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