These are four of a set of twelve circular brass buttons for a Merchant Navy officer's uniform. The raised design depicts a slightly modified naval crown before an anchor within a braided rope surround. The reverse displays a maker's mark - R. Macleod (6) Rd 664376. The naval crown, of alternate sterns and topsails, dates back to the early 18th century and is also known as Nelson's crown, as it was used to commemorate his victory at Copenhagen in 1801. The official uniform of the Merchant Navy was introduced by the Board of Trade in 1918. An officer's uniform jacket displays eight brass buttons running vertically down the front in two rows, while six buttons distinguish those who are not officers.

Personally, I am proud to see our boy’s marching in immaculate attire, but always imagined donkey jackets and waterproofs etc.  Many did not earn enough to comply with this dress code, they had to pay for own.


Her Name Was Capella.

The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson, 1912

Account of 1909 - 10 voyage from Swansea to Brazil.

Being the narrative of the voyage of the tramp steamer Capella from Swansea to Para in the Brazils, and thence 2000  miles along the forests of the Amazon and Madeira Rivers to the San Antonio Falls; afterwards returning to Barbados for orders, and going by way of Jamaica to Tampa in Florida, where she loaded for home. Done in the years 1909 and 1910.




The  Zeidler Mystery

The Chairman of the veterans, Armed Guard wrote about an American who was famous in his part of America entitled "The Zeidler (US ARMED GUARD) and other Mysteries".

The mystery in this case was that his ship sailed and was never heard of or from again. There must be a lot of these cases. Names of such ships (possibly only from WW2 or expanded) could be requested and just listed or removed if solved. I would have thought this would attract a lot of attention to the website.

 What do you think?


Carl F Zeidler 


CA Lloyd