This book is not the ship’s log proper but a record of certain categories of incident (eg deaths, disturbances on board) which were statutorily required to be reported to the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. It includes a list of crew members with a report on their character and ability in seamanship.
The telegraph, along with carrier pigeons and radio, was a fast and effective means of communication between the Allies and the front line during the war. Messages were always sent in code to prevent the enemy intercepting the information. This message, encrypted using a highly sophisticated cipher, relates to the secret visit made by King George V to British troops in Rouen.
Many British citizens started to explore their Anglo-Norman roots from the second half of the 18th century onwards. Normandy was a popular destination for artists: painters like Turner, photographers like Tenison, but also engravers who reproduced their creations.
This perspective view of Dieppe, designed around 1840, highlights two ambitious infrastructure projects that never emerged: on the foreground, a large basin meant for receiving tall ships, extends to Neuville; to reach it, the ships used a channel “going to Paris”.
My brother arrived home from the front covered in mud and blood and lice. His clothes were so filthy that mother could do nothing with them and he is now wearing my cast-off khaki!…The poor boy was so tired out that he reeled like a drunken man…War seems to have made him ill and gloomy. He just mopes
Fécamp had an important role as early as the reign of William Longsword (927-942), the son of Rollo, thanks to the existence of a ducal residence near the former abbey which had been abandoned at the end of the ninth century before being restored as a collegiate church by Richard I in 990 and then being given abbey status in 1001 by Richard II.
The Le Havre Football club was set up in 1872 by English Protestant expatriates working as traders or shop assistants in Le Havre. In 1891 the Le Havre Athletic Club adopted the colours of the English universities where the players had studied: the famous light blue of Cambridge and dark blue of Oxford.
The Collège de Normandie opened its doors in 1902. It was a private school for Catholic and Protestant pupils from the ages of 7 to 9 right through to the school-leaving examination. It was modelled on Harrow school in England. Modern languages were a prominent feature of the syllabus, and all pupils had to spend three months at a school in England.
Clubs became increasingly popular in Normandy, especially on the coast, in response to the English influence. The Cercle de la Concorde in Fécamp described its objective as offering residents somewhere “to talk about business and enjoy each other’s company”.
Shortly after the Royal Council for Public Education had given its approval to the teaching of English, the Collège royal de Rouen, the forerunner to the Lycée Corneille, wrote to the rector complaining of difficulty in finding a qualified teacher.
Dieppe followed the English fashion for horse-racing, opening a racecourse as early as 1852 at which steeplechases were held. Followers of horse-racing were known as “sportsmen”, while the word “sport” was used in France only to describe horse-racing, as in the definition given in the 1883 edition of the Littré dictionary.
The Compagnie de Rouen had to be able to produce carriages and locomotives in order to be able to run the line. The backers of the proposed railway line between Paris and Rouen again turned to England, which already supplied many of the locomotives used in France.
Camille Koechlin, a member of a textile-manufacturing family from Alsace, used this journal to record his observations on a trip to England during which he visited the premises of Thomson, Chippindall & Co. near Manchester.