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History experts, I need your help: is this Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood’s watch? 18 March, 2012

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Edited on 22th March, new pictures and information added!

Dear Collingwoodites, here’s a puzzle for you to solve!

Bingham Cuthbert (!) Charles Schreiber gave the following watch to his granddaughter Virginia on her 18th birthday. The watch, so the family story goes, was presented to Old Cuddy by the British Government after the Battle of Trafalgar. Mr. Schreiber was estranged from his father at a young age and grew up in Canada.

Needless to say, this is a very exciting find if the watch can really be tracked down to Collingwood. And that’s what I need your help for, dear history buffs and experts! I can’t remember Collingwood mentioning a watch in his journal or letters, which doesn’t have to mean that he didn’t get one. Let’s look at the note coming with the watch first.

“Admiral Collingwood’s watch a gift from the British government after the Battle of Trafalgar 1796”

That’s confusing, as the battle obviously took place in 1805. It’s not very likely it was a different battle, either – the Battle of Cape St. Vincent was a year later. However, that year might not be about the battle, but about the year the watch was manufactured:

“A.R. Keating 1796-1815 Production Strand- Serial #5834”

My knowledge about watches is very, very limited. So I hope there will be readers who can help me out with the following questions, and maybe tell Virginia more about her watch:

  • Can anybody tell me something about the maker of the watch?
  • Was this really Collingwood’s watch?
  • Did he mention it anywhere in his journals or letters?
  • Do you know how it came into the possession of Mr. Schreiber?

Edited on 22th March: new information and pictures!

Virginia’s grandfather was born in Parry Sound,Ontario, Canada, on 8/15/1906. Virginia was born in the mid-sixties.

Virginia has also sent additional pictures:

Thanks so much for your help. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

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Trafalgar Day: A Toast! 21 October, 2011

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On this Trafalgar Day, you can raise your glass to our dear Old Cuddy and the other heroes of the Battle of Trafalgar at his North Tyneside monument.

The event has been organised by North Tyneside Council in honour of Collingwood’s role in directing the British fleet to victory at the 1805 battle against the French and Spanish as his commanding officer and best friend, Horatio Nelson, lay mortally wounded.

Proceedings will start at 11.40am and will include a short address by Captain Stephen Healy; the toast will be held at noon.

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!

 

 

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

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. ;-)

The Day before Old Cuddy’s Birthday… 25 September, 2010

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… seems to be the perfect day to catch up with the long list of news items which haven’t posted during the last weeks. But first things first:

HAVE YOU ALREADY BEEN TO COLLINGWOOD’S BAR?

I hope they’ll throw a big birthday party there tomorrow, but for now, let’s have a look at the

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please always check out the diary at the Official  Collingwood 2010 Festival Website first; they have the latest news when it comes to events.

2nd October, 2010, 2.15pm, West Park United Reformed Church, Stockton Park, Sunderland

CUTHBERT COLLINGWOOD

Friends of Sunderland Old Parish Church, The Rector Gray Society present Cuthbert Collingwood.  The North East’s Heart of Oak. A concert of Patriotic and North Country music to mark the Bi-Centenary of the death of Admiral Collingwood (Nelson’s second in command at Trafalger).

9th October, 2010, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, in association with the Collingwood 2010 Festival

THE NEW SCORPION BAND: THAT NOBLE FELLOW COLLINGWOOD

The New Scorpion Band present songs, poetry, prose and music written to commemorate the great historical events in the time of Collingwood and Nelson and marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Collingwood.

There will be various events and activities for Trafalgar Day, but that will be covered in a separate entry.

ODDS AND ENDS

TRAFALGAR WOODS

We all know of Collingwood’s habit of planting acorns; this is an article about him and the “Trafalgar woods” planted in College Valley to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar (please scroll down the page).

LONGHIRST HALL HOTEL

have planted an oak in honour of Old Cuddy. They’ve already named their bar after Collingwood some months ago (see top of this page). This leaves us with one question: what about that Bounce Castle for the kids…?

Talking about hotels: there’s also beautiful Grade II Listed, Georgian

COLLINGWOOD ARMS

in Cornhill-On-Tweed, Northumberland. And yes, there’s a Collingwood-connection! I really think I’ll have to stay at the “HMS Sovereign” room one day. And oh, they welcome post horses!

CUTHBERT COLLINGWOOD TINLING

(better known as Ted Tinling) wasn’t a relative of Admiral Collingwood and had no connection with him, but I thought this blog could do with a bit of fashion. Thanks so much for your designs, Ted; the tennis world owes you a lot.

WORDSWORTH HOUSE IS FOR SALE

The obvious link to the poet aside, it also has a distant connection with our dear admiral:

Reginald was succeeded by his son, also named Reginald, whose daughter married Cuthbert Collingwood, and their son was the famous Admiral Collingwood. Mrs. Collingwood sold the property to Richard Wordsworth, Attorney at Law, Clerk of the Peace for Westmorland and Steward at Lowther from 1723 to 1738.

So if you should have a spare £785,00 stored under your mattress: click the link above for further information.

That’s it for today, read you tomorrow!

Fantastic news: Max Adams’ “Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” as Audio Book – for free! 13 July, 2010

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A wave of updates has swept across the Official Collingwood 2010 Website, and I hope I won’t forget to point anything of importance out in this entry.

First things first, though, because I know how many of you are truly dedicated aficionados of audio books!

MAX ADAMS’ “COLLINGWOOD – NORTHUMBERLAND’s HEART OF OAK” IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIO BOOK!

And what’s more: it’s for free!

“Collingwood – Northumberland’s Heart of Oak” has been split into 12 individual parts and is available from the official website (please click the link above). And please don’t let the audio book keep you from buying the print edition! An illustrated bicentenary edition of the printed book is available from Newcastle Libraries, Tyne Bridge Publishing.

Also new on the website is an addition that I find very important, and which I’d like to recommend especially to the teachers and homeschoolers among you:

EDUCATION

Teaching materials, lessons plans and resources for you to educate (yourself, your students or young ones) on all things Collingwood. His portrayal here on this blog is, of course, biased in favour of Collingwood. I’m not blind to his shortcomings, though, and had we ever met, it might have ended in a huge argument and broken plates… well. Here you’ll find everything for you and others to make up their own mind.

For further research, you can find all relevant (and other) information on Collingwood here:

COLLINGWOOD

His life, his achievements, his fights – it’s all here, with a very helpful timeline. Perfect for those who don’t want to read all the books!

And of course, always keep an eye on

THE DIARY

where you’ll find all scheduled events. Check back regularly to see if anything’s on that you might be interested in.

Upcoming events are:

Tue 13th – Sun 18th July 2010

‘Heroes, Past and Present’ Festival: flower and music festival
(assoc. – they have adopted Collingwood as a hero past)

And an event close to all our hearts:

Sat 7th- Tue 10th August 2010

Tallships Hartlepool 2010
(assoc.)

What else? Ah, you’ll have to wait for a little while, this year’s Trafalgar Day promises to prove some goodies for us Collingwoodies!

And I have some updates as well. I wish my days had 48 hours, then I could get more done…

A Supper With… Admiral Lord Collingwood 17 June, 2010

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The splendid supper at Trinity House in Newcastle seems to have been a great success, enjoyed by guests and hosts alike!

JournalLive: A SUPPER WITH… ADMIRAL LORD COLLINGWOOD

“(…) While this year marks the 200th anniversary of his death, Admiral Nelson’s right-hand man  was there in every cleverly thought-out detail of a hugely interesting and well-hosted  night. (…)”

Excellent food was enjoyed in excellent company.

“(…) The company is, of course, as important as the food and many people who sat down as strangers had a few shipmates by the end. (…)”

And thanks to Captain Stephen Healy, we have photographic evidence of this historic event!

An Officer and his Lady on the steps of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House preparing to “Dine with Collingwood”.

I think we can all agree that this is a very dashing couple! I love that there was the option for historical dress along to escape the old suit and tie and little black dress routine. It suits the spirit of the evening much better.

The renowned Captain Bover of the Newcastle Pressgang…. aka Dr Tony Barrow, author of “Collingwood’s Northumbrians”, “Trafalgar Geordies” and “Pressgangs and Privateers”…

(c) for all pictures: Captain Stephen Healy – thank you!

And always keep an eye on the Official Collingwood 2010 Website – they add new pictures and reports all the time.

Collingwood 2010: June Events 3 June, 2010

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No rest for the wicked! June offers various events to commemorate Admiral Lord Collingwood, and if I may say so, some of them are… delicious!

WEEKEND OF 12./13.06.2010

There will be a Collingwood-themed exhibition at Morpeth Town Hall in Morpeth, organised by the Morpeth Antiquarian Society. All day, all free, all aboard!

AN UNIQUE DINING OPPORTUNITY – 14. + 15.06.2010

(…) in honour of Vice-Admiral Collingwood, William Brewis of Boldon Farmhouse Pantry has created a unique, “Collingwood-themed” menu.

Then the dinners will be hosted by an acknowledged and published expert on matters Collingwood (Max Adams on Monday 14th and Dr Tony Barrow on Tuesday 15th), Capt. Stephen Healy, Deputy Master of the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House and Chairman of the Collingwood 2010 Festival Committee and a certain John Grundy, local historian, broadcaster and raconteur extraordinaire.

Delicious food (also in a vegetarian variety – well done!), Collingwood, amazing venue – who could ask for more? Hurry up if you’d like to make a reservation, though – only three places are left! Costs are £ 45.00, and you have to pre-book. No pre-booking, no cheese. Please call +44 (0)191-2816025 for your reservation.

Additional information from Granville Thompson:

The price is inclusive of fine table wines and the cheeseboard features Doddington’s famous “Admiral Collingwood” and “Cuddy’s Cave” – both important reasons to attend!! Further, the dress for the event is indicated as Black Tie / Evening Wear (boring…) or Period Costume (Yay!!). Seemingly, Boldon farmhouse Pantry are reporting that many of those booking are favouring the latter. Which is good, because the Good Lady and I are attending on the Tuesday and Madame has made a full Georgian outfit just for the occasion!! I of course, as befits my lowly Midshipman’s status, will be in my uniform….

You can find all information here.

To keep up-to-date with all events, please keep an eye on the diary of the Official Collingwood 2010 Website.

And because we all like visuals: here’s a collectible cigarette card which seems to come from a bar of chocolate. Chocolate cigarettes, maybe? In any case a great find, and you must admit that Old Cuddy looks very dashing here. Thanks a lot to Nana for finding it here and sharing! And also thanks to the card-owner, of course. Choccies or cigarette – neat!

Event: Collingwood Workshop with Max Adams, Tony Barrow and John Sadler 20 April, 2010

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I haven’t decided yet what to do on 1st May: wearing red and marching on the street, or wearing white and dancing around the May Pole (knowing myself, I’ll probably end up sitting under a tree, reading a book). But there’s a third option this year:

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD
(Please scroll down the page for schedule and more information)

Saturday, 1st May, and Sunday, 2nd May, 2010, at the Newcastle Arts Centre and the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House.

A two-day workshop at the North-East Centre for Lifelong Learning, tutored by acknowledged experts Max Adams, Tony Barrow and John Sadler, celebrating the bicentenary of Collingwood’s death on March 7th 1810

The workshop costs £ 55.00 (£ 35.00 if you’re a NECLL member), which includes lunch and refreshments. I dare say this will be money well spent; several interesting talks, a look at Admiral Collingwood’s letters, muster books and a rare look around Trinity House. Plus “re-enactments of actions” (tempting as it may be: please stay away from the cannons and don’t blow anything up!)

This exciting event is brought to you by the Collingwood 2010 Festival.