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Cnut 1000 Conference: Cancelled

February 2016

Regrettably, due to unexpected and unforeseen circumstances the Cnut 1000 conference, tours and field trip at National Maritime Museum Cornwall on 10-13 March 2016 have been cancelled. Read More

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S.S. United States to Sail Again?

February 2016

It has been announced that luxury travel company, Crystal Cruises, have signed a purchase option on the derelict liner S.S. United States with a view to restoring her as a cruise ship at a potential cost of $700-800 million. Built to carry some 2,000 passengers in great luxury at speeds of around 35 knots S.S. United […] Read More

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Job Losses at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall

February 2016

It has been announced that the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, which opened in 2002, is set to lose the equivalent of three full time jobs amongst its staff. Despite record visitor numbers, it appears that the museum is still running a deficit, expending £2.56 million in 2014-15 compared to an income of £2.27 million. Read More

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Last Cross Channel Hovercraft In Danger

February 2016

News has emerged that the last two, big S.R.N.4 cross Chanel hovercraft that formed Britain’s high-speed link with continental Europe from their introduction in 1968 to their decommissioning in 2000, are in danger of being scrapped to make way for housing. Currently stored at but not owned by the Hovercraft Museum, which rests on the site of the former […] Read More

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Taylor & Francis Discount for Society Members

January 2016

Taylor & Francis, publishers of the Mariner’s Mirror, are offering a 20% discount on online book purchases to all members of the Society for Nautical Research for the duration of 2016 (30% for reviewers, editors and board members). For details of this offer and how to obtain the discount, please see this flyer. Read More

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Ships, Clocks & Stars At Mystic Seaport

January 2016

                                   In co-operation with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Mystic Seaport in Connecticut has an exhibition on “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude”, which tells the story of the competitive race to determine longitude at sea and how the problem was eventually solved by ingenious and innovative thinking. To accompany the exhibition, Mystic Seaport […] Read More

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Prof. Albert Grundlingh talks: The S.S. Mendi Disaster 1917

January 2016

South African historian, Professor Albert Grundlingh of Stellenbosch University is giving two free talks on the tragic loss of the S.S. Mendi in 1917. Sponsored by the Gateways to the First World War project, these talks will be held at the University of Brighton on 3rd February 2016 and at the University of Kent on 4th February 2016. […] Read More

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BAE Systems and the Marine Steam Engine

January 2016

BAE Systems has released a short video with contributions from the Glasgow Museum of Transport and Fairfield Heritage Centre, on the development of the compound marine steam engine, celebrating BAE’s heritage in marine technology innovation. Read More

Skeleton under Primary School in Edinburgh could have been a Pirate

January 2016

The skeleton of a man uncovered in the grounds of Victoria Primary School in Edinburgh last year may have belonged to a 16th Century pirate, according to archaeologists working the site. A.O.C. Archaeology Group carbon dated the remains to the 16th Century while, as Edinburgh’s oldest working primary school, Victoria sits near Newhaven Harbour where […] Read More

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Naukratis: Ancient Egypt’s Version of Hong Kong Unearthed by British Museum Team

December 2015

The British Museum has been leading a major new excavation of the ancient sunken city of Naukratis, revealing the site to be around twice as large as previously believed. A trading post in the Nile Delta granted to the Greeks by Egyptian Pharaoh Amasis around the mid sixth century B.C., Naukratis was an important trading […] Read More

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