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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


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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New Researchers in Maritime History Conference: New Date

January 2022

*New date – 8 & 9 April 2022 * The conference, run by the British Commission for Maritime History and sponsored by the Society for Nautical Research, supports emerging scholars who wish to share their work in a supportive environment and build relations with other maritime historians. The Conference gives new researchers a unique opportunity to present […] Read More


10 Facts about the Titanic

January 2022

This year commemorates the 110th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Here are our top 10 facts about the Titanic to go with our newly-produced video animating a 3D model of the ship built with the ship’s original plans. 1. The Titanic was was the largest moveable man made object on earth. 2. No one had […] Read More

2021/2 Online lectures

January 2022

SNR Virtual Winter Lecture Series 2021/2 In the latter part of 2021 The Society announced a new series of  virtual Winter Lectures, offered exclusively to Full Members of the SNR. This is a trial activity designed to provide members with greater benefits from their membership and it is hoped that we will be able to develop […] Read More

100th Anniversary of the Dry Docking of HMS Victory

Today marks the 100th anniversary that HMS Victory was towed into her dry dock in Portsmouth, the first crucial step in saving her for future generations. Her conservation still continues with a new £35 million conservation project announced today. Launched at the naval dockyard in Chatham in in 1765, Victory enjoyed a remarkable career, most […] Read More

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Royal Navy Ship Loss Database Launched

January 2022

A database cataloguing every one of the 5,100 Royal Navy vessel lost in naval service since 1512 is now available to the public. The database has been created by the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust. First created by the Trust in 2011, the list was originally intended to help conservation and legal experts protect Royal Navy […] Read More

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Seminar: ‘The Loss of HMS Captain: The Civil War Origins of the Victorian’s Navy’s Greatest Tragedy’.

The event takes place in Great Scotland Yard, Whitehall (London) on Saturday, 22 January (2022); at the Civil Service Club. From the Trent Affair of 1861 to the Alabama Claims of 1871, the United States posed a powerful new threat to the British Royal Navy both during and after the Civil War. Dr Howard Fuller […] Read More


Anderson Medal 2020 Announced

December 2021

We are delighted to announce that, out of all the various nominations, the prestigious Anderson Medal, for the best maritime non-fiction book of 2020 has been awarded to Richard Endsor for his book The Master Shipwright’s Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy. The judging panel felt that: ‘This book takes a technical subject […] Read More

National Historic Ships UK Annual Awards

November 2021

Watch the 2021 Awards Ceremony, filmed at Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Find out who this year’s winners are for the National Historic Ships UK Photography Competition, Marsh Volunteer, Flagships of the Year and Excellence in Maritime Conservation Awards, plus hear from their new Shipshape Network Hubs. There’s also  a virtual tour of Boathouse […] Read More

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