Events

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.

Nov
19
Thu
2020
VIDEO ONLY – The Maritime Art of Kenneth Shoesmith – Glyn Evans
Nov 19 @ 12:30

After a Conway cadetship (1906 – 08), Shoesmith rose to the rank of Chief Officer with RMSPC.  In 1918 he took up painting full time and his iconic poster designs were used by many of the great shipping lines of the 1920s and 1930s.  This talk looks at his most significant works.

Dec
17
Thu
2020
VIDEO ONLY – TSS Manxman – A Final Visit – Bill Ogle
Dec 17 @ 12:30

LNRS member Bill Ogle served as Chairman during the final years of the Charitable Trust that sought to restore the Manxman.  This talk will focus on three short videos which, professionally made, seek to explain the final phases of her long and varied career.

Jan
21
Thu
2021
Robert Gladstone’s Voyage to Demerara in 1828 – Willie Williamson
Jan 21 @ 12:30

A fascinating and informal account of William Gladstone’s brother’s voyage in 1828 to visit his father’s plantations in the West Indies on the Liverpool sailing ship Roscoe.

Feb
18
Thu
2021
The 1918 raids by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines on Zeebrugge and Ostend – Tom Cunningham
Feb 18 @ 12:30

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.

Mar
18
Thu
2021
Sir William White and HMS Powerful – Dr Scott Lindgren
Mar 18 @ 12:30

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.

Apr
15
Thu
2021
175 Years of the Cunard Line – David Hearn
Apr 15 @ 12:30

This talk looks at the first 175 years of the Cunard Line, its triumphs and disasters.

May
20
Thu
2021
Dancy’s Leap – The story of the Flying Enterprise’s sinking in January 1952 – Keith Hick
May 20 @ 12:30

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.