Tuesday, July 31 2018
This is a text only version of the newsletter. To view the newsletter online, click here.
This month's edition of the Heritage and Education Centre (HEC) Newsletter includes Open House, our lecture on the First World War and the London International Science Forum.
On the 22 September, the Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre will be taking part in Open House London!
We will be throwing open the doors to the iconic Richard Rogers building and the historic Thomas Collcutt building and inviting members of the public to have a look around! We also have a couple of exciting surprises. You can turn up on the day without having pre-booked a ticket.
For more information, follow the link to our Eventbrite page.
Make sure you're following us on Twitter and Facebook to find out more about the event!
For more information about Open House, visit their website.
On the 26 July, the HEC team held an evening lecture on Lloyd's Register and the First World War.
Charlotte Ward, a researcher for the team, delivered the lecture exploring the role Lloyd's Register played in the Great War and the lives of the 15 men listed on our memorial.
To learn more about the lives of the 15 men, visit our website.
Our final lecture, on the history of cricket and the Lloyd's Register Cricket Club, will be taking place on the 23 August. There are still tickets available! To sign up, follow the link.
A few weeks ago, members of the Heritage and Education Centre team attended the 1851 Trust #NextGeneration Roadshow in Nottingham and had a fantastic day out!
Funded by the Lloyd's Register Foundation, the 1851 Trust took their roadshow across the country and thousands of students took part. Using yacht plans from our archive as well as footage of recent America's Cup races, the students learned about the technology and materials that go into building yachts and the importance of understanding STEM subjects.
On a gloriously sunny day in Nottingham, we took part in the various STEM sessions including materials testing and boat building. We also got to watch the students learn to sail on the lake!
To learn more about the work of the 1851 Trust, visit their website.
A researcher helping the Commonwealth War Graves Commission wanted the details of a small cargo vessel called Tandjong Pinang as they are in the process of updating their records.
This little cargo vessel was built in Hong Kong by Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co. of Hong Kong Ltd in 1936. She was registered in Singapore and had been trading between the Singapore Straits and the Rhio Archipelago.
In February 1942, in what turned out to be her final voyage, she picked up a number of passengers from the Kuala which had been sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy a few days earlier. At around 20.30 on the evening of the 17 February (or 15 th per the Lloyd’s Register Wreck Book) she was stopped by a warning shot from an enemy ship. Though attempts were made to evacuate the passengers, the Tandjong Pinang was fired at. According to the Wreck Book for 1942, originally her fate was unknown. However it was later confirmed that she had sunk on the 15 February 1942 and abandoned as a Total Loss. The Wreck Books, which supplement our published casualty returns and our wreck reports on classed vessels, are held in the library at 71 Fenchurch Street and are an excellent resource for finding out the loss of a maritime vessel and cover the years 1940-1977.
On the 27 July Lloyd's Register and the Lloyd's Register Foundation hosted the London International Youth Science Forum at 71 Fenchurch Street.
The LIYSF aims to "give a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of all mankind and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations". To learn more about the LIYSF, visit their website.
The HEC team took part by delivering a talk on the work we do as well as a tour of the historic Collcutt Building.
Follow the link to watch the LIYSF promotional video for 2018.
July has been a busy month for Project Undaunted! Continuing on with the testing of our bespoke Content Management System (CMS) the team have been hard at work putting the database through its paces. Part of this testing has included thorough examination of the system’s search functions which will ensure maximum use of our (often) wide-ranging data, and enable far greater ease of access for research. We have also conducted cataloguing tests to get to grips with the system and accelerate the speed with which we document foundation’s extensive maritime collection. More to follow on this next month!
Besides testing, we have also been actively cleansing our data in preparation for a large import of our catalogued material this month. The material being imported belongs to our First and Famous pilot project; consisting of records for well-known ships of technological or historical importance such as the Cutty Sark and the Mauretania. This particular catalogue comprises of over 7,600 records so making sure it is correct has been our prime concern, though with nearly 1.5 million more to go this is just the tip of the iceberg!
This month the team were delighted to find records for the first steel tramp steamer constructed to LR class the United States; the Winifred. Built in 1898 by the Bath Iron Works, of Bath, Maine, Winifred was originally constructed for the New York and Puerto Rico Steamship Co, but was later sold to the US Navy in 1918 to ferry personnel and supplies between Britain and France. Returning to commercial life after the war, she served the Gulf Refining Co until 1936.
Are you passionate about contemporary maritime issues such as plastics and the sea and the future for Britain’s seaborne trade? Do you want to share that passion with the public? The Lloyd's Register Foundation is funding a Public Curator of Contemporary Maritime at the Royal Museums Greenwich.
Deadline for applications 2 August.
For more information and to apply, click here.
This month the HEC team was joined by Misha Ansell who was completing her year 12 work experience with us. We asked Misha to write about her favourite thing at HEC. She chose the historic Collcutt building!
Having joined the Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre for my work experience, I had the pleasure of seeing a vast amount of historical treasures - from Yacht plans to the exquisite old library. I would say that my favourite ‘thing’ would be the architecture and design of the building. The building remains true to its original roots, keeping the elegant and sophisticated design which Thomas Collcutt had hoped for. I feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity to spend a week at the Centre, working with the lovely team and taking part in exciting and new challenges!
To read the rest of Misha's blog, follow the link.
We wish Misha all the best with her future!
This month Max Wilson, part of the Project Undaunted team, has written about the Robert Kerr. Cataloguing and exploring LR's expansive collection as a part of Project Undaunted never fails to present a wealth of fascinating stories from the heroic to the bizarre. It was while sifting through the correspondence, survey reports and plans for the port of Quebec that I came across records for a ship with a significant but little-known history. Beginning her life as a wooden ship for the trade between Britain and India under the name Buffalo, she would be repurposed, altered, and pass ownership many times; in Canadian history she would gain fame as Robert Kerr, 'the ship that saved Vancouver.'
To learn more about the Robert Kerr, click here.