Read moreIn naval culture ‘crossing the line’ refers to crossing the equator – marked by a lively and rough ceremony initiating every novice (those who have not yet crossed the equator) on board. The event, steeped in tradition with set rituals, grandiose speeches, and elaborate costumes and props, dates back to the 1700s.
Read moreThe Burberry trench coat is a fashion icon – a piece of clothing that emulates style with no compromise to its functionality or warmth. Worn by everyone from Kate Moss on the catwalk in the late 1990’s to Humphrey Bogart in the all-time cinema-classic Casablanca, the trench coat is a mark of class and sophistication for every decade.
Read morePetty Officer T.A.T Hutchins went to fight World War Two in Europe, he took with him a small ‘ditty box’ filled with personal possessions. Hutchins’ ditty box is presently displayed at the Navy Museum and its contents continue to communicate a sense of family, honour and remembrance.
Read moreSub-Lt Thomas Chalmers Glen McBride was an accountant in Wellington before he joined the Fleet Air Arm (the flying branch of the Navy) in 1942. He trained in Britain and in Detroit, USA, before being commissioned in 1943.It was during that American stint that Glen McBride was able to record two messages to send home his personal greetings in time for Christmas.