June 2019

Sunday, June 30 2019

June 2019

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

It's been another busy month for the Heritage & Education Centre as we prepare for summer. We're delivering lectures, events and have other exciting plans!

Please note that the Heritage and Education Centre will be closed throughout August. 


On the 20 June, Charlotte Ward and Max Wilson delivered a lecture on the new exhibition 'From Coffee to Seaweed'. The event was well attended and led to some fascinating discussions about the history of Lloyd's Register and its wider context. If you attended this event, please send us your comments and feedback to This will help inform future events. 

On the 25 July we are welcoming National Maritime Museum Curator Laura Boon to 71 Fenchurch Street. She will be discussing the resurgence of wind power in shipping. 

To book your ticket, visit our website

Open House

The Heritage & Education Centre are delighted to announce that 71 Fenchurch Street will be a participating in Open House London 2019. For one day only, the historic Collcutt and modern Rogers buildings will be open to the general public. Visitors to both buildings will be able to view exquisite rooms, artwork and treasures. This year's event also offers the public a one-off opportunity to visit our new exhibition, From Coffee to Seaweed: Engineering a safer world since 1760.

For more information, click here. 


Want to 'launch' your career in digital heritage? 

We have two exciting new roles in the Heritage & Education Centre!

As the Digital Engagement Officer you will be responsible for leading new engagement projects for the HEC digital archive, promoting the digital activities of HEC and working to link HEC digitised material to other online collections to broaden their impact

The Digital Archivist will be tasked with the development and safeguarding of the Heritage & Education Centre’s digitised materials, from paper to born digital resources. In addition, the position will be responsible for digital workshops and the consolidation of existing databases.

Lloyd's Register Foundation International Conference 

Registration for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference on 9-10 October is now open. HEC are pleased to report that Laura Boon and Gustav Milne will be speaking about our heritage projects. Laura is the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Public Curator: Contemporary Maritime at the National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich. Her mission is to promote public awareness and understanding of the connections between maritime history and contemporary maritime issues. Gustav is founder of the Thames Archaeological survey and Project Leader for CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network). HEC archive materials will be used in support of this exciting project so watch this space!  

Archive Appraisal with the University of Hull 

We hosted the University of Hull for an Archive Appraisal workshop where we looked at potential uses for our collections. During the day we heard from Peter Phillipson on how the archives are informing the PhD project on 19th century merchant shipping and from Sam Wright on 20th century trawl fisheries. David Starkey and Martin Wilcox presented their project findings on the appraisal by the Blaydes Maritime Centre team. The project identified archival material held by HEC and selected provincial record offices that will inform a major research investigation into the development of safety measures in the fisheries and merchant shipping industry since c.1850. The Foundation awarded a grant of £10,000 for this in 2018.

Interesting Enquiries 

This month Anne helped with a rather mysterious family story... 

The SS Huronian was built by Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd for the Allan Line of Glasgow in 1901. She left Glasgow on the 11 February 1902 on her maiden voyage, carrying coal to St John, New Brunswick. She was reported ‘overdue’ on the 7 March. Though bad weather had been reported, no one was too concerned as a number of technical issues could have explained her delay.
With an increased concern for her whereabouts, several ships were sent to search for her in the Atlantic in April 1902. Over the coming weeks various reports came in of possible wreckage from the ship and sightings of her, however it was not until the 2 June 1902 that a bottle had washed up on the shore at Owls Head 45 miles east of Halifax and the note inside read “SS Huronian turned over in Atlantic on Sunday night. In small boat, fourteen of us”.
Five years later another bottle was found washed up on the shore in Castle Rock, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland. The message read “Huronian sinking fast, top heavy, one side under water. Goodbye mother and sister. Chas McFall, fireman”
Chas McFall was a fireman onboard the Huronian. It is still unclear exactly what happened to this vessel, and her crew, but McFall’s great-nephew is trying to piece together this 117-year-old mystery.