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"The Helmsman: Navigating the Seas of Art and History" Step aboard as we embark on a captivating journey through time

Background imageHelmsman Collection: The Helmsman, 1925, (1926). Artist: Arthur Briscoe

The Helmsman, 1925, (1926). Artist: Arthur Briscoe
The Helmsman, 1925, (1926). From The Studio Volume 91. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1926]

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Greatheads Lifeboat 2

Greatheads Lifeboat 2
In a heavy sea, Greatheads lifeboat puts out to the aid of a vessel in distress : the helmsman stands aft, the look- out in the bows, the ten oarsmen row as best they can. Date: 1791

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Jason & Argonauts

Jason & Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts sail through the Symplegades, a pair of clashing rocks, but they lose their helmsman Tiphys in the process

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Drawing showing a ?helmsman of a French man-of-war, keeping the ship on its proper

Drawing showing a ?helmsman of a French man-of-war, keeping the ship on its proper
5311176 Drawing showing a ?helmsman of a French man-of-war, keeping the ship on its proper ?course by referring to the compass mounted on a binnacle

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Illustration of a ship's helmsman using a night compass. 1870

Illustration of a ship's helmsman using a night compass. 1870
5311177 Illustration of a ship's helmsman using a night compass. 1870; (add.info.: Date: 1870); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageHelmsman Collection: A helmsman steering through rough weather conditions, 1850

A helmsman steering through rough weather conditions, 1850
3330674 A helmsman steering through rough weather conditions, 1850; (add.info.: Engraving depicting a helmsman steering through rough weather conditions)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Eight Bells: the Boy at the Helm, by H. Macallum, in the exhibition at the Dudley Gallery, 1876

Eight Bells: the Boy at the Helm, by H. Macallum, in the exhibition at the Dudley Gallery, 1876. Creator: Unknown
Eight Bells: the Boy at the Helm, by H. Macallum, in the exhibition at the Dudley Gallery, 1876. Mr. Macallum's pictures of coast life are always fresh and vigorous, suggestive of sea breezes

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Royal Navy helmsman at the wheel

Royal Navy helmsman at the wheel

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Royal Navy helmsman at the wheel probably 1930s

Royal Navy helmsman at the wheel probably 1930s

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Painted wooden stela of Neswy. Egypt

Painted wooden stela of Neswy. Egypt
Painted wooden stela of Neswy with his Ba at the top. The scenes shown arranged in horizontal bands, from top to bottom, the winged solar disk flanked by the goddesses Nekhbet

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Erik the Red (950-1003 / 04) sets sail for Greenland, illustration from The Book of Discovery by

Erik the Red (950-1003 / 04) sets sail for Greenland, illustration from The Book of Discovery by T. C
IL241933 Erik the Red (950-1003/04) sets sail for Greenland, illustration from The Book of Discovery by T.C. Bridges, published 1931 (colour litho) by Reid, Stephen (1873-1948); Private Collection

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Hera has sent us a pilot; let us follow the cunning bird, illustration for How the Argonauts

Hera has sent us a pilot; let us follow the cunning bird, illustration for How the Argonauts sailed to Colchis
IL193713 Hera has sent us a pilot; let us follow the cunning bird, illustration for How the Argonauts sailed to Colchis, from The Heroes of Greek Fairy Tales

Background imageHelmsman Collection: King George V as a yachtsman (colour litho)

King George V as a yachtsman (colour litho)
5996558 King George V as a yachtsman (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: King George V as a yachtsman)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: The Christmas of the sailors, far and alone across the oceans (colour litho)

The Christmas of the sailors, far and alone across the oceans (colour litho)
2798850 The Christmas of the sailors, far and alone across the oceans (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Christmas of sailors)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: The ghost ship (colour litho)

The ghost ship (colour litho)
2779696 The ghost ship (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The ghost ship. The old French ironclad Richelieu)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Photographs in the 'King Country'of New Zealand (engraving)

Photographs in the "King Country"of New Zealand (engraving)
1591366 Photographs in the " King Country" of New Zealand (engraving) by Paget, Walter (1863-1935); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: German U-boat, World War I, 1917. (colour litho)

German U-boat, World War I, 1917. (colour litho)
5231507 German U-boat, World War I, 1917. (colour litho) by Stoewer (Stower) Willy (1864-1931) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: German U-boat, World War I)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: When the storm dominates (colour litho)

When the storm dominates (colour litho)
2778141 When the storm dominates (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: When the storm dominates)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Vue generale du paquebot transatlantique le Canada (engraving)

Vue generale du paquebot transatlantique le Canada (engraving)
2783236 Vue generale du paquebot transatlantique le Canada (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vue generale du paquebot transatlantique le Canada)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Socialist propaganda postcard (colour litho)

Socialist propaganda postcard (colour litho)
3102298 Socialist propaganda postcard (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Socialist propaganda postcard)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Early phosphorus matches (chromolitho)

Early phosphorus matches (chromolitho)
2782637 Early phosphorus matches (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Early phosphorus matches. Liebig card, published in late 19th or early 20th century)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: French Navy (coloured engraving)

French Navy (coloured engraving)
5998752 French Navy (coloured engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: French Navy. Print published by Pellerin & Cie, Imagerie D Epinal)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Portrait of King Edward VII at the helm of HMS Britannia (litho)

Portrait of King Edward VII at the helm of HMS Britannia (litho)
5999777 Portrait of King Edward VII at the helm of HMS Britannia (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Portrait of King Edward VII at the helm of HMS Britannia)

Background imageHelmsman Collection: The Captain of a Catalina Flying-Boat who survived accurate anti-aircraft fire whilst

The Captain of a Catalina Flying-Boat who survived accurate anti-aircraft fire whilst shadowing the Bismarck, a German battleship. Circa 1940s

Background imageHelmsman Collection: The little son of a ferryman at Luxor, Egypt, steers his fathers boat with his leg

The little son of a ferryman at Luxor, Egypt, steers his fathers boat with his leg, in true professional fashion, a happy helmsman of the River Nile, full of childish grace. Date: 1930s

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Sailor at the wheel of a German naval vessel during World War One. Date: 1915

Sailor at the wheel of a German naval vessel during World War One. Date: 1915

Background imageHelmsman Collection: FALL / SCOTTISH TERR. / 1985

FALL / SCOTTISH TERR. / 1985
CHAMPION JERABRIN HELMSMAN OF TRALPARK Owner: Scablan Date: 1985

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Joseph Cox: Coxswain of the Hope, c1900. Creator: Unknown

Joseph Cox: Coxswain of the Hope, c1900. Creator: Unknown
Joseph Cox: Coxswain of the Hope, c1900. From " Primus Magic Lantern Slides - Junior Lecturers Series B". [W. Butcher & Sons]

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Helmsman of a British submarine, World War II, 1945. Creator: Unknown

Helmsman of a British submarine, World War II, 1945. Creator: Unknown
Helmsman of a British submarine, World War II, 1945. The Helmsman listens at a voice-pipe for orders from the bridge as the vessel proceeds on the surface. From " His Majestys Submarines"

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Mitcham launch, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Mitcham launch, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Mitcham launch, 1912

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Venetias Wolseley motor launch, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Venetias Wolseley motor launch, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Venetias Wolseley motor launch, 1914

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Nathaniel Colby, Coxswain of the Pakefield Life-boat, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Nathaniel Colby, Coxswain of the Pakefield Life-boat, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Nathaniel Colby, Coxswain of the Pakefield Life-boat, 1858. During the heavy gale which raged along the east coast...a large barque, the Zemira, was seen to strike on the Newcombe Sand

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Traditional craft on the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar. Progress is made by poling

Traditional craft on the Irrawaddy River, Myanmar. Progress is made by poling, a crew being divided along each side of the ship, while the helmsman sits high above the stern

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Canal pilot on the Erie Canal

Canal pilot on the Erie Canal
" Buffalo Jack, " a canal-boat pilot on the Erie Canal, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Lenin / Eberling Cartoon

Lenin / Eberling Cartoon
VLADIMIR ILICH ULYANOV LENIN depicted as the helmsman who will steer the mighty vessel Russia into prosperous waters where everyone will be free, happy, comfortable, satisfied

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Royal Navy 2nd class Petty Officer, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

Royal Navy 2nd class Petty Officer, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
Royal Navy 2nd class Petty Officer, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Youth at the Prow and (Mixed) Pleasure at the Helm, 1912

Youth at the Prow and (Mixed) Pleasure at the Helm, 1912. A print from Punch, or The London Charivari, 29th May 1912

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Egyptian ship. Rowers

Egyptian ship. Rowers
EGYPT. Dayr al-Bahri. Valley of the Kings. Egyptian ship. Rowers and helmsman. Decoration of Sennefers hypogeum at Theban necropolis (TT96). Dynasty XVIII (1550-1292 BC). Egyptian art. New Kingdom

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Lifeboat Going to the Rescue (engraving)

Lifeboat Going to the Rescue (engraving)
KW244295 Lifeboat Going to the Rescue (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; Ken Welsh; English, out of copyright

Background imageHelmsman Collection: French Navy Signallers

French Navy Signallers
Every French naval helmsman is instructed how to send messages from one vessel to another by arm gestures

Background imageHelmsman Collection: Petty Officer at Wheel

Petty Officer at Wheel
A 2nd class Petty Officer of the Royal Navy, at the ships wheel


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"The Helmsman: Navigating the Seas of Art and History" Step aboard as we embark on a captivating journey through time, guided by the skilled helmsmen who have steered their vessels towards adventure and discovery. In 1925, artist Arthur Briscoe immortalized these brave souls in his masterpiece "The Helmsman, " capturing their unwavering determination amidst turbulent waters. Drawing inspiration from ancient legends, Jason and his Argonauts relied on a trusted helmsman to navigate them through treacherous seas in search of the Golden Fleece. Similarly, the Greatheads Lifeboat 2 showcased the indispensable role of a helmsman in saving lives during perilous maritime emergencies. In the realm of naval warfare, a Royal Navy helmsman stood resolute at the wheel, ensuring precise maneuvering even in tumultuous conditions. A photograph from the 1930s showcases this essential figure guiding warships with utmost precision. Beyond artistry and history lies mythology's influence on seafaring tales. Hera's cunning bird led heroes like those depicted in Charles Kingsley's "How the Argonauts sailed to Colchis. " These intrepid sailors followed their avian guide while relying on an expert pilot at helm for safe passage. Even royalty embraced sailing as King George V himself took to yachting with finesse captured beautifully in color lithographs. Meanwhile, lonely sailors celebrated Christmas across vast oceans - reminding us that even amidst solitude, a steadfast helmsman ensured their safe return home. Literature too has paid homage to these unsung heroes; John Maynard commanded Lake Erie's waters through poetic verses penned by Horatio Alger Jr and Theodor Fontane - showcasing how words can honor those who steer our destinies. Lastly, we encounter eerie tales surrounding ghost ships haunting stormy seas - where phantom helmsmen continue navigating spectral vessels into eternity.