Resource: “Longitude” screencaps (first batch – 135)

14 May, 2008 at 11:24 pm 2 comments

As promised, here’s the first batch of “Longitude” screencaps with additional comments. Some of the pictures which show life in the lower decks are brighter than in they are in the movie, where the atmosphere is very realistic (means: dark). But screencaps where you see people sitting in the dark would not be very useful…

This batch is a resource for: children, children clothes, ships, decks, life aboard, royal navy uniforms first half of the 18th century, everyday life, various workshops, fashion, admiralty, board of longitude, extremely cute red-haired kid (awww…) and more. If there’s a picture you’d like to see in a higher resolution, please yell.

Tools and workplace of a carpenter.

Very Cute Red-Haired Kid (TM) at church.

London, Admiralty

Street scenes in London.

Solutions of the Longitude-problem range from the obscure…

… to the downright bizarre.

And I DO mean “bizarre”. Just ask the dogs.

The mind, it boggles!

Wee Ginger knows his ropes.

And he wears a lovely suit.

A very lovely suit!

And a tricorn to match!

See the buttons? Made of horn.

OK, OK, enough with the kid, here’s his father, Mr. Harrison.

Street outside of Mr. Graham’s workshop.

Giving a customer last instructions (“Don’t drop it!”)

The letter of recommendation is handed over, but not received with much enthusiasm.

Big clock, little boy.

Just look at all those clocks! Absolutely amazing! And the wallpapers!

“Hm, interesting thingy… I have to take a closer look…”

“I don’t care if you’re cute – though you really are – but keep your fingers off the clocks, and anyway, how can anybody expect me to take a carpenter serious?! Is this some sort of practical joke? Am I on candid camera?”

“Way to be an elitist git…”

“Grrr…”

“GRRRRRRRR!!!!”

“Fine, fine, I give in to your genius and I don’t want your son to bite my ankle. Let’s have supper.”

“I know that my cap is cool. Get your own, I don’t share.”
Please note the glasses!

Home, sweet home! The trip to London was a success!

“Mum! Mum! Father’s been successful, and everybody complimented me on my cuteness!”

“WHEEEEE!!! GROUP HUG!”

Practical tests on the first clock. We simulate a hurricane.

“A one, a two, a one two three four…”

The clock in its protective case. Better check twice…

The workshop, some tools and, of course, the first version of the clock.

The prototype is presented to the board.

Much ooing and aaaing ensues.

Navy, navy and even more navy!

The Admiralty. Very interesting: the maps on the wall…

And the truly unflattering wigs.

VERY unflattering. But what an amazing coat!

The test journey for Harrison and his clock gets a thumb up.

Heavy luggage!

Harrison is welcomed aboard by two officers. Remember, we’re still in pre-“navy blue” times.

The clock will be stored in the captain’s great cabin for the duration of the journey.

Unfortunately, the “great cabin” is small. No problem! As Mr. Campbell explains, this is a war ship, and everything will be clear for action in no time. These pictures are very interesting, because you’ll see what a captain’s cabin looked like, how the night cabin was separated by nothing more than canvas and a bit of wood and how quickly everything could be moved out of harms way.

Good night, captain!

Mr. Harrison is impressed.

“Well, this is the navy!”

“And who needs a drawing room when you go to war, anyway!” Mr. Campbell is most pleased.

Harrison’s baby found a place.

Time for refreshments! What’s on the menue today? We probably don’t want to know.

The two ship’s boys, setting the table. Again, there are the thin canvas “walls” separating the room.

Ahhh, that’s clever! How to keep the plates from slipping and falling?

The officer’s mess!

Explanations.

The captain checks to see if everybody is still alive. Please note the raincoat.

Bad weather clothes of the Royal Navy. Looks like regular clothes to me, rather than the boat cloaks we’ve seen before.

Mr. Harrison puts the rain to very good use.

Barely recovered from sea sickness, he’s up and calculating again.

Ooops… not really over his seasickness yet…

An open-minded captain who’s giving Harrison and his invention a fair chance.

Captain and wo officers. From the movie I’d say that the one on the left is the first lieutenant.

Aloft.

Oh, look at her ain’t she pretty…

… wow, ain’t that girl a beatuy…” (end of obscure singing)

We have arrived in Lisabon!

The local admiral is coming for a visit.

He’s welcomed with all honours, though he’s not very well-liked.

The captain does a bit of white-lying to help Harrison…

… and Admiral Snapturtle buys it. HEHEHE!

Later, on the harbour street…

A new ship to return to London. A very different ship, in all aspects. Farewell and adieu, my dear Spa-, no, Portugese ladies. Look at their beautiful dresses!

Harrison is heading for the lower deck. Not a very pleasant place.

He doesn’t understand a word, but it can’t have been a compliment! Looks like he’s found the first lieutenant…

“Do you know something very rude in Portugese?”

Yep. The place’s a tip. Once you see the captain, you won’t be surprised.

The convoy.

The last lady leaves the ship…

… the captain comes aboard. The pox, the pox I tell you!

He’s definitely two shots short of a full rum ration; hence his first’s enthusiasm.

*counts to ten*

*it’s not working*

It’s not easy serving under a moron…

… who could have every man killed by his irrational orders.

No fun working under such conditions, but Harrison won’t let anybody stop him.

Naturally, the crew is curious.

Harrison explains that they are not where they think they are. Which is a bad thing.

A VERY, VERY BAD THING!

Of course they know better. Well, the captain does.

Supper. Yummy.

Mandatory Maggot Joke On Expense Of Landlubber. It’s all part of being an officer.

Snorrrrr…

Once again Harrison points out that they are heading the wrong way.

Will everybody die?

Him as well?

Luckily for all involved, the syphillitic captain takes a nap and leaves his first lieutenant in charge, who trusts Harrison’s judgement.

Rightly so!

Everybody saved, everybody happy.

Back in London – partially a success, partially a failure. Something is missing, but what?

“Don’t ask me, I only work here.”

Preparations for the board of longitude. Look at that library!

They are not fully happy. They have more demands. They will not be fully happy and always have more demands for the next fifty years. Yes, they are terribly annoying.

He shares this sentiment. Fully.

Somebody’s been sucking on a lemon.

A veteran.

Second batch to follow very soon!

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  • 1. elessil  |  25 May, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Now this looks like a big ole ‘MUST HAVE’ Dvd for the eyecandy and reference alone. I have to admit I didn’t even know about it! *toddles to order it on amazon*

    Reply
  • 2. joyfulmolly  |  25 May, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    It is, absolutely! It’s an uniform, ship and ginger orgy. And that doesn’t even cover Jeremy Irons yet… let me know what you thought about it! :)

    Reply

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