Annual Scottish Maritime History Conference

In two weeks time, on Wednesday 22nd October, the Annual Scottish Maritime History Conference will take place at the Riverside Museum. The conference will features talks by the following researchers:

  • Dr Roy Fenton, Ships in Focus Publications ‘Tramps: Ocean and coastal; what we know and what we don’t know’
  • Dr David Jenkins, National Museums Wales ‘Master mariner, shipowner & philanthropist – remembering Sir William Reardon Smith’
  • Dr Martin Bellamy, Glasgow Museums ‘Sweet Victory: William Burrell and the case of the Strathdon sugar’
  • Ian Winkle, Riverside Museum ‘Capsize of SS Daphne, 3 July 1883: A technical reappraisal of the Incident and its
  • Professor Ian Buxton, University of Newcastle ‘Causes of Losses of British- built Ships, 1850-1969’
  • Dr James Wilson, University of Glasgow ‘An Exploration of the Portsmouth Block Mill’s Management, circa 1805-1812’

You can download the full programme and book your place by contacting the Centre for Business History in Scotland‘s secretary Christine Leslie (

Ben Line Ltd

Our Ben Line Ltd project cataloguer, Neil Ogg will be attending and it will be an opportunity to hear about his project to catalogue the records of the Ben Line Ltd shipping company and see some items from the collection on display.

In other maritime related news, the evening before on Tuesday 21 October there will be a public lecture held in the library on level 3 at 7pm entitled ‘Glasgow University and Naval Architecture’ by Professor John Hume as part of the Friends of the University of Glasgow Library‘s calendar of events. Professor John Hume, Chair of RCAHMS, will describe the foundation and growth of the world`s first University Chair of Naval Architecture made possible by the active involvement of Mrs John Elder, of Fairfields Shipyard.

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