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"Seaman: A Journey Through the Seas of History and Adventure" Step aboard as we embark on a captivating voyage through the lives of seamen, their triumphs, and trials

Background imageSeaman 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 imageSeaman 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 imageSeaman Collection: Advertising card for Singer Sewing Machines

Advertising card for Singer Sewing Machines - showing a good patriotic wife using her sewing machine to produce a white ensign for a Royal Naval Seaman husband. Date: circa 1916

Background imageSeaman Collection: German Seaman chatting up a Chinese girl

German Seaman chatting up a Chinese girl
German Seaman (with his battleship visible in the rear of the shot) chatting up a Chinese girl

Background imageSeaman Collection: Steering a sailing-ship through stormy seas

Steering a sailing-ship through stormy seas
Sailors at the wheel of a merchant ship in a gale, 1800s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageSeaman Collection: A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, South China Sea, 1898

A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, South China Sea, 1898. Portrait of a German crew member on board the SS Knivsberg

Background imageSeaman Collection: A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, 1898. Creator: Christian Wilhelm Allers

A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, 1898. Creator: Christian Wilhelm Allers
A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, 1898. Portrait of a German crew member using compasses and parallel rulers to plot the course of the SS Knivsberg through the South China Sea

Background imageSeaman Collection: Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594). Engraving. Colored

Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594). Engraving. Colored
Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594). English seaman. Engraving. 19th century. Colored

Background imageSeaman Collection: Seaman looking at sea map and holding pair of compasses

Seaman looking at sea map and holding pair of compasses

Background imageSeaman Collection: Seamen salute the resting place of USS Lexington

Seamen salute the resting place of USS Lexington
July 26, 2007 - Seamen salute as USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) passes the final resting place of USS Lexington (CV-2). USS Kitty Hawk was passing the spot where USS Lexington sunk during the Battle of

Background imageSeaman Collection: Chesterfield, c1896. Artist: Albert Edward Seaman

Chesterfield, c1896. Artist: Albert Edward Seaman
Chesterfield, c1896. From Pictorial England and Wales. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris & Melbourne, c1896]

Background imageSeaman Collection: Sir George Young, British admiral (engraving)

Sir George Young, British admiral (engraving)
7150339 Sir George Young, British admiral (engraving) by Smart, John (1741-1811); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir George Young (1732-1810), British admiral.); © Look and Learn

Background imageSeaman Collection: The Wreck of the Liner 'Mohegan'on the Manacle Rocks, the Porthoustock Lifeboat rescuing the Crew

The Wreck of the Liner "Mohegan"on the Manacle Rocks, the Porthoustock Lifeboat rescuing the Crew (litho)
1063677 The Wreck of the Liner " Mohegan" on the Manacle Rocks, the Porthoustock Lifeboat rescuing the Crew (litho) by Nash

Background imageSeaman Collection: Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie (oil on canvas)

Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie (oil on canvas)
145460 Commodore Perry at the Battle of Lake Erie (oil on canvas) by Birch, Thomas (1779-1851); 47x59 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSeaman Collection: Whitby, Yorkshire - A portrait study of a Fisherman

Whitby, Yorkshire - A portrait study of a Fisherman
Brother Brushes - Portrait drawing by Phil May of Sir Frank William Brangwyn (18671956) - an Anglo-Welsh artist, painter, watercolourist, engraver and illustrator, and progressive designer. Date: 1898

Background imageSeaman Collection: Embarkation, J. Ephraim, c. 1865 - c. 1870

Embarkation, J. Ephraim, c. 1865 - c. 1870

Background imageSeaman Collection: Captain Seebohm, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Captain Seebohm, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Captain Seebohm, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageSeaman Collection: The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable

The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable, 1865. Creator: Unknown
The Atlantic Telegraph Expedition: preparing for the final attempt to grapple the lost cable - from a sketch by our special artist, 1865

Background imageSeaman Collection: Sailor

Sailor
Mariann Johansen-Ellis

Background imageSeaman Collection: History of the Pirates...of all nations. Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate, 1836 (print)

History of the Pirates...of all nations. Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate, 1836 (print)
7339232 History of the Pirates...of all nations. Life and adventures of Paul Jones, the pirate, 1836 (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 25.4x16.3 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Duncan receiving the surrender of de Winter at the Battle of Camperdown, 1797 (oil on canvas)

Duncan receiving the surrender of de Winter at the Battle of Camperdown, 1797 (oil on canvas)
7338081 Duncan receiving the surrender of de Winter at the Battle of Camperdown, 1797 (oil on canvas) by Orme, Daniel (1766-p.1832); 152x201 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805), c.1801-03 (oil on canvas)

Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805), c.1801-03 (oil on canvas)
7337995 Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758-1805), c.1801-03 (oil on canvas) by Koster, Simon de (19th century); 61x50.8 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Men in a boat near two Dutch ships, 1652 (oil on panel)

Men in a boat near two Dutch ships, 1652 (oil on panel)
7340545 Men in a boat near two Dutch ships, 1652 (oil on panel) by Sillemans, Experiens (fl.c.1650); 28.7x39.1 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci (1454 - 1512), Italian navigator. Engraving. 1871

Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci (1454 - 1512), Italian navigator. Engraving. 1871
AIS5351213 Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci (1454 - 1512), Italian navigator. Engraving. 1871; © Iberfoto

Background imageSeaman Collection: Y Comme Yole, 1908 (photo)

Y Comme Yole, 1908 (photo)
8713247 Y Comme Yole, 1908 (photo); 31, 5 x 25 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: in "To learn to read by Henri Manuel, published by the Librairie Felix Juven, Paris, 1908)

Background imageSeaman Collection: Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean, 1785 (engraving)

Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean, 1785 (engraving)
8766929 Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean, 1785 (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: Seal hunting in the Pacific Ocean.James Cook travels. 1785); Photo ©Jaime Abecasis

Background imageSeaman Collection: Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen Consort of Hungary (24 December 1837 - 10 September 1898)

Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen Consort of Hungary (24 December 1837 - 10 September 1898), Madeira (photo)
8684557 Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen Consort of Hungary (24 December 1837 - 10 September 1898), Madeira (photo) by Unknown photographer

Background imageSeaman Collection: The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print)

The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print)
7339230 The Life of Captain Charlie Vane/Mary Read, A Female Pirate, 19th century (print) by Unknown Artist, (19th century); 46x43.4 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: A sea officer, c.1675 (oil on canvas)

A sea officer, c.1675 (oil on canvas)
7338096 A sea officer, c.1675 (oil on canvas) by Greenhill, John (1642/9-76); 76.2x63.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: John Greenhill A head-and-shoulders portrait)

Background imageSeaman Collection: Turks attacking Greek corsairs, 19th century (hand coloured engraving)

Turks attacking Greek corsairs, 19th century (hand coloured engraving)
7339176 Turks attacking Greek corsairs, 19th century (hand coloured engraving) by Fairburn, J. (19th Century); 40.8x50.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: A portrait of Major-General Arthur Tooker Collins of the Marines in his full dress uniform

A portrait of Major-General Arthur Tooker Collins of the Marines in his full dress uniform, 1786 (oil on canvas)
7342580 A portrait of Major-General Arthur Tooker Collins of the Marines in his full dress uniform, 1786 (oil on canvas) by Unknown artist, (18th century); National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Naves et China et Java (sailing vessel of China & Java, 1599), early 17th century (engraving)

Naves et China et Java (sailing vessel of China & Java, 1599), early 17th century (engraving, coloured)
7342518 Naves et China et Java (sailing vessel of China & Java, 1599), early 17th century (engraving, coloured) by Doetechum, Johannes Baptista van

Background imageSeaman Collection: Sketched portrait of Marsh, purser of the Queen Charlotte, c.1794 (wash, blue, grey)

Sketched portrait of Marsh, purser of the Queen Charlotte, c.1794 (wash, blue, grey)
7342092 Sketched portrait of Marsh, purser of the Queen Charlotte, c.1794 (wash, blue, grey) by Unknown artist, (18th century); 11.8x9.7 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Lieutenant R.O. Sargent, Mate, 1845 (b/w photo)

Lieutenant R.O. Sargent, Mate, 1845 (b/w photo)
7295267 Lieutenant R.O. Sargent, Mate, 1845 (b/w photo) by Baird (19th century); National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info)

Background imageSeaman Collection: Landing at Mallicolo, 1774, c.1776 (oil on panel)

Landing at Mallicolo, 1774, c.1776 (oil on panel)
7295303 Landing at Mallicolo, 1774, c.1776 (oil on panel) by Hodges, William (1744-97); 24.1x47 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Midshipman John Russell (1811-1843), 19th century (oil on canvas)

Midshipman John Russell (1811-1843), 19th century (oil on canvas)
7338046 Midshipman John Russell (1811-1843), 19th century (oil on canvas) by Gordon, John Watson (1788-1864); 76x63.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: John Travers Cornwell, Boy 1st class (1900-1916), 20th century (oil)

John Travers Cornwell, Boy 1st class (1900-1916), 20th century (oil)
7337874 John Travers Cornwell, Boy 1st class (1900-1916), 20th century (oil) by McEvoy, Ambrose (1878-1927); 50.8x406.4 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: A fight in boats, c.1685 (pen, ink)

A fight in boats, c.1685 (pen, ink)
7341838 A fight in boats, c.1685 (pen, ink) by Velde, Willem van de, the Younger (1633-1707); 21.7x32.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Willem van de Velde)

Background imageSeaman Collection: Costume of the Royal Navy & Marines. Royal Marines (Subalterns) 2d. Lt. c.1832 (coloured lithograph)

Costume of the Royal Navy & Marines. Royal Marines (Subalterns) 2d. Lt. c.1832 (coloured lithograph)
7341788 Costume of the Royal Navy & Marines. Royal Marines (Subalterns) 2d. Lt. c.1832 (coloured lithograph) by Mansion, L. and Eschauzier, St

Background imageSeaman Collection: The Royal Navy. No 4. Mate. 2nd Class Boy. Commodore, 1844 (watercolour)

The Royal Navy. No 4. Mate. 2nd Class Boy. Commodore, 1844 (watercolour)
7341782 The Royal Navy. No 4. Mate. 2nd Class Boy. Commodore, 1844 (watercolour) by Ubsdell, Richard (fl.1828-63); 30x22.4 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: R.H.C)

Background imageSeaman Collection: The Royal Navy. No 2. Commander. Captain. Midshipman. Admiral. 1848 (coloured aquatint)

The Royal Navy. No 2. Commander. Captain. Midshipman. Admiral. 1848 (coloured aquatint)
7341780 The Royal Navy. No 2. Commander. Captain. Midshipman. Admiral. 1848 (coloured aquatint) by Ackermann, Rudolph (1764-1834); 48.4x33.5 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Sailor, 19th century (pen, ink)

Sailor, 19th century (pen, ink)
7341822 Sailor, 19th century (pen, ink) by Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827); 23.5x17.7 cm; National Maritime Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Creator: Thomas Rowlandson Depicts clothing)

Background imageSeaman Collection: Bray Album: A Sailor bringing up his hammock, Pallas, Jany 75 (watercolour)

Bray Album: A Sailor bringing up his hammock, Pallas, Jany 75 (watercolour)
7341533 Bray Album: A Sailor bringing up his hammock, Pallas, Jany 75 (watercolour) by Bray, Gabriel (1750-1823); 18.5x13.1 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Battle of Trafalgar, and Death of Lord Viscount Nelson, 1806 (engraving, stipple)

Battle of Trafalgar, and Death of Lord Viscount Nelson, 1806 (engraving, stipple)
7342611 Battle of Trafalgar, and Death of Lord Viscount Nelson, 1806 (engraving, stipple) by Craig, William Marshall (fl.1788-1828) (after); 57.9x84.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Four sailors relaxing on deck, one reading, 1820 (pen, ink, wash, watercolour)

Four sailors relaxing on deck, one reading, 1820 (pen, ink, wash, watercolour)
7342273 Four sailors relaxing on deck, one reading, 1820 (pen, ink, wash, watercolour) by Streatfeild, Thomas (1777-1848); 8.5x13.2 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: The loss of the East India Company's ship Halsewell on the night of the 5-6 January 1786

The loss of the East India Company's ship Halsewell on the night of the 5-6 January 1786, c.1786 (aquatint)
7342163 The loss of the East India Company's ship Halsewell on the night of the 5-6 January 1786, c.1786 (aquatint, etching) by Dodd, Robert (1748-1815); 41.5x55.5 cm; National Maritime Museum

Background imageSeaman Collection: A scene on the main deck of a line of battle ship in harbour, 1820 (coloured aquatint)

A scene on the main deck of a line of battle ship in harbour, 1820 (coloured aquatint)
7342160 A scene on the main deck of a line of battle ship in harbour, 1820 (coloured aquatint) by Sutherland, Thomas (1785-1838); 41.9x66.6 cm; National Maritime Museum, London

Background imageSeaman Collection: Whalers. From the picture in the National Gallery, 19th century (coloured engraving)

Whalers. From the picture in the National Gallery, 19th century (coloured engraving)
7342019 Whalers. From the picture in the National Gallery, 19th century (coloured engraving) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851) (after); 23.4x32.4 cm; National Maritime Museum, London



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"Seaman: A Journey Through the Seas of History and Adventure" Step aboard as we embark on a captivating voyage through the lives of seamen, their triumphs, and trials. From an intriguing cutaway view of an American warship to an advertising card for Singer Sewing Machines found in unexpected places, this collection unravels the diverse tapestry that is the life at sea. In one frame, a German seaman engages in conversation with a Chinese girl, showcasing the cultural exchange that occurs amidst turbulent waters. Meanwhile, John Cornwell's portrait reminds us of the bravery displayed by young sailors who made immense sacrifices during times of conflict. Albert Edward Seaman's artwork transports us back to Chesterfield in 1896, where we witness maritime craftsmanship come alive. Steering a sailing-ship through stormy seas becomes both an art form and testament to human resilience. The engraving capturing Sir George Young portrays British naval leadership at its finest; his unwavering dedication echoes throughout history. Equally inspiring is "The Wreck of the Liner 'Mohegan' on the Manacle Rocks, " depicting heroic efforts by Porthoustock Lifeboat crew members as they rescue stranded souls from treacherous waters. Commodore Perry's oil painting immortalizes his pivotal role in shaping America's destiny during the Battle of Lake Erie. The canvas breathes life into tales of courage and strategic brilliance exhibited by those who sail under their nation’s flag. Lastly, Christian Wilhelm Allers introduces us to A Hansen - first officer on Knivsberg - navigating South China Sea waves in 1898. This evocative image captures not only individual stories but also reflects upon global trade routes that connect nations across vast oceans. Through these glimpses into maritime history and adventure, "Seaman" invites you to explore untold narratives woven within every wave crashed against ship hulls. It celebrates those who dared venture beyond familiar shores, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of time.