King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2017-18

An outlook of what’s ahead for the King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2017-18. Our long running seminar series of Maritime & Naval history seminars in partnership with the British Commission for Maritime History and Society of Nautical Research. 

King’s Maritime History Seminars, 2017-18


12 October 2017, Project Undaunted – exciting research opportunities, interesting discoveries
Barbara Jones, Lloyd’s Register

26 October 2017, Challenging the Atlantic: Brunel’s first steam ship, Great Western
Helen Doe, University of Exeter

9 November 2017, Sea of Contradictions: Black seafarers in the Royal Navy
S.I. Martin, Writer and Researcher


23 November 2017, Sailing around Belligerents’ Restrictions: American Shipping to Bordeaux
during the French Wars (1793-1815)

Proctor Memorial Lecture (*hosted by Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch St.)
Silvia Marzagalli, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis


7 December 2017, Australia and India at Sea: The Contemporary Security implications of Two Maritime Histories  from ancient to modern times. 

Helen Sellers, exchange PhD researcher, University of Canberra.


18 January 2018, Baltic Brigs and Guernsey Sloops: Southampton’s Shipping Patterns in the 1770s
Maria Newbery, University of Southampton

1 February 2018, Decolonisation from the Seas: Mutiny in the Royal Indian Navy
Naina Manjrekar, SOAS

15 February 2018‘Lord Fisher, the Baltic and British strategy 1914-15’.Prof. Andrew Lambert, King’s College London

1 March 2018, The Curious Case of the ‘Steam Yacht’ Caroline:
An Incident from the Russo-Japanese War in British Waters
Roger Dence, King’s College London

15 March 2018, The Black Sea war of 1914-17 through British eyes
Toby Ewin, King’s College London

26 April 2018, Life before Death: the 1963 decision to build the aircraft carrier CVA01
Tim Benbow, JSCSC Shrivenham, UK Ministry of Defence,  Defence Studies, King’s College London.

10 May 2018, Pageantry and Representation in the late-Henrician Navy: The Battle of the Solent
and Admiral Claude d’Annebault’s Visit to London
Benjamin Redding, University of Warwick

24 May 2018, ‘An Incomparable Influence Upon Every Shore’: Conceptions of Naval Power
and World Order on the Eve of the Great War
Louis M. Halewood, University of Oxford

*This seminar series is hosted by the ‘Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War’, King’s College London, and organised by the British Commission for Maritime History ( in association with the Society for Nautical Research. Meetings take place on Thursdays at 17:15 in rm K6.07, Dep’t of War Studies, KCL, Strand, WC2R 2LS (6th Floor, King’s Building), with the exception of the Proctor Memorial Lecture which takes place at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BS. Admission to this lecture is by ticket only, available from Barbara Jones, Information Services, at the above address or by emailing (Barbara.jones AT For further information about the King’s Maritime History Seminar, contact Dr Alan James, War Studies, KCL, WC2R 2LS (alan.2.james AT