Summer 2017

Friday, September 29 2017

Summer 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, a new website survey and a fascinating guest blog!

Undaunted Update

The Project Undaunted team have successfully catalogued 34 port boxes; including the ports of Rotterdam, London, Aberdeen and Antwerp.

A busy summer period also saw the team nearing completion of cataloguing the Centre's collection of Wreck Books, dating from 1892 to 1941.

What are the wreck books?

The Wreck Books log information on a ship's demise if lost or broken up, or transferred to another classification society. Details from the shipowner and newspaper clippings from Lloyd's List are often included.

All of the reports for each ship are glued together along the left edge, sometime making them difficult to read or scan into the margin. They tend to be quite dirty as they were kept unboxed in the sub-basement of 71 Fenchurch Street for many years. The earlier boxes contain reports in alphabetical order of ship name.

To discover more archived documents, treasures and photographs search #ProjectUndaunted.

Rotterdam Maritime Museum exhibition

The HEC team have begun work on a special exhibition to be held at the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam to mark Lloyd’s Register’s 150 years in the Netherlands in 2018.

The Museum attracts over 200,000 visitors annually, is situated in one of the oldest and largest museum harbours of the Netherlands, and is one of the top three public maritime collections in the world. Its primary mission is to show the impact of the maritime world on day to day living.

Designed to attract a broad spectrum of interest, from the general public of all ages, as well as school children, academics and students and the maritime industry, the aim of the exhibition is to encourage interest in and promote the importance of education and research in maritime safety.

Open House London 2017

On Saturday 16 September, 71 Fenchurch Street opened its doors for Open House London 2017.

This year's event was the busiest yet - with 2,378 people visiting both buildings, surpassing 2015's record of 2,058!

With a special Project Undaunted conservation suite and new rooms to explore, feedback for the event has been overwhelmingly positive. Visitors to 71 Fenchurch Street thoroughly enjoyed the site and thought it was an 'educational and entertaining day'.

It was a great opportunity for people to learn more about the work of Lloyd's Register and the LR Foundation as well as enjoying the beautiful architecture.

Read the Centre's Open House London 2017 news article.

Interesting enquiries

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

One such enquiry answered by Anne came from the Itsas Begia Association. The Association, which translates as 'The eye of the sea' in Basque maintains Basque maritime heritage and culture.

The group contacted Anne as they were looking for any information on the ship Criterion. The 238-ton brig is believed to be the ship wrecked in the Bay of Saint Jean de Luz. Anne was able to research the ship's port of build, tonnage, length and her list of owners.

If you have a historical enquiry, please use our contact form.

Making Maritime History Personal

Two members of HEC attended the triennial North Sea Maritime Conference, held this year in Antwerp.

The event focused on various topics, including visitor accessibility, new exhibitions and encouraging the development of maritime narratives for the wider public.

The event also saw delegates given a guided tour of the Red Star Line Museum.

Map of the Thames Guildhall talk

The Centre's second talk this summer at the Guildhall Library, London, proved to be quite the hit; with almost 60 attendees.

The fully-booked talk focused on the career of Lloyd's Register Surveyor Charles Jordan and his Map of the Thames.

Thank you both to the attendees and the Guildhall Library for hosting us!

Watch a time-lapse of the event on the Centre's Twitter account.

Did you know?

The information contained within the 1764 Register Book - the oldest surviving Register in existence - is surprisingly detailed; containing information on 4,118 ships. 

This includes the vessel's name, both former and current; master's name; port she traded from and to; tonnage; the guns carried and their size; number of crew; where the ship was built and year; shipowner; and the classifications assigned for the years 1764 through to 1766.

Surveys were undertaken at 16 ports: London, Liverpool, Hull, Leith, Poole, Cowes, Topsham, Whitehaven, Exeter, King's Lynn, Teignmouth, Weymouth, Yarmouth, Portsmouth, Star Cross and Southampton. Find out more and view the 1764 Register Book here.