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October 8th 2022 ~ Thirty Days of September ~ with Krispen Atkinson ~

Images and commentary recalling Krispen's busiest ship spotting month ever, travelling through Europe and a visit to Singapore.

In September 2016 circumstances conspired to deliver busy international consultant and ship enthusiast Krispen a hectic schedule with both work trips and holiday coinciding. Krispen’s camera was kept busy across a wide range of locations and ships … and as you will see we are the beneficiaries of his enthusiasm and photographic record.

Krispen Atkinson is a maritime consultant, director of The World Ship Society and regular contributor to Ship’s Monthly & Marine News with a passion for modern merchant shipping. As author of an annual “Maritime Review” series, Krispen is a WSS speaker in demand. 

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November 12th 2022 ~ ss Rotterdam of 1959 - My favourite ship of all time ~ with David Trevor-Jones ~ 

Recalling the heydays of Holland America’s Rotterdam (V) and her ongoing life as cruise ship, hotel and city attraction.

Holland America’s SS Rotterdam(V) was the last great Dutch "ship of state". Her career spanned 41 years sailing from 1959 until her final retirement from cruising as Rembrandt in September 2000. Today, she is maintained as a hotel in her homeport. Her designers employed the finest artisans for her construction and fitting out … a major reason she is held in such high regard. David’s images of her as Premier Cruises’ Rembrandt and his enthusiasm for this fine ship take us on a wonderful journey through her life-story.

David Trevor-Jones is talks organiser & director at the Ocean Liner Society – and a long-standing branch member, friend and speaker at WSS Dorset. David’s shipping research and photography focusses on classic liners including the Russian “Author” class. 

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December 10th 2022 ~ Port of Rotterdam 2018 Panorama ~ with Neil Davidson ~

A private cruise around Europe's largest port - and a look at a vibrant city.

Neil took an 11-hour group charter specifically to photograph Rotterdam shipping in June 2018 and shares a selection with us. Our “tour” includes the Maasvlakte (I and II), Botlek and Waalhaven complexes giving us views of tankers Celsius Eagle, Evinco, Minerva Georgia & British Cormorant … containerships Seaspan Zambezi, CMA CGM Marco Polo, MSC Atlantic & Maersk Gibraltar … heavy lift ship Zhen Hua 24 … bulkers Linda Oldendorff, Zola, Harvest Frost & Golden Endurer … as well as tugs, reefers, offshore support vessels, the ss Rotterdam - and a taste of the city itself. Enjoy your tour!

Neil Davidson spent his entire working career in the port and shipping industry and has been a member of the World Ship Society for over 40 years. Neil’s photographic image collection and research provides an insight to a wide range of shipping.

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January 14th 2023 ~ Favourite ferry trips from the Golden Era in Scandinavia 1985-1999 ~ with Bill Mayes ~

Our much-travelled WSS & OLS director shares more scanned images of ferry journeys in Norway, Sweden & Denmark.

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February 11th 2023 ~ Firth of Forth Shipping ~ with Iain McGeachy ~

A whistle-stop tour of the firth’s harbours and the wide variety of shipping visiting in recent years.

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March 11th 2023 ~ Broadening my Horizons ~ with Ann Haynes ~

Travel memories and ships spotted on Ann’s 2012 OLS cruise departing from Marseilles in the south of France.

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April 8th 2023 ~ Doctor at Sea ~ with William Cremin ~

Stories of the ships and medical challenges encountered whilst serving as the medical practitioner onboard.

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May 13th 2023 ~ Visions of the Nineties ~ with Steve Pink ~

A class of six RCCL cruise ships delivered 1995-98 … if 1988 saw their first “megaship” – what came next? 

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March 13th 2023 ~ Broadening my Horizons ~ with Ann Haynes ~ 

Travel memories and ships spotted on Ann’s 2012 OLS cruise departing from Marseilles in the south of France.

In May 2012 Ann joined fellow passenger ship enthusiasts aboard Horizon, then sailing with Pullmantur Cruises in France (Croisieres de France).  The week’s ship-spotting encountered a wide variety, including Napoleon Bonarte, Piana, MSC Divina, Atlantic Star, Club Med 2, QE2 and Amerigo Vespucci – providing a great background for Ann to share a selection of her photo collection with us – and there’s a surprise homecoming when Ann lands back in London!  

 Ann Haynes early career as a Purserette with Union-Castle Line started her lifelong interest in ships as a member of the Ocean Liner Society. Ann has presented talks to WSS branches in the UK and North America.  We all enjoyed her talk in 2020 and it’s great to be able to welcome her back.

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May 13th 2023 ~ Visions of the Nineties ~ with Steve Pink ~ 

A class of six RCCL cruise ships delivered 1995-98 … if 1988 saw their first “megaship” – what came next? 

When Royal Caribbean’s 73,000 ton, 2,276 passenger Sovereign of the Seas entered service in 1988 it was hailed as a new "megaship" concept and introduced resort-style cruising to the US market. Entering the nineties the group targeted worldwide cruising by initiating “Project Vision” – similar tonnage, lower passenger capacity, larger cabins, more balconies. Steve tells the story of the project and the six ships delivered from 1995’s Legend of the Seas to the eponymous Vision of the Seas.

Steve Pink is branch secretary and events organiser at WSS - Dorset and a member of the Ocean Liner Society. A Nautical Studies graduate with a background in passenger shipping, ferries and cruising - Steve also acts as editor & promoter for ~Ships~Dorset~ facebook group and website content.

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