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World Ship Society - ANNOUNCEMENTS - Branch Events

Branch Secretaries are invited to e-mail events forthcoming at their branch.  Please send your items to the webmaster at webmaster@worldshipsociety.org and include a few photographs, if available.

See also the section to the left marked "Branches" for details of branch meetings, contact names, contact numbers and photographs.




A seven hour cruise around Southampton Docks and Water,
Marchwood, Hythe, Hamble, Fawley, Cowes Roads,
Spithead, Bembridge Anchorage (if time permits) and
Portsmouth Naval Base & Ferryport.
Cruise vessels include Britannia and Anthem of the Seas.

Our charter vessel Ashleigh R will leave from Ocean Village, Southampton at 11am, finishing 6pm on Saturday 13th June 2015.  Places are available in advance for WSS members and tickets, which cost only £20 per person (no concessions) can be obtained  from – Mr Andrew Hogg, Debankar, Lyburn Road ,
Hamptworth, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP5 2DP.
E-mail a.hogg048@btinternet.com

Cheques payable to WSS Southampton Branch.  [04.2015]


Cobh Branch visits the Belfast Branch

Cobh Branch went on tour for the August 2009 meeting to Belfast to visit the Tall Ships Race and the Titanic Quarter.  The highlights were the tour of Harland and Wolff Shipyard and the moment of standing on the slipway on which TITANIC was built.  The wonderful fireworks were eclipsed by the Belfast tour by boat along the docks viewing all the tall ships, naval vessels and the BALMORAL. We had a wonderful reunion with the Belfast Branch, making and renewing friendships. Thank you Roy Snowdon, and Belfast Branch members, for organising a most memorable visit. Long may the spirit of friendship between our branches grow.   [09.2009]


Cobh Branch - Upcoming Event

Maritime Exhibition and Lecture commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Irish Shipping Limited, starting Friday October 30th, 2009 - full details can be found by clicking on the following PDF link


A report and photo of this successful event can be found on our Society News page.      [12.2009]


Cornwall Branch conducted tour

On July 23, 2008, members of the Cornwall Branch were very fortunate in having a conducted tour of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency-chartered Emergency Towing Vessel ANGLIAN PRINCESS when she came alongside in Falmouth for a scheduled crew change.  As one of four ETV's stationed around the UK, this tug has a nominal patrol range of 100 miles from Falmouth, and is usually to be seen on standby at anchor in Mounts Bay, with her distinctive "Coastguard" livery.  The visitors were shown the bridge with a 360° view and world-wide communication, the vast anchor-handling main deck and 180 tonnes bollard-pull towing equipment and the twin Wartsila V16   8,000 hp engines, which enable the towing of any vessel afloat.  ANGLIAN PRINCESS, of 2,258 grt, is owned by Klyne Tugs (Lowestoft) Ltd., and was built in China in 2001.  Thanks are due for the success of the visit to the MCA, the owners, and to the master, first officer and chief engineer.  Thanks also to branch meetings secretary Adrian Symons for making all the arrangements.


SOUTH COAST BRANCH - The Leslie Sargent Quiz 2008

Saturday 18th October at Southwick, Sussex

The Annual Leslie Sargeant Memorial Quiz was held in Southwick on Saturday, 18th October, hosted by the South Coast Branch. Five branches contested for the trophy with an “All Stars” team making up a sixth. The first round saw the scores of All Stars 12, Haven Ports 13, and Thames Valley taking the round with 21. Round two ended with Southend 9, Southampton 10, and Mid Essex on top with 19. In the final, Haven Ports as highest runner-up scored 11, Mid Essex 16, and Thames Valley took the day with 20 having gone into the final set level with Mid Essex,  with both on 15.  There was also an impressive array of books, postcards and memorabilia on sale at the branch stalls. Thanks were made to the South Coast Branch for the smooth running of the day which was ably led by the Committee, including the provision of an ample and delicious tea. Thanks also went to Nick Hall and Andy Skarstein who set, read and adjudicated on the questions. All present heartily agreed it had been a most worthwhile and enjoyable event, and one which must now continue.

The 2008 Winning Team (Thames Valley) are: left to right — Chris Perkins, Bill Mayes, Douglas Crombie, and Krispen Atkinson.  The Steward (standing) is Geoff Bedford.

Another view of the 2008 winning team, this time being presented with the cup by Philip Simons.

FROM THE PAST: The South Coast team, the winners of the 2007 quiz.  From left to right, Alan Watt, Val Thompson, Phil Simons (Capt), and Krispen Atkinson.

Here is the "honours list" over the past 27 years

  • 1977 - Mid-Essex
  • 1978 - Mid-Essex
  • 1979 - North Surrey
  • 1980 - North West Kent
  • 1981 - Mid-Essex
  • 1982 - South Coast
  • 1983 - North Surrey
  • 1984 - Thames Valley
  • 1985 - North Surrey
  • 1986 - Mid-Essex
  • 1987 - North Surrey
  • 1988 - Haven Ports
  • 1989 - North Surrey
  • 1990 - Medway
  • 1991 - South Coast
  • 1992 - North Surrey
  • 1993 - South Coast
  • 1994 - East Kent
  • 1995 - Southend
  • 1996 - East Kent
  • 1997 - Mid-Essex
  • 1998 - North Surrey
  • 1999 - Haven Ports
  • 2000 - East Kent
  • 2001 - North Surrey
  • 2002 - Haven Ports
  • 2003 - Mid-Essex
  • 2004 - North Surrey
  • 2005 - Haven Ports
  • 2006 - North Surrey
  • 2007 - South Coast
  • 2008 - Thames Valley
  • 2009 - Mid-Essex
  • 2010 - Southend
  • 2011 - T.B.A. (Southend Branch will set the questions -- South Coast Branch will host the event) (EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2011)


Southampton Branch Secretary steps down

At the Southampton Branch Annual General meeting in Novmember 2007, there was a presentation to Rod Baker, who had stood down as Branch Secretary after an amazing 30 years of doing the job.  He is seen here receiving a framed print of his favourite ship type, the ubiquitous SD14, from branch chairman, John Lillywhite.  THe members' appreciation for his dedication to the branch was warmly shown and we all wish him a happy retirement.


Merseyside Branch 60th Anniversary Lunch

WSS Chairman, Richard Osborne presenting Philip Welsh with his long service medal with Branch Chairman John Thomas overlooking. [photo by Dave Ellison]

The Merseyside Branch held a 60th Anniversary Lunch on Saturday 12th July 2008, at the Atlantic Tower Hotel, Liverpool.  The Society Chairman, Dr. Richard Osborne was special guest speaker, who gave an address entitled 'Liners over the years'.  Highlights included a letter of greeting from Society founder and President Emeritus, Michael Crowdy; Richard Osborne gave a tribute to the branch officers and members over 60 years; two members were awarded Long Service Awards, and the meeting was attended by Keith and Don MacArthur, members from the outset in 1948 to the present. Guests and members attending came from Merseyside, Manchester, the Isle of Man and Ireland.


The Costa Blanca Branch hosted the 62nd Annual General Meeting in 2009. The meeting took place on 15th, 16th, and 17th May 2009

The venue for the meeting was Cartagena which is just to the south of the Costa Blanca on the Costa Calida.

The meeting took place in the 4 star NH Cartagena Hotel located immediately opposite Cartagena Harbour and adjacent to Cartagena Port Authority Office.  Cartagena is a one hour drive south of Alicante Airport or just 20 minutes from Murcia (San Javier) airport. Most of the charter airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet, FlyB, Monarch etc. fly into Murcia (San Javier) however you are advised to book as early as possible in order to get the best deals. Look at the respective websites and book online.

Bert Novelli of the Manchester Branch composed a slide show entitled ‘The Port of Cartagena’ and this has been passed on to Brian Tedd so that Branches can have access to this programme.  

Costa Blanca Branch visit to Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena

The Costa Blance Branch was recently privileged to be able to visit the Navantia shipyard in Cartagena.  The Navantia Group is one of the most advanced in the world, concentrating primarily on the construction of warships, with the Cartagena yard specialising in submarines.

Members were given a comprehensive briefing tracing the history of the yard from the early 18th century to the present day.  This was followed by a tour of the yard including floating dock and synchrolift facilities, engine workshops, foundry and submarine consturction sheds.  Cartagena also design and build diesel engines for other military applications and the group were able to see the building and testing of engines for the 'Leopard' tank in addition to marine diesels. 

The visit concluded with a tour of the submarine sheds where the final vessel of four of the 'SCORPENE' class is under construction for the Malaysian Navy.