with promises of adventure and relaxation under sunny skies. Transport yourself back in time to witness Admiral Nelson and Captain Hardy strategizing during Trafalgar on a historic British naval vessel's weathered deck. Southend-On-Sea offers picturesque views from its coastal decks as England embraces maritime heritage. Marvel at the majestic Airship R101 moored outside hangars; its vastness dominating the sky while awaiting its next voyage into uncharted territories. Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast bear witness to Titanic and Olympic's construction - two iconic vessels whose decks carried stories both tragic and triumphant. Onboard Titanic's second-class deck, passengers embarked on a journey filled with anticipation and luxury before fate intervened. William Heath Robinson's whimsical illustration "Consequences" reminds us that even amidst chaos, life finds a way to unfold upon these wooden planks. Finally, step onto Handley Page HP 42 flight deck - an aviation marvel that defies gravity as it soars through clouds towards new horizons. The possibilities are endless when you stand upon this platform of possibility – whether sailing across oceans or soaring among stars.