‘But those sailor-men have no truer friend than Arthur Briscoe, who so faithfully interprets their lives at sea.’
A selection of Alan Villiers famous photos appears on the Royal Museum Greenwich’s wonderful Flickr Photostream.
Villiers seems to have been a naturally talented photographer, but I’m also struck by the sharpness and contrast of the images he was able to take using large format film on his Box Brownie camera.
These fabulous historical shots come from the National Library of Ireland on The Commons – a collection that’s well worth a bit of time, and not just for the boat and sea related shots.
- Crewmen of British torpedo boats on the quays at Waterford, 1920
- A barque tied up outside the old city hall in Cork, 1875
- Stewards of the SS Copeland, 1906
- Lifeboat launching invention 1912
And this set: