Calendar

Sep
20
Thu
The Second Mauretania (1938), the other Cunarder. – Professor Eric Grove
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm

Mauretania, built on the Mersey was always in the shadow of her more famous predecessor and the two Queens. She was, however, a great and much loved ship with a distinguished career in war and peace. This talk will tell her story and of her contribution to the history of Cunard White Star.

Oct
18
Thu
Merchant Aircraft Carriers, A Colourable Pretext – Ted Scaplehorn
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm

‘Merchant Aircraft Carriers (MACs) evolved as a stop gap solution for providing air support to convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. The MACs hybrid merchant-warship status was highly sensitive and their activities received little publicity and, although their aircraft did not sink any U-boats, their contribution to ultimate victory is worthy of recognition 

Nov
15
Thu
The Cunard Archive at the University of Liverpool – Sian Wilks
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm

‘This talk will provide an insight into how the archive came to be at the University, what it contains, how it can be accessed and how its contents help to inform the ongoing development of Cunard and its liners’

Dec
20
Thu
The Mersey Training Ships – Geoff. Topp
Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm

‘The life and times of the wooden walled training ships of the River Mersey, a familiar sight off Rock Ferry for 84 years from 1857 to 1941’

Jan
17
Thu
Three More Ships of 1938 – Ian Duckett, Bill Ogle/John Stokoe, Tom Cunningham
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm

’80 years ago, at the time of the founding of the LNRS, war was on the horizon and these three short talks tell of three ships that contributed much to the war effort and, in the case of the merchant ships, much also to the peace that followed’

Feb
21
Thu
Significant Marine Casualties – David Spence
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm

’The speaker, who has spent his entire career in the marine industry, reminisces on  thirty years spent in casualty investigation. Time and time again the question is posed ‘Would an experienced seafarer really have done that and what caused him to take such action?‘

Mar
21
Thu
Restoration of the World War II Gunboat MA/SB27 – John Phipps
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm

‘MA/SB 27 was commissioned into the RN in 1941. After use in SOE operations and at D-Day she was sold into private hands. After two houseboat conversations, the derelict hull was purchased by the charity D-Day Revisited in 2016.The talk deals with her historic service but mainly focuses on the restoration project and her proposed future deployment‘

Apr
18
Thu
Loss of the Troopship Birkenhead – Glyn Evans
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm

‘In February 1852 the troopship Birkenhead hit a submerged rock at dead of night and sank in twenty minutes. To prevent lifeboats containing women from being swamped, the order ‘Stand Fast’ was given to the troops. This talk tells of the mistakes that cost 445 lives and the miracles that saved 193 ’

May
16
Thu
The Aurora, A Polar Survivor – Willie Williamson
May 16 @ 4:27 pm

‘For 33 years the Aurora was a successful Artic whaler and sealer. In a career change she then became a support ship for three Antarctic explorations. Caught in the ice for many months of her last expedition, she survived but then met a sad end in World War 1’