Sunday, 1 February 2009

Then and Now Sheila Bransfield


Tags said...

What was the occasion...a PHD?

Oxford or Cambridge?

Sheils Bransfield said...

Hi Tommy
Have I said Happy New Year net? If not, Happy New Year!
I've been working for the last three months (suppose to just be helping out "for a while") so I've been short of spare time. Now I'm catching up and trying to deal with stuff as it comes in.
Thought I'd send you some photos of Bransfields from the past. I don't have any recent photos of Eileen as I didn't see her very much in the years before she passed away in 2000. Here goes.
I had to lighten the old photos, so hope they come over OK. There should be 7 altogether. Let me know if they're too light and I'll re-adjust them.
Good luck with the latest project.

Sheila Trouble said...

Thanks, Tommy. I sent a few photos and you've picked some good ones!
The Award was a Master of Arts in Maritime History at the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich - in 2003! So it's never too late!
Most Cuckooites will probably best remember the scruffy urchin in the earlier photo!

Tags said...

Well done Sheila!
A great subject to be so knowledgeable in.
That's very interesting, as I remember doing some research at the Grenwich Maritime Museum myself years ago.
You see I had to do some illustrations for C.S.Forester's "Ship of the Line"
to pass my NDD (National Diploma) at Ealing art school.
Not blowing my horn.... but you know,... Hornblower and all that, facinating stuff.

Sheila Trouble said...

Well done, Tags. Hornblower was based on Cochrane, so almost factual, so I forgive you for that!
I absolutely adore Greenwich. I get one of those overwhelming emotional feelings when I'm there, especially the Chapel (where our Awards ceremony was held) and the Painted Hall (where we had our Reception) which is quite stunning.
My grandson has become interested in all that stuff and I'm nurturing him. He keeps asking me to take him back to "that museum" so he can see the boats - Titanic things in particular (he's only 10, bless him!)
I also love the Caird Library. The collection of books is limited but they have all sorts of hidden treasures that can be ordered. I was amazed at some of the manuscripts I've seen there.
Incidentally, I did consider doing a PhD but still haven't made up my mind. There are several other major tasks I want to complete first.

Tags said...

I think you go for your PhD Sheila,
I'm sure you could do it.

I did not realise that Cochrane was the inspiration for the Hornblower books, which I also would recommend to anyone with a nautical bent, so to speak, or someone interested in the subject.

After all, I think every English mother's son's hero was the celebrated Horatio Nelson, I remember vividly a Junior school outing to Portsmouth and his famous and aptly named ship the Victory.

Admiral of the Fleet Horatio Hornblower, 1st Baron Hornblower, GCB, is a fictional protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and television programs. Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, "I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know." and Winston Churchill signalled "I find Hornblower admirable."

Del said...

Some years ago I was having an evening out with some Californian friends. One of them said that he was going to ask me a question, but I wasn't allowed to think about it, just answer off the top of my head. The question was, "If you could be anything that you really wanted to be, what would you choose?" Right off I replied, "A marine biologist." When he asked my why I'd chosen that, I really couldn't say, but he told me it would be significant and I had to think about it. Well, I lost a lot of sleep over several nights, but then it came to me. One of my hero's was the character in Steinbecks, Cannery Row, who spent his days paddling around in rock pools to catch items of sea life that he pickled and sold on to university lab's which provided him with enough cash to stay drunk. Sounds like an ideal life. Anyway, that kind of question is worth trying on your friends, you never know what it might reveal about them. Del.

Anonymous said...

That's food for thought, Del.
I'd like to reply to Tags. So glad you remember the Victory. She's still there, of course, and The Society for Nautical Research (of which I'm a member) are the organisation responsible for most of her upkeep. Every summer we have our "Victory Lunch" - lunch on the gun deck, although I'm not sure the tables are the original! The guns are certainly not (I think there are only one or two original ones left now).
My ancestor was "press-ganged" into the Royal Navy in 1803 and was with another ship of the line, almost identical to 'Victory', so I feel for him when wandering around the lower decks!
As I said, the PhD is on a back burner at the moment, but I haven't ditched the idea completely!

tags said...

Hi Sheila,
Wow! I bet your Uncles would have yarn or two to spin if they could.
What a noble cause you are involved in England has so much heritage to preserve and be proud of. As I remember the Victory the gun decks below were painted a crimson red because of the sailors and young powder monkeys bloody wounds sustained in a broadside battle.
You have much to be proud of.

Tags said...

I meant your ancestors, not your Uncles or Ankles even.

Anonymous said...

Oops! A few days have passed since your last comment, Tags.
And you leave my ankles out of it!
I'm sure the gun deck of the 'Victory' is no longer painted red or it might have put me off my lunch!
My poor ancestor was only 18 when he was dragged away to serve in the navy. He wasn't allowed on land for at least 10 years! And it seems he never returned home. The kids of today don't know they're alive - they couldn't possibly imagine what that must have been like. I'm beginning to get the idea, with all the journals I've read.
See, you shouldn't have started me on this!
(Sorry I'm using anonymous, but I keep forgetting my password!)

Tommy said...

Sheila you do not need a password.after you have made your comments,scroll down to name/url'left click on that and put your name,to finish left click on publish your comment,easy as that Tommy