Shipmates & Mateship

 Pirate pickings 

Vital victuals

1697 — A New Voyage Round the World, William Dampier — We were two ships in company [setting out from Cape Corrientes for Guam 31 March 1686], Captain Swan’s ship [the Cygnet] and a bark commanded under Captain Swan by Captain Teat, and we were 150 men, 100 aboard of the ship, and 50 aboard the bark, besides slaves …    Read more


 Warming up 

Tucked in

Time: December 1916. Place: The North Sea. Action: Patrol and exercises — This is the time and place to be tucked in and that’s exactly what the ship’s cat of HMAS Australia is doing having been called on deck to line up for a photo opportunity in zero degree temperatures.    Read more