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Showing posts with label navy. Show all posts
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

BM and Solido navy officers in front of the National Maritime Museum of Ireland

BM (Au Bon Marche) and Solido navy officers in front of the National Maritime Museum of Ireland. BM and Solido were famous Belgian producers of composite soldiers in 30s/50s. You can also see the 6 Pounder Hotchkiss Gun and the Mushroom Anchor used to moor lightships.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Paddle steamer Sirius (National Maritime Museum of Ireland)

Paddle steamer Sirius (National Maritime Museum of Ireland)

Paddle steamer Sirius was the first ship to cross the Atlantic under steam power. She was owned by the St. George Steam Packet Company, Cork and was commanded by an Irishman, Capt. Richard Roberts R.N.

Length 60 meters.
Draught 5 meters.
Beam 14.3 meters
703 tons gross

There was a story at the time that the crew of the Sirius had to burn timber fixtures from the ship towards the end of the journey. This story was later used by Jules Verne in his book "Around the world in 80 days". The Sirius at 703 gross tons was too small for the transatlantic route and returned to its normal route between Cork and Glasgow. In 1847 while travelling in dense fog, she was wrecked off Ballycotton just east of Cork, with a loss of 20.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

1938 composite toy soldiers production video

A German factory in Thuringia manufacturing composite toy soldiers in 1938 ; the various stages of production (F.Fischer or Marolin ?)The video was found in the Instituto Luce archive. The Institute, based in Rome, was a powerful propaganda tool of the Musolini’s fascist regime in Italy.

Please use the link below to watch the video:

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland: Ships in Bottles

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland houses a fascinating and extensive collection of Ships in Bottles put together by the lighthouse keepers in the many lonely hours spent on duty off the coast of Ireland.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

LÉ James Joyce (P62) ship and navy officers

LÉ James Joyce is an Offshore patrol vessel. She was built at Appledore Shipyards, Devon and was commissioned in 2015. She is the second of three OPV’s recently ordered by the Navy. LÉ James Joyce is currently assisting in the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, having taken over from the LÉ Róisín. Vital stats: Length 90 metres – Weight 1,933 tonnes – Top speed 23 knots.
These navy officers are produced by Durso and Solido (Belgium) in 50s.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

ARM Cuauhtémoc

ARM Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel of the Mexican Navy, named for the last Mexica Hueyi Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc who was captured and executed in 1525. She is the last of four sister ships built by the Naval Shipyards of Bilbao, Spain, in 1982, all built to a design similar to the 1930 designs of the German firm Blohm & Voss, like Gorch Fock, USCGC Eagle and the NRP Sagres. Like her sister ships, Colombia's Gloria, Ecuador's Guayas and Venezuela's Simón Bolívar, Cuauhtémoc is a sailing ambassador for her home country and a frequent visitor to world ports, having sailed over 400,000 nautical miles (700,000 km) in her 23 years of service, with appearances at the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races, ASTA Tall Ships Challenges, Sail Osaka, and others. The navy soldiers are made by Durso (Belgium) in 50s.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Good Morning ! : Elastolin/Lineol German Kriegsmarine soldiers and Alexander von Humboldt II

Alexander von Humboldt II is a German sailing ship built as a replacement for the ship Alexander von Humboldt, which had been launched in 1906 and used for sail training since 1988. Constructed by Brenn- und Verformtechnik (BVT) in Bremen, the new ship was launched in 2011. Elastolin and Lineol Kriegsmarine toy soldiers produced in 30s(Germany). You can also see the figurine depicting Großadmiral Erich Raeder.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Erich Raeder - Großadmiral (Elastolin 30s)

Erich Johann Albert Raeder (24 April 1876 – 6 November 1960) was a German admiral who played a major role in the naval history of World War II. Raeder attained the highest possible naval rank—that of Grand Admiral — in 1939, becoming the first person to hold that rank since Henning von Holtzendorff. Raeder led the Kriegsmarine for the first half of the war; he resigned in 1943 and was replaced by Karl Dönitz. At the Nuremberg Trials he was sentenced to life in prison but was released early due to failing health.

Adolf Hitler in 1933 with Admiral Raeder.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

WW1: US Navy Landing Force

During World War I Marines served as a part of the American Expeditionary Force under General Pershing when America entered into the war on 6 April 1917.  During the war, the Marines, fighting on the Western Front in France, fought at the battle at Belleau Wood in mid-1918.
The photographed toy soldiers are produced by German makers - Lineol and Elastolin (late 20s, early 30s).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Belgium standard-bearers and the Leffe beer.

My favorite standard-bearers from Durso marching in front of the Leffe beer..
Don't ask me why ....I just like them..

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Two admirals ...

Two famous admirals met this evening in Dublin...William Brown (also known in Spanish as Guillermo Brown) (22 June 1777 – 3 March 1857), an Irish-born Argentine admiral, and Erich Raeder (24 April 1876 – 6 November 1960), a German Kriegsmarine admiral who played a major role in the naval history of World War II. The Erich Raeder  figure is produced by Lineol in 30s.

Belgium navy officers from Nazaire Beusaert

It seems that today is a Navy day. These brave Belgian navy officers  from Nazaire Beusaert were produced in 40s/50s. 

French naval force on parade

Today we have the French naval force on parade. These old composition figures are made by Belgian companies Durso and Nazaire Beusaert (NB) in 30s/50s.Durso French sailors are presented in blue winter and white summer uniforms. The cannons are made in Germany. Very nice toy soldiers !

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Marching Belgian Naval Force

I really like this set of Belgian Naval Force marines made in 50s by Durso. Are they not wonderful ?