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HMS President 1918

  PRESS RELEASE  14th August 2016 HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND CONDEMNS HMS PRESIDENT 1918 TO THE SCRAP YARD HMS President  Preservation Trust, the charity that owns HMS President 1918 (“The President”), London’s last remaining World War One ship, and one of only three left has been refused Lottery funding of £330,000 to secure its future. During […]

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CFP: Exploring the Urban Mindscape

Port Towns and Urban Cultures’ Dr Karl Bell is organising a Supernatural Cities conference ‘Exploring the Urban Mindscape’, to be held on Saturday 30th April 2016 at the University of Portsmouth. Please see the CFP below for details. Exploring the Urban Mindscape  Saturday 30th April 2016  University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK Keynote Speaker: Professor Steve Pile, […]

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British Sailors and Prohibition: the experience of going “dry” in the USA during the Empire Cruise

Despite the cleansing of the sailor image during the late Victorian era, many contemporaries viewed sailors’ predilection for drink as a worrying problem.[1] In particular, Agnes Weston used the image of a drunken sailor riding a barrel to make her case for the temperance movement, although this portrayal was condemned by sailors.[2] Yet, the image […]

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Sailors and Knocking Shops: an important part of Jack’s requirements ashore?

Despite a concerted effort by the establishment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century to create an image of professional, respectable men, Jack’s licentious proclivities ashore have continued to form a key part of his popular image.[1] Yet what did sailors themselves record on the subject of sex? Christopher McKee has argued that ‘most […]

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