The Evolution of the Navy – Part Three

In part two of our running series, we looked at the role that King Henry VIII played in developing our naval defences, and how he became known as the Father of the English Navy. Today, we shall unfold the next part of the story and discover what happened after the death of the King in 1547. In the 11 years following the death of Henry VIII, England saw three monarchs come and go – Edward

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Wishing You a Happy Christmas From Everyone Here at Offshore Supply!

Believe it or not, it is that time of year again! Another 12 months has passed, and it’s time to celebrate the festive period by stuffing ourselves full of turkey, mince pies and mulled wine. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our warmest yuletide greetings to each and every one of our customers. We’ve had a fantastic year, continuing to lead the way when supplying ship chandler services for ships, boats, yachts

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Floating Guns for Hire

Between 2008 and 2010, piracy off the coast of Somalia reached an all-time peak. In 2008, there were 111 attacks on vessels in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean areas. This has led to a dramatic rise in the maritime security industry. With the international naval patrols struggling to cover such vast ocean areas, private security companies have stepped in to fill the gap, providing armed guards for vessels. The question arose of how to

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Famous Ships in History: H.L. Hunley

We recently started a series on the most famous ships in history and kicked off with the Santa Maria. Today, we’re carrying on the series by looking at the mysterious H.L. Hunley; the first successful war submarine. H.L. Hunley was built at the time of the American Civil War during the 1860s. This war between the southern and northern states broke out due to conflict and differences between the free and slave states. The southern

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The Evolution of the Navy – Part Two

In the first part of our series on the evolution of the Royal Navy, we looked at the very early days, when our coasts were threatened by foes such as the Vikings. We left off in the 16th century, with Henry VIII beginning his work on the Navy. In this, the second part of our series, we shall take a look at how Henry developed the Royal Navy and came to be known as the

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Famous Ships in History: The Santa Maria

Throughout history, the world has seen the technological advancement in the building of ships; from the earliest and most basic wooden vessels to the giant iron cruise ships of today. We’ve been exploring and utilising rivers and seas since the time of the ancient Egyptians, so mankind has been creating and improving vessels for at least 5000 years. In this series, we will look at some of the most famous ships of history, beginning with

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Titanic

The RMS Titanic may be one of the most famous vessels in the world. The story of the ill-fated ship has been told and re-told, since it sank in April 1912, and was also made infamous by the 1997 box office, hit movie, ‘Titanic’. There are some facts about the Titanic that are common knowledge, such as the fact that there were not enough lifeboats fitted to save the lives of everyone on board, but

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The Evolution of the Navy – Part One – Before the ‘Navy Royal’

For anyone who has any interest in the British maritime industry, the most famous institution currently in place is definitely the Royal Navy. Of course, the Royal Navy is hardly a modern concept, as it’s been in existence for hundreds of years, so in this blog, the first in an ongoing series, we’re going to take a closer look at the evolution of this proudly British maritime body. As you might expect, it usually pays

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The High Speed Seas

Here at Offshore Supplies, we’re very used to seeing boats and ships being put to a variety of uses. As marine suppliers online, it’s our job to equip such craft for success as they head out to sea, and we’re pretty accustomed to providing supplies for plenty of multipurpose craft. For example, we know all about boats for sports purposes… …boats for leisure purposes… …boats for military purposes… …and even boats for commerce… …but this

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Maritime Matters #2 – Morse Code

In the second of our ongoing series concerning various different maritime matters, we’re going to look at another form of sea-faring communication, but this time, it’s the turn of what’s probably the most famous system of all. We are, of course, talking about Morse code. If the semaphore is a visual form of communication, then conventional Morse code brings an auditory element to the table, allowing messages to be deciphered by a listener or observer,

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