November 2017

Thursday, November 30 2017

November 2017

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

The penultimate edition of the LRF Heritage & Education Centre (HEC) newsletter for 2017 sees yet more updates on the activities of HEC.

Proctor Lecture 2017

Last week the Heritage & Education Centre hosted the British Commission for Maritime History's annual Proctor Lecture. 

The lecture celebrates David Proctor’s great contribution to maritime history both in Britain and internationally.

This year's event, led by Silvia Marzagalli, focused on Sailing around Belligerents' Restrictions: American Shipping to Bordeaux during the French Wars (1793-1815).

With over 60 attendees, the event encouraged discussions on the impact the French Wars had on American trade and even touched on the economics of European coffee prices!

For those that were unable to attend, an audio recording of the lecture can be downloaded via Dropbox.

Undaunted update

After cleaning a few rather unfortunate stains from the survey report of the brig Seneca, the Project Undaunted team have almost completed the North East port boxes.

A busy November for the team also saw a visit from the wider LR Foundation staff to the Centre's new archive space.

The group spent the afternoon learning about the process of cataloguing and conservation, as well as finding out about a few interesting stories from the archive's documents.

Maritime science and technology: changing our world

The Centre is excited to announce that Maritime science and technology: changing our world will soon be made available to read online via the Lloyd's Register Foundation website.

Written by Nigel Watson, with Managing Editor Barbara Jones, the book was nominated for the 2016 Maritime Media Award's Mountbatten Maritime Award for best literary contribution.

Originally launched in 2015, the publication covers emerging technologies within the maritime world and addresses some key questions - Did the marine sector drive the developing technologies? Or did it just adopt them?

Keep your eyes on the Centre's social media channels and website to find out when the online version is live.

Interesting enquiries

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

In late October, Anne researched the career of Henry Jasper Cox after receiving an online enquiry.

Cox, a Lloyd's Register (LR) Surveyor and later Principle Surveyor joined LR in 1909. He had previously been an apprentice at Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson prior to joining the Society. Cox was involved in the works building the Mauretania, which coincidentally was classed by LR.

After working in the Far East and the United States, Cox retired in 1941 after suffering from poor health.

If you have an enquiry about a relative that worked at LR, get in touch.

Thomas Chapman's 'famous gesture'

As we draw closer to the holiday season, discover the tale of the infamous Christmas bonus theft...

The year is 1835 and only a year after Lloyd's Register's reconstitution, the Society is on the brink of bankruptcy. Despite this, LR Chairman Thomas Chapman decided to reward staff with a Christmas bonus.

Sadly, the bonus fund of £700 was stolen by a Junior Clerk. The Clerk fled to France with the funds and was never seen again. As a result, Chapman paid the Christmas bonus to staff out of his own pocket.

Aptly, Chapman is referred to as 'the father of Lloyd's Register' as acts, such as the aforementioned, showcased his kind and fair approach as Chairman. Under his tenure, the Society's finances prospered.

This 'famous gesture of consideration to the Staff' as noted in R.J Sladden's Notes and anecdotes on the Society's staff during the Victorian Era, is just one of the fascinating stories concerning the Society's Chairmen.

Discover more about Chapman and the former Chairmen of Lloyd's Register here.

Reference library holiday closure

As the Centre is closed during the holidays, please note that 71 Fenchurch Street's reference library will be closed from Friday 22 December until Tuesday 2 January.

Did you know?

During the Second World War Lloyd’s Register gave advice on new projects such as the construction of the Mulberry Harbour and the fitting of refrigeration units in Army tanks to be used in North Africa.