The text on this sampler of 1900 reads: An English Ship An English Crew Parents be Proud of Your Boy In Blue When This You See Remember Me When I Am Far Away From Thee. I presume this was stitched by a male. It was often a problem on boats, particularly those at sea for any length of time, to keep boredom at bay and to stop the men from quarrelling and fighting. Traditional remedies included perpetual scrubbing of decks and cleaning jobs, carrying out war manoeuvres. Sometimes plays were performed. Of course, there was always mending to be done which required thread and needle, so it is not impossible to conceive of men stitching to pass the time peaceably, is it? I am particularly fond of jigsaws over the Christmas and New Year holidays - so my wish to you in 2014 is Just Peace Together.