We are pleased to alert all our followers and partners about an opportunity to attend the Naval Dockyards Society Conference in Greenwich.
The Society holds a themed conference each year, open to non-members, which is usually held at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich. You can find out more about the 2019 Conference and previous conferences below.
Conference: Saturday 30 March 2019
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
You can register to attend this conference and find out more by clicking here
This year’s theme is: ‘We stand on guard for thee.’* – Dockyards and Naval Bases in North America, the Atlantic and the Caribbean
*The sentiment expressed in the chorus of ‘O Canada’, the Canadian national anthem written in 1880,
could represent that of any naval base for its territory.
More about this year’s NDS conference:
This one-day conference will examine the role of naval bases in North America, the North Atlantic and
the Caribbean. Were bases built to defend colonies, to control colonies, or to act as springboards for
attacking the enemy? How useful were bases in the 17th–20th centuries? Some bases expanded in the
world wars. How much was this for local defence and how much to defend convoys? Many landscapes of
war have become business and leisure spaces.
An exciting and wide-ranging international programme features three papers focusing on shore and air
facilities in North American naval bases: Upper Canadian hemp supply, naval dockyards on the Great
Lakes and the Rush-Bagot Treaty, and shore facilities for maritime and naval aviation in the North
Atlantic. These are followed by three papers examining particular themes or sites: West Indies naval
hospitals, history and re-use of Brooklyn Navy Yard New York, and heritage issues at Port Royal Jamaica.