Sea Shanty Town

Nautical Treasury

The Seas of the British Isles

Seas of the British Isles © Graeme Walker / The Pebble Museum 2019

Title page of Juliette Bunsen's well known photo album "The Seas of the British Isles". Commissioned by the National Marine Survey in 1914, on the eve of the First World War, this document was distributed as an identification guide for the crews of fishing boats and is based on the areas listed in the Shipping Forecast. More observant readers will note that the Roman numeral X is missing from the date. It has long been held, but remains unproven, that this was Bunsen's effort at blowing the salty seafarers a kiss.

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