HCMM’s Past Masters, Captain Malcolm W. Parrott and Captain John R. Freestone present 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.
Jenny Moseley, Deputy Chair of the Friends and Trustee of the Wellington Trust presents the history of The Vickers Vimy. In 1919 and 1920, a Vimy flew from London to Australia, London to Cape Town, and across the Atlantic with Alcock and Brown. This presentation is about the re-enactment of the Vickers Vimy flights – the modern day trials and tribulations, including a plague in India and a crash in Indonesia, and another in Africa.
Dr Aaron Jaffer, Curator of World History & Cultures, Royal Museums Greenwich, explores the lives of Indian Ocean seafarers, or ‘lascars’, employed aboard British sailing ships during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Dr Margarette Lincoln, Exhibition Lead Trustee of The Wellington Trust, discusses the Golden Age of Piracy. A fascinating talk about how pirates were portrayed in their own time, in prints, ballads, trial reports, and early novels.
Simon Stephens, Curator of the Ship Model and Boat Collections at The National Maritime Museum gives us an illustrated talk touching upon the history of the buildings and formation of the collections. This is followed by a number of the most iconic objects selected from a curatorial perspective.
Kevin Maynard, Station Manager at the RNLI Tower Station, discusses how the RNLI works and how it is funded. Kevin provides fascinating insight into how the RNLI are crewed and alerted when they are needed. With actual footage of the types of incidents the lifeboat gets called to.
Richard Shuttleworth served on three ships operating from the West Indies to the Far East. Richard takes us back to 11 November 1940 and discusses The Battle of Taranto (Operational Judgement).
Hannah Cunliffe, Director, National Historic Ships UK discusses Maritime Heritage in the UK Achievements & Challenges around our Coast.