On this day – England Expects…

Ahoy there Fellow Adventurers! Welcome to another quick installment of the ‘Maddie Templeton Maritime History’ series. On this day, October the 21st in 1805, two imposing armadas fought for control of the seas - the combined French and the Spanish fleets on one side, and the Royal Navy on the other. The battle would result… Continue reading On this day – England Expects…

On this day – Happy Birthday Nelson!

Ahoy there Fellow Adventurers! Welcome to another quick installment of the 'Maddie Templeton's Maritime History' series. On this day in 1758 an English national hero was born, none other than Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté) - Yes him, that bloke off the column! An outstanding sailor and commander, he is most remembered… Continue reading On this day – Happy Birthday Nelson!

A Day by the Sea

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! What with one thing and another, we’ve not had the chance to take Ratty out for an adventure drive over the summer, but thankfully last Saturday we were able to change that. Heading south, we visited Portchester Castle (near Portsmouth) followed by a few hours at Stokes bay near Gosport. Our last… Continue reading A Day by the Sea

On This Day, 26th July 1845 – SS Great Britain sets sail!

Greetings my Fellow Adventurers! I'm going to take a quick break from Wales today for another of... 'Maddie Templeton's Maritime History Posts'  On this day in 1845 the SS Great Britain, then the worlds biggest ship, set sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to cross the Atlantic. Captained by James Hosken and carrying 45… Continue reading On This Day, 26th July 1845 – SS Great Britain sets sail!

On this day 1545 – A Tragedy at Sea.

Greetings Fellow Adventurers! Whilst packing for our upcoming Welsh castle adventure, I went into my nautical-mad daughter's bedroom to find some bits for her suitcase. However what I actually found was a display she'd put together as a tribute to the memory of Mary Rose, and the hundreds of crewmen lost when she sank. Maddie… Continue reading On this day 1545 – A Tragedy at Sea.