Events

Our research sessions normally take place every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) in the Maritime Archives and Library at the Merseyside Maritime Museum commencing at 10.30am.

Our monthly talks are open to members (and invited guests by arrangement) and cover a balanced programme of topics within an overall maritime theme.

Talks 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 12.30pm, with coffee available from midday.  The calendar of events is as follows:

Apr
16
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Gibbs Bright and the SS Great Britain in Liverpool – Richard Martin
Apr 16 @ 12:30

The SS Great Britain was conceived and born in Bristol but lived her life operating out of Liverpool for thirty years. This talk is about her owners’ Liverpool business and their liner service to Australia

May
21
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Inshore Minesweepers of the 1950s – David White
May 21 @ 12:30

After WW2, with an increasing threat from the USSR, the UK implemented a major increase in the RN’s ability to deal with the threat of mine-laying in home waters. The inshore threat was countered by building 243 Inshore Minesweepers that proved so useful that their roles developed well beyond that envisaged with some serving the nation for over four decades’

Sep
17
Thu
2020
Shipping and Globalisation in the Post World War 2 Era – Professor Nick White
Sep 17 @ 12:30

This talk, given in memory of former LNRS President Bill Pape, will look at the development of containerisation and how it impacted on major shipping lines including Blue Funnel (Alfred Holt & Co).

Oct
15
Thu
2020
The Other P&O; the American One – Robert Bruce-Chwatt
Oct 15 @ 12:30

The Peninsular & Occidental Steamship Company was formed in 1900 and could, perhaps, be described as one of the seed pearls of the now massive Florida based cruise industry although the company ceased to trade in 1967 after the Cuban Revolution.  This talk looks at the ships it employed and some of the famous passengers carried which include Ernest Hemingway.

Nov
19
Thu
2020
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
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.