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Maritime Views

Maritime Views

Welcome to Maritime Views. This site has been created by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for those interested in maritime history. It covers a broad range of topics and is designed for all, although we will admit to a prejudice for our own favourites: the maritime history of Cornwall and the history of boats. If you would like to be reminded when new things are added then sign up to the e-newsletter on the left.

Look out for the regular updates of the Packet Surgeon’s diaries. These charmingly written pieces give a good view of the life of a Packet ship in the early 19th century, seen through the eyes of a young Scottish surgeon. His description of a crossing the line ceremony shows that life on board has not changed much down the centuries.

Our Trafalgar section – yes, we have found a Cornish connection – includes two little known stories of the aftermath of the great battle while the aptly named ‘Others’ section contains odds and ends of interest. Our specialist publication Troze is a refereed journal which appears approximately quarterly.

A new section contains a transcription of a 1907 book entitled British Yachts and Yachtsmen. This charts the growth of the sport, and catalogues some of the individuals and leading yachts of the day, at a time when the sport was unashamedly the preserve of the upper classes.

If you have things you would like to see added to Maritime Views or have other comments then please email us at