January 2018

Wednesday, January 31 2018

January 2018

This is a text only version of the newsletter. To view the newsletter online, click here.

Happy new year! The first Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) monthly newsletter of 2018 reports on a new archiving initiative, an extension to our call for applications and a new blog on the sinking on the City of Benares.

Call for applications closing date extension 

The Centre has extended the closing date for its Call for Applications on Opening Access to the Heritage & Education Centre. The scheme has been established to help the Foundation improve access to the Centre's archive. The call will close on 9 February with successful applicants being notified by email in March. To read further information, as well as application details, please visit the call's webpage .

City of Benares

Operating for over a quarter of a millennia, Lloyd's Register has employed thousands of staff since its inception in 1760. From Messenger Boys to the Chairmen themselves, the Society's staff have had their fair share of stories.

With the Society's staff being stationed across the globe, the Centre holds a unique collection of letters, memoirs and stories through its extensive archive and library. Such accounts have likely never been seen before by the public. Therefore, the Centre's new blog series - 'LR True Stories' will share these personal accounts; immortalising them to the digital realm for the foreseeable future.

Dennis Haffner's account of the Sinking of the City of Benares is yet another story, albeit an upsetting one, that deserves to be remembered. To read the blog click here.

Undaunted Update

As Project Undaunted enters 2018 the cataloguers are continuing with transcribing the Canadian ports of St John, Miramichi and Prince Edward Island. From the "destine voyage" column on the Survey Reports, we've seen they all had a very close connection with the port of Liverpool. Also the number of ships named after figures in Greek mythology like Ariadne and Nereid illustrates how widespread knowledge of the classics once was in British culture.

Max found a very interesting Survey Report for the ship Robert Kerr which was a converted coal barge, towed by a tugboat that saved roughly 150 people on 13 June 1886 during the Fire of Vancouver that reduced the city to ashes in forty five minutes. It would be credited as the 'ship that saved Vancouver'.

Since the last update we've sadly bid farewell to our conservator Nicole who has moved on to working at the British Library.

As always to find out more about the project search #ProjectUndaunted.

Interesting Enquiries

HEC's Information Advisor, Anne Crowne, receives historical enquiries from the public every day.

Recently, an enquiry saw Anne study the extensive service career of the yacht Mohawk II.

The yacht was completed by Stow and Son at the beginning of the 20th century and was originally called Sylvia. She was classed by Lloyd's Register in 1903. Remarkably, the yacht is still; in service 115 years later!

Having survived a collision which required five years of restoration work, Mohawk II was back in service in 2010.

Currently the yacht is owned by the Norwegian Sea Scouts in Oslo, being used as a training ship for cadets.

Do you have a historic ship enquiry? Contact the Centre using our contact form.

HEC launches new archiving initiative

The Heritage & Education Centre is currently developing a new digital repository for staff to send in noteworthy stories, photographs and documents from their career at Lloyd's Register.

The repository will be open to both current and former LR staff via a generic email address.

The online archive will hold downloadable templates so that staff can input the details of their service career at LR- this preserving the activities of the organisation for the future. For news regarding the progress of the repository, make sure to follow the Centre's social media accounts. 

Stats a fact!

Did you know, in 2017... 

The Project Undaunted cataloguing team transcribed 133 boxes worth of archived documents. 

The Centre's webpages saw a 20% rise in page views compared to 2016. 

Information Advisor Anne Cowne answered online enquiries from 38 countries worldwide

The Centre hosted 11 educational groups at 71 Fenchurch Street - close to 400 people

Did You Know? 

In August 1977, New York surveyor P.D. Brock spent three weeks in North Carolina inspecting 285 peanut picking machines. The machines, made by Harrington Manufacturing Company, would later be shipped to Sudan.