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Local Pirates and Smugglers – IMT Spring Talks

1st March 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Local Pirates and Smugglers by Andy Beharrel

The naturally indented coast of East Anglia was (and is?) a haven for smuggling. In the golden age of smuggling (17th-19th century) gangs of smugglers brought in a wide range of illicit contraband, stashing it in hidden vaults, cellars and even under false bottoms in ponds.

In this talk Andy will look at what they smuggled and why and also consider the methods they used. The talk will look at a range of locations where the smugglers operated and how the authorities tried to prevent the smuggling gangs – generally unsuccessfully.

Car parking is available in the nearby Duke St car park or at IBC pay car parks at St Peters Wharf or Fore St Baths.

The cost for attending a talk is £3.50 for members and £4.50 for guests; included are free tea, coffee and biscuits after the talk.

We no longer require pre-booking of tickets for our talks and take both card and cash payments.


1st March 2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ipswich Maritime Trust


University of Suffolk Waterfront Building
University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay
Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1QJ
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