A Happy New Year Message
HAPPY NEW YEAR
An opportunity to say THANK YOU to all of those old & new friends who have made the research into Captain Frank so much more fun during 2009.
The highlight of the year was the trip to Athens with my great helpers Peter & Dianne & my son James along with his girlfriend Naomi. The presentation at the National Historical Museum will long remain in my memory – thank you to all who organised that.
Following meetings with the publisher, Ari Caratzas, Di has done wonders with the graphics, especially with the old maps & charts so a special thanks to her. I would also be grateful if Di could forward this greeting to a number of our friends in Greece for whom I do not have an e-mail address.
What does 2010 hold?
I am determined to finally find out where the Russian Dockyard is on Poros wher the Karteria was broken up. HELP!
Clearly we must work closely with Ari to ensure that the book is published as quickly as possible, & Di & I are both available to go to Athens at short notice for any final discussions needed.
As soon as we have a date then we do need to work hard to raise the € 8,000 sponsorship required to mount a transportable exhibition. Naturally this will commence at the wonderful Ashby-de-la-Zouch Museum only 4 kilometers from Frank’s “English” home! From there there have been discussions with a number of Universities in the UK who cover this period of Greek History, & I have no doubt that several of these will want to mount a short exhibition; this also applies to two universities in Australia for the future. Much interest has been expressed in Greece, & I would be especially keen to have the exhibition visit the National Historical Museum, the National Maritime Museum in Piraeus & the local museums at Missolongi, Nauplio, & Hydra. Due to the influence of Frank with the establishment of the Hellenic Navy it would also be good to do something at Poros.
I do like the idea of perhaps working with somebody like Swan Hellenic Cruises to provide the exhibition & lectures aboard cruise ships! Eventually the exhibition may end up either back at Ashby or perhaps in the British School at Athens.
Your help in searching for suitable sponsor companies would be much appreciated.
May I draw this to a close with the words of the great Greek statesman, Tricoupi at the State Funeral of Frank on Poros in 1829:
Remember Frank Abney-Hastings who died in defence of his suffering fellow creatures.
Have a very happy & peaceful New Year.