WORLD SHIP SOCIETY STUDENT TRAVEL BURSARIES: a report by Dr Richard Osborne

WORLD SHIP SOCIETY STUDENT TRAVEL BURSARIES: a report by Dr Richard Osborne

The World Ship Society exists to arouse, stimulate and maintain interest in ships, shipping and related matters amongst the general public; to promote understanding of these subjects and their rich heritage by compiling, publishing and preserving records and illustrative material concerning ships and their part in mercantile and naval activity; and to promote and advance public education in current and historical affairs. In furtherance of these objects the Society will hold, promote or support conferences, seminars, meetings, symposia and lectures concerning ships, shipping and related matters.

Consequently, in the autumn of 2017 the World Ship Society’s Council decided to provide five travel bursaries, each of £100, to support five postgraduate students or independent researchers presenting an oral communication at the annual British Commission of Maritime History's (BCMH) New Researchers Conference on 6 - 7th April 2018 aboard the SS GREAT BRITAIN in Bristol. Successful applicants will be studying a ship- or maritime-related topic either naval or mercantile and thereby making an original contribution to the nautical literature. The five recipients of a WSS bursary together with their academic affiliations and title of their abstracts are:

Anna McKay (University of Leicester) Food, Inglorious Food: The Diet and Discontent of Prisoners of War HMPS BRAVE, 1808-1815

Sonia Grant (Independent) African and Arab Merchant Seamen Interned in Germany during the Great War

John Bolt (University of Portsmouth) The Cinderella Service: the changing Navy and the Royal Marine experience, 1856-1924

Matthew Heaslip (University of Exeter) International naval cooperation in interwar East Aisa

Samantha Middleton-Sudbury (University of Portsmouth) The Professionalisation of the Royal Navy between 1660 and 1688

These five abstracts, together with those of the other six presenters at the recent BCMH conference, will be published in the digital Supplement to June issue of “Marine News”. The academic performance and enthusiasm of all of those presenting at this prestigious conference was outstanding thereby demonstrating the wisdom of the Society’s decision to provide bursary support. The WSS presence at this event has also facilitated the development of improved links between the Society and the academic maritime research community. The success of this venture was such that at its recent Council meeting the Society decided to increase the number of travel bursaries to ten with five allocated to the 2019 BCMH Young researcher’s Conference and a further five available to support attendance at other research events.