News & Topmasts

H.M.S. Kenya Association Disbanded

September 2015

The association of veterans and families of the Royal Navy, Crown Colony Class cruiser, H.M.S. Kenya has been disbanded, seventy-five years after the ship entered service with the Royal Navy. Seeing service in Arctic, Atlantic and Malta convoys, the hunts for the German battleships Bismarck, and later her sister Tirpitz, before ending the Second World […] Read More

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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King’s Maritime History Seminar Programme 2015-2016 Released

August 2015

King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2015-16 8 October 2015, Inadequate Convoy & ASW: own goals that would come back to haunt the IJN in the Pacific War Malcolm Murfett, King’s College London 22 October 2015, Ideology and Early Modern Naval Power Gijs Rommelse, Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp 5 November 2015, Maritime Relief: Transnational Charities for British Prisoners […] Read More

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Ballard Explores USS Macon Wreck

August 2015

Continuing a summer of remarkable underwater archaeology, legendary explorer, Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the wrecks of the Titanic and the German battleship Bismarck, has been surveying the wreckage of the U.S. Navy airship U.S.S. Macon on behalf of U.S. Navy History and Heritage Command and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Commissioned in 1933, […] 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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August Edition of Topmasts

The August edition of Topmasts is now online with the familiar mix of articles and news.  This edition includes articles about the restoration of the Manx yacht Peggy; and a very unusual Naval family; further insight into The Mariner’s Mirror archive; and a report on the North American Society for Oceanic History conference from Monterey, California. […] Read More

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Nelson’s Band of Brothers: Event

August 2015

To coincide with the recent publication of a bibliographic encyclopaedia of the officers who fought under  Nelson’s tactical command at his three great battles: Nelson’s Band of Brothers: Lives and Memorials a reunion event for descendants of Nelson’s Band of Brothers is being held at The National Liberal Club in London on 22 September. Also present will […] Read More

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Featured Mariner’s Mirror Article: Now Free

July 2015

The monthly Mariner’s Mirror featured article, advertised on our home page has now been made freely available for non-members to download, through our publishers, Taylor & Francis, increasing the accessibility of top class articles on naval and maritime history to the public. Read More

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Maritime and Ocean Affairs: Free Resource

June 2015

  Routledge publishers have created a Maritime and Ocean Affairs collection, featuring articles that discuss our relationship with the ocean. Routledge explain: ‘Seas and oceans cover 71% of the planet’s surface, and contain 96.5% of its water, so naturally it has taken up an important role in human culture for centuries. Although our understanding of the sea […] Read More

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SNR Victory Medal 2014

June 2015

We are delighted to announce that, at a ceremony on board HMS Victory after this year’s AGM, the Victory Medal for 2014 was awarded to John Kearon for his outstanding contribution to historic vessel preservation in the UK and abroad. John comes from a seafaring family with a long and distinguished association with ships and […] Read More

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