Historic Barge Urgently Needs Saving

August 2016

Historic Thames Barge M.B. Fountain, on the National Register of Historic Vessels, which has been laying on the river Colne on the Suffolk / Essex border for a number of years as a static museum ship, is in imminent danger of being scrapped due to loss of mooring. Built at WJ Yarwoods in Cheshire in […] Read More

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£2 Million Excavation of H.M.S. Invincible Wreck

July 2016

The Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust has received a £2 million grant from the LIBOR Fund for the rescue excavation, recovery, conservation and public display of material from the wreck of H.M.S. Invincible in partnership with Bournemouth University and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Built by the French in 1744 and captured by Vice Admiral Sir George Anson […] Read More

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Mary Rose Museum to Re-open

June 2016

The Mary Rose Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has announced that it will be re-opening on 20th July 2016 following a six month closure to facilitate work on new galleries and the removal of ducting that has been in place since April 2013, helping to dry the ship out. This will give the public an unobstructed view of the hull […] Read More

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Naming Victory – Talk at the St. Bride Library

June 2016

Prof. James Mosley of Reading University is to give a talk about the restoration of HMS Victory at the St. Bride Foundation – Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ on Thursday, 23 June 2016 from 19:30 to 22:00 (BST). HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, is a much-loved national monument. Launched in 1765, […] Read More

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Jutland 1916 Archaeology Talk in Falmouth

June 2016

Renowned maritime archaeologist, Dr. Innes McCartney will be speaking at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society at Falmouth on Thursday 9th June on his latest work “Jutland 1916: The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield“. Over the last 25 years, Dr. McCartney has specialised in the discovery of and investigation into twentieth century shipwrecks including the wrecks of […] Read More

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HMS Hood’s bell unveiled at National Museum of the Royal Navy

May 2016

Exactly seventy-five years after she sank to the bottom of the Denmark Strait with 1,415 of her crew, the bell of the famous Second World War Royal Navy battlecruiser, H.M.S. Hood, has been unveiled by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal in a ceremony at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. With the […] Read More

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T.S. Queen Mary Returns to Clyde for Restoration

May 2016

            T.S. Queen Mary, one of the oldest Clyde-built steamers in existence, launched in 1933 at Dumbarton, arrived at Greenock on Sunday afternoon in preparation for restoration after being towed up from her former home at Tilbury in Essex. She had been languishing at Tilbury for a number of years in an increasingly dilapidated state after falling into […] Read More

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Appeal Launched to Save H.M.S. President

May 2016

A public appeal has been launched to try to save the First World War Royal Navy “Q Ship” and Royal Naval Reserve drill ship H.M.S. President, which was required to leave the mooring at Blackfriars that she had occupied since 1922 due to works relating to the construction of the new Thames Tideway Tunnel. Built as the […] Read More

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Historic Steam Tug Unveiled After Restoration

May 2016

              The historic steam tug Daniel Adamson, built in 1903, carried people and livestock between Ellesmere Port and Liverpool before being decommissioned in 1985. A campaign by the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) saved the Merseyside vessel from being scrapped in 2004 and now the £3.8 million Heritage Lottery […] Read More

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Wreck of Captain Cook’s Endeavour Found?

May 2016

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (R.I.M.A.P.) believe they may be close to locating and identifying the wreck of the troop carrier Lord Sandwich, previously Captain Cook’s fabled H.M. Bark Endeavour, which was scuttled along with thirteen other ships in Newport Harbor, prior to the Battle of Rhode Island in the American Revolution in 1778. A grant from the Australian […] Read More

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New Home Urgently Needed for Historic Vessels

March 2016

The Museum of London is no longer able to maintain its historic vessels Varlet and Knocker White. Consequently it is looking to dispose of both of them, either to suitable new owners able to offer them a sustainable future, or for recorded deconstruction line with Museum Association and National Historic Ships UK ethical guidelines. Conservator […] Read More

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First World War German Destroyer Wrecks in Portsmouth

March 2016

Two long forgotten shipwrecks in Portsmouth harbour have been identified as the First World War German destroyers V44 and V82, the former a veteran of the great Battle of Jutland, the centenary of which will be commemorated later this year. Amongst the seventy destroyers interned at Scapa Flow with the rest of the German High […] Read More

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