The Maritime Museum – Greenwich

3 01 2013

A Chinese compass was on display.First discovered by the Chinese, though not used for navigation, but for lining up their dead correctly for burial.

Of interest to American friends is the Naval medal awarded (1653) to Admiral William Penn, RN.

Nobody knows today what the Columbus flagship Santa Maria looks like. The museum even raises the speculation that his first voyage (1492) was not his first to the New World.

The first explorers (Portuguese) were looking for spice, gold, etc. but what they we given was rhubarb … To the Chinese they looked constipated!

The museum tell us that cannibalism was not totally uncommon and they postulate that that was the fate of some of the Sir John Franklin expedition.

… and always heartbreak. “All to find the man I love he’s my jolly sailor dear.”





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