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    


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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.
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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. 
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September 10th 2022 ~ Ocean Liner Extraordinaire: The Fabulous Normandie ~ with Bill Miller ~ 
She was “floating Ginger Rogers” … pure Art Deco, top heavy with glamour & the finest Atlantic liner ever … she was triumph, innovation, notation, but the victim of a far too short life at sea.
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October 8th 2022 ~ Thirty Days of September ~ with Krispen Atkinson ~
Images and commentary recalling Krispen’s busiest ship spotting month ever, travelling through Europe and a visit to Singapore.
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November 12th 2022 ~ ss Rotterdam of 1959 – My favourite ship of all time ~ with David Trevor-Jones ~
Recalling the heyday of Holland America’s Rotterdam (V) and her ongoing life as cruise ship, hotel and city attraction. 
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December 10th 2022 ~ Port of Rotterdam 2018 Panorama ~ with Neil Davidson ~
A private cruise around Europe’s largest port – and a look at a vibrant city.
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