SUMMER SPECIAL: Malta GC and Operation Pedestal

Join Colonel David Vassallo for an illustrated talk celebrating the 80th anniversary of Operation Pedestal and the safe arrival of the tanker SS Ohio in Grand Harbour, Malta on 15 August 1942. The talk sets the scene with a description of the two-and-a-half-year Siege of Malta by the Axis powers, at the height of which, […]

Removal of the wreck of the COSTA CONCORDIA

Join Paris Mangriotis as he presents the technical challenges involved in removing the wreck of the Costa Concordia from its location on the Tuscan island of Giglio over a two year period from 2012 to 2014. The undertaking was the largest of its kind and stretched the abilities of all involved due to the pressures on […]

Shipwrecks in the Thames

With so many ships visiting London, it is hardly surprising that there have been thousands of shipwrecks in the Thames. Join Rob Smith as he presents a Virtual Tour telling the story of 12 ships that have sunk in the Thames. From a Roman cargo ship to a mysterious sinking in the Cold War, Rob's […]

Operation TITLE - Sink the Tirpitz

An Allied mission in 1942 sending the fishing boat, Arthur, with two x 2 man submersible ‘chariots’ from Shetland, across the North Sea and into Trondheim Fjord, Norway, to sink the heavily defended German battleship, Tirpitz.

Fishery Protection – The Royal Navy’s Role

Alastair Chapman, Chairman, The Wellington Trust presents a historical and current background to the European and North Atlantic fishing industry, its regulation and enforcement, its political disputes and some vivid film footage from the Icelandic Cod Wars of the 1970s. The lecture also includes the Speaker’s personal recall of his experience as the Navigating Officer […]

P&O - The Pride and Privilege of Preserving ‘A Great Past’

Susie studied Art history at the University of East Anglia and was first bitten by the heritage bug whilst working as an architectural researcher and writing reports and histories of some of the most notable and historic government buildings in Westminster. In 1993 she jumped ship joining P&O to catalogue their art collection. That one-year […]

A Mariner’s View of Selected Scottish Lighthouses

Captain Simon Quail B.Ed MA Master Mariner will present our February lecture. Charting a voyage on a little ship (1599 grt) from North Wales, via the Irish Sea, the Little Minch and the Pentland Firth to Duncansby Head, (on route to Odda in Norway) passed those famous Stevensons Lighthouses as they guided me safely away […]

Ships in Miniature. A brief overview of the ship model from 1800BC to the present

The National Maritime Museum is widely recognised as the largest maritime museum in the world with a collection of over 2.5 million items. It is one of four main sites of the Royal Museums Greenwich which is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site located beside the Thames. Amongst these amazing collections is the world […]

The Battle of the Atlantic – the U boat perspective

Reflecting on the perils of WWII, Churchill said “Battles might be won or lost, enterprises succeed or miscarry, territories might be gained or quitted, but dominating all our power to carry on the war, or even keep ourselves alive, was our mastery of the ocean routes and the free approach and entry to our ports […]

The Annual Shipwrights' Lecture

Howard MacKenzie-Wilson presents the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s three-masted barque TENACIOUS – her construction and 21 years of round the world service, including her current deployment on a six-month charter to the Royal Navy. The first square-rigged sail training for the Royal Navy since Jacky Fisher paid off the inshore squadron of brigs in 1903.

Here be Monsters!

From the earliest known chart of 1275 to the extraordinary charting of the world by the Royal Navy during the 19th and 20th centuries, author and maritime historian, Lieutenant Commander John Blake FRIN RN will share his incomparable knowledge of sea charts in this fascinating presentation. John is also a Fellow of the Royal Institute […]

Tales of the Sea

We’ve chosen a selection of 7 stories sent in by Friends and colleagues, a range of experiences that you’ll want to hear: Apprentices letters from foreign parts. A fire on board HMS WARSPITE – a submarine berthed in Liverpool, 1976. RRS BRANSFIELD and the outbreak of the Falklands war, 1982. An unlikely attack weapon! Mail […]

Missing Medals: Unearthing Invisible Seafaring Histories of Empire

Asif Shakoor interviewed by Dr Georgie Wemyss on the stories of his grandfather Mahomed Gama and BAME seafarers. Asif Shakoor is an independent scholar. He grew up in Manor Park and studied at the University of East London. His grandfather, Mahomed Gama, enlisted in the Mercantile Marine during the Great War. He has presented research […]

Voyaging across the Isthmus of Panama in Central America

A history of transiting from the Atlantic to the Pacific (and vice versa) from the very first crossing by a European, when the Spanish explorer, Balboa, gazed at the Pacific Ocean from the heights of Darien to today’s modern, large and shiny new Panama Canal. Presented by the latest ancient adventurers, HCMM’s Past Masters, Captain Malcolm […]