Captain Pellew's Landing Party

The following posts relate to our endeavours to recreate the Royal Navy and Marine Corps as they would have looked under the command of Captain Edward Pellew, of HMS Nymph, when he successfully captured the French frigate Cleopatra off the South Devon coast on June 18, 1793.

SKG3 have been staging living history displays and providing speakers since 1993. We are proud to have been commissioned by many prestigious and influential institutions for the education and entertainment of the public. We can mention BBC documentaries (2), German speaking TV (2), and Channel 4. Research material has been used by Ray Mears Survival series, the respected publishers Dorling Kindersley, and archaeological excavations in the United States. Our living history events have proved popular with English Heritage (7), the National Trust (4), the National Army Museum (5), Powderham Castle (5), Exeter City Council (7), in addition to numerous regional museums and festivals.

January 09, 2015

Television Documentary, Gallery 2014

Here are a few photos taken during the filming of a documentary about the death of Captain James Cook. See previous entry for a link which may allow you to view the actual programme. Our thanks to Deborah S. Pursey for recording the day out with her camera.

NB. Captain Cook's costume and several others are not SKG3 kit, they were supplied to non-members from a theatrical store. The TV company kindly voiced later how impressed they were with our own uniforms, accoutrements and the workmanlike manner of our members.

View Television Documentary, broadcast in October 2014

Members of SKG3 were commissioned to provide film footage used on a TV documentary about the death of Captain James Cook on Hawaii. The film crew were very pleased with our efforts and in addition to our fee felt it appropriate to credit our society. Our participation takes up much of the latter half of the programme, click the following to view.

January 22, 2014

Exeter Quay Headquarters, Winter 2013

On November 30 and December 1, 2013 SKG3 members were commissioned to recreate a Georgian Harbour scene for Exeter Canal and Quay Trust. This event proved very successful and was enjoyed by members of the public and traders. We are further pleased to announce that ECQT have permitted our society to use the Quay as an occasional training area in affect, our society headquarters. Here are a few photos of the occasion. Our thanks to Steve Pope for making a record of the event. Visit our Facebook page for more photos.


The Dartmouth Castle Garrison, August 2013

SKG3 members once more formed a garrison for the English Heritage site of Dartmouth Castle. With Pellew's exploits having taken place only a few leagues off the coast from Dartmouth, our Landing Party display seemed particularly appropriate. Here are a few photos taken during the two days.Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the occasion.


July 29, 2013

Pellew's Landing Party, Torquay Museum, June 2013

Some of our members supported Torquay Museum's opening of their display on piracy, fact and fiction. "Our Plundering Pirates Summer Exhibition opened with a bang this morning with the Society of King George IIIrd re-enactors firing real muskets on the Museum forecourt."

June 03, 2013

Gloucester Tall Ships May 2013

Forming part of this colourful Tall Ships event, members of SKG3 took up post on board  the Brigantine Phoenix, a recreated vessel of the 1770s. In addition to elegant, it was a perfect setting for Captain Pellew's party, and it was nice to meet the genuine crew of a sailing ship.