Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

At sea around Britain, 1900s

Tall ship, somewhere in British waters.

A set of 20 small photographs mostly taken at sea at various locations around the British isles, including Belfast lough, the Clyde and off the Isle of Wight. One man appears several times, identifed only as 'Will'. Will appears on the bridge of one ship, in civilian clothes alongside the ship's officers. There are also photos of two well-dressed women in a greenhouse and one of the village of Widecombe-in-the-moor in Devon.

My interpretation of this set is that 'Will' was involved in the shipping industry in some capacity.

See a selection of the photos below and the whole set on Flickr here.

Will on the bridge
Will on the bridge of a ship.

Two ladies in a greenhouse.

Belfast lough
Belfast lough

screwpile lighthouse, Belfast lough
Screwpile lighthouse, Belfast lough (now demolished). See a better photo of it here.

man (Will?)
Will again.

Bowling, river Clyde
Bowling on the River Clyde.

Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Dartmoor, Devon.

Widecombe-in-the-moor, Dartmoor, Devon.


  1. The last photo is really amazing. Almost eerie. The photo I had posted doesn't say much, just farsund. but then, I think it is in Spain.

  2. As I found out, there is also a Farsun, in Norway

  3. @Zelle
    I love the dynamism of that ship photo. It's making great headway. You can see sailors furling sails on the yardarm and bowsprit.