Maritime History & Heritage

Historic Harwich light vessel hit by arson attack

Historic Harwich light vessel hit by arson attack

In a distressing turn of events, the iconic LV18, a preserved light vessel moored in Harwich, Essex, fell victim to a suspected arson attack. Emergency services rushed to the quay shortly after 9:05 pm on Friday, February 2nd, responding to reports of flames engulfing the historic vessel.  Eyewitnesses reported seeing a group of individuals leaving […]

William Froude: the father of hydrodynamics

William Froude: the father of hydrodynamics

RINA Historian Mark Barton looks at the life and career of one of the Institution’s, and naval architecture’s, most influential figures William Froude (1810-1879) was the first person to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships (such as the hull speed equation) and thus enable ship designers to predict their stability […]

Happy 200th birthday to Devonport

Happy 200th birthday to Devonport

By Mark Barton, RINA Historian For towns it is rare we know the exact day they came into being but that is the case for Devonport, the Royal Navy’s main home in the South West. By Royal Decree the town came into being on the 1st January 1824. This marked a step in the development […]

Portsmouth Dockyard’s forgotten canal

Portsmouth Dockyard’s forgotten canal

By Mark Barton, RINA historian In the maritime industry, we’re used to large elements of infrastructure being constructed to support dockyards, and regular disruptions to the global supply chain regularly highlight the importance of assuring that infrastructure remains resilient. 2023 marked the bicentenary of a project that was designed to do both of those but […]

RINA reunited with rare items

RINA reunited with rare items

Although the RINA is very much committed to serving the needs of today’s maritime industry, and our members in particular, we remain deeply proud of our long history. So it’s always nice to receive a blast from the past. Recently we’ve been ‘reunited’ with two artefacts dating back to the 19th century. Earlier this year […]

RINA Historic Ships conference highlights maritime heritage

RINA Historic Ships conference highlights maritime heritage

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects concluded another captivating Historic Ships Conference over two days at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich in late November, drawing maritime enthusiasts, scholars, and industry experts from around the world. The event showcased a fascinating array of presentations and activities, complemented by a visit to the Chatham Historic Dockyard and […]

South Korean government expands support for local shipbuilders

South Korean government expands support for local shipbuilders

South Korea has pledged to expand financial support measures and invest US$135.9 million in technological development for autonomous vessels and eco-friendly ships. According to the Ministry of Trade, the move aims to secure local shipbuilders’ position in the global market. Trade Minister Lee Chang-yang travelled to Ulsan to inspect shipyards and announced financial support plans […]

Wooden boatbuilding

Wooden boatbuilding

Is traditional wooden boatbuilding becoming a lost art? (images: Robin Zahler) What do harp-making, boot-making and slating have in common? The answer is that all three skills have made it onto Heritage Crafts’ Red List of Endangered Crafts, which ranks heritage craft skills at risk of dying out before they can be passed on to […]

75 years of Ship & Boat International

75 years of Ship & Boat International

  It’s unlikely that many readers of the first issue of Ship & Boat International, published in 1947, could have envisaged a world of solar-powered ferries, unmanned tugs and offshore wind farms capable of powering tens of thousands of homes. Similarly, the abilities to conduct virtual reality walkthroughs of vessel plans, prior to construction, and to pay […]

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