The Society for Nautical Research: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
The author reminds the reader of the role of the Society during the 20th century. Founded by educated laymen, antiquarians and amateur historians, the Society also incorporated professional historians. After Sir James Caird’s death the Society no longer had access to unlimited funds, so the Society supported rather than lead the great ship projects such as the Great Britain or Trincomalee. Since 1985 the study of history has fragmented into a variety of specialisms, and maritime history may no longer be supported at Universities as it is at present. On the other hand, the Society may take a lead in presenting maritime history to an international audience.