Another favourite YouTube channel – Drachinifel – warships!

I mentioned the Little Wars TV Channel a while ago as a favoured YouTube channel and the Little Wars guys are preparing another season. I suspect there is a frustrated TV channel executive in the group.

Another channel that I particularly enjoy at the moment is Drachinifel’s. As many of you know, I have a great interest in matters nautical, both historical and wargaming. I have a collection of 1/3000 scale ships for wargaming with, 1/1200 coastal forces and ancient galleys tucked away somewhere.

As mentioned above, Drachinifel’s channel is one of interest to me at the moment. In a series of 7 to 10 minute pieces (sometimes longer) he looks at a particular ship of interest and builds a programme around it – with contemporary photographs where available, sometimes with reference to a model and with archival film where available. He also runs a Patreon account to garner support for his efforts.

The link to his channel is below – well worth having a look if your bent is a nautical bent (and even if it is not).



HMVS Cerberus

HMVS Cerebus in 1/1200th scale
HMVS Cerebus in 1/1200th scale

I received a parcel of goodies yesterday from Brigade Models of the UK. One of the items I had ordered was their model of the HMVS Cerberus. This model is in 1/1200th scale and represents the vessel lying in Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, currently acting as a breakwater. A truly lovely model this. Photos of the various parts can be seen by clicking on the album link below. I will post a picture of her when she is painted up finally. In the meantime, if you are interested in getting your own Cerberus, head off to Brigade Models and have a look. Details of the real Cerberus can be found at the HMVS Cerberus Home Page, dedicated to preserving the vessel.

HMS Maeander

hms maeander A search was made in Thomo’s Hole for HMS Maeander. Of course, I don’t always have information about every ship that sailed however the name of this ship fascinated me.

Maeander is an ancient river in South West Turkey and gave us the term “meander” for the bends in a river.

H.M.S. Mæander on the other hand was a 44 Gun vessel of the British Navy, built in 1840 and weighing 1221 tons. In 1859 she was stationed in Devonport.

The illustration is the Maeander “Shortening Sail for Anchoring” at Rio de Janeiro on 9 June 1851. The illustration was presented to Captain The Honourable Henry Keppel, and the Officers of H.M.S. Mæander. The illustration was presented by Oswald W. Brierly who joined Henry Keppel on H.M.S. Mæander, on his circumnavigation, 1848-1851.

That is about all I know of this vessel – however, it is more than I did before the inquiry was made in the Hole.