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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

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The Collingwood Society: General Meeting 2013 17 October, 2013

Posted by Molly Joyful in Art, Bounce, Collingwood Society, Cuthbert Collingwood, Events, Family, Nelson, Royal Navy, Talks, things you don't need but probably want.
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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.

 

203rd Anniversary of Admiral Lord Collingwood’s Death – and a Portrait (or isn’t it?) 7 March, 2013

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While countless activities in and around Morpeth are happening this very moment to remember our highly esteemed Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, those of us who can’t attend unveilings and speeches are left with a puzzle. I recently stumbled over this alleged portrait of “Admiral Collingwood” which is attributed to John Hoppner.

(c) Eden District Council; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

The painting is dated to 1787 – 1795 and is part of the Eden District Council art collection.

Now my lamentable numerical memory is legendary (never ask me how old I am, I’ll be confused, and I can’t memorise my phone number, either), but wasn’t Collingwood promoted to rear-admiral in 1799? There doesn’t seem to be enough tinsel on the uniform; maybe it’s Captain Collingwood?

Inquiring minds want to know: is this Old Cuddy as a Young Cuddy, a different Collingwood or even a Fakingwood?

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If you can solve this riddle, please let me know. And let the BBC know as well!

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a “new” portrait to cherish? While you’re guessing, I’m raising my glass to the Admiral – may he always be remembered and may we all gather for many more years to come.

No Flowers for Admiral Collingwood – but he gets a Bust, so all is fine. 5 March, 2013

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First things first: I have to apologise for the radio silence. As some of you may know, the last weeks have been rather unpleasant, and I had to put my online activities on the backburner. Thanks for your understanding.

7 March is just around the corner, and that means we’ll see the 203rd anniversary of Admiral Lord Collingwood’s death. It has become a bit of a tradition to place flowers on his tomb at St. Paul’s that day, but unfortunately, Old Cuddy will have to go without flowers this year.

“What? You can’t not do that!”

Well, little did my heathen self consider that Old Cuddy died in a very inconvinient month, church-wise. Means: LENT. Means: NO FLOWERS. No flowers through lent at St. Paul’s Cathedral. They were very friendly and they do make exceptions for one day of commemoration, but I’ll be honest with you: spending £££ on flowers which would only be there for a few hours and then thrown out would be a waste of money and flowers (the later sort of going against my religious principles). I appreciate that exceptions are made – it’s not like Old Cuddy died on purpose on 7 March, after all – but I decided it makes more sense to place flowers on Collingwood’s birthday in future rather than on the anniversary of his death.

But he won’t go empty handed, because he finally gets a commemorative bust! Or rather, Morpeth gets it, thanks to many generous donors and, of course, the Collingwood Society. The bust has been created by sculptor Helen Ridehalgh and is the second of a pair cast from the same mould. The original rests on Isla del Rey in Menorca harbour.

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And it goes without saying that the Society has organised many events on 7 March, the unveiling of the bust only being one of many highlights.

You can find the complete programme in all details HERE.

If you should decide to head for Morpeth, you can look forward to

a Service of commemoration and thanksgiving for the life of Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood at the Church of St. James the Great, Coppergate, Morpeth, 10.45am – 11.45am

an official civic ceremony and unveiling of the bust of Admiral Lord Collingwood, the Butter Market, Morpeth Town Hall, 12.30pm – 1.00pm (due to space restrictions, invited guests only, but the bust will be available to view after the ceremony)

Collingwood House, Oldgate, Morpeth will be open to the public between 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Society experts will be on hand to answer questions.

The Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Morpeth: afternoon programme:
1.30pm – 1.50pm: “Collingwood, a 20 minute biography”: by Andy Griffin.
1.55pm – 2.10pm: “Songs of the Sea”: Voice Male
2.15pm – 2.35pm: “Collingwood’s Midshipmen”: by Dr Tony Barrow
2.40pm – 2.55pm: “Songs of the Sea”: Voice Male
3.00pm – 3.20pm: “The Collingwood 2010 Festival”: by Capt. Stephen Healy
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Please then make your way down to Newcastle for….

The 2013 Collingwood Lecture: “Collingwood – A Very Private Hero”, delivered by Max Adams, courtesy of the Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. 7.30pm, in the main hall. Free for Society members and school staff and pupils, £2 admission charge for others. The inaugural Collingwood lecture was delivered as part of the Collingwood 2010 Festival and this, the second lecture, promises to be a prestigious event in the Society’s first year programme.

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Coming up next: strange things. Very strange things!

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

Posted by Molly Joyful in Art, Books, Bounce, Cuthbert Collingwood, Nelson, Royal Navy, things you don't need but probably want.
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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.

201st Anniversary of Admiral Collingwood’s Day of Death 6 March, 2011

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It was on 7 March 1810 that Cuthbert Collingwood died aboard the Ville de Paris, off Port Mahon. So tomorrow will be the 201st anniversary of his day of death – no parades, salutes, speeches and memorial services this year, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about him!

As discussed last year, Old Cuddy will again get flowers on 7 March, and we hope that this can become a bit of a tradition. A yearly “thank you” from the people whom he still inspires, over 200 years after his death.*

In the meantime, please have a look at the beautiful pastel portrait of Admiral Collingwood by Rum Inspector. Just click the thumbnail:

* Donations are not necessary, all costs have been covered.

And we have a second amazing Admiral Collingwood doll! 24 May, 2010

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And I received the report of this artwork just in time, having read and reviewed yet another book which managed to reduce Collingwood’s career and achievements down to three sentences. I really don’t think “Collingwood rushed into battle too fast” does the man justice, and it’s not like giving Collingwood credit where credit is due would diminish Nelson’s achievements.
Yes, I’m looking at you, Brian Lavery and Dan Snow.

Anyway, Nana shares her home with the most fantastic Admiral Collingwood doll, and it would be a crime not to share her report and pictures with you! “Beating Nelsonmania, one souvenir at a time…” ;-)

HEARTS OF… POLYMER CLAY?!

Just click the link or the picture below to get to The Nanascript and read all about it. As you can tell from the many pictures, Mini-Collingwood comes with letters, washingstand and – Bounce!

Please also have a look at the artist’s website here (warning for those at work: automatic background music on the start page). I’m absolutely in love with the German 1950ies kitchen and Oberon’s Secretary (and Grim Reaper Rat, but that goes without saying!)

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“Old Cuddly” – a marvellous Admiral Collingwood doll 17 May, 2010

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Apologies for the hiatus; I’m back and you can expect regular updates again. Book reviews, a review of the official festival brochure, assorted bits and pieces – be surprised!

But first I’d like to share with you a truly unique and amazing piece:

THE ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD DOLL
(Just call him “Old Cuddly”…)

This is not a doll to play with (theoretically. Practically, Old Cuddly already won a fierce battle against a Dalek (pictures may or may not follow). It was created by British artist Teresa Thompson, who’s specialised in historical costume dolls. Considering the scale of the dolls, the details are simply amazing. Epaulettes, sword, pigtail – it’s all there. And while Teresa doesn’t portrait faces, she still caught our admiral perfectly.

Now I only need to find a 1/12 scale “Bounce”, and “Old Cudd(l)y” will be ready to set sail.

Here you can see the admiral posing in front of a fourth edition of his collected correspondence. With a bit of luck, he might share with us which parts were edited by Mr. Newnham Collingwood…

If you’d like to see more of Teresa Thompson’s work (and purchase it!), please visit her website:

COSTUME CAVALCADE

Prepare to spend a lot of time there, though – it’s a collector’s paradise!