May 2017

Wednesday, May 31 2017

May 2017

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

This month's edition of the Heritage & Education Centre's (HEC) monthly newsletter includes new items on Project Undaunted, new research on John Marshall, and information about the Centre's annual university visits

University visitors

Over the past month, the Centre has hosted university students from Deusto (Bilbao), Hamburg and Texas.

The students were given presentations by Lloyd's Register's (LR) legal and marine and offshore teams. The Centre also conducted a presentation on the history of the Society and a tour of the Collcutt building.

To find out more about the Centre's outreach to universities, visit the advancing public education webpage.

John Marshall

The Centre was delighted to welcome author Dr Liz Rushen from the National Centre for Australian Studies, as she continued her research into John Marshall; an underwriter and shipowner that campaigned for a united Register Book in the early 19th century.

Rushen, who is writing a book on Marshall and his career, used our archive General Committee Minutes and worked with Barbara and Louise on research for the chapter about Lloyd's Register.

Our reference library is open Monday to Friday and is free for all. Researchers can search our library catalogue ahead of visiting.

Undaunted update

The month of May, although frequented by Bank Holidays, was yet another productive month for the Project Undaunted team.

Conservator Nicole has produced a small exhibition of her work at 71 Fenchurch Street, while Eloisa and Miles have catalogued over 2,200 documents!

Highlights of the documents catalogued include a photograph of President Trakranen(1868) and a survey report for the weirdly named brigantine Time Is Money!

Interesting enquiries

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

This month, Anne received an enquiry about the schooner Vincent, completed in 1894. Using the Centre's collection of Register Books, Anne found the ship's official number, length, port of registry and shipbuilder.

Upon receipt of the information, the enquirer thanked Anne for the 'fantastic information'.

Do you have an enquiry? Get in touch!

Country anniversaries

The global connections established by LR over more than a century and a half make the organisation a truly international body. Over the next four years, 21 Lloyd's Register Group offices worldwide will be celebrating significant anniversaries.

The Centre will be providing historical research and images to help LR colleagues around the world to plan for their anniversary year and to ensure that they have time to get the right tools in place; helping to maximise the interface between the Foundation and Lloyd's Register Group.

Next year, LR will be celebrating its 140th anniversary of working in Singapore!


This past month has seen HEC webpages being read by users in 110 countries worldwide.

Our most popular page? The Lloyd's Register of Ships online! The page includes links to over 50 digitised editions of historic Register Books, dating from 1764 to 1945.

Visitors to the site also read the Centre's two new blogs:

From Glasgow to London and San Francisco the Ship Balclutha brings two institutions together and HEC needs you!: an update.

These are a few of our favourite things...

The HEC team use the historic library and archive at Fenchurch Street every day. But what are their favourite treasures? This month's edition features features Information Advisor, Anne Cowne.

The pair of Royal Copenhagen porcelain vases painted by M. Kjølner are my favourite items. There is also a bit of a story behind why we have two.

In 1960, when Lloyd’s Register celebrated its bicentenary, the Danish Committee presented the head office with a Royal Copenhagen vase showing the Danish Royal Yacht Dannebrog sailing past the renaissance castle Frederiksborg Slot, one of the Danish Royal palaces situated north of Copenhagen.

To read Anne's extended post, visit his blog on the HEC website.

Did you know?

This week, Lloyd's Register hosted the first meeting of the Arctic Council's 'Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum' at 71 Fenchurch Street.

To mark the occasion, we thought we would give you a brief overview of the Society's activities in the Arctic.

Lloyd's Register surveyors have gained a wide experience of ice-breakers over the years, in particular seeing first-hand the damage sustained by vessels working in ice-bound regions. Others have been even more closely involved, venturing out into the ice filled sea themselves, LR surveyor William Mumford served on one of the ships sent to look for the Franklin expedition after 1848. He later bequeathed a model of the Arctic discovery ship Resolute to LR, which is currently displayed on the landing near to the General Committee Room.