Dockyards and Baltic Campaigns (1721–2021): Comparisons and Transformations

March 2021

24th Annual Conference of the Naval Dockyard Society – Saturday 27th March 2021 (on-line)

Dockyards and Baltic Campaigns (1721–2021): Comparisons and Transformations

The Great Northern War concluded 300 years ago, in 1721. Key dockyards included Stockholm, Karlskrona, Copenhagen, Chatham and Kronstadt. The Baltic was no stranger to naval warfare and during the next four centuries it would be a theatre for regional wars, world wars and revolutions, witnessing the successive rise and fall of the Swedish and Russian empires. Britain’s concern was often to maintain the balance of power, sending large squadrons into the Baltic to ensure the continued supply of naval stores: especially Russian hemp, Swedish iron and ‘East Country’ timber. This exciting online conference examines the naval dockyards and bases and their communities, both Baltic and British, which were shaped by Baltic naval campaigns during this period.

09:00-09:30 Registration on Zoom

09:30-09:35 Chair’s welcome and introduction by Dr Paul Brown

09:35-10:15 Naval bases of Sweden — a strategic choice presented by Lars Wedin, Captain Swedish Navy (retd)

10:15-10:55 Nordstiernen (1703—1785) — ‘the Danish Navy’s Grand Old Lady’presented by Ida Christine Jorgensen, PhD student, University of Portsmouth

10:55-11:10 Break

11:10-11:50 The Great Yarmouth Naval Support Base and the Baltic Campaigns of 1801 and 1807 to 1814 presented byDavid Higgins, Author and Historian

11:50-12:30 Suomenlinna — a new community enjoying a long term, sustainable reuse presented by Dr Celia Clark, Naval Dockyards Society

12:30 -13:00 Lunch break

** Afternoon session to be chaired by Ian Stafford**

13:00-¯13:40 Kronstadt: Peter the Great’s Dockyard presented by Dr Paul Brown, Naval Dockyards Society

13:40 -14:20 The British Navy Role in the Baltic States’ War of Liberation (1918—1919) presented byDr ChorfiFatima, Associate Professor, University Oran2, Algeria

14:20-14:30 Break

14:30-15:10 Rebirth of Tallinn seaplane hangars presented byDr Maris Mändel and Oliver Orro, Tallinn University

15:10-15:15 Chair’s closing remarks and thanks.

This conference is sponsored by the Society for Nautical Research and SNR members have a discounted fee of £25. Please register on Eventbrite
Further details about the NDS Conference is on their website.

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