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Brig Elizabeth Jane - launched Nova Scotia 1817 - Lost July 1854 off the coast of Yorkshire - Found Robin Hood's Bay, July 2003
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Elizabeth Jane's Port of Registration Board from Ipswich, UK. Found as a floor joist at Robin Hood's Bay.


At Robin Hood's Bay. Name-board of Elizabeth Jane


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Brig Leaving Dover This painting shows a view of Dover from the sea with a brig sailing out towards the viewer.
A number of images of Brigs

Timbers from Elizabeth Jane as floor joists at Robin Hood's Bay.

The holes once contain 'Treenails' (pronounced 'trunnels') which are used to lock a ships timbers together. Some of these beams appear to be sawn but others, like the one in the foreground, have cup-shaped cuts made by an adze.

Beams from the brig Elizabeth Jane
Brig Unicorn  
Briggen (Brig) Tre Kronor A very nice photograph by Adam Filipson of a reconstructed brig
Brigs becalmed off the Isle of Dogs, by Thomas Rowlandson.


This image of brigs becalmed off the Isle of Dogs demonstrates one of the difficulties faced by sailing ships heading into and out of London. The lack of wind, or an adverse wind, could delay a ship in the Thames for days or weeks.
Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
Date: 1803
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London

Cargo Brig A ship model from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Collier brigs in Long Reach, River Thames. Repro ID: PV6401
Description: One of Edward William Cooke’s many sketches of shipping on the Thames, this shows collier brigs in Long Reach, nearly 30 km downriver from central London. London’s houses and industries required huge amounts of coal, delivered by a constant stream of small vessels plying between the coal ports of north east England and the Thames.
Creator: Edward William Cooke
Date: 1828
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
Merchant Sailing Brig 1840 (SLR0142) A contemporary full hull model of sailing merchantman (circa 1840)
Model of a brig carrying emigrants (c. 1840). A full hull model (scale: 1:32) of a brig or snow (circa 1840), used in the emigrant trade. Such ships carried thousands of British and other European emigrants out to North America and Australasia.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 19th century
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
Painting of the brig Studley A painting of a brig in York (Merchant Adventurers' Hall) - my own 'backyard'.
Sutcliffe Gallery Photographs of 19th and Early 20th Century Shipping by Whitby's Frank Meadow Sutcliffe.
The Brig Australia Background - Maiden Voyage - Ultimate Fate
The Diary of Thomas Christmas Thomas Christmas 1801-1861 was Master of the Schooner ORIENTAL which was wrecked off the coast of Sicily in 1847. This is his own account of the wreck written shortly afterwards. The Christmas family lived in and around Great Yarmouth in England.
The Orwell at Ipswich An 18th Century view of the River Orwell and the artist was positioned in the immediate vicinity of the Frensham Tower several miles downstream of Ipswich, immediately identifiable in the middle distance.
Trading brig entering the Bristol Avon A brig is shown with fore-topgallant mast struck. It is running into the Bristol Avon and the end of the channel is marked with a beacon on the rocks on the left. What may be a pilot cutter is on the left, with land visible in the distance beyond.