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IMT 2017 Spring talks

Please note - the talks will now start at 7.30pm

Wednesday 1st February at 7.30pm

‘Life as a Harwich Pilot’ by Jane Stone


This talk on ‘Ships and shipping, pilotage, the work of Harwich Haven Authority, and the technology used for monitoring shipping’ is sure to appeal to all mariners and those with an interest in local shipping affairs.

Jane Stone is a Master Mariner. She spent some years with Shell Tankers, then more than 10 years on ferries from Felixstowe and Harwich before becoming a Pilot with Harwich Haven Authority.

Wednesday 1st March at 7.30pm

‘The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-45’  by John Johnson-Allen

The Battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival, as Britain depended entirely on the safe transit of hundreds of convoys of merchant ships laden with food, raw materials and munitions.

In 1939 it was the Merchant Navy which endured the onslaught of the German U-boat offensive. Their war started on the day war was declared and ended on the last day of the war. In the words of Winston Churchill ‘The Battle of the Atlantic was the dominating factor all through the war.... everything happening elsewhere, on land, at sea, or in the air, depended ultimately on its outcome’.

John Johnson-Allen is the author of ‘The Merchant Navy in the Falklands War’ and ‘T E Lawrence and the Red Sea Patrol’. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a judge for the Mountbatten Maritime Literary Award.

Wednesday 5th April at approximately 8pm, after the AGM at 7.30pm

‘The Gladys love affair’ by Gus Curtis

A visual tour and talk of re-building the Thames Bawley Gladys LO195; of hard-work, determination, blood and sweat, saw mill construction, loss and an emotional roller coaster 12-year journey as told by shipwright and owner of Harry King & Sons boatyard at Pin Mil, Gus Curtis. Gus will also discuss Gladys' new life back afloat since her launch in 2010, being used as a family boat sailing around local rivers and crossing the Channel.

‘The IMT Image Archive revisited’ by Stuart Grimwade

Our Archive continues to grow from seemingly endless sources of historic images, thanks in no small measure to the national publicity we have been receiving.  Stuart Grimwade will show a small selection of the latest additions, having finally decided to step down from 15 years of giving his regular talks.

All are welcome to our lectures at the Waterfront Building, University of Suffolk. Free car parking is available in the UoS car park opposite the Waterfront Building. The cost for attending a talk is £3.50 for members and £4.50 for guests.

IMT Thames Barge all-day sailing trips and 4hr music trips

Due to the popularity of these events we have organised three all-day cruising trips, and three 4hr music trips on sb Victor for 2017. The music trips will feature one with the ‘Gipping Valley Stompers’ traditional jazz group, one with the sea-shanty group ‘High Water Mark’, and the third with the jazz group ‘La Fontaine Trio’.

Dates of the trips are:

May 18th Thursday 14.00 - 18.00 - ‘Gipping Valley Stompers’ jazz group

June 15th Thursday 09.00 - 17.00 -  All day sailing trip  - SOLD OUT

July 13th Thursday 09.00 – 17.00 - All day sailing trip

July 20th Thursday 14.00 - 18.00 - ‘High Water Mark’ shanty group

August 17th Thursday 09.00 - 17.00 - All day sailing trip  - SOLD OUT

September 7th Thursday 14.00 - 18.00 - ‘La Fontaine Trio’ jazz group  

Booking form on ‘Form’ page or contact Bob Pawsey on 01473 252893 for more information and bookings.