Update New Stories

There are new stories placed on the site tonight which we hope you will all find of great interest.

All of these are placed in the Mars Stories section in Mars events.

"The Coming of The Mars - The Arrival of The Mars"

"The Cumberland and The Mars"

and Gymnastics Performance" - a programme from the Mars Boys display in 1881.

We have been thinking about forming a Mars Society in the hope of possibly obtaining funding to expand the Mars database and to preserve it for the future. Any thoughts ? Any volunteers? Let us know what you think.

 

 

Update New Stories

There are new stories placed on the site tonight which we hope you will all find of great interest.

All of these are placed in the Mars Stories section in Mars events.

"The Coming of The Mars - The Arrival of The Mars"

"The Cumberland and The Mars"

and Gymnastics Performance" - a programme from the Mars Boys display in 1881.

We have been thinking about forming a Mars Society in the hope of possibly obtaining funding to expand the Mars database and to preserve it for the future. Any thoughts ? Any volunteers? Let us know what you think.

 

 

Captain Wake Page

I have had to temporarily disable the item about Captain Wake until I can edit it.

I had printed some material that probably should not have been used, including  the photograph

which has still to be cleared for copyright.

Sorry for the error.

 

Some New Stories from the Mars

There are three new stories tonight , the first one  we've had from 1870 ! That story is about a Grand Fete being held on the Mars in September 1870, with many of their lordships and other dignitaries in attendance

 

The other two stories are of socialogical interest, one about the Flogging of Young Children in Mills and the other one about The Can Can ?

Gordon finds some bizarre stuff looking for Mars stuff, but it's all great.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:27 )

 

The Mars' 1st Captain

Another new and exciting Mars link has emerged over the past few days. Gordon seems to have discovered a link to the Mars First Captain in 1869, Captain Baldwin Arden Wake on the Gabriola Museum's website in British Columbia.

He sent an email and very quickly received a reply with a  photograph, obituary and a rescue story from Barrie Humphrey who is a member of the History Committee at the museum.

The article is placed in the Mars Officials section of the site but can be seen  Clicking Here

We are hoping that more research will be able to undertaken regarding Captain Wake through our links with the the Gabriola Museum.

 

Mars Boys on Film

Dundee Police Sports - 1921

Film archive: Scottish Screen Archive - National Library of Scotland
Director: C.F. PARTOON
Composer: Eric Le Guen
 
This is the film of the  Dundee Police Sports Day on August 13 1921.
We have been trying to get a hold of this film for a while now and have received a suggestion to link to the Europa Film Archive from the Scottish Screen Archive. The Scottish Screen Archive are digitising the film at present and if copyright is cleared may give us permanent access to it.
It is fantastic to see the two mars Boys kick boxing followed by a gymnastics display in front of a number of their ship colleagues.
The whole film is of great interest and filmed at Dens Park, Dundee which is still in a state of construction.
 

The History of the Mars

There is a  new addition to the site today which is a link to another web page about the life and career of William Loney, Naval Surgeon.

The page gives the details of the ships class, size etc., as well as references to it's involvement in British Naval History prior to being moored on the River Tay.

It is available from the Main Menu "The Mars History".

I have also reinstated the original search for searching items on the site which is more comprehensible and concise that the "G" one.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:56 )

 

New site members

We are having a steady flow of new members at the moment which is very encouraging.

There is quite a lot of new information to be put on the website and the new book is in its' final stages.

Unfortunately Gordon is involved in a different project at the moment until November so new research is very much curtailed as the Blyth Hall in Newport, where the records are held, is also not operating the same hours anymore.

I also  have a backlog of material which is needing to be finished and some reports to be sent out regarding some of the Mars Boys we have had requests for more information.

Back on track soon.

 

Mars Office Bearers

I've put on to the site today, photocopied pages from a booklet called "The Advent of the Mars" by A.L. Scott, printed in October 1917.

Eventually the whole booklet will appear in PDF form on the site but not for a while. It is rather arare specimen and was not produced for general public reading.

The pages concerned are the lists of Mars Office Bearers from the years 1869, 1879, 1890, 1899, 1907 and 1916 and make very interesting reading.

They are placed on the Mars Officials section on the Main Menu.

Still working on the Jim Martin tapes, which are becoming quite an arduos task to produce but will all be worthwhile in the end.

 

Book launch in Waterstones 2008

I just discovered this today in the Dundee Courier while I was looking for something else.

It's the Dundee Courier article about the book launch in Waterstones on November 13 2008.

I have included the link on "About Gordon" on the main menu but here is also the direct link to the Courier.

 



 

More Duntrune Items

We've had another two emails from John Long in Sydney, Australia containing more items about the Duntrune.

The first is an updated version of the passenger list with towns of origin for the passengers.

The second item is a newspaper cutting about The Duntrune 50 year Reunion which is a really interesting item and concept.

Both can be found on the new Duntrune menu. There are more Duntrune / James Hogg items hopefully appearing soon.

Story of the month has been changed. This a fabulous short story which Gordon found while doing research.

 

James Hogg's Duntrune Diary

We had an email today from James Hogg's Great GrandDaughter Lesley George in Australia.

Lesley is going to send the original cover of the diary to replace the one which is on the site at the moment and hopefully a photograph.

Lesley owns the diary and typed it up as a backup tothe original and asked me to point out that the credit for the diary appearing on the site belongs to the Hogg Family. 

The audio recordings of Jim Martin's time aboard the Mars are taking a little longer to produce than anticipated but will be on the site soon. They are well worth the wait.

 

Mars Forum colour change.

Hi, I've changed the colours of the Mars Forum so it is now much easier to read.

It's a pity that very few people have ever used the Forum as we thought it would be a great way for site members to communicate and share information.

Give it a go the next time you are on, even if it is just to announce who you are and what your interest in the Mars is.

I received an email last week from Elaine Harris wh is the Project Co-ordinator at The Kibble Project in Paisley. The Kibble Centre is celebrating it's 150th Anniversary this year and Elaine has been researching the history. The centre supports young people and trains them in various skills. There is a searchable database and is a very interesting site. The Kibble Centre and The Mars share a common thread in the social history of 19th century Scotland.

I have included a link to the Kibble Centre and the project from our main menu.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 July 2009 23:51 )

 

Mars songs finally recorded

Gordon & I finally manged to record the Mars songs which have been on the site for months.

Gordon features these songs whenever he gives a talk on The Mars. 

They are accessed from the Mars Music item on the Main Menu.

Would welcome any comments you want to make (Registered members only).

 
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