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The Coastal History Blog

Blog 36: Sea Blindness, or Ocean Optimism?  (Part 1 of 3) The average Briton is unaware that 95% of the goods they buy arrived on a ship.  When asked to name a “well-known British maritime personality,” most respondents said, “Captain Jack Sparrow.”  These results are set forth by the Maritime Foundation as evidence of sea […]

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‘Young Bill’: A Forgotten Hero of Jutland

The exploits of Jack Cornwell at the battle of Jutland in 1916 offer a well-known story of gallantry in the face of adversity during the First World War. From humble origins, Cornwell joined the navy as a teenager and was stationed aboard HMS Chester at the Battle of Jutland.[1] Within the first hour of hostilities […]

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Port City Lives

CFP: Port City Lives – Annual Conference for Port and Maritime History, 9-10 September 2016

2016 Call for Papers – “Criminality, Morality, Punishment” Port cities and towns are the proverbial ‘liminal’ space, betwixt and between land and sea, the domestic and the alien, the familiar and the foreign. Traditionally, such ‘between’ spaces have often been seen as providing the opportunity for mischief, misrule, and the plain illicit and illegal. Ports have […]

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An advertisement featured in the Eastern Morning News, 25 May 1915. 
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Transcending Space? Maritime Place Identity and Mass Mobilisation in Hull during the First World War

The city of Hull, East Yorkshire enjoyed the status of ‘third port’ with a booming, world-renowned fishing industry on the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914. This industry, employing many thousands of local men and women in trawling and peripheral works, was fundamentally altered by ‘total war’, as civilian fishing vessels and their men […]

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Port Towns & Urban Cultures Events Calendar

April 2016 14th – 15th April – International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Conference, University of Strathclyde. The study of port cities and their relationship to maritime endeavour and enterprise is a diverse and interdisciplinary practice, which draws on research methods from sociology, anthropology and archaeology, and brings together aspects of social, economic and cultural […]

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