Visit to Britannia Royal Naval College - Wednesday 26th September 

This visit to the Britannia Royal Naval College is organised and guided by Dr. Richard Porter (of the College), and features two illustrated talks and a guided tour of the college. Tea and biscuits will be provided, and a two-course lunch with a glass of wine is available for £12.50. 
The visit is open to all, including non-members. If you would like to attend, please contact Martin Hazell at or call 01752 550768. 
For more details, including a detailed itinerary, please see here

Discovering Sharpham Heritage Day - Tuesday 11th September 

Find out about Sharpham's history and explore the Grade 1-listed house and gardens at our Discovering Sharpham Heritage day. Join us for a packed day of talks, tours, music and food in the majestic 18th Palladian villa overlooking the River Dart. 
This year's Discovering Sharpham Heritage Day will focus on the life and work of Captain Philemon Pownoll who transformed Sharpham with prize money from the Spanish ship he took in 1762. 
The day includes a tour of the house and gardens, talks about Captain Pownoll's naval career and personal life with an exchange of information, live music from the period and a chance to sample Sharpham's cheese over a delicious lunch. 
For more information, including a full schedule of the day's events, please visit the Sharpham Trust website:  
Booking is essential, either via the Sharpham Trush website, by calling 01803 732542 or by emailing 

Gibraltar: The Greatest Seige in British History 

Members Roy and Lesley Adkins will be giving an illustrated talk about their latest book, Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History, at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival on Wednesday 19th September, 10am in the Church on the Green. Tickets £10. See In his review in SW Soundings 107, Martin Hazell said that the Great Siege was ‘one of the greatest events in British maritime history’, adding: ‘This book is thoroughly recommended’. 

South West Maritime History Society Meeting and AGM 

There will be a meeting of the South West Maritime History Society at the Globe Hotel, Topsham on Saturday, June 9th 2018. 
For full details, a detailed itinerary and directions please see the attached document. 
To reserve a place either post the attached slip to Martin Hazell, 124 Molesworth Rd, Plymouth, PKL3 4AH, call 07484 232101, or email 


Wednesday 14th February 2018 
18:45 for 19:00 
The Roland Levinsky Lecture Theatre No. 2 
Admission free 
Speaker: Capt. Alastair Letty 
'Decommisioning Offshore Oil Platforms, including single lift technology using Pioneering Spirit' 
For full details or to reserve a place please see the file below. This is a FREE lecture sponsored by SWMHS & The Marine Institute of Plymouth University - 120 places available on a first to book basis. Please contact Martin Hazell, 124 Molesworth Road, Plymouth, PL34AH (01752 550 768 - an answerphone message may be left) or or 

SWMHS Meeting at North Devon Maritime Museum 

There will be a meeting of SWMHS at North Devon Maritime Museum in Odun House, Appledore, EX39 1PT, on Saturday, April 21st 2018 from 10am to 4:30pm. 
The meeting is open to friends of North Devon Maritime Museum and other local history societies at a cost of £3 each. 
The day will include a tour of the museum and archives as well as several talks on subjects including growing up next to Richmond Dry Dock, Sea Shanties, and wooden boat building at the Hinks Shipyard in Appledore, among others. 
For a full itinerary, directions and more details, please see the attached document. Please reply by the 14th April to: Martin Hazell, 124 Molesworth Road, Plymouth, PL3 4AH. 

The British Commission for Maritime History New Researchers in Maritime History Conference 2018, hosted by the SS Great Britain Trust 

The New Researchers in Maritime History Conference 2018 will be held at the Brunell Institute, SS Great Britain, Bristol on Friday 6th April. 
For the full itinerary and the booking form, please click here
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