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"Journey through Time: The Enduring Symbolism of the Boat" Step aboard as we embark on a captivating voyage through history, exploring the profound significance of boats

Background imageBoat Collection: South Shields LNER poster, 1923-1947

South Shields LNER poster, 1923-1947
London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) poster showing the Tyneside resort of South Shields. Artwork by H G Gawthorn

Background imageBoat Collection: Cutty Sark and HMS Worcester EPW061029

Cutty Sark and HMS Worcester EPW061029
Greenhithe, Kent. The Cutty Sark tea clipper and HMS Worcester berthed outside Ingress Abbey (the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College). Photographed in May 1939 by Aerofilms Ltd

Background imageBoat Collection: Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour

Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, at sunset, with one of the statues honouring the trawlermen, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Background imageBoat Collection: Settlers on the Ohio River

Settlers on the Ohio River
Flatboat of settlers descending the Ohio River, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBoat Collection: London Docks 1958 EAW071687

London Docks 1958 EAW071687
LONDON DOCKS, Southwark. Aerial photograph of Greenland Dock, Rotherhithe in June 1958. Also showing South Dock, the River Thames and the entrance to the Millwall Outer Dock (on the Isle of Dogs)

Background imageBoat Collection: General views of Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, Devon. 13th April 1961

General views of Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, Devon. 13th April 1961

Background imageBoat Collection: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (c. 1830-1833). This woodblock print is by the Japanese artist Hokusai

Background imageBoat Collection: Sutton Hoo ship burial J910330

Sutton Hoo ship burial J910330
SUTTON HOO, Woodbridge, Suffolk. Reconstruction drawing of the Sutton Hoo ship burial in 620 or 630 - by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageBoat Collection: Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620

Pilgrims ship Mayflower at sea, 1620
The " Mayflower" bringing the first colonists to Massachusetts, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBoat Collection: Marco Polo leaving Venice, 1300s

Marco Polo leaving Venice, 1300s
Marco Polo leaving Venice on his journey to China, 1338. Color lithograph reproductioin of a manuscript: Bod. Misc. 264

Background imageBoat Collection: Caen Hill Locks with narrow boats - Wiltshire - UK

Caen Hill Locks with narrow boats - Wiltshire - UK
ME-2140 Caen Hill Locks with narrow boats Wiltshire - UK Johan De Meester Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imageBoat Collection: Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891

Guernsey & Jersey via Weymouth poster, about 1891
In 1889 the GWR began operating a steamship service to the Channel Islands. This poster shows the GWRs TSS Ibex, leaving harbour at Guernsey on its route across the Channel

Background imageBoat Collection: DE JONGH - Old London Bridge K080027

DE JONGH - Old London Bridge K080027
Kenwood House, Hampstead, London. " Old London Bridge" 1630 by Claude DE JONGH (active 1615 died 1663). Iveagh Bequest number IBK 952

Background imageBoat Collection: HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy

HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy
March 17, 1924 - HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy

Background imageBoat Collection: King George V Dock a002109

King George V Dock a002109
KING GEORGE V DOCK, Canning Town, London. Shipping in the dock with dock workers standing on the dockside in the foreground (mid 20th century)

Background imageBoat Collection: Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee

Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee
Jesus calms the waters among frightened disciples in a boat. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBoat Collection: Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620

Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth, 1620
Pilgrim landing party from the " Mayflower" in Plymouth harbor, 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBoat Collection: Tower Bridge under construction a83_01325

Tower Bridge under construction a83_01325
TOWER BRIDGE, London. The bridge under construction around 1889. This picture was taken from the River Thames with shipping in the foreground

Background imageBoat Collection: Dunbar Wharf, Limehouse, London a002456

Dunbar Wharf, Limehouse, London a002456
DUNBAR WHARF, Narrow Street, Limehouse, London. This Thames-side wharf was built in the early 19th century for Duncan Dunbar & Sons

Background imageBoat Collection: Engraving of Marble Hill House J900203

Engraving of Marble Hill House J900203
MARBLE HILL HOUSE, Twickenham, Middlesex. " The Countess of Suffolks House" after Augustin Heckell. Coloured engraving. 1749

Background imageBoat Collection: Barrow-in-Furness shipyard 1920 EPW004064

Barrow-in-Furness shipyard 1920 EPW004064
BARROW-IN-FURNESS, Cumbria. Aerial view of the shipyard in July 1920 with four ships in various stages of completion. The shipyard was first established in 1852; by 1920 it was operated by Vickers

Background imageBoat Collection: Fishing boats in Amble Harbour K011713

Fishing boats in Amble Harbour K011713
AMBLE HARBOUR, Northumberland. View of fishing boats moored in the harbour

Background imageBoat Collection: Sandown Pier EPW043023

Sandown Pier EPW043023
SANDOWN, Isle of Wight. The Paddle Steamer Sandown arriving at Sandown Pier in August 1939. Sandown Pier was originally much shorter

Background imageBoat Collection: Gloucester Docks c. 1880 CC53_00092

Gloucester Docks c. 1880 CC53_00092
GLOUCESTER DOCKS, Gloucestershire. The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal was built to specifications that allowed ocean going vessels to reach Gloucester, despite its distance from the sea

Background imageBoat Collection: Martens - The Beagle in the Murray Narrow J980080

Martens - The Beagle in the Murray Narrow J980080
DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Darwin Heirlooms Trust. " The Beagle in the Murray Narrow, Tierra del Fuego " watercolour by Conrad Martens

Background imageBoat Collection: Turner - The Iveagh Seapiece J910563

Turner - The Iveagh Seapiece J910563
KENWOOD HOUSE, THE IVEAGH BEQUEST, London. " The Iveagh Seapiece " by TURNER JMW. Also known as " Coast Scene of Fishermen Hauling a Boat Ashore "

Background imageBoat Collection: Three Graces EPW003065

Three Graces EPW003065
A number of vessels plying their trade on the River Mersey. Georges Stage and the Three Graces, Liverpool. The " Three Graces" shown here in 1920

Background imageBoat Collection: Three Castles. Deal, Walmer and Sandown J920039

Three Castles. Deal, Walmer and Sandown J920039
WALMER CASTLE, Kent. " Three Castles". Unknown artist. Painting of Deal, Walmer and Sandown Castles during late 17th century

Background imageBoat Collection: HMS Warspite EAW005978

HMS Warspite EAW005978
HMS WARSPITE, Prussia Cove, Cornwall. Warspite was launched in 1913 and saw action with the Royal Navy at the Battle of Jutland in 1916

Background imageBoat Collection: Short Sunderland

Short Sunderland
circa 1940: A Royal Air Force flying boat sits on the water. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageBoat Collection: Sailing on the lake

Sailing on the lake
The crew of Swallow in a scene from the film Swallows and Amazons

Background imageBoat Collection: HMS Beagle Ship laid up Darwins Voyage

HMS Beagle Ship laid up Darwins Voyage
" Beagle laid ashore, River Santa Cruz". Copperplate engraving, art by Conrad Martens, engraved by T. Landseer. Published by H. Colburn 1838

Background imageBoat Collection: RMS Olympic BL24990_002

RMS Olympic BL24990_002
RMS OLYMPIC, White Star Line. First class companion, A deck. Interior view of the stairway to first class entrance on boat deck

Background imageBoat Collection: Bay of Naples, Italy, 1800s

Bay of Naples, Italy, 1800s
Bay of Naples in the mid-1800s. Color lithograph of a 19th-century Samuel Read illustration

Background imageBoat Collection: Marlow Bridge

Marlow Bridge
Suspension bridge of 1831-6. IoE 46189

Background imageBoat Collection: RMS Olympic EPW041070

RMS Olympic EPW041070
The RMS Olympic in White Star dock 44, Southampton. Photographed in April 1933 by Aerofilms Ltd

Background imageBoat Collection: Marconi radio apparatus

Marconi radio apparatus
Marconi radio equipment on a ship. The equipment includes headphones and a Morse code key (lower centre). The equipment is labelled (left-right)

Background imageBoat Collection: ROWING TEAM, c1913. The Cambridge rowing team on a river. Photograph, c1913

ROWING TEAM, c1913. The Cambridge rowing team on a river. Photograph, c1913

Background imageBoat Collection: Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth Rock, 1620

Mayflower passengers landing at Plymouth Rock, 1620
John Alden and Mary Chilton landing at Plymouth from the Mayflower, December 1620. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBoat Collection: HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge a98_05144

HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge a98_05144
TOWER BRIDGE, Stepney, London. Looking down onto the foredeck of the cruiser HMS Belfast. Being guided up the River Thames by two tugs on the approach to Tower Bridge

Background imageBoat Collection: Plymouth Pier CC76_00445

Plymouth Pier CC76_00445
PLYMOUTH PIER, Devon. The pier was built in 1884 by E Birch and was quite short at only 465 feet long. It was damaged by enemy action in 1941 and demolished in 1953

Background imageBoat Collection: Seascape with Dover Castle K940794

Seascape with Dover Castle K940794
WALMER CASTLE, Kent. " Seascape with Dover Castle". Artist unknown. Early 18th century

Background imageBoat Collection: Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285

Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285
OCEANIC HOUSE, Cockspur Street, London. The London office of the White Star Line shipping company decorated for George V coronation (22nd June 1911)

Background imageBoat Collection: Lindisfarne Castle N080248

Lindisfarne Castle N080248
LINDISFARNE CASTLE, Holy Island, Northumberland. Decaying fishing boat with the castle in the background - monochrome

Background imageBoat Collection: Rowing boats at Ambleside N060978

Rowing boats at Ambleside N060978
LAKE WINDERMERE, Lake District National Park, Ambleside, Cumbria. Rowing boats at sunset

Background imageBoat Collection: Paddleship Waverley at Staffa, Scotland

Paddleship Waverley at Staffa, Scotland
The sea-going paddleship " Waverley" at Staffa, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

Background imageBoat Collection: Whaling ship diagram, 1800s

Whaling ship diagram, 1800s
Deck plan and cutaway view of whaling schooner " Amelia" of New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageBoat Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting




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"Journey through Time: The Enduring Symbolism of the Boat" Step aboard as we embark on a captivating voyage through history, exploring the profound significance of boats. From South Shields LNER poster (1923-1947) to London Docks in 1958, these vessels have left an indelible mark on our collective consciousness. Like Hokusai's iconic "The Great Wave off Kanagawa, " boats ride atop mighty waves, symbolizing resilience and courage in the face of adversity. They embody humanity's eternal struggle against nature's forces, reminding us that even amidst chaos, hope prevails. London Docks (1958 EAW071687) capture bustling maritime activity; ships laden with dreams and aspirations docked at their final destination. These docks were witness to countless stories - tales of trade, exploration, and human connection woven into their very fabric. In contrast, an engraving of Marble Hill House J900203 transports us to serene waters where leisurely boat rides offer solace from the demands of everyday life. Here lies a reminder that they are not solely vehicles for commerce but also gateways to tranquility and escape. Dunbar Wharf in Limehouse (a002456) reveals a gritty reality; its weathered boats tell tales of laborious work along London's waterways. A testament to human ingenuity and perseverance against industrial backdrops - they speak volumes about our ability to adapt and thrive amidst change. DE JONGH’s depiction of Old London Bridge K080027 showcases a time when bridges were integral parts journeys – connecting communities physically while fostering unity metaphorically. Boats became symbols bridging divides between people separated by vast expanses. Pilgrims' ship Mayflower at sea (1620), Sutton Hoo ship burial J910330 or Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee depict moments where boats transcend mere transportation devices – becoming vessels of hope, faith, and salvation.