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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
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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 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.

 

Trafalgar Day: “Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.” 20 October, 2012

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“Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.”
Admiral Lord Collingwood, before the Battle of Trafalgar

“That Hamilton Woman” is mandatory viewing today. For those of you who own a version with subtitles, I have two words: “Pandemonium ensues!”

Where’s the tissue box…

If you haven’t downloaded Emma’s story “Last Service” yet, today of all days would be perfect to do so!

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!

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!

 

 

7 March at St. Paul’s: Flowers for Admiral Collingwood 13 March, 2011

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St. Paul’s was very busy on 7 March; the usual mixture of schoolkids (mostly bored) and tourists (mostly with bored kids). I can feel with them; when I was first dragged to St. Paul’s, I also was very grumpy with my teacher, because I wanted to go shopping, for crying out loud, not spend the afternoon in a church! Well, we get older and (mostly) wiser. I overheard a funny conversation between two lads of about 14 years of age. They had to answer questions on a worksheet and set up camp right behind us. One said he wanted a “thing” like Nelson’s sarcophagus, but a cooler version, with flames spray-painted on the sides!

Admiral Collingwood’s sarcophagus probably doesn’t inspire such elaborately customised copies; you can’t even see his name unless you walk up the steps and read the inscription. We laid the flowers and held a minute of silence.

The flower arrangement was lovely, with red roses and red berries.

Next year, we’ll go for Brassica oleracea and chewing bones… ;-)

The Battle of Trafalgar, 21st October, 1805 21 October, 2010

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

Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood to his officers, before engaging in battle

(…) Such a battle could not be fought without sustaining a great loss of men. I have not only to lament, in common with the British navy, and the British Nation, in the fall of the Commander-in Chief, the loss of a hero, whose name will be immortal, and his memory ever dear to his country; but my heart is rent with the most poignant grief for the death of a friend, to whom, by many years intimacy, and a perfect knowledge of the virtues of his mind, which inspired ideas superior to the common race of men, I was bound by the strongest ties of affection; grief to which even the glorious occasion in which he fell, does not bring the consolation which, perhaps, it ought: His Lordship received a musket ball in his left breast, about the middle of the action, and sent an officer to me immediately with his last farewell; and soon after expired. (…)

In Euryalus, off Cape Trafalgar, October 22, 1805