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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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Anderson Medal Awards Presentation and Acceptance Speech

June 2017

The acceptance speech for the Society’s Anderson Medal, awarded this year to Rear Admiral James Goldrick for his book BEFORE JUTLAND: The Naval War in Northern European Waters, August 1914–February 1915 can now be viewed here. About the Book Before Jutland is a definitive study of the naval engagements in northern European waters in 1914–15 […] 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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Bloomsbury Summer School on the Underwater Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean

June 2017

As part of the Bloomsbury Summer School programme held at University College London, underwater archaeologist Dr. Peter Campbell will be teaching a course on Underwater Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean: Shipwrecks, Sunken Cities, Drowned Landscapes and the Ancient World from the 24th to the 28th July 2017. Submerged sites offer unique insight into life in […] 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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The Society’s First Ever Conference: The State of Maritime History Research

May 2017

The Society for Nautical Research is delighted to announce the first conference it has organised under its own auspices. The conference, on the state of maritime research, will be held at the University of Greenwich on 9 September 2017. Over the past few decades there has been significant debate as to the place and shape […] Read More

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The Dutch Raid on the Medway: Talk by Rebecca Rideal

May 2017

Historian Rebecca Rideal will be speaking at Chatham Historic Dockyard on the 1667 Dutch raid on the Medway, on 10th May 2017. Author of the book 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire, Rebecca specialises in the Stuart dynasty, the Restoration court, Anglo-Dutch Wars and seventeenth-century England, and is the founder and editor of the popular online history magazine […] Read More

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Oxford Naval History Conference Registration Open

May 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Oxford Naval History Conference, ‘Economic Warfare and the Sea, 1650-1950’ at All Souls College, Oxford, between 13-15th July 2017. Economic warfare is central to the exercise of sea power, and has influenced the conduct and outcome of armed conflicts, the diplomacy of great powers, and trade and politics […] 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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