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.

Maritime Special Forces 2: Combat Divers

Monday March 20, 2023

This is the second episode of a two-part mini-series on the histo... Read More

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Maritime Special Forces 1: The SBS

Monday March 13, 2023

This is the first episode of a two-part mini-series on the histor... Read More

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Navigation in the Middle Ages

Sunday March 5, 2023

The subject of navigation in the Middle Ages is fundamental to ma... Read More

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The Maritime History of Time

Tuesday February 28, 2023

The history of time and how it relates to the maritime world is o... Read More

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When Hitler Scrapped His Navy: Hitler and the Kriegsmarine

Monday February 20, 2023

Hitler's relationship with his navy is one of the most intriguing... Read More

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Maritime Disasters: HMS Gloucester

Saturday February 11, 2023

We continue our mini series on maritime disasters with HMS Glouce... Read More

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Fishermen Vs U-Boats: Harry Tate’s Navy

Monday February 6, 2023

During the First and Second World Wars British fishing trawlers w... Read More

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Shipbuilding at Barrow-in-Furness

Monday January 30, 2023

This episode was recorded at the fabulous Dockyard Museum in Barr... Read More

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Iconic Ships 19: HMS Agamemnon – Nelson’s Favourite Ship

Monday January 23, 2023

Our series on Iconic Ships continues with one of the most battle-... Read More

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Maritime Africa 5: The World Heritage Sites of Songo Mnara and Kilwa Kisiwani

Tuesday January 17, 2023

We continue our mini-series on maritime Africa with an episode on... Read More

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Maritime Africa 4: The Swahili Coast

Wednesday January 4, 2023

We continue our mini-series on maritime Africa with an episode on... Read More

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Victory at Sea in WW2: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order 1939-45

Thursday December 22, 2022

In this episode Dr Sam Willis speaks with Professor Paul Kennedy ... Read More

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Freak Ships of the Nineteenth Century IV: The Cleopatra

Wednesday December 14, 2022

Freak Ships of the Nineteenth Century is the title of a pamphlet ... Read More

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How to Map the Ocean Floor: The Challenger Expedition 1872-1876

Wednesday December 7, 2022

On 7 December 1872 the Challenger expedition set sail from Sheern... Read More

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Freak Ships of the Nineteenth Century III: Cigar Ships

Thursday December 1, 2022

Freak Ships of the Nineteenth Century is the title of a pamphlet ... Read More

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Maritime Africa 3: African Whaling

Wednesday November 23, 2022

Our third episode dedicated to the maritime history of Africa. We... Read More

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Maritime Africa 2: The Skeleton Coast of Namibia

Wednesday November 16, 2022

The skeleton coast of Namibia is one of the most iconic maritime ... Read More

Iconic Ships 19: Preussen

Sunday November 6, 2022

Preussen was a marvel of a ship. A steel-hulled, five-masted, shi... Read More

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Maritime Africa: African Canoemen

Friday October 28, 2022

This begins a handful of episodes that will explore the maritime ... Read More

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HMS Victory – An Audio Tour Part 2: The Gundecks

Friday October 21, 2022

This is Part 2 of a three-part special audio tour of HMS Victory,... Read More

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HMS Victory – An Audio Tour Part 3: The Weather Deck and Visitor Book

This is Part 3 of a three-part special audio tour of HMS Victory,... Read More

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HMS Victory – An Audio Tour Part 1: The Hold

This is Part 1 of a three-part special audio tour of HMS Victory,... Read More

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Fishwives!

Monday October 10, 2022

Fishwives were a remarkable group of women who were involved with... Read More

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Maritime Disasters: SS Waratah – The Ship That Disappeared

Monday October 3, 2022

The SS Waratah was a passenger and cargo steamship built in 1908 ... Read More

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