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Maritime History North – Autumn Conference

July 2022

Save the Date! 12th October – Piracy: Ancient and Modern The annual conference of Maritime History North this year is all about piracy, from its beginnings in the West Indies, how it spread – and is still spreading – globally – ‘to the shores of Tripoli’ as well as the modern problems. The conference will […] Read More

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Conference: The Falklands War Revisited

May 2022

  Operation Corporate Commemoration Day Saturday 9th July 2022 Royal Maritime Club, 85, Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS Programme In the South Atlantic autumn of 1982, the Royal Navy had to re-learn skills and improvise solutions to problems that had been thought irrelevant to a Cold War nuclear stand-off. It was an alarmingly close-run […] Read More

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Dunkirk Commemorative Plaque Unveiling

April 2022

Old  Portsmouth  Saturday  28  May  In May 1940 a flotilla of ‘Little Ships’ left England’s south coast to play an important role in ‘Operation Dynamo’  –  the evacuation of British and allied troops from the French coast as German forces advanced. The flotilla included fishing boats, ferries, motor yachts, river launches and other leisure craft, […] Read More

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U.S. Naval War College Awards the 5th Hattendorf Prize to James Goldrick

April 2022

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) awarded retired Rear Adm. James Vincent Goldrick, Royal Australian Navy, the 5th Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History in a ceremony at Spruance auditorium, March 2. The Hattendorf Prize is an international award that was established in recognition of Professor John B. Hattendorf’s legacy of scholarship […] Read More

Anderson Medal Presentation & Reception – Thursday 28 April 2022

March 2022

The Society for Nautical Research is pleased to present this year’s Anderson Medal, for the best maritime publication, to Richard Endsor for his book The Master Shipwright’s Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy. The award of the medal and a presentation by Richard Endsor will take place in the Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre […] Read More

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Naval Dockyards Society 26th Annual Conference

February 2022

Dockyards as nodes of naval architecture, maritime traditions and cultural heritage  National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth 9-11 June 2022   Keynote speakers Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA, Professor Andrew Lambert FKC & Dr Antony Firth MClfA Yes! a ‘proper conference’ in the National Museum of the Royal Navy Action Stations Auditorium, Boathouse No.6, Portsmouth […] Read More

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Save the Solebay Tapestries!

February 2022

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich has launched a campaign to save one of the greatest tapestries in any collection in the UK and the largest tapestry in the collection of the museum. The Solebay tapestries, designed in Greenwich by Willem Van de Velde the Elder who was eyewitness to this battle that took place […] Read More

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Reconstructing the Navigational Clues to the Sinking Location of Shackleton’s Vessel Endurance

February 2022

EGR Taylor Lecture – The Royal Institute of Navigation 13/10/22 In the field of shipwreck exploration no other in the world strikes the imagination like Shackleton’s ENDURANCE, and no other has been harder to find.  As Shackleton’s writings and Hurley’s photographs testify,ENDURANCE was lost in the heart of the Weddell Sea of Antarctica, 3,000 metres beneath […] Read More

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Society Dinner on board HMS Warrior, Saturday 11 June 2022

January 2022

On Saturday 11 June Members of the Society and their guests are invited to dine on the gun deck of HMS Warrior following the Annual General Meeting and a tour of the ship. Unfortunately, this year we cannot hold the event on Victory as major conservation work involves significant disruption to access of the internal […] Read More

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