The first LR Asian Office was opened on 
Nanking Road Shanghai. Nanking Road, 1911.

Lloyd’s Register Surveyors in China, 1869-1918

The Port Towns and Urban Cultures group are excited to see the enrolment of our PhD Candidate Corey Watson. Corey will be funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) for three years to embark on exciting research into the Foundation’s history and archival collection.[1] The research will be supervised by historians in the University of Portsmouth’s […]

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National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, PBB9832: Chatham Navy Week: Official Guide and Souvenir, 1934. Courtesy of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

‘Power, presented in its latest and most potent forms’: Navy Weeks at the Home Ports, 1927–1938

In August 1927, nearly 50,000 people flocked to Portsmouth to attend the first Navy Week. Showcasing the power and prestige of the Royal Navy, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, mine-laying monitors, submarines, and an aircraft carrier were all either on view or available for close inspection. Attendees saw HMS Rodney and HMS Nelson, the two most modern […]

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Reproduced with permission from Daniel Reeve (www.danielreeve.co.nz)

Nantucket’s Bid for Survival during the War of 1812

Residents of the island of Nantucket played a significant and prominent role in the development and control of much of the global whaling industry during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This narrative has dominated the history of this small New England island. Less researched, however, is an event that for a brief period of time […]

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The Coastal History Blog No.52: The Fresh and the Salt – Ann Lingard’s Solway

The Solway—originally sol + wath, the muddy ford—forms part of the border region between England and Scotland.[1] Its precise boundaries have vexed lawyers at times, “for the channels and sandbanks can change even within a day,” but perhaps two other descriptions can fill out the picture: it is “the most under-researched estuary in the UK” […]

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Larger type of the early German magnetic mine, recovered in 1939, with rule alongside to show its size. © IWM A 30292.

The Coastal War, 1939

When war was declared on Germany on 3 September 1939 Britain immediately began to mobilise its forces. Whilst the bulk of the Royal Navy was focused on convoy protection and controlling the North Sea the Royal Navy Patrol Service (RNPS), comprised reservists from both the Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) and Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), […]

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The Coastal History Network announces a new IHR Partnership Seminar: Coastal Connections

The Coastal History Network are pleased to announce that they have been successful in their application for one of the Institute of Historical Research’s series of new online Partnership Seminars. ‘Coastal Connections’ will build upon the gathering momentum behind the Coastal History Network which was established earlier this year. Since its launch in April 2020 […]

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