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The Collingwood Society: Trafalgar Day 2015 20 October, 2015

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“Trafalgar Day 2015”

Notice is hereby given of events scheduled for Wednesday 21st October 2015, with which the Society is associated and at which it will be represented. All members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.

Newcastle upon Tyne
 Image1 Venue St Nicholas Cathedral (Collingwood memorial at the back of the              Church)
Time 0945 for 1000
Event Annual short service of commemoration, organised by the Lord Mayor’s Office and the Cathedral
Info Light refreshments afterwards

 

Tynemouth
 Image3 Venue Collinwood Monument
Time 1130
Event ‘Toast the Admiral 2015’ event, organised by North Tyneside Council
Info Wylam grog available here, oration to be given by CO HMS COLLINGWOOD, flag-raising by MSTS, light refreshments afterwards in the refurbished TVLB

 

Morpeth
 Image4 Venue Town Hall, then Collingwood House (Oldgate)
Time 1120 for 1130 at the Town Hall, then 1150 for 1200 at Collingwood House
Event ‘Collingwood Toast 2015’, organised by Morpeth Town Council
Info Flowers will be laid at the bust of Lord Collingwood to begin with, followed by proceedings at Collingwood House, Morpeth grog available at this one!

 

London
 Image2 Venue St. Paul’s Cathedral (adjacent to Nelson’s / Collingwood’s tombs)
Time 1045 for 1100
Event Annual wreath-laying and short service of commemoration
Info Long-established event, representation by London and south of England based members of the Society

Happy 267th Birthday, Old Cuddy! 26 September, 2015

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As tempted as I was to bake a cake with 267 candles, I stuck to an excellent piece of chocolate/banana cake. And of course a glass of the (by now) traditional vanilla liquor for the toast: to our beloved Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, who was so far ahead of his times that it’s a surprise he was never painted holding a sonic screwdriver. Happy Birthday!

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In related news, here’s a small article (with picture) about the replica of HMS Pickle.

Btw. in case you’ve been wondering: yes, the children’s book about Collingwood, told from his dog Bounce’s pov, has finished its planning stage and will become reality. I must say that this story would have been much easier to write if Old Cuddy had had a cat… ;-)

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Artwork by Amandine de Villeneuve

The Collingwood Society: Trafalgar Day 2014 19 October, 2014

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Notice is hereby given of events scheduled for Tuesday 21st October 2014, with which the Society is associated and at which it will be represented. All members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend.  

Newcastle upon Tyne
 Image1 Venue St Nicholas Cathedral (Collingwood memorial at the back of the Church)
Time 0945 for 1000
Event Annual short service of commemoration, organised by the Lord Mayor’s Office and the Cathedral
Info Light refreshments afterwards

 

Tynemouth
 Image3 Venue Collinwood Monument
Time 1130
Event ‘Toast the Admiral 2014’ event, organised by North Tyneside Council
Info Wylam grog available here, RN detachment attending, flag-raising by MSTS, light refreshments afterwards in the Low Light, North Shields

 

Morpeth
 Image4 Venue Town Hall, then Collingwood House (Oldgate)
Time 1120 for 1130 at the Town Hall for a restricted event, then 1150 for 1200 for the public event at Collingwood House
Event ‘Collingwood Toast 2014’, organised by Morpeth Town Council
Info Flowers will be laid at the bust of Lord Collingwood to begin with, followed by proceedings at Collingwood House, Morpeth grog available at this one!

 

London
 Image2 Venue St. Paul’s Cathedral (adjacent to Nelson’s / Collingwood’s tombs)
Time 1030 for 1100
Event Annual wreath-laying and short service of commemoration
Info Long-established event, representation by London members of the Society

In the news:

Toast to the Hero of Trafalgar (Morpeth Herald)

A Toast to Collingwood (North Tyneside Council)

 

Updated Programme of the Collingwood Society for 2014 22 June, 2014

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“Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.”

Wouldn’t that make an excellent slogan to be printed on a team’s kit?Why, yes, I’m looking at you, Mr. Hodgson…

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Luckily,  The Collingwood Society is more successful in its endeavours than Team England, and has yet again organised a plethora of magnificent events, to which you are all duly invited. I’d say a broad variety of interests will get covered! Download your 2014 PROGRAMME here.

The event of 23 October caught my eye, for it promises to be great fun:

The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Collingwood Society, followed by ‘Forebitters’. A ‘forebitter’ was a sailor’s song, traditionally sung for recreation in the forecastle accommodation of an evening, as opposed to the more functional shanties which accompanied the various work tasks aboard ship. The concept of allowing rank and file members a 5-minute slot on anything Collingwood-related was received with enthusiasm when mooted at the 2013 AGM, so we are embarking on our first ‘open mike’ session, so to speak! Half a dozen or so ‘turns’ – mini-lecture, song, poetry, dance, costume, who knows??! Volunteers please apply to the Secretary before the Summer recess – this may take some organising!! Free admission for Society members, £2 for others.

Volounteers, don’t delay, apply today!

And here are some gentlemen who did something the world (well, the Morpeth Herald) did talk of hereafter: at a recent meeting of the Morpeth Rotary Club, guest speaker Captain Stephen Healy, President of the Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood Association, gave a talk to members about the admiral and his links with Morpeth.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

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(Did they mix up the names for the pictures, I wonder? Me thinks Captain Healy is the one on the left?)

In completely different news, and just so you can stop nagging me about it: The Admiral Collingwood Pub in Ilfracombe is now open for business. You can look at many, many pictures here. Why it was named after Collingwood – I have no idea. Looking at the toilets, Ye Olde Beetlejuice might have been more appropriate…? But good luck to them, and many happy guests!

Illustrated Talk: Collingwood’s Ships – Design and Construction 18 April, 2014

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Admiral Collingwood: Of Flowers and DNA 18 April, 2014

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Just in time for the Easter holidays, I bring you a very mixed bag of interesting Collingwood titbits. And news coming from the Collingwood Society, but they get their own post.

First we have one which might be of special interest to the many admirers of Horatio Hornblower who read this blog. Your knowledge is needed!

A gentleman called Paul has contacted me with a question regarding Collingwood and flowers. He’s working on a project about flowers and their role in human culture. While reading “From Hornblower and the Atropos by C.S. Forester. The Companion Book club, London, 1954. (Originally published by Michael Joseph Ltd.) pp 137-8” he came across the following part:

Collingwood shook hands with him in the great cabin below. …

“Please sit down captain. Harkness, a glass of Madeira for Captain Hornblower. …”

It was an upholstered chair in which Hornblower sat; under his feet was a thick carpet; there were a couple of pictures in gilt frames on the bulkheads; silver lamps hung by silver chains   from the deck-beams. Looking round him while Collingwood eagerly skimmed through his letters, Hornblower thought of all this being hurriedly bundled away when the
Ocean cleared for action. But what held his attention most were two long boxes against the great stern windows. They were filled with earth and were planted with flowers – hyacinths and daffodils, blooming and lovely.

The scent of the hyacinths reached Hornblower’s nostrils where he sat. There was something fantastically charming about them here at sea.

“I’ve been successful with my bulbs this year,” said Collingwood, putting his letters in his pocket and following Hornblower’s glance. He walked over and tilted up a daffodil bloom with sensitive fingers, looking down into its open face.

“They are beautiful, aren’t they? Soon the daffodils will be flowering in England – some time, perhaps, I’ll see them again. Meanwhile these help to keep me contented. It is three years since I last set foot  on land.”

So Paul’s obvious question was: did the real Collingwood have flower boxes in the great cabin?

“Not that I know of”, was my reply; as much as I love the idea, I can’t really imagine that Collingwood would have had anything in the great cabin which could have slowed down or hindered preparations for battle. But maybe you guys know more than I do? Can you shed some light on this?

The possibly fictional flower boxes aside: do you know any other Age of Sail related tales which could help Paul with his work? If so, please do share here, or if you’d rather mail him personally, drop me a line, and I’ll put you in touch.

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Next I’d like to share some links with you which might be of special interest for those of you interested in genealogy and the various Collingwoodses who have contacted me through the years. They are an international lot! You can find them from Germany to Australia, and there’s even one in Japan! One of them, Gordon Collingwood, is a serious genealogist, and he has painstakingly pieced together over 50 separate branches of the Collingwood family tree, including the ancestors of Old Cuddy. You can visit his website here, but please note that you will need a user account to watch the content:

COLLINGWOOD ANCESTRY

Gordon has also started a DNA project:

COLLINGWOOD DNA PROJECT

He writes that his own DNA had been matched to another living Collingwood who has traced his family back to 1630 in Newcastle upon Tyne. So they both have Geordie roots! Feel free to contact him if you are a Collingwood (or related to a Collingwood) and would like to learn more.

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Paul Collingwood – a chip off the old oak block?

(You won’t be surprised at all that Emma Collingwood’s DNA identified her as a direct descentant of Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Münchhausen…)

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Münchhausen c. 1740 as a Cuirassier in Riga, by G. Bruckner

To that Noble Fellow Collingwood 7 March, 2014

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204 years ago today, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood died off Port Mahon, on board of HMS Ville de Paris. Here’s what the “Annals of the Wars of the 19th Century. Vol. III” had to say on the matter. I find the comparison of Nelson and Collingwood to Saul and Jonathan most intriguing…!

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You can read an extensive extract by clicking on the picture below.

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Today’s picture can be shared with you thanks to the generosity of our dearest Volgivagant; who of us would not have loved to sail on the good ship “Collingwood” – with a figurehead like this?

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In honour of our dear admiral – and his beloved Bounce! – we’ve made a donation to rescue four dogs from Romania, who are already on their way to new, loving homes.

The Collingwood Society: Last Event of 2013 15 November, 2013

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“The Trafalgar Storm”

An illustrated talk to the The Collingwood Society
Dr. Dennis Wheeler, assisted by Dr. Tony Barrow

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Tuesday 19th November 2013:  7.30pm
The Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House

Free for members of the Collingwood Society, £2 admission for others.

Dr. Wheeler talks about the EU research project which assembled and analysed centuries of meteorological data from RN warships, shore observing stations and merchantmen from the likes of the East India Company and Hudson Bay Company.  He then draws on the specific entries of the vessels at Trafalgar, together with those of the Cadiz naval station and vividly paints a picture of the developing storm as seen through the eyes of those at the Battle. Dr. Barrow will add some historical (and Collingwood) context, which we are confident will then generate some fascinating floor discussions and opinions.

For contact and more information, please download the flyer for this event here.

In other news: has anybody read this book? Is it any good or not?

“The Life of Admiral Collingwood” by Geoffrey Murray (1936)

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The Trafalgar Day that was… 27 October, 2013

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I’m very happy to see how much attention the Collingwood Society managed to gather for Old Cuddy (and the society as well) this Trafalgar Day!
For starters, here’s a report and a short video clip of

A Toast To Admiral Collingwood: Trafalgar Day Celebrated In Tynemouth And Newcastle

Dozens of people turned out in Tynemouth to raise a glass to Admiral Collingwood, a famous Newcastle navy officer, who fought alongside Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Courtesy the Collingwood Society, here are some pictures of the event:

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Please also have a look at this entry on the blog of the Catholic Parish of Morpeth, with additional pictures of handsome sailors, grog and a prayer by Fr Lawrence.

TRAFALGAR DAY AT COLLINGWOOD HOUSE

This is my favourite contribution, though. It’s so lovely to see Morpeth and put faces to names.

In other news, Bounce was mentioned on Reddit. Quite clearly, this is the end of the world as we know it.

Having just returned from a trip to very northern shores in the wee hours of Trafalgar Day and not being in a very awake state (two words: fig vodka), I still managed to raise my glass for a toast to Admiral Collingwood, alas with a glass of vanilla-croissant-scented liquor. The alternative was cherry rum, so I hope you’ll forgive me. Next year, I hope I’ll manage something more dignified…

The Collingwood Society: General Meeting 2013 17 October, 2013

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The Collingwood Society are hosting their General Meeting 2013 on

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Thursday 24 October 2013:  7.00pm
The Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House
followed by
“Growing up with the Admiral”
a talk by Angus Collingwood-Cameron

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Ok, it’s not Angus Collingwood-Cameron, but it’s a cute girl and there’s Bounce, so this is not a completely unrelated picture. So nyah!

Also quickly approaching is Trafalgar Day; please download the Collingwood Society’s programme here.

Talking about Trafalgar: have you seen this fantabuloustastic figurehead of Old Cuddy yet?!

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A decidedly Fürst-Metternich-looking Old Cuddy can be yours for a measly $20,880…
(Picture: Jim Cerny)

More nautical gems can be found here; I’m particularly fond of the Emperor penguin.