Speaking of amazing collaborators, this is the next major thing on my plate.
Leslie Levings(Beastlies) and I have teamed up to curate a show full of nautical mystery and curious creatures. It’s going to be pretty great.
In 1876, led by Captain James Maury, the H.M.S Chimera set sail from the Port of London with a charter to circumnavigate the globe for the purposes of collecting scientific and anthropological specimens for the collection of the British Empire.
Captain Maury was convinced of –nay, obsessed with– the existence of the island kingdom of Jobogo: an archipelago in the Pacific that every other scientist, cartographer and naval officer of the time dismissed as mythical. Maury claimed to have seen it at a distance in his early whaling days.
While other ships’ logs mention coming across the H.M.S Chimera during their own voyages, reporting the crew in good spirits and great health, the H.M.S Chimera disappears from records in 1877. By 1880, the ship and her crew are considered lost at sea.
In 1900, the H.M.S. Chimera is found drifting with cargo hold full of dazzling and wonderful things, but only two crew members – the ship’s navigator, and the cook. Neither navigator nor cook were able to explain the contents of their cargo hold, or in fact – any aspect of their voyage at all. The ship’s cook was institutionalized shortly thereafter, and the navigator spoke of little else but the “glorious horrors” until he disappeared on a Scottish moor three months later.
The findings of the Chimera were quickly sequestered into the collection of the British Museum, and hidden away for over a century.
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