The Liverpool Nautical Research Society, Maritime Archives and Library, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AA UK


The Liverpool Nautical Research Society Maritime Archives and Library Merseyside Maritime Museum Albert Dock Liverpool L3 4AA UK


This section is under continuing development:

The Society has an impressive collection of works published by members past and present, including:

Bathe, B.W.

Cowden, James                                    

 – The Course I Steered 1939 – 1948 (Published privately)
 – The Price of Peace (Elder Dempster 1939 – 1945) Published 1981
 – The Elder Dempster Fleet History 1852–1985, co-author, with fellow Society member John Duffy. Published 1986

Always enthusiastically interested in all things maritime from his childhood in Liverpool. James joined Elder Dempster as a Junior in 1944 and, four years later, transferred to the sea-going staff . He served aboard ships trading on most of the Company’s routes, as well as spells on secondment to Head Office and to West African and Continental agencies. His service afloat, as Purser, included time aboard all three post-war mail ships and he had the distinction of being one of only two persons to serve on both the maiden and final voyage of the Royal Mail motorship Apapa. Following his seagoing service he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the United Kingdom, West Africa Lines Conference, of which Elder Dempster Lines, Guinea Gulf Line and Palm Line, were the sole British members. Jim retired in 1983 after almost 40 years continuous service. Jim became a member of the Society in 1983 and quickly became a regular and major contributor, serving as a Council member for many years and Chairman from 1987 to 1996. He gave numerous talks to the Society, and between 1983 and 2010 had a total of twenty-eight articles published in our Bulletin.

Cubbin, Captain Graeme

 – Harrisons of Liverpool             World Ship Society, 2003

Graeme is a long standing member of the society. He first joined Harrison’s as a cadet in 1940, remaining with the company throughout his career he became master in 1963, Marine Superintendent in 1973 and retiring from that position in 1986. Graeme’s extensive knowledge of the company made him the ideal person to write on the company’s history. Drawing on material contained in the Harrison archive at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, he was able to give an in depth account of the company’s history. At the same time he was able to draw on the personal stories of the men who manned the ships thus giving a lighter feel to the book compared to other publications on similar subjects. The book is lavishly illustrated.

Davidson, A.S.

 – Samuel Walters Marine Artist
 – Marine Art and Liverpool, Painters and Flag Codes
– Fifty Ship Portraits by Francis Hustwick, with  A. Tibbles

Mr Davidson was a Consultant ENT Surgeon to the Wirral group of hospitals and in the latter part of his career Postgraduate Dean to the Mersey Region at the time that Postgraduate Centres were being set up in the hospitals. Sam’s fascination for the maritime world stemmed from his boyhood recollections of the busy Mersey estuary. A keen amateur sailor, Sam cruised various areas of the British coast especially the Irish Sea and the Clyde. These experiences, coupled with a fondness for antiques, bred an early interest in maritime pictures that deepened and blossomed. Following his retirement this expertise was further developed to the extent that he wrote five books on this subject as well as being an expert contributor to many more. He was Hon. Consultant on Marine Paintings at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and as his reputation spread he was regularly called upon for his expert personal opinion. The Society is extremely proud to have had the benefit of Sam’s Presidency for over sixteen years (to 2013), as well as his involvement as a committed Member for many years beforehand.

Davis, Dr. P.M.

Dawson, Charles

Eccles, David

 – Larrinaga Line 1863 – 1974

David was born in Liverpool and served his engineering apprenticeship with C & H Crichton Ltd, before starting his seagoing engineering career in 1952. He joined Ellerman’s with whom he spent his entire career. He was Chief Engineer from 1964 till 1979. On leaving the sea David became a boiler surveyor. Following his retirement from that job he became a member of LNRS and a prodigious and prolific ship researcher. He was chairman of the society from 2002 to 2004 and could always be relied on to answer the most difficult of research questions. The book outlines the history of this Liverpool based but Basque owned company from its inception in 1863 through to its closure in 1974. The Larrinaga family, from the Basque province of Vizcaya, established trading links with Liverpool. This in turn lead to the migration of entire Basque families to the environs of the Mersey. The company experienced some difficult times in particular the Spanish-American War and the two world wars.

Evans, Canon Bob., M.B.E.

 – A Dog Collar in the Docks/ Mersey Mariners
– The Way to Liverpool
– The Training Ships of Liverpool
– The Mersey Mission to Seafarers
– A Lantern on the Stern (Volumes 1 – 4)
– Charlie the Mouse

Canon Bob Evans M.B.E. spent over twenty seven years as Chaplain Superintendent to The Mersey Mission to Seafarers and, fortunately for us, his extensive writing reflected his journey from suburban Cardiff to his fascinating career on Merseyside. More recently Bob ha handed over the pen to the seafarers themselves to tell their own tales, resulting in four volumes of ‘A Lantern in the Stern”. These publications clearly show an unselfish and extremely generous style of leadership which, when linked to personal qualities incorporating a sincerity and genuine desire to help others, make Bob a trusted confidant and friend with so many, as well as being one of life’s rich characters. We are truly fortunate that Bob has such strong links with the Society, which started from his early Chaplaincy, to his becoming a very active President through most of the 1980s. Canon Bob is one of only two Honorary Life Members of the Society

Fenton, Roy

Hague, D.B.

Hallam, W.B.

Hignett, H.M.

Kennedy, Nigel

Parkinson, Professor C. Northcote

Pottinger, James

Rees, J.S.

Shepherd, John

Stammers, Mike.

Tomlinson, Edward Paget

Wardle, A.C.

Woods, E.A.

Woods, E. Cuthbert

Williamson, W.G.

 – Handbook for Marine Radio Communication , with G.D. Lees   Informa Law, 2015

William has been a member of LNRS since 1980. He trained as a Radio Officer and joined the Marconi International Marine Company in that capacity in 1960. Later he was promoted to a Marine Electronic Engineer based in Liverpool. In 1980 he became a lecturer with the Liverpool Education Authority at the Riversdale campus. In 2001 he retired as Senior Lecturer and became an independent GMDSS consultant, teaching at the Lairdside Maritime Centre, Birkenhead and in Italy and Austria. The book is a one-stop reference source for aspects of the regulations relating to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). There are chapters devoted to the operation of Digital Selective Calling, satellite communication as well as the traditional use of radiotelephony and telegraphy. The importance of distress working is also extensively covered in respect of modern international marine communication techniques.