The Aims of the Society, which was founded in 1984, are to encourage interest in all aspects of our maritime heritage and to promote research in these fields, leading where possible to the publication of the result of such studies. 


When opportunity permits members will get an opportunity to visit and sail on historic vessels. 


From time to time the Society campaigns on issues relevant to the heritage of the South West. This has included planning issues, such as the Appledore drydock and protecting historic images on Delft tiles at a council building. We also raised a petition on the government website seeking help for vessels such as the Kathleen and May, and protested at the quite unnecessary requirement that Shieldhall should use the most expensive high-grade diesel fuel. 


We hold a number of meetings each year at different venues throughout the Region, enabling our members and friends to visit many places of maritime interest, from museums, galleries and nautical colleges to shipyards, naval establishments and fishing ports. Talks and seminars cover a wide range of topics, covering the whole maritime spectrum, and members enjoy a regular opportunity to meet and exchange views on their current work and interest with like-minded friends. 


We publish an informative newsletter, 'South West Soundings', three times a year containing items of interest, book reviews and information on our members, events and activities. 
We also publish an annual journal 'Maritime South West', which contains a range of articles of historic and current interest.  
These publications are FREE to members. 


In addition from time to time we publish Maritime Monographs in the form of books available to members. 
Members also receive our electronic newsletter “South West Echoes” containing more immediate information and news of meetings and events. 
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