• captains & sailors,  cinema,  nautical,  shipwrecks,  vintage

    The Age of Sail

    I love this short animation which was nominated for the Oscars and also official selection for the Venice Film Festival. It’s so moving…I’d usually just reblog it as I heard about it from Adventures of the Black Gang tumblr blog (one of few still going) but I don’t post there anymore (if you’re reading this on Tumblr it’s a repost from here).

    “Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery (voiced by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. Directed by ACADEMY AWARD-winning filmmaker John Kahrs. Produced with Chromosphere and Evil Eye Pictures.”

  • bathers,  captains & sailors,  etching,  nautical,  prints

    Aquatic party

    “Members of the Brighton Swimming Club entertain the crowds gathered on  Brighton’s West Pier by holding a tea party on a wooden raft. (The Graphic, 1881). Some of the men swim out to the raft, but others attempt to reach the refreshments by riding wooden horses made from barrels. The man on the raft pouring the tea is believed to be John Hawgood (1844-1896), a clothier and furniture dealer of North Road, Brighton. Hawgood was a local swimming champion who went on to become the Honorary Secretary of  the Brighton Swimming Club in 1886. The Aquatic Tea Party at Brighton was a traditional event that had been staged near the West Pier since the 1860s. For instance, a Brighton newspaper informed the public that on 3rd August, 1868, “Captain Camp (John Henry Camp ), the one-legged swimmer, will prepare and partake of breakfast on the water“.”

    Again, I could see the hipsters of Brighton still doing this! More info here.

  • antiqueerian,  bromance,  hats,  photography,  portraits,  top hats,  victorians,  vintage

    Merrick Toppers

    Top hats in 1872. A cabinet portrait of two men linking arms, possibly brothers or close friends, photographed in 1872 or 1873 at the “Merrick” photographic studio at 33 Western Road, Brighton, which was owned by Brighton entrepreneur Joseph Langridge (1812-1895).”

    Yeah, ‘friends’, totally friends, LOL. *gaydar goes to max*. Again from the Photo History Sussex site, a treasure trove and even talks about the different types of top hats, something I’ve ranted on before about those doing costume drama using the wrong types….

  • bathers,  beards,  hats,  nautical,  photography,  top hats,  victorians

    Brighton Bathers 1863

    An amazingly informal early photo of the Brighton Swimming Club c. 1863. probably by Benjamin William Botham. Funny thing is hipsters still pull funny poses like that one guy in Brighton, 150 years later…I suspect he was trying to do an ‘Indian’ or Buddhist/yoga pose – which seems incongruous for the time but as the site explains, it otherwise seems genuine.

    More info here. (thanks to Duckie for the tip)