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A Fatal Duel in Cowes

By the 1840s pistols were the weapon of choice for duels in Britain. Learning to properly defend oneself with a sabre took far more practise and skill. It also required physical conditioning, as strength, stamina, and agility, improved one’s swordplay. T…

Bembridge Fort

History
Bembridge Fort, constructed as part of the 1860 Royal Commission defences of the Isle of Wight, was intended to be a keep to the four coast batteries in Sandown Bay. It occupies the heights on Bembridge Down, commanding the space between…

Egypt House

Egypt House. Situated in an area previously called West Cliff, also the most northerly part of the Island.
William Grossmith leased the Egypt Cliff Estate from the Mount Edgcumbe family for 99 years in April 1762, so it is thought that Grossmith had…

Frank James Hospital

The Frank James Hospital is a purpose-built hospital in a 1903 Dutch Style built by Somers Clarke. It is located in the quiet town of East Cowes, on the Isle of Wight; built as a memorial to Frank James, eldest son of Sophia and Daniel James. He did much…

HMS Gladiator

HMS Gladiator  was a 12-year-old twin-screw 5,750-ton cruiser with a crew of 250 men. At 10.30am on 25 April, 1908 – a foul, misty, and snowy day – she left Portland bound for Portsmouth, while at 12.30 the American 11,630-ton mail liner St Paul  left Sou…

SS Carbon

The Carbon SS was a British Admiralty Steam Tug boat made in 1896 by Robert Craggs & Sons Ltd of Middlesbrough and Stockton. Originally it was named John Hallway, and its first owner was J. Constant, London, and weighed in at 185 grt, Dimensions :…

St Helen’s Lighthouse Heroine

There are 900 lighthouses dotted around the coasts of Britain. Some of them have names that read like a roll-call of fame: Eddystone, a landmark in history: Wolf Rock, once a wreckers’ trap; Flannan Isle, and the unsolved mystery of its vanished crew; a…

The Pacific Glory

The Incident
On the evening of 23 October 1970, the tanker the Pacific Glory was sailing from Nigeria to Rotterdam with a load of 70,000 tonnes of Nigerian crude oil when the steam tanker the Allegro, loaded with 100,000 tonnes of Libyan crude…