About Us


Welcome to the 2020 incarnation of WSS Dorset Branch in the form of the ~SHIPS~DORSET~ website. 34 years after our first registered meeting we are making a determined effort to engage with current technology!

The World Ship Society got off the ground in the nineteen fifties … records for the Dorset Branch go back to 1986 … on a few occasions in its history numbers at meetings have been over 40 … in recent years somewhat lower.

This has led to a membership drive engaging social media, video conferencing and the ~SHIPS~DORSET~ website to promote the branch and attract new members.


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Talks & Meetings on Ocean Liners, Cargo Ships, Ferries, Mariner's Memoirs, Paddle Steamers, Cruise Ships, Naval History, Ship Design, Maritime Memories and much more ~ enjoyed by ships & shipping enthusiasts ~ a community with common interests 

Branch News 


For many years the Dorset Branch of the World Ship Society has held meetings monthly on the second Saturday afternoon of the month between September and May. Meetings have been held at the Broadstone Community & Arts Centre, 21 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, near Poole, Dorset, BH18 8AB ~ 2.15 pm for a 2.30 pm start. These nine meetings per year have been widely acknowledged as informative and well presented, attracting popular and respected speakers from the national ships, shipping and maritime history scene. 

CHANGED TIMES ~ updated October 2020 ~ The ongoing pandemic has limited community centre use and restricted the movement of speakers & members. In reacting to the situation, the branch committee has decided on a "self-help" approach ~ calling on active members to draw on their wealth of experience (and a modicum of expertise) to lauch a series of "zoom meetings" presented by members for the enjoyment of fellow members and guests. Visitors are very welcome ~ with 2020 restrictions any ships and shipping enthusiasts are invited to join any of our Zoom events. Rather than publish a full seasons programme of (physical) meetings our EVENTS page will be regularly updated. Please consider getting in contact ~ we would be pleased to send you an invitation to view, listen & join-in. 


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