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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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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)

 

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.

 

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.

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!