The Mariner's Mirror Podcast

The world’s No.1 podcast dedicated to all of maritime and naval history. With one foot in the present and one in the past we bring you the most exciting and interesting current maritime projects worldwide: including excavations of shipwrecks, the restoration of historic ships, sailing classic yachts and tall ships, unprecedented behind the scenes access to exhibitions, museums and archives worldwide, primary sources and accounts that bring the maritime past alive as never before. Presented by Dr Sam Willis, supported by the Lloyds Register Foundation.

Steamboat Excursions on the Hudson for Chinese Americans, 1883

Wednesday February 24, 2021

This week we tackle the important history of race relations in Am... Read More

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Great Sea Fights: Cape St Vincent (1797) Part 3 – The Spanish View

Sunday February 14, 2021

This third episode in our special series on the Battle of Cape St... Read More

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Great Sea Fights: Cape St Vincent (1797) Part 2 – The Analysis

This second episode in our special series on the Battle of Cape S... Read More

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Great Sea Fights: Cape St Vincent (1797) Part 1 – The Events

Saturday February 13, 2021

This episode published on the anniversary of the Battle of St Vin... Read More

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The Most Important Book in Maritime History? Lloyd’s Register

Monday February 8, 2021

Dr Sam Willis speaks with Charlotte Ward to explore the remarkabl... Read More

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Trafalgar Battle Surgeon: William Beatty

Wednesday January 27, 2021

In this special episode Dr Sam Willis explores the life of Willia... Read More

The Medical Chest that Belonged to Nelson’s Surgeon

Friday January 22, 2021

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The cutting out of HMS Hermione, 24 October 1799

The Royal Navy’s Bloodiest Mutiny: Murder and Mayhem on HMS Hermione

Tuesday January 19, 2021

Dr Sam Willis discusses the infamous Hermione mutiny of 1797 with... Read More

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The Challenges and Rewards of Maritime History

Tuesday January 12, 2021

Dr Sam Willis speaks to Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto, one ... Read More

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The Drake Jewel

Africans in Tudor and Stuart Port Towns

Wednesday January 6, 2021

Dr Sam Willis meets with Dr Miranda Kauffman to discuss the resea... Read More

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Graf Spee burning after the battle of the River PLate.

Great Sea Fights: The River Plate Part 3 – Analysis

Tuesday December 22, 2020

This episode finishes the first story in our new ‘Great Sea Fig... Read More

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Graf Spee burning after the battle of the River PLate.

Great Sea Fights: The River Plate Part 2 – The Sinking of the Graf Spee

Monday December 14, 2020

This episode continues the first story in our new 'Great Sea Figh... Read More

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Graf Spee burning after the battle of the River PLate.

Great Sea Fights: The River Plate Part 1 – The Dispatches

Sunday December 13, 2020

This episode, published on the anniversary of the Battle of the R... Read More

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How to map climate change with 200 year-old ships logbooks

Monday December 7, 2020

One of the key aspects of maritime historical research that is he... Read More

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The National Maritime Museum’s new photography exhibition – ‘Exposure: Lives at Sea’

Monday November 30, 2020

Dr Sam Willis visits the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, L... Read More

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English History’s Most Significant Shipwreck

Thursday November 26, 2020

On the 900th anniversary of the shipwreck, Dr Sam Willis talks wi... Read More

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Lost Maps of the Spanish Armada

Friday November 20, 2020

Ten hand-drawn maps of the Spanish Armada have surfaced in London... Read More

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Steam paddle vessel Columbia alongside a wharf on the Hudson River NMM: PAH8891

The Hudson River Maritime Museum

Saturday November 7, 2020

Dr Sam Willis speaks to Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Director of Exhib... Read More

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Turner's Amazing Maritime Art

Turner’s Amazing Maritime Art

Friday November 6, 2020

Dr Sam Willis heads to the new JMW Turner exhibition at the Tate ... Read More

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HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar

HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar

Thursday November 5, 2020

Sam Willis explores the remarkable conservation project underway ... Read More

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The Mariner’s Mirror Podcast

Welcome to The Mariner’s Mirror Podcast!

Wednesday November 4, 2020

Dr Sam Willis talks with David Davies, naval and maritime histori... Read More