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 two all-day cruising trips, and three 4hr music trips on sb Victor for 2017. The music trips will feature two with the ‘Gipping Valley Stompers’ traditional jazz group, and one with the sea-shanty group ‘High Water Mark’, the details to be confirmed later.
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
July 20th Thursday – 14.00 - 18.00 ‘High Water Mark’ shanty group
August 17th Thursday - 09.00 - 17.00 All day sailing trip
September 7th Thursday – 14.00 - 18.00 ‘La Fontaine Jazz Trio’
Please see the booking forms at the end of the January 2017 newsletter, or contact Bob Pawsey on 01473 252893 for more information and confirmation of the music event dates.