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.

Mermaids and Sirens: Maritime Myths and Legends

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Folklore, myths and legends relating to the sea have existed for ... Read More

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The Lusitania Disaster: Part 4 The Exhibition

Sunday May 8, 2022

Part 4 of our special min-series on the Lusitania disaster. Dr Sa... Read More

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The Lusitania Disaster: Part 3 The Ship and the Sinking

Saturday May 7, 2022

Part 3 of our mini-series on the Lusitania tragedy when, in May 1... Read More

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The Lusitania Disaster: Part 2 – The Eyewitness Accounts

This is the second episode in our Lusitania Disaster Special in w... Read More

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Ultimate Ship Models 2: The Great Eastern

Sunday May 1, 2022

The second of a new mini-series on ship models. Dr Sam Willis exp... Read More

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Robinson Crusoe / Alexander Selkirk: The Men Who Were Marooned

Monday April 25, 2022

We explore the astonishing intertwined tales of both Robinson Cru... Read More

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Iconic Ships 15: Carpathia

Monday April 18, 2022

Image: Profile and Deck Plan for Carpathia, 1902 from the archive... Read More

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Titanic’s Anchors

Friday April 15, 2022

In April 1912, the Titanic - the largest vessel in the world, and... Read More

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The Search for the Northwest Passage

Monday April 11, 2022

In the Arctic there is a sea route which passes from the Atlantic... Read More

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Madness At Sea – A History

Tuesday April 5, 2022

Those of you who have spent any time at sea will know how the uni... Read More

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Ultimate Ship Models 1: HMS Royal George

Tuesday March 29, 2022

The first of a new mini-series on ship models. Dr Sam Willis expl... Read More

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Iconic Ships 14: The San Juan, 1563

Tuesday March 22, 2022

The San Juan was a basque whaling ship that sank in Labrador in 1... Read More

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Great Sea Fights 9: The Egadi Islands 241 BC

Thursday March 10, 2022

A Carthaginian ram recovered from the battle site of the Egadi Is... Read More

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The Vikings: The Wolf Age

Tuesday March 8, 2022

One of the most fascinating periods in all of maritime history is... Read More

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The East India Company and the ‘Anarchy’

Friday February 25, 2022

East India Company ships at Deptford, c.1660 (NMM BHC1873) In th... Read More

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The Hunt for Shackleton’s Endurance

Thursday February 17, 2022

In one of the most remarkable maritime history stories of recent ... Read More

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Great Sea Fights 8: The Battle of Guadalcanal, 1942

Monday February 7, 2022

The naval battle of Guadalcanal was one of the most intense and d... Read More

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How to Become a Naval Officer: Part 1 The U.S. Naval War College, Rhode Island

Tuesday January 25, 2022

This week we are exploring the history of how to become a naval o... Read More


The Titanic

Monday January 17, 2022

Dr Sam Willis speaks with Don Lynch, a historian who has spoken t... Read More

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The UK’s Historic Ships and HMS Medusa

Monday December 20, 2021

Dr Sam Willis explores the fascinating history of the UK’s hist... Read More

Pearl Harbor

Tuesday December 7, 2021

We explore the extraordinary story of the Japanese attack on Pear... Read More

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Iconic Ships 13: Thermopylae – The Finest All-Round Clipper of Them All?

Thursday December 2, 2021

Clipper Thermopylae (foreground) in company with Cutty Sark ... Read More

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Iconic Ships 12: HMS Barham

Thursday November 25, 2021

In this, episode 12 of our 'Iconic Ships' series we discover the ... Read More

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