Calendar

Sep
21
Thu
Liverpool Pilots at War – Ben Whittaker
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm

Ben Whittaker is the Curator of Maritime History and Technology at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, in this talk he will look at the largely unknown activity of the Liverpool pilot service during two world wars.

Oct
19
Thu
From Birkenhead to Basra: a story of two Lairds built paddle steamers -John Edmondson
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm

In 1836, the British Government ordered two vessels that were to be used by an expedition to test the feasibility of using the Eurphrates river as a means of carrying mails and personnel to India. This talk tells the story of the expedition that was under the command of Col Frank Chesney R.A.

Nov
16
Thu
Girdle around the World: the golden age of Cable Ships – Steve Jones
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm

From Brunel’s Great Eastern to the ships of today, submarine cable laying shows a history of vision, bravery and, occasionally, hope over experience. This talk will look at the past, present and future technology and demands involved in laying the world’s cable network.

Dec
14
Thu
Life after Blue Funnel – Don Watt
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm

Don Watt, Master Mariner, LNRS member and Master Raconteur offers a nautical miscellany and a touch of Midas to accompany the mince pies.

Jan
18
Thu
Weakness in Strength: the downside of British Naval Power 1803 – 15 – Prof Charles Esdaile
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm

Professor of History at the University of Liverpool, Charles Esdaile, is an expert on the Peninsular War of 1808 – 1814, in this talk he gives a new perspective on the Battle of Trafalgar.

Feb
15
Thu
Recent and Future Developments at the Port of Liverpool – Steven Carr
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm

Steven Carr is the Head of Commercial Strategy and Planning for Peel Ports. He will review the £400m investment in the new Liverpool2 container port, which opened in November 2016, and other major port initiatives such as ‘Cargo200’.

Mar
15
Thu
The Loss of H.M.S. Thetis – Chris Allan
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm

H.M.S. Thetis was a T-class submarine, built at Cammell Laird between 1936 and 1938. Tragically she sank, whilst on sea trials on the 1st June 1938, with the loss of 99 lives. This talk looks at the many different factors that led to her loss. Subsequently raised and renamed H.M.S.Thunderbolt she was lost with all hands on the 14 March 1943.

Apr
19
Thu
The History of the Bibby Line – Christina Spencer
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm

Christina Spencer is the archivist for the Bibby Line Group and her talk encompasses a story of love, murder, deceit but above all a tale of survival and resilience in ship owning for over 200 years  ’

May
17
Thu
The Battle of the Atlantic Revisited – Tom Cunningham
May 17 @ 12:00 pm

Our speaker, a retired Commander (E) RNR and LNRS member, will discuss the strategies of the Axis and Allied powers before and during the battle. The talk will cover the technological advances of the period, the American contribution and the role played by Western Approaches Command with its H.Q. in Derby Square Liverpool.