New “Death in the Ice” Franklin Exhibition Open at the N.M.M.

August 2017

Captain Sir John Franklin made three attempts to find the North-West Passage. His final voyage in 1845 in HMS Erebus and HMS Terror ended in tragedy for him and all his men. He sailed for the Arctic in May with the ships H.M.S. Erebus and H.M.S. Terror. By previous standards the ships were powerful and […] Read More

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Appeal by the N.M.R.N. to preserve Falklands veteran Landing Craft Foxtrot 7

July 2017

  The National Museum of the Royal Navy is planning to conserve Landing Craft Foxtrot 7, a veteran of the Falklands War, with thirty years service through war and peace. It will cost £25,000 for the conservation work and to move the historic craft from its present site to its new home in Portsmouth Historic […] Read More

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Buyer Urgently Needed for Historic Boat Collection

July 2017

The remarkable and unique historic boat collection of some 300 historic boats from around the World, assembled by the late Major David Goddard M.B.E that once formed the collection of the Exeter Maritime Museum, which sadly closed in 1997, is once more in danger of being broken up unless a buyer can be found urgntly. […] Read More

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Second World War Shipwreck Destroyed by Illegal Salvage

June 2017

Following reports in December, highlighted by the Society for Nautical Research, of the destruction of a number of British, Dutch and American Second World War shipwrecks on the bottom of the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia, a survey of the Royal Australian Navy light cruiser H.M.A.S. Perth, which, much like H.N.L.M.S. De Ruyter, H.N.L.M.S. […] Read More

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Donations from the Society of Nautical Research exceeds a million pounds for HMS Victory

June 2017

The Society for Nautical Research has just donated £100,000 towards the costs of ongoing research and the continuing restoration of HMS Victory. The Society, which launched its ‘Save the Victory Fund in 1922′, has now given the ship over £1,262,000 since 1994. This latest award was presented by the Society’s chairman, Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, to […] Read More

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Appeal to Save Historic WW2 Coastal Motor Boat CMB 331

May 2017

  CMB 331 is the last surviving Thornycroft 55-foot Coastal Motor Boat. These innovative craft were designed during the First World War, following a suggestion by three junior officers that small, fast torpedo-carrying craft might be able to pass over German minefields and attack the High Seas Fleet at its base in Wilhelmshaven. Designed by […] Read More

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Jutland Legacy Conference at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

March 2017

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is to hold its first ever, three day conference at the Portsmouth Historic Dockard. The subject will be the First World War naval Battle of Jutland and it’s legacy and it will take place on 31st May – 2nd June 2017: the 101st anniversary of the battle. International […] Read More

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Lusitania Telegraph Machine “Lost” During Unsupervised Recovery

March 2017

A telegraph machine, thought to hold vital clues to the sinking of the luxury liner R.M.S. Lusitania after it was torpedoed in 1915 with the loss of 1,201 lives, has apparently been lost during an unsupervised recovery attempt. The legendary shipwreck, eleven miles off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, is owned by American businessman Gregg […] Read More

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Annual Dinner on HMS Victory

February 2017

Each year the Society holds its AGM on board HMS Victory with a dinner held on the Lower Gundeck. Tickets for this year’s celebration are now available for Members to purchase in the Member’s Section of the website. The Society has particularly close ties with HMS Victory and was instrumental in her restoration in the 1920s. […] Read More

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International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Conference: Call for Papers

December 2016

The Centre for Port and Maritime History will hold its second annual postgraduate conference at the University of Bristol on 20-21st April 2017. The aim of this two-day conference is to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers working on any aspect of port or maritime history across a wide range of chronologies and geographical […] Read More

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