Dorset Branch

The Dorset Branch of the World Ship Society meets on the second Saturday afternoon of the month between September and May at The Centre – Ferndown in East Dorset, 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start. Following our success using Zoom in 2020/21, all meetings are now “hybrid” sharing our Dorset venue event with a wider member community via Zoom and giving local members the choice between getting together or enjoying the meeting at home. 

Our nine meetings per year have been widely acknowledged as informative and well presented, attracting popular and respected speakers from the local, national and international ships, shipping and maritime history scene. Visitors to our branch are always welcome ~ in person or via Zoom ~ please get in touch. Initial invitations come with no obligation and we hope you enjoy the afternoon. Ongoing participants are encouraged to become Branch Members ~ for only £20 a year. 

For details of our future events programme please see … and do contact us. Hybrid meetings now allow us to welcome you wherever you are in the world! Email us via or to find out more see

Dorset Branch Secretary – Steve Pink … Email – … Tel. – 07831 111589    


~November 13th 2021 ~ All Around Panama Canal in 2017 ~ with Neil Davidson
A transit of the old locks … views from visitor centres at Miraflores and Agua Clara … plus ships at Pacific anchorage.
December 11th 2021 ~ Voyages & Visits – from the archive ~ with Bill Mayes
From a collection of over 60,000 shipping images previously on slides – we get to see Bill’s “special selection”.
January 8th 2022 ~ The Long Way Around Africa ~ with Andy Skarstein
A personal voyage the 70’s … “In the Wake of The Intermediates” … Castles & Clans … Suez, East Africa & more.
February 12th 2022 ~ Krispen’s Travels to the Easter Baltic ~ with Krispen Atkinson 
After our journey to the Far East in 2021 with Krispen … in 2022 we get to see a variety of Baltic shipping.
March 12th 2022 ~ Clyde built ships – Cardiff Class bulk carriers ~ with Paul Strathdee 
A series of 30 ships built in the 1970s … each with deadweight tonnage over 26,000 … launched on the Clyde.  
~April 9th 2022 ~ Shipping of Portland Harbour and Anchorages ~ with Paul Dallaway
An archive of 20 years … Boat-master Paul gets up close to Cruise Ships, RFAs, Tankers and Specialist Ships.
May 14th 2022 ~ 154 Days aboard 4 Post-War Liners ~ with Steve Pink
Nevasa, Edinburgh Castle, Pendennis Castle & Reina del Mar … ship facts, brochure graphics, images & stories.~More monthly meetings planned from September 2022