Viola, Salvage & Repatriation – The Technical Challenge

August 2019

Built in 1906 in Beverley, Viola was part of the Hellyer fleet of steam trawlers working the North Sea. In 1914, she was requisitioned for duty in the First World War and served with distinction, spending four years on the front line in the grim war against mines and submarines and involved in sinking two […] Read More

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Call for Papers: UK Maritime Heritage Forum

July 2019

Proposals are invited for this year’s UK Maritime Heritage Forum which will take place on 14-15 November 2019 at Riverside Museum and The Tall Ship Glenlee in Glasgow. CALL FOR PAPERS Proposals are invited for: 1) 8-10 minute talks on recent or current maritime heritage or related research projects, whether at a museum, vessel or […] Read More

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SNR & SS Great Britain Conference Programme

July 2019

The full programme for the joint conference on 6 and 7 September 2019, between S.N.R. and S.S. Great Britain on 6-7 September is now available here. Keynote speakers are Dr Helen Doe, Dr Graeme Milne and Captain Peter King. The nineteenth century was a period of astonishing change in the maritime world. The advent of […] Read More

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Launch of the Save the London Campaign

July 2019

The London is a ‘second-rate’ ship from Cromwell’s era, and is identified in Samuel Pepys Diary as part of the fleet that brought Charles II back to England in the 17th Century. Despite her historical significance, her remains are currently lying just off the shipping channel in the River Thames, where the strong tides and […] Read More

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Connecting the Oceans

July 2019

A conference under the joint auspices of the SS Great Britain and the Society for Nautical Research, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the SNR co-ordinating her salvage in 1969. The nineteenth century was a period of astonishing change in the maritime world. The advent of steam technology ended the age-old dependence on wind and tide, shortened voyages, ended […] Read More

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Call for Papers: Navy Records Society Summer Party

May 2019

This year will see the Navy Records Society’s inaugural summer party where members will get together in a fabulous maritime setting to celebrate the society’s and our members’ achievements over the past year. This year the party will be held on 3 July on board HQS Wellington a historic ship moored on the Embankment in London. […] Read More

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Call for Papers: Cutty Sark 150th Anniversary Conference

April 2019

Global Trade, Global Lives: the Merchant Navy Since the Nineteenth Century 2019 marks 150 years since the launch of Cutty Sark. Over her long life, the ship has formed part of Britain’s vast merchant fleet, and later provided the setting for training new generations of mariners. Cutty Sark now stands as a memorial to the […] Read More

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Protecting the London Talk

March 2019

Hidden at the bottom of the Thames Estuary, lies the wreck of a 17th century warship, the London. Mentioned in Samuel Pepys Diary, this ill-fated ship was fully laden with supplies and ready to embark for battle in the Second Anglo-Dutch War, but as families climbed aboard to see their loved ones off she suddenly, […] Read More

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