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.

The Wonderful World of Ships’ Cats, Dogs and Birds: The Museum of Maritime Pets

Thursday May 13, 2021

This week Dr Sam Willis explores the heart-warming story of marit... Read More

The Nangala Submarine Disaster and the K-Class Submarines of the First World War

Thursday May 6, 2021

This episode has been inspired by the tragedy of the Nangala, a s... Read More

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Ghost Ships of the Dart: The Wreck of the Fever Ship Mayfly

Friday April 30, 2021

Estuaries and creeks around the coast of England are littered wit... Read More

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Freed from the Ice: The Last Entry of the Logbook of the Whaler Swan

Monday April 26, 2021

The whaling ships Swan and Isabella in the arctic, with polar bea... Read More


Iconic Ships 2: The Mayflower

Thursday April 22, 2021

Dr Sam Willis presents episode 2 of our new Iconic Ships series, ... Read More


Iconic Ships 1: The Mary Rose

Thursday April 15, 2021

This is the first of a new sub-series of podcast episodes: ‘Ico... Read More

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The Terror

Monday April 12, 2021

Inspired by the recent BBC series 'The Terror', a chilling tale b... Read More

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The Falklands Sinkings: The Untold Story

Thursday April 1, 2021

Dr Sam Willis speaks with historian Dr Paul Brown about the extra... Read More

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The Channel with Charlie Connelly

Monday March 29, 2021

This week Dr Sam Willis talks with bestselling writer and award w... Read More

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How to Remember Captain Cook

Tuesday March 23, 2021

Dr Sam Willis explores the fascinating problems posed by Britain'... Read More

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Titanic in Miniature’ – The Wonderful ss Shieldhall

Monday March 15, 2021

Dr Sam Willis speaks with Graham Mackenzie, chief engineer of SS ... Read More

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Navigation Masterclass: Secrets of the South Pacific Wave Pilots

Tuesday March 9, 2021

Dr Sam Willis speaks with John Huth, the Donner Professor of Scie... Read More

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Sea Shanties and The Wellerman

Monday March 1, 2021

In response to the new global social media phenomenon of sea shan... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


The Challenges and Rewards of Maritime History

Tuesday January 12, 2021

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


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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