Our regular research sessions are normally held every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) in the Archives and Library at the Merseyside Maritime Museum commencing at 10.00am.
Our monthly presentations are open to members (and invited guests by arrangement) and cover a balanced programme of topics within an overall maritime theme.
Presentations are held at The Athenaeum, 18 Church Alley, Liverpool L1 3DD, usually on the third Thursday of each month from September through to May at 12.00 midday for 12.30pm. The calendar of events is as follows:
‘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’
’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’
’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?‘
‘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‘
‘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 ’
‘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’