About Us

The Society was founded in 1938 to promote interest in maritime history and provide a forum for research, communication, collation of information and recollection. Read more about the origins of the Society.

Members pursue research for themselves, the Society, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, in response to enquiries from the general public or they simply meet up to share experiences. Much of this activity is carried out in a friendly atmosphere at the weekly sessions held in the Maritime Archives and Library at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. See the Events page.

Presentations on a range of maritime subjects are given monthly (between September and May) by members and distinguished guest speakers. See the Events page.

 Members also receive the quarterly Bulletin in which we publish articles and papers of significance by members and others. Lloyd’s List has described the Bulletin as “hugely readable,” and the editorial team strive to maintain and enhance this reputation. See the Bulletin page.

About half of our core membership is from Merseyside and the surrounding area, with others located throughout the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, while some reside as far away as Australia, Canada and the United States of America.