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Society Dinner on board HMS Victory, Saturday 13 June 2020

January 2020

Please note that bookings for the 2020 Society Victory Dinner have now reached the maximum 102  – either paid for or reserved.  Numbers allowed to dine on board at any one time are strictly limited so I cannot therefore take any more automatic bookings via our website. There is a possibility that there may be […] Read More


Canadian Nautical Research Society 2020 Conference

January 2020

Proposals for papers are now being accepted for the 2020 CNRS-SCRN Conference and Annual General Meeting, which will be held Thursday, 13 August to Saturday, 15 August 2020 at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel, North Vancouver, British Columbia. The Main Conference Theme is: Waterfronts at Work Conference organizers will accept any maritime-related paper proposal on a […] Read More


Anderson Medal Winner (2018) Announced

December 2019

Coal Steam and Ships: Engineering Enterprise and Empire on the Nineteenth Century Seas. We are delighted to announce that out of sixteen nominations the prestigious Anderson Medal, for the best maritime non-fiction book in 2018 has been awarded to Professor Crosbie Smith for his book Coal Steam and Ships: Engineering Enterprise and Empire on the […] Read More


Beloved Enemy. United Kingdom and Spain in the Eighteenth Century: Call for Papers

September 2019

February 24-25, 2020 Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) South Wing, Wilkins Building University College London Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT Throughout the eighteenth century, relations between Spain and the United Kingdom were both complex and tense. Its territorial losses in the Indies and on the Iberian Peninsula itself at the hands of the British Crown […] Read More

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Andrew Lambert Wins the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History

September 2019

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced that Professor Andrew Lambert has been awarded the sixth annual Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History for Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict That Made the Modern World (Yale). The $50,000 prize is bestowed annually in recognition of the best book in the […] Read More


Viola, Salvage & Repatriation – The Technical Challenge

August 2019

Built in 1906 in Beverley, Viola was part of the Hellyer fleet of steam trawlers working the North Sea. In 1914, she was requisitioned for duty in the First World War and served with distinction, spending four years on the front line in the grim war against mines and submarines and involved in sinking two […] Read More

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