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‘Hello World’ is the default title that WordPress gives to the first posting of any blog, but it is more than usually appropriate in this case. Almost one hundred and fifty years ago from the port of Liverpool in the UK John, Paul, George and. . . hang on, that was FIFTY years ago. One hundred and fifty years ago on October 9 1864 the last Confederate warship CSS Shenandoah set out from England on the start of its voyage around the world, returning to surrender in Liverpool some 13 months later, the last confederate flag to be furled.

From October 9 2014 join your hosts Rob and Mob, Robert Love and Michael O’Brien, as we podcast the 150th anniversary of this epic yet controversial voyage and its slightly less than heroic crew. There are many questions raised by the tragicomic voyage of the Shenandoah and we will be delving into the issues that arise, bobbing and eddying, in the wake of the ‘extreme clipper’, the Shenandoah¬†nee¬†Sea King on its epic circumnavigation of the globe…