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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 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.

 

The Collingwood Society: First Event of 2013! 11 January, 2013

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Time to mark 29 January, 7.30pm in your diaries, agendas and electronical devices (the back of a beer mat is also acceptable, as long as it’s the Collingwood 2010 Festival Ale)!

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“Collingwood’s Stick –
the Life and Times of Captain Edward Rotheram CB RN”

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A talk by Dr Tony Barrow to a meeting of
The Collingwood Society

Highly praised for his undeniably brave service during the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars, Edward Rotheram was Captain of HMS Royal Sovereign, flagship of Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, at the Battle of Trafalgar. 

You can download the flyer with all details here.

I still try to figure out what event(s) I could visit this year. If you have the same problem, do not despair: eventually, the Collingwood Society will build an archive into the new website, in which presentations to the Society will be lodged. How’s that for good news?

By the way, how about paying for your bottle of Collingwood Ale with this…?

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Next time this comes up at an auction, I’ll hopefully be more successful than during Diarygate.

What better time to join the Collingwood Society than Christmas? 24 December, 2012

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Because it’s the perfect present for yourself!

With special thanks to the good people of the Collingwood Society, I come bearing information!

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2   THE PURPOSES OF THE SOCIETY ARE:

1. to advance the education of the public in all aspects of the life and legacy of Cuthbert Collingwood, Vice-Admiral of the Red, 1st Baron Collingwood of Caldburne and Hethpoole in Northumberland;

2. to create, develop and maintain an educational archive as part of the above;

3. to reflect Collingwood’s links with the North-East of England (and other areas as appropriate) in selected activities of the Society;

4. to create new memorials and to preserve existing memorials to Admiral Lord Collingwood and those who sailed with him; and

5. to build and maintain relationships with like-minded organisations.

Newsletter: December 2012

2013 Programme

Approved Constitution of the Collingwood Society

Collingwood Society Membership Application Form

Needless to say, my membership fee is already on its way to the Collingwood Society.
Not only does this give me the satisfaction of knowing that I support a great cause, no, I can also scare my friends by telling them that I’ve joined a fan club. Hah!

Important: Those of you who, like me, live in countries where cheques aren’t used (anymore), can send me a mail on joyful_molly at yahoo.co.uk, and I’ll give you the IBAN for the Collingwood Society. Make sure that you pick the “our cost” option when transferring any money, though, which means that you’ll carry all fees!

I’m leaving you with this exciting news, and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Blessed Yule and a very happy and healthy New Year!

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“Goodwill and Peace to all Mankind!”
And women, children and animals. And Admirals.
And Velociraptors. Because everything is better with dinosaurs!

And there it went, Old Cuddy’s Diary… 31 October, 2012

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Today HMS Joyful Molly, with Ms. Emma Collingwood at the helm, set sail to join the Battle of Ye Olde Auctionhouse. We were determined to free Old Cuddy’s diary and carry it to safety (the National Maritime Museum or some other place where the public would have had access).

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It was a fierce battle; we fought tooth, nail, sarcasm and comfy pillows, but alas… alas, the other ship had more cannons than our little Amazonian bum boat, and so we were outbid. Curse and botheration!

We’d hoped to share happier news with you today. We really tried our best, but you can’t win every battle. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that the new owner will be generous enough to share the content of Admiral Collingwood’s diary.

We’d like to thank the financier of this expedition, Lady Hannah Bampfylde-Treegarden-Collingwood, who donated her collection of French thimbles and three packs of butterscotch mints to the cause. Consider yourself firmly hugged!

Admiral Collingwood’s Diary is up for Auction, and I’m up for a Rant 20 October, 2012

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The traditional October auction over at Charles Miller Ltd. is just around the corner. There’s always a wondrous plenthora of Maritime and Scientific objects and works of art on offer, but this year, one very special object caught my eye:

A PRIVATE AUTOGRAPH JOURNAL KEPT BY ADMIRAL LORD COLLINGWOOD (1750-1810) WHILST COMMANDING THE BRITISH FLEET IN THE MEDITERRANEAN DECEMBER 1807-JUNE 1810

This diary is not only of greatest interest to paranormal researchers (having died on 7 March 1810, Collingwood must have added entries from the afterlife), but also to anybody with even a remote interest in naval history. All political and military information aside, this diary might also give us more insight into the last months of Collingwood’s life.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could read this diary? If a transcript was available? Or a book? Powerpoint Presentation? Anything?

Alas poor Yorick! I knew a collector, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy…

I don’t really mind items like this diary going to private collectors.  The state doesn’t have the money to buy all items of historic importance; taxes just barely cover the essentials like MPs’ expenses for duck houses, toilet seats, moat cleaning and kitty treats for Larry the No. 10 cat (I don’t object the latter, though). When it comes to funding, history and heritage have been hung out to dry on the governmental washing line along with the unemployed, disabled and disadvantaged, the NHS, the arts, education and science.

But I digress. My point is that private ownership of historic documents is not the problem; the attitude of some collectors is. It’s all about owning. It’s all about “me me me”. And, who would have guessed, about money. That’s the only explanation for the request of the Navy Records Society to transcribe the diary before the auction being turned down by the owner. No transcript = exclusivity = higher price. Simples!

If we’re lucky, the new owner will be willing to share this important historic document and help adding another piece to the jigsaw of our history. If not, the diary will end up in a tresor and on an inventory list. And there is not a thing you can do about it. Except, maybe, pushing for a law which makes it mandatory for historic documents to be transcribed before they can be sold off. As things are, the main sources of historical information left for future generations might soon be digital copies of “Antiques Roadtrip”. A comforting thought, indeed.

Happy Birthday, Admiral Collingwood! Here’s a Cake for you, and a Freebie for your Friends! 26 September, 2012

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CAKE!
FIREWORKS!
THE CONGA TWICE AROUND HIS MONUMENT IN TYNEMOUTH!

Here’s to one of Britain’s finest –
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OLD CUDDY!

I’ve promised you a special treat in celebration of our favourite admiral’s birthday, and here it is!

You can download the story “Last Service”, an excerpt from the book “The Radiant Boy – Four Ghost Stories in the Age of Sail” by Emma Collingwood (not related) for free over at her website.

The beautiful illustrations were done by the amazing Amandine de Villeneuve.

Old Cuddy, Horatio Nelson and the Victory in one tale, who could ask for more? Have fun!

DOWNLOAD HERE!

Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood: Wisdom will never go out of Fashion 7 March, 2012

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Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, died on 7th March, 1810 at the age of 61. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit St. Paul’s Cathedral today as I’ve just started a new job, but be assured that “Old Cuddy” wasn’t deprieved of his annual gift of flowers. A very lovely flowerbox with red roses and berries, not unlike the one from last year, was placed on his tomb.

So rather than paying my respects in person, I’ll do so in writing. I won’t talk about naval battle strategies or politics, though. When asked why I took such an interest in some old admiral who died a gazillion of years ago, I usually say: “People with common sense never go out of fashion.” Collingwood was born in 1748, but had a more modern approach to many things and better understanding of human nature than a good number of people nowadays.

On 17 April, 1809, Collingwood wrote a letter to his daughters while aboard his ship, the Ville de Paris, anchored off Minorca. I dare say that we’d all live in a much better world if some of the advice he gave his girls was headed today. Actually, I petition for his pieces of advice to be printed on a 4x20ft banner and put up in the Houses of Parliament. I suggest neon pink vinyl, so that really nobody can miss it.

The education of a lady, and indeed of a gentleman too, may be divided into three parts; all of great importance to their happiness, but in different degrees.

The first part ist the cultivation of the mind, that they may have a knowledge of right and wrong, and acquire a habit of doing acts of virtue and honour. By reading history, you will perceive the high estimation in wihch the memories of good and virtuous people are held; the contempt and disgust which are affixed to the base, whatever may have been their rank in life.

The second part of education is to acquire a competent knowledge how to manage your affairs, whatever they may happen to be; to know how to direct the economy of your house; and to keep exact accounts of every thing which concerns you. Whoever cannot do this must be dependent on somebody else, and those who are dependent on another cannot be perfectly at their ease. (…)

The third part is, perhaps, no less in value than the others. It is how to practise those manners and that address which will recommend you to the respect of strangers. Boldness and forwardness are exceedingly disgusting, and such people are generally more disliked the more they are known; but, at the same time, shyness and bashfulness, and the shrinking from conversation with those with whom you ought to associate, are repulsive and unbecoming.

This quote was taken from the excellent book “The Five Hundred  Best English Letters”, selected and edited by The First Earl of Birkenhead, first published in 1931. I’d like to thank Esteven for the many hours of enjoyment I spent reading it.

Happy Birthday, Admiral Collingwood! Let’s raise our cups… 26 September, 2011

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… and what tea would be better suited to celebrate his birthday than one poured from the Trafalgar teapot? One with a lacing of rum…

Featuring the Trafalgar captains (Old Cuddy can be seen on the left), this is a must-have for any naval aficionado. And of course, no celebratory birthday supper would be complete without “Admiral Collingwood” – Doddington’s truly heroic cheese!

Tea or cheese or rum or port: here’s to the most formidable Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, “that noble fellow Collingwood”: may he never be forgotten and always remembered with greatest fondness and admiration!

 

 

Your turn now: How about a Collingwood Society? 12 January, 2011

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“Collingwood 2010” may be over, but interest in the life and achievements of Vice-Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood has only increased. Excellent! The fewer “Colling- who?”, the better. I can promise you some interesting finds regarding our dear admiral for 2011, so please, stay tuned!

I’ve been informed that the Official Collingwood 2010 Website will stay online for the time being. Please do check back once in a while, new pictures have been added to the gallery and new reports.

And now for some really exciting news: there are talks about the formation of a Collingwood Society! I think we can all agree on a very loud “AYE!” here, but there’s something each of you can do to contribute to this cause:

Please e-mail your views and ideas regarding the formation of a Collingwood Society on this temporary address:

collingwoodsociety at yahoo.co.uk

Your mail will go to the people behind “Collingwood 2010”.

I’m absolutely in favour of a Collingwood Society (big surprise there). While Collingwood’s military achievements were outstanding and changed the course of history, I still feel that the fact that he was a decent, honourable man in a time which was neither nor is just (and to me, even more) important. Because it’s decent and honourable people we need today as role models. Because the Gods know, we got far too many of them.

So please, do write, do share your thoughts and spread the word!

Thank you.

And as I’m already thanking – thanks a ton to Nana for giving Old Cuddy a Bounce for Christmas!

As you can tell, he’s very happy about it – for his personal taste, this household has far too many cats!