Our 2024-2025 PROGRAMME

is online as well as our Dorset venue

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11th May 2024 ~ Seven years at Sea in the Seventies ~ with Steve Pink ~ 

A brief career as a Navigating Officer – sixteen ships – a time of seismic changes in passenger and cargo shipping

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14th September 2024 ~ At sea with the British Antarctic Surveywith Robin Plumley ~ 

Fifteen years with the British Antarctic Survey during the 1970s and 1980s … thirteen voyages to the Antarctic aboard the research ships John BiscoeBransfield and James Clark Ross … supplying and storing the Falklands and British bases … all this and more. 

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12th October 2024 ~ Shipping at Rotterdam & Felixstowe ~ with Trevor Hargreaves ~

A full day photographing ships in Rotterdam’ and Felixstowe in May 2024 …

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9th November 2024 ~ More shipping adventureswith Bill Mayes ~

We look forward to Bill’s talk every year … his shipping adventures assembled over many years … his particular passion for passenger shipping. We welcome back one of the UK’s leading ship enthusiast personalities and await an enjoyable afternoon. 

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14th December 2024 ~ Operation Pedestal – 1942 Malta Convoywith David Parsons ~ 

David returns following his excellent Merchant Navy in WW2 talk last year. This time his talk on convoy WS21S in August 1942 takes us from the Clyde to Melbourne Star, Port Chalmers, Rochester Castle, Ohio & Brisbane Star arriving into Valetta Harbour.

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11th January 2025 ~ Pride of Bilbaowith Paul Dallaway ~

Paul’s talk covers the ships journey from the Baltic to Greece including recollections of life onboard during her Western Channel & Biscay days.

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8th February 2025 ~ Falmouth through the years ~ with Krispen Atkinson ~

We have enjoyed travelling around the world on our regular ship spotting adventures with Krispen. This season he takes us back to his home county and back in time to give us an insight to the developments, cargoes & shipping activities in Cornwall's port of Falmouth. 

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8th March 2025 ~ Maritime Royalty - Britain’s Queens of the Atlanticwith Bill Miller ~ 

They are the most famous ocean liners of all time. The original Queen Mary & Queen Elizabeth ... luxury in peace, heroics in war ... and followed by the QE2, then Queen Mary 2 & three other Queens: Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth & the new Queen Anne.

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12th April 2025 ~ Farewell to the Marco Polo ~ with David Trevor-Jones ~ 

When popular UK cruise company CMV was forced to cease trading during the global pandemic we said goodbye to their well-loved fleet. The last ship enthusiast / photographer to look around Marco Polo was David ... and he shares his stories with us ...  

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10th May 2025 ~ Rotterdam to Amsterdam – R Class crosses centuries ~ with Steve Pink ~

Ships delivered in each century create the class of four still serving Holland America & Fred Olsen cruise lines …

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DOWNLOAD a PDF copy of our 2024-25 PROGRAMME BELOW

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To join our programme of online events via Zoom please contact ~SHIPS~DORSET~ via info@shipsdorset.org 

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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