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Fully Funded PhD Opportunity! Shipwreck Shores: Wrecking and Coastal Cultures in Britain and Sweden, 1700-1850

We at Port Towns and Urban Cultures are excited to announce a fully funded “Coastal History” PhD opportunity. This split-site PhD will provide the successful candidate with the unique opportunity to research and teach in both Britain and Sweden, thanks to a new collaboration established between the University of Portsmouth and Halmstad University. The PhD […]

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Machine shop in Kronstadt Dockyard (c.1906) P. Brown

CFP: NDS 25th Annual Conference. Dockyards and Baltic Campaigns (1721–2021): Comparisons and Transformations

The Naval Dockyards Society has announced the theme for their 25th Annual Conference which will be held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich on 27 March 2021. This one-day conference will examine the role of the naval dockyards and bases that were closely associated with Baltic naval campaigns. 1721 was the year that the Great […]

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Jenny’s side party painting un-named British  ship in Hong Kong. Eve Tar Archive

A warm stroke from shore to ship: naval homages to Hong Kong’s female side-parties

Working in unprepossessing paint-stained overalls and traditional conical hats Chinese female contractors serviced British Commonwealth and US ships anchored off Hong Kong. A South China Morning Post outlined the civilian women’s formal role when ships arrived. These ‘side parties were groups of women who would clean the vessels, chip off rust and repaint their sides, […]

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Commemorative Katori and Kashima postcard

New Research! Port Towns and Diplomacy: The British Empire and the Japanese Navy in the Early Twentieth Century

Dr Melanie Bassett, Faculty Research Fellow for Port Towns and Urban Cultures, has published an article which appears in the current edition of The International Journal of Maritime History. ‘Port Towns and Diplomacy: Japanese Naval Visits to Britain and Australia in the Early Twentieth Century’ explores the visits of the Imperial Japanese Navy to Portsmouth […]

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