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National Maritime Museum

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Today for Andrew’s class we took a field trip to Greenwich: we first visited the Painted Hall (read here), then the Queen’s House (read here). It was now time to visit the National Maritime Museum! The first item we noticed was actually beside the entrance to the museum – a small model of the Cutty Sark inside a glass bottle!

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Upon entering the museum we were told that pictures were prohibited in the J.M.W. Turner exhibition. However the rest of the museum was photography-free, so we were able to enjoy ourselves and take photos during the tour. We visited the Maritime World of Asia display, which talked about trade routes through Asia. There was a sign that discussed the origins of the word ‘monsoon’, which is apparently the Arabic word for ‘season’.

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

Atlantic Worlds

Atlantic Worlds

monsoon winds

monsoon winds

The Maritime World of Asia

The Maritime World of Asia

quote from Sir Walter Raleigh, circa 1615

quote from Sir Walter Raleigh, circa 1615

Inside the exhibit, there were several models of ships all along the route to the West Indies. In 1833 the East India Company controlled over 500,000 square miles of territory in India, and collected around £22.7 million in tax each year…in today’s money, that is about 1.8 billion pounds!

The East Indies

The East Indies

The East India Company

The East India Company

Power - the Company's greatest asset

Power – the Company’s greatest asset

War and Sea Power

War and Sea Power

The exhibit also contained actual items from the 1500s to the 1800s, such as a book about the English nation’s voyages and discoveries, a painting of a naval battle in 1782, and an actual ship figurehead dating back to 1817.

"Battle of the Saints 12 April 1782: the end of the action" by Thomas Whitcombe (1782)

“Battle of the Saints 12 April 1782: the end of the action” by Thomas Whitcombe (1782)

Figurehead of the Royal Yacht, "Royal George" (1817)

Figurehead of the Royal Yacht, “Royal George” (1817)

"The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation" by Richard Hakluyt (1589)

“The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation” by Richard Hakluyt (1589)

book description

book description

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