H.M.S. Bronington Sinks in Birkenhead

March 2016

H.M.S. Bronington launched in 1953 as one of 119 wooden-hulled Ton Class minesweepers and the only ship commanded by H.R.H. Prince Charles during his service in the Royal Navy, has sunk at its moorings in Birkenhead. Completed in 1954 H.M.S. Bronington spent thirty-four years in commission in the Royal Navy, serving both in home waters and […] Read More

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S.S. United States to Sail Again?

February 2016

It has been announced that luxury travel company, Crystal Cruises, have signed a purchase option on the derelict liner S.S. United States with a view to restoring her as a cruise ship at a potential cost of $700-800 million. Built to carry some 2,000 passengers in great luxury at speeds of around 35 knots S.S. United […] Read More

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Prof. Albert Grundlingh talks: The S.S. Mendi Disaster 1917

January 2016

South African historian, Professor Albert Grundlingh of Stellenbosch University is giving two free talks on the tragic loss of the S.S. Mendi in 1917. Sponsored by the Gateways to the First World War project, these talks will be held at the University of Brighton on 3rd February 2016 and at the University of Kent on 4th February 2016. […] Read More

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Two men arrested following reported theft from WW1 Royal Navy wreck

October 2015

Two men have been arrested by Kent Police following reports of thefts from the wreck of of the First World War Royal Navy warship H.M.S. Hermes. Commissioned in 1899, H.M.S. Hermes was a Highflyer class protected cruiser that was converted in 1913 into the Royal Navy’s first aircraft carrying warship when she was given canvas […] Read More

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Wellington Trust Heritage Evening – 9th November

October 2015

Acclaimed maritime artist, Ossie Jones, will be presenting a Master Class and demonstration aboard H.Q.S. Wellington, headquarters ship of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, moored at Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London, on Monday 9th November. The evening will start with a buffet at 6.00pm, and the master class will start after that. Bookings should […] Read More

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H.M.S. Pickle Replica Arrives on Humberside

October 2015

The replica of H.M.S. Pickle, the famous schooner that, under command of Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere, brought the news of the victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and death of Lord Nelson, back to Britain on 4th November 1805, has arrived at her new home of Hull following her purchase by Mal Nicholson, owner of […] Read More

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Making Waves Film Festival 2015

September 2015

The 2015 Making Waves Film Festival will be coming to the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth this weekend. On Saturday 25th September the documentary “M.33 Destination Dardanelles” will be shown, telling the story of the crew who went to war aboard her in 1915, with the ship herself forming a unique and […] Read More

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Historic Boat Collection Under Threat

September 2015

With the sad death on 30th June 2015 of S.N.R. member, adventurer, and former Royal Marine, and British Army officer, Major David Goddard M.B.E., his unique collection of some 300 historic boats from around the World that formed the collection of the Exeter Maritime Museum, which sadly closed in 1997, faces a bleak future, according […] Read More

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H.M.S. Hood’s Bell Recovered From the Seabed

August 2015

On the 24th of May 1941 H.M.S. Hood, the Royal Navy’s largest warship, in company with the brand new battleship H.M.S. Prince of Wales, intercepted the powerful German battleship Bismarck and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in the Denmark Strait, beginning one of the most famous naval battles of the Second World War. At 0600, just […] Read More

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The Franklin Expedition and HMS Erebus Artefacts

June 2015

In 1845 Sir John Franklin set out from London in search of the North West passage and never returned. More than thirty search parties were launched between 1848 and 1859 to find his ships and his men but it was not until September 2014 that the wreck of the Erebus was discovered after a five-year search […] Read More

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HMS Warrior Future Secure

April 2015

Great news this month from National Historic Ships UK. The immediate future of the Royal Navy’s first iron warship, HMS Warrior, has become secure with a grant of £2.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund [HLF]. In a statement from the HLF it was revealed that the ship was in need of significant repairs if it was […] Read More

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