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Our Ship

Goodall: “Our Ship”, 1896

Goodall’s “Our Ship” card game was first published in 1896. Any number of players could play and the object was to win as many complete sets as possible. The illustrations on the cards capture the toughness and spirit of the Victorian Navy, depicting the era just before steam powered ironclads dominated the oceans, when tall ships still prevailed with their rigging, masts and yards silhouetted against the sky. A selection of officers and petty officers, the cook, doctor, seamen and various hands are all illustrated along with the parrot and ship’s monkey.

Whilst Goodall published a huge range of gaming accessories (Whist, Bridge, Cribbage and Bézique markers, boards, score sheets, card holders, etc) they were not generally known as makers of card games. However, Goodall’s output included a number of interesting and original games for adults and children although their production never equalled that of their main competitor De la Rue.

The set contains 52 cards + a Directions Card

the “New Game of Our Ship”, published by Chas Goodall & Son, London, 1896

Above: the “New Game of Our Ship”, published by Chas Goodall & Son, London, 1896. Images courtesy Rex Pitts & Mike Goodall.

REFERENCES:

Goodall, Michael H: Chas Goodall & Son: The Family and The Firm 1820-1922, Woking, 2000

See also:  Hindooly, c.1900

Last Updated September 07, 2015 at 10:23am

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