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Jenny’s side party painting un-named British  ship in Hong Kong. Eve Tar Archive

A warm stroke from shore to ship: naval homages to Hong Kong’s female side-parties

Working in unprepossessing paint-stained overalls and traditional conical hats Chinese female contractors serviced British Commonwealth and US ships anchored off Hong Kong. A South China Morning Post outlined the civilian women’s formal role when ships arrived. These ‘side parties were groups of women who would clean the vessels, chip off rust and repaint their sides, […]

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Commemorative Katori and Kashima postcard

New Research! Port Towns and Diplomacy: The British Empire and the Japanese Navy in the Early Twentieth Century

Dr Melanie Bassett, Faculty Research Fellow for Port Towns and Urban Cultures, has published an article which appears in the current edition of The International Journal of Maritime History. ‘Port Towns and Diplomacy: Japanese Naval Visits to Britain and Australia in the Early Twentieth Century’ explores the visits of the Imperial Japanese Navy to Portsmouth […]

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The Saga Oseberg (lanched in 2012), which is a replica of the Oseberg vikingship that was found in Norway in 1903.

Highlights from International Maritime Archaeology Conference in Marseille 22nd-26th of October 2018

After returning from Marseille, France I would like to share some of the highlights of the International Symposium of Boat and Ship Archaeology, abbreviated ISBSA. This was their 15th conference and the second that I attended, and I enjoyed spending a week with friends and colleagues who are just as excited about shipbuilding as I […]

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