Through the Lockdown

A miscellany of articles of local and wider historical interest.

HMT Lancastria (and other connections) HMT Lancastria (and other connections)
Andrew Jaggers
The 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard liner, HMT Lancastria , reckoned to be Britain's worst ever maritime disaster, falls on the 17th June 2020.

Ahoy the Beagle! Ahoy the Beagle!
Ellen Elder
HMS Beagle has been located in the Essex mudflats. What's the local historical connection with this ship?

Bangor Memories in the Northern Ireland War Memorial Bangor Memories in the Northern Ireland War Memorial
Michael Burns (Project Co-ordinator of Oral History Projects at NIWM)
The Northern Ireland War Memorial's oral history projects seek to capture the memories and stories of those local people who fought and lived through the Second World War in Northern Ireland and include a number of stories local to Bangor.

The Glen Yard The Glen Yard
Ian Wilson
Walk past the foot of Strickland’s Glen towards Carnalea and you will clearly see the remains of a slipway beside which Arthur Clapham carried on boat-building from the 1930s till about 1960.

Shipbuilding at Ballyholme Shipbuilding at Ballyholme
Betty Armstrong
Betty Armstrong looks at the history of boatbuilding ventures in Ballyholme.

Captain STS Lecky, Master Mariner, Commander RNR, FRAS, FRGS Captain STS Lecky, Master Mariner, Commander RNR, FRAS, FRGS
Andrew Jaggers
The life and times of an Ulsterman whose name became extremely well known among seafarers, both naval and merchant, around the world.

Sounds of a Belfast Childhood Sounds of a Belfast Childhood
Ellen Elder
John Betjeman once said "Childhood is measured out by sounds, smells and sights before the dark age of reason grows" .

The unlikely event The unlikely event
Ronnie McClements
A remarkable chain of coincidences.

Ballymacormick Point Ballymacormick Point
Ian Wilson
The random thoughts of a walker.