Our monthly talks are open to all members (and invited guests by prior arrangement only) 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 refreshments available from midday. Unless advised otherwise, members do not need to indicate attendance in advance, and can simply turn up on the day. Members who wish to invite guests must notify us at email@example.com at least 24 hours in advance. The calendar of events is as follows:
Most of the Task Force was composed of civilian manned merchant ships and auxiliaries. Largely they have been side lined by history with the RFAs often mis-identified as warships. This talk will look at the ships involved and the extent to which their crews met the demands placed upon them.
The Marine Society is known for supplying the Navy during its manpower crises in the 18th century but this talk, by a former Senior Research Fellow at the NMM Greenwich, is focused on the recruitment of poor boys into merchant vessels with a focus on Liverpool boys and the Port of Liverpool.
This talk will be about Peter’s service in both the MN and RNR and then time spent as a Senior Lecturer and Simulator Manager with LMJU Lairdside.
A young sailor is thrown into the Royal Navy’s deep end.
A film has recently been released regarding six Chinese seamen who managed to survive the sinking of the Titanic. Our speaker will cover her small part in the making of the film and also discuss the life of Chinese seafarers in the early part of the last century.
This trade was one of the last bastions of the sailing ship era and our speaker, a former ICI Overseas Freight Manager, describes how the product was shipped from Cornwall to Ellesmere Port or Runcorn and then on to the Potteries by canal.
This talk covers the speaker’s deployment to Pitcairn Island in 1976, in RFA Sir Geraint, the prime aims being the first phase of constructing a proper jetty and harbour breakwater plus building some new roads.
A history of the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships organisation and a tribute to all who served in DEMS during WW2.
In this 1804 battle, which took place in the Malacca Straits, a French squadron was severely beaten, not by the Royal Navy but by a merchant convoy of the East India Company. Recent research has thrown new light on the incident.