The monthly talks programme for members remains suspended until further notice because of Government restrictions on social distancing. We intend, however, to record as many of the planned talks as possible and make these available to members through the website. The recording sessions are, unfortunately, not open to members. Recordings should become available shortly after the dates on which the talk was originally due to have taken place.
In April 1918 the Western Front was in stalemate. News from the front was unremittingly bad and thus came about the daring naval raids on St George’s Day 1918. Designed to stop the submarine menace operating from Belgium and allow unfettered reinforcements to cross the Channel, this talk will highlight the key role played in the operations by the Mersey ferries, Iris and Daffodil.
The launching of the Russian armoured cruiser Rurik in 1890 presented a new threat to British global trade. In response, William White designed two ‘Powerful’ class cruisers. Often derided as white elephants, this talk illustrates that they were actually formidable vessels based on sound strategic thinking and design practice.
This talk looks at the first 175 years of the Cunard Line, its triumphs and disasters.
En-route from Germany to the USA, the Flying Enterprise’s dramatic plight and the bravery of her Master, Captain Carlsen and the First Mate of the rescue tug Turmoil, Kenneth Dancy, gripped the British nation which was unaware of the top secret cargo the vessel was carrying.