About Us


Welcome to the 2020s 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 a Community Centre near Poole in Dorset ~ 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 for May 2021 ~ The ongoing pandemic has limited community centre use and restricted the movement of speakers & members. In reacting to the situation, the branch committee decided on a "self-help" approach to launch a series of "zoom meetings" presented by members and popular speakers for the enjoyment of fellow members and supporters. Visitors to our branch have always been very welcome ~ any ships and shipping enthusiasts are invited to join our Zoom events and have been doing so during 2020 in considerable numbers. For 2021 we are asking these supporters to help us fund a further programme of online talks throughout the year. Your first invitation link to one of our Zoom events comes with no obligation and we hope you enjoy the afternoon. Ongoing supporters are asked to consider donating to our funds. Rather than publish a full seasons programme of meetings our EVENTS page will be regularly updated. From Spring 2021 - ongoing access to events will be restricted to branch members and donors. Please consider getting in contact ~ we would be pleased to send you a guest invitation to view, listen & join-in. 


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