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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!

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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.

Letter by Collingwood up for auction: “Etc. etc. etc., Collingwood” 16 October, 2010

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If you should have a spare £ 1’000.00 in your piggy bank (plus £ 2.20 for postage), you have the chance to become the owner of a letter Cuthbert Collingwood sent to Captain Hoste in HMS Amphion “by Hind”, reporting the presence of a French frigate at Palma, and ordering him to attack if the enemy ship “is found to be in a situation where she is assailable”. The letter was written “off Toulon, 4 May 1808”.

CLICK HERE TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE AUCTION

Letter from Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood to Captain William Hoste, 1808

As most of us very likely don’t have that amount of money to spend on letters, I recommend you purchase

THE OFFICIAL FESTIVAL BROCHURE

instead. It contains articles, never-before seen pictures and commentaries.

The price is £5.00 + £0.60 p&p in the UK, £5.00 + £2.00 p&p in the rest of Europe and £5.00 + £3.35 p&p if ordered from elsewhere in the world. Credit card orders may be placed by telephone 0191 – 2650040 (from overseas +44 191 2650040) or send an email directly to the publisher, Powdene Publicity, on info @ powdene.com – thanks!

This is a must-have item for all Collingwoodites!

From the written word to music: has anybody attended the event with The New Scorpion Band in Collingwood’s honour on the 9th October? I haven’t found any reviews so far; Ylla was there and commented on it, but if anybody else should have been there, please yell and let us know what it was like.

UPCOMING EVENTS

21st October is coming closer, and the good people of North Tyneside Council have organised

Toast the Admiral!

At 1200 midday on 21st October 1805, the opening salvo was fired in the Battle of Trafalgar as Vice-Admiral Collingwood’s Royal Sovereign came within range of the French ship Fougeaux. At 12.00 midday on this year’s Trafalgar Day, we will “raise a glass” to Collingwood’s memory at the monument in Tynemouth. This forms the last public event of the Collingwood 2010 Festival and everyone who is a follower of Collingwood and the Festival is welcome to attend.

Proceedings will start at 11.30am and the toast will be at 12.00 noon.

For more information, please consult the Official Collingwood 2010 Website.

“This forms the last public event of the 2010 Festival” – what about the future?

My health has unfortunately forced me these last months to cut back drastically on my time spent in front of a computer, TV set or anything else that’s flickering and blinking. So, until very recently, I’ve planned to stop updating this blog on Trafalgar Day and leave it up as a part of the 2010 celebrations; an archive, so to speak.

And then I thought: there are 8089230582395238 blogs in honour of Lady Gaga, but only one exclusively dedicated to Old Cuddy (to my knowledge, maybe there are 8709089080 others out there I haven’t found yet), get over yourself, woman!

So I’m very happy to tell you that not only “Old Cuddy” will stay, it will also be updated whenever I come across  something interesting and Collingwood-related.

Furthermore, I can confirm that laying flowers in front of Lord Collingwood’s grave at St. Paul’s Cathedral will become a yearly event.

Our dear regular reader ShipRat has posted a lovely excerpt recently from the correspondence between Collingwood and his wife, which I just have to share:

Queen, off Carthagena, Dec. 20, 1805.

“… The editors of the Naval Chronicle have written to me for the history of my life and progress, for which they are pleased to say the world is very impatient. Now this rather embarrasses me, for I never could bear the trumpeter of his own praise. So, to get rid of it as well as I can, I have employed _____ to write a history for me. For my birth and parentage he has selected two or three chapters of Bamfylde Moore Carew*: for my service in the ‘West Indies and on the Spanish main, he has good assistance in the History of the Buccaneers; and for my shipwreck he has copied a great deal out of Robinson Crusoe: all which, with a few anecdotes from the Lives of the Admirals, a little distorted, will make, I am inclined to think, a very respectable piece of biography.”

*i.e., “The Life and Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew, the noted Devonshire stroller and dogstealer”  (1745) a.k.a. “The Accomplished Vagabond”

He didn’t like to trumpet his own praise, but I think he can live with one wee blog. ;-)

Menorca goes Collingwood: Trees! Busts! Tapas! 30 March, 2010

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While I’m still moping because Collingwood’s washstand didn’t sell in Bonham’s auction (boo! hiss!), there are more reports and pictures of last weekend’s celebrations in honour of Old Cuddy:

JournalLive: Trees planted in Menorca to honour Lord Collingwood

“The trees are a gesture of goodwill and friendship from the people of the North East,” said Capt Stephen Healy, chairman of the Collingwood 200 festival committee, who will be in Port Mahon for the weekend events.

“The trees will provide a poignant, living memorial to this great figure. They will also establish a lasting link between the North East and Menorca.”

And maybe the trees will get some company:

Collingwood tribute has roots in the Med

Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown said: “I fully support the contribution in principle, but following discussions about how the sapling will be transported it is beginning to seem like the costs will be prohibitive. It will cost about £1,000 to transport the tree so it may not happen.”

(I’m not an arborist, but how about planting an acorn rather than a sapling? It would be the authentic Collingwood-method…)

Of great interest for those of us who could not attend the festivities last weekend is the bronze bust of Old Cuddy, created by artist Helen Ridehalgh. I think it’s a lovely piece of art; I really, really like it.

Photo by José Barber

Do you want to see more pictures of Collingwood’s bust? Ships? Horses? Handsome sailors? Of course you do.

THEN CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE THE GALLERY!

And now for some links in Spanish (all with pictures):
El puerto de Maó recuerda la figura del almirante Cuthbert Collingwood

Cuthbert Collingwood, el almirante que en Maó pactó contra Napoleón

Collingwood ya reposa en la Illa del Rei

Don’t forget the auction! Collingwood’s washstand has to go! 23 March, 2010

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And for at least £ 36’000 – not a penny less! (The experts expect it to fetch £ 6’000 – £ 8’000, though…)

THE ‘NELSON TOUCH’ ARRIVES AT BONHAMS MARINE SALE

A remarkable variety of Nelson-related memorabilia, including a rare George III mourning ring, a collection of Baltic service dinner plates, and a silver urn given by Lady Emma Hamilton to her chemist, is being sold as part of The Marine Sale at Bonhams on 24th March 2010.

Of main interest to us here is of course

AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY COLONIAL TEAK GENTLEMAN’S BOW FRONT CAMPAIGN DRESSING COMMODE, VICE ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD

You can see the complete catalogue for the auction here. And the catalogue is pretty much the only item I could afford!

Please also see the previous post on this auction.

Ladies and gentlemen, Collingwood’s washstand has landed! 26 February, 2010

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As announced before, Bonhams is holding a Marine Sale on 24th March, 2010. Up for auction are many interesting items (this is particularly amazing), but of course, of  main interest to us is

AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY COLONIAL TEAK GENTLEMAN’S BOW FRONT CAMPAIGN DRESSING COMMODE, VICE ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD

With the owner’s family since September 1892, acquired from a dealer following a sale at Deal, in Kent of the effects of the late Vice Admiral Collingwood, by the family of the late Captain Anthony Cuthbert Collingwood RN (originally Denny), Vice Admiral Collingwood’s grandson.

You’ll find a detailed description plus pictures on Bonhams’ website. Just click the amazing flying washstand above.

The estimate for this formidable piece of furniture is £ 6,000 to £8,000. I’ll be grumpy as hell if it shouldn’t fetch more than Nelson’s pot de chambre. I wish I was rich, alas I’m not, so I can only hope this piece will find a good home – that mirror’s seen Collingwood’s face many times. A fascinating thought, isn’t it?

Bonhams Marine Sale – Nelson-related memorabilia (but there’s a reason it’s mentioned *here* as well!) 11 February, 2010

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Are you thinking about redecorating your bathroom? Yes? Well, don’t head for IKEA yet.

THE ‘NELSON TOUCH’ ARRIVES AT BONHAMS MARINE SALE

A remarkable variety of Nelson-related memorabilia, including a rare George III mourning ring, a collection of Baltic service dinner plates, and a silver urn given by Lady Emma Hamilton to her chemist, is being sold as part of The Marine Sale at Bonhams on 24th March 2010.

Not interested? Of course not, what would you want with Baltic service dinner plates in your bathroom. But how about this item here…

A washstand which belonged to Nelson’s friend and fellow Commander at the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood (1748-1810), is also up for sale, 200 years after Collingwood’s death. Nelson’s own washstand sold for £36,000 in 2005, while Collingwood’s is expected to fetch between £6,000 and £8,000.

A measly £ 8’000? Good grief, that’s outrageous. This has to go for £36’001, not one penny less! It’s now up to you, my friends – quick, quick, to the piggy bank!

BONHAMS MARINE SALE

(No pictures yet, but we’ll keep you posted!)