Friday, November 30 2018
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This month's edition of the Heritage and Education Centre (HEC) Newsletter includes the launch of our new website, exploring our archive and Christmas news!
The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage and Education Centre are currently in the final development stage of our new website and will be launching it soon!
As part of the launch new content and resources will be available, including digitised documents from the Ship Plan and Survey Report collection, the World Fleet Statistics, Casualty Returns and new blogs.
Look out on our social media pages and other platforms to find out when we're launching it!
This month, the Heritage and Education Centre took part in the #Exploreyourarchive week on social media! This provided archives across the world a chance to show gems from their varied collections.
Each day had a different theme from #hairyarchives to #animalarchives. Our favourite day was, of course, #maritimearchives. On this day we shared a mid-ship plan of the Thistlegorm, who is part of our First and Famous collection. She was used to transport military supplies but was sunk in October 1941. She is a famous diving site, where you can still see her cargo!
We achieved over 18,000 impressions on Twitter by the end of the week!
To see our tweets from that week, visit our twitter page!
This month the Lloyd's Register Foundation had a team away day at the Dorsett City Hotel in London.
The day was filled with group activities discussing the Foundation strategy as well as analysing our team work styles and personalities. Certainly insightful!
We were able to come together as a team and think about the future of the Foundation and what it means for the Heritage and Education Centre. Lots to look forward to!
This month the Heritage & Education Centre dealt with an interesting and unusual enquiry from salvagers writing a report for the ‘Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed’; the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. The enquiry concerned the identification of a wreck lying at the coordinates 52.15N 03.49E, just over twenty miles away from the Dutch coast. The enquirer related to us that the vessel had been found many years before, and that after some research there was indeed a likely candidate. The vessel was that of a steamship 90 metres in length, with a triple expansion engine, and two boilers (one being a donkey/auxiliary boiler). The information gleaned from diving and surveying, together with additional research suggested the vessel was the Belgian Relief Ship S.S. Trevier, a ship known to have been sunk in that area by U-Boat. She was built in 1907 under the name Arabiana for the British Maritime Trust Ltd, by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Drydocks Co. Ltd, West Hartlepool. She was purchased by Furness Withy & Co in 1908, the Antwerpsche Zeevaart Maatschappij in 1913, and finally came under the ownership of Lloyd Royal Belge in 1917. Trevier finally met her end on 4th April 1918 when she was torpedoed by U-Boat 23. Carrying around 4300 tons of wheat, thankfully she was sunk with no loss of life, though six of her crew were seriously wounded in shelling that followed. Though the wreck was most likely the Trevier; positive identification was needed and for this they turned to the Lloyd’s Register Foundation for assistance.
During diving and salvage attempts a donkey boiler plate was brought to the surface. This plate, containing the makers information, date of manufacture, and the working pressure of the boiler also included the unique boiler number 4524, as given by the manufacturers Cochrane & Co, of Annan. Passing a picture of this boiler plate over to us we held a number records for the Trevier, detailing her construction, repair, wrecking, and the particulars of her hull, machinery, and equipment. Working through these documents we came across her boiler survey report, with a section specifically detailing the particulars of a vertical donkey boiler, her key particulars of manufacture matching including crucially, the unique boiler number 4524. Using our collection and archive we were able to confirm the wreck’s identity beyond doubt, as that of the steamship Trevier, just over a century after she was lost.
From tomorrow, we will be launching our Heritage and Education Centre advent calendar on social media! Each day we will reveal something festive from our archive. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join in!
Please note that the Heritage and Education Centre will be closed throughout the Christmas holidays from the 22nd December through to the 1st January. We will open again on the 2nd January!
We will also be out of the office from mid-day on the 7 December for the Lloyd's Register Foundation Christmas party.
The final newsletter of the year will be sent on the 21 December. It will be full of festive treats so look out for it a little earlier than usual!
This month Project Undaunted ploughed on with the testing of our new specially tailored Content Management System (CMS). This has been the work of many many months, but appears finally to be drawing to a close. Ensuring that this new system is up to the task of holding more than 1.25 million digital records has been at the core of our work. The figure of 1.25 million was taken at the start of the project and is a conservative estimate of the number of individual documents held within our collection, however it is only as our project progresses that we will know exactly what this figure is. The precise number is likely to be much more…but until then keep watching this space!
The next step for Project Undaunted is the cleaning of our catalogued data prior to an import into our CMS. Currently the system holds the records for our 17,500 strong First & Famous pilot project as well as our Dutch and early North East English records. At this point we are working to check and clean the next lot of roughly 35,000 records!
Earlier this month the project yielded yet another treasure from our extensive archive collection; a record for the 296 ton barque Truelove, a vessel with over 124 years of merchant service to her name! Built in colonial Philadelphia in 1764 her owners took the decision to have her lightly armed in the event of French attack. She continued trading until the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, where she was converted to operate as a privateer against British shipping. Not long after she was captured by the British as a prize of war and sold into the wine trade to Oporto. In 1784 after a change of ownership she was converted for the purposes of whaling in the Arctic, operating out of Hull. In 1849 she served as a relief ship in the search for Franklin’s ill-fated expedition, on one occasion becoming trapped in the ice for over a month. Having completed somewhere in the region of 72 whaling voyages, she retired as a whaler in 1868 and operated in the coasting trade. She was finally broken up in 1888.
To keep up to date with the progress of Project Undaunted, as well as the weird and wonderful finds from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s collection search #ProjectUndaunted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
11 November 2018 marked 100 years since the end of the First World War. 15 men from Lloyd's Register died during, or as a result of, the war and are listed on our memorial at 71 Fenchurch Street. The Memorial was unveiled on 11 May 1922, at Lloyd's Register's Collcutt building at 71 Fenchurch Street. Below is an excerpt from the event's programme.
The War Memorial erected in the office of Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 71, Fenchurch Street, London, to the memory of the members of the Society's staff who fell in the Great War, was unveiled on Thursday, 11th May, by Field-Marshal The Right Honourable Lord Methuen, G.C.B, G.C.M.G, G.C.V.O, and dedicated by the Rev. T. Wellard, B.A, B.D, Rector of St. Olave's, Hart Street, in whose parish the Society's office are situated.
Among the large assembly present were relatives of those whose names are inscribed on the War Memorial, many present and former members of the Committee of Lloyd's Register, and representatives of the Committees of Lloyd's Register abroad.
After the singing of the hymn "O God our help in ages past" Mr. J. Herbert Scrutton, the chairman of Lloyd's Register, who presided, stated that 111 members of the Society's staff had joined the colours during the Great War, and that of these 14 did not return. The numbers would have been increased had it not been for the Government recognition of the intimate association of the Society's staff with the Mercantile Marine, with which the safety and welfare of the country was so closely bound up. In many directions the staff had given strenuous assistance in connexion with the construction and repair of mercantile vessels involving hard work by day and night.
He believed that the memorial would be found worthy of the men whose lives had been sacrificed, of the building in which it was enshrined, and of the traditions of Lloyd's Register itself. He hoped that as the memorial was passed and repassed in the course of daily business it would strengthen the resolve of all who saw it that they too would do their duty.
Lord Methuen before unveiling the memorial said that, although he would have preferred that the duty should have been discharged by someone who had fought in the Great War, his presence was to some extent justified because from the beginning of 1915 until the end of the War he was Governor of Malta, where he had every chance of seeing the courage, ability and modesty of the officers of the Mercantile Marine. He fully recognised the value of the services which Lloyd's Register had rendered to the Mercantile Marine throughout the War. He felt most strongly that however great the desire for economy might be, it was only a matter of prudence and common sense to do all that was essential to safeguard the country and the Empire by air, sea and land.
After a roll of drums and the sounding of the Last Post by buglers and drummers of the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, Lord Methuen unveiled the Memorial which was dedicated by the Rev. T. Wellard.
The proceedings terminated by the sounding of the Reveille, and the singing of the National Anthem.