LRF Heritage & Education Centre

LRF Heritage & Education Centre Enhancing public understanding in marine and engineering science and history. *Due to ongoing refubishment, the Centre is currently closed throughout 2020.

Twitter: @LR_InfoCentre Instagram: @LRFHEC The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre based in London is one of the finest library and archives of its kind, holding material concerning 255 years of marine and engineering science and history. Our aim is to enhance public understanding in these areas, encourage and support current research and to assist with research concerning the history and development of the Lloyd’s Register group globally. Originally founded in 1852, today’s library collection incorporates the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) collection at Lloyd’s Register as well as much of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Denny library collection. It is one of the great resources still available for current and historic information concerning maritime history, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore engineering and ocean technology, offering resources freely to those undertaking research. This diverse collection contains in excess of 54,000 items and is invaluable to maritime, business, engineering, social and family historians as well as other researchers, students and the general public. The reference library is open to the public for research Monday to Friday between 09:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30. We do not open at weekends or during public holidays. The Heritage & Education Centre is also responsible for the art and artefact collection, research and presentations on the development of Lloyd’s Register, tours of 71 Fenchurch Street and some educational visits.

Mission: Key Objectives: -The advancement of public education including within the transportation industries and other related engineering and technological disciplines; -To run a Heritage & Education Centre to support public education, offering library, archive and research resources to the public; -To enhance public understanding in these areas, encourage and support current research and to assist with research concerning the history and development of the Lloyd’s Register group globally.

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It’s Wikipedia’s 20th birthday 🎉🥂 To celebrate, I’ll share with you my favorite maritime themed wiki article. It’s about...
15/01/2021
Preserved Fish - Wikipedia

It’s Wikipedia’s 20th birthday 🎉🥂 To celebrate, I’ll share with you my favorite maritime themed wiki article. It’s about the life and death of a wealthy 19th century shipping merchant named…. Preserved Fish 🐟😅 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preserved_Fish

#Maritime #History #Fish

Preserved Fish[a] (July 3, 1766 – July 23, 1846) was a prominent New York City shipping merchant[1] in the early 19th century. He was also an early broker of the New York Stock & Exchange Board.[2]

Our archive does not just hold plans and reports. We also have a fantastic photographic online archive that gets larger ...
15/01/2021

Our archive does not just hold plans and reports. We also have a fantastic photographic online archive that gets larger with every bulk upload. 📸 Take a look for yourself here 👉 http://ow.ly/En2V50D9om2

#Maritime #History #Archive

13/01/2021

Tens of thousands of new documents have just been put on to our website in our latest bulk upload. There are over 300 different places of build; so if you live in Swansea, Seattle or Singapore there’ll be unique documents for your area.

To learn more about this upload, check out this news item 👉 hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/news/bulk-upload-4-30519-new-digitised-documents-released

Or watch this short video 👇

#Maritime #History #Archives #WednesdayWisdom

The surveyor who wrote this report is in dire need of some #MondayMotivation. In the top left corner he has doodled a he...
11/01/2021

The surveyor who wrote this report is in dire need of some #MondayMotivation. In the top left corner he has doodled a headless figure 🎨

The report is for the 1921 vessel Louisiana built by the Furness Shipbuilding Company in County Durham. On our website we have 83 vessels constructed by this company, which you can view here
👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/search/ship-builder:furness#search-sec

#Maritime #History #ArchiveZ #Art

#OTD in 1806 Admiral Lord Nelson received a state funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral. He was the non-royal to receive this h...
09/01/2021

#OTD in 1806 Admiral Lord Nelson received a state funeral in St Paul’s Cathedral. He was the non-royal to receive this honour.

#Maritime #History #Navy

#OTD in 1837 the founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Thomas Henry Ismay, was born. The company through acqu...
07/01/2021

#OTD in 1837 the founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, Thomas Henry Ismay, was born. The company through acquisition became the White Star Line and is known for the some of the most famous vessels in British history including the Britannic and Titanic. Ismay was president from 1863 till his death in 1899; which was just a few weeks after the Oceanic was launched in Liverpool.

#Maritime #History #ThursdayThoughts

What’s the best thing you’ve ever bought at auction? If you were around in 1921 you could have bought a brand new 9,250 ...
06/01/2021

What’s the best thing you’ve ever bought at auction? If you were around in 1921 you could have bought a brand new 9,250 deadweight tonnage steamer… listed with no reserve price! This is just one of half a dozen vessels listed in a Kellock’s auction held at the Baltic Mercantile and Shipping Exchange in the City of London.

To view what was on offer, follow this link 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/documents/lrf-pun-w203-0150-o/search/everywhere:lrf-pun-w203-0150-o

#Maritime #History #ArchiveZ #WednesdayThought #Bargain

LRF Heritage & Education Centre's cover photo
04/01/2021

LRF Heritage & Education Centre's cover photo

In case you missed it; last month, Lloyd's Register Foundation remotely hosted three students from the University of Oxf...
04/01/2021

In case you missed it; last month, Lloyd's Register Foundation remotely hosted three students from the University of Oxford for micro-internships. Over the five-day placements, they used HEC's digital collections to conduct a rapid literature review focusing on one of the Foundation’s big challenge areas - such as safety at sea and safety for a sustainable future.

These fascinating literature reviews focused on fire at sea, containerisation and LNG propulsion and were authored by Laura, Hamish and James, respectively. We would also like to thank them for their hard work!

To read these blogs, please follow this link 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/blogs

#Maritime #Ships #History #Oxford

Meet James Derham, one of three Micro-Interns that joined the Lloyd's Register Foundation to undertake a hindsight liter...
23/12/2020
Meet the Micro-Interns: James Derham

Meet James Derham, one of three Micro-Interns that joined the Lloyd's Register Foundation to undertake a hindsight literature review. James explored the emergence of LNG propulsion and the impediments of adopting this fuel. ⬇️📽️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_klUaCYdYI&ab_channel=Heritage%26EducationCentre

Meet James Derham, one of three Micro-Interns that joined the Lloyd's Register Foundation to undertake a hindsight literature review. James explored the emer...

Our second Micro-Intern is Hamish Low. Hamish tasked himself with investigating cases of technological change within the...
23/12/2020

Our second Micro-Intern is Hamish Low. Hamish tasked himself with investigating cases of technological change within the maritime sector, discovering how technology is critical to achieving decarbinisation.

Meet Laura Hurford, one of three Micro-Interns that joined the Lloyd's Register Foundation to undertake a hindsight lite...
22/12/2020
Meet the Micro-Interns: Laura Hurford

Meet Laura Hurford, one of three Micro-Interns that joined the Lloyd's Register Foundation to undertake a hindsight literature review. Laura researched the challenge of fire safety on board vessels and off-shore platforms. 📽️⬇️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APrbjSRM990&ab_channel=Heritage%26EducationCentre

Meet Laura Hurford, one of three Micro-Interns that joined the Lloyd's Register Foundation to undertake a hindsight literature review. Laura researched the c...

21/12/2020

Keep an eye out across the Centre's social media platforms this week as we promote the fantastic work of our micro-interns Laura Hurford, Hamish Low & James Derham. #Education #Internship

🚨 New Online Exhibition Alert 🚨Archivist Max Wilson explores the epic career of Captain Sir John Ross. Ross travelled on...
16/12/2020

🚨 New Online Exhibition Alert 🚨

Archivist Max Wilson explores the epic career of Captain Sir John Ross. Ross travelled on three Arctic expeditions between 1818 and 1851. By the end of his remarkable career Ross was a celebrity within European high society, and his legacy makes for an enthralling read. ❄️⛵❄️

Have a read by clicking this link 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/online-exhibitions-stories/into-the-ice-the-arctic-career-of-captain-sir-john-ross#1

#Maritime #History #Arctic #ArchiveZ

One of the historic vessels within our latest bulk upload is the wooden paddle steamer Asia. In May 1850,  she became th...
10/12/2020

One of the historic vessels within our latest bulk upload is the wooden paddle steamer Asia. In May 1850, she became the 5th ship in history to take the Blue Riband for fastest westbound transatlantic journey between Liverpool and Halifax. Her record time was 8 days 14 hours and 50 minutes 🚢💨

She was built in 1850 by Robert Steele & Co of Scotland with a tonnage of 97 and she belonged to the port of Jersey. To view all our records for this ship, click this link 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/asia-1850/search/everywhere:asia-1850/page/1

#ArhiveZ #Maritime #History #Record #Breaking

This week we've released a further 32,469 documents on to our website 🤯These cover 1,428 vessels including the first Sov...
08/12/2020

This week we've released a further 32,469 documents on to our website 🤯

These cover 1,428 vessels including the first Soviet steamer, an 1850 Blue Riband record breaker and the Cunard Line’s RMS Scythia which participated in Operation Torch during the Second World War.

To learn more about this latest upload, click this news item 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/news/bulk-upload-3-32469-new-digitised-documents-released

#ArchiveZ #Maritime #History #WW2 #Navy

#OTD 148 years ago the Mary Celeste was discovered drifting abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel was carrying 170...
04/12/2020

#OTD 148 years ago the Mary Celeste was discovered drifting abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel was carrying 1700 barrels of alcohol that were intended for New York. The incident is still one of the most enduring maritime mysteries. 😬

#Maritime #History #Mystery

01/12/2020
Arctic Exploration - Our Theme for December

Over the next month we will be releasing a range of new digital content, from online exhibitions to podcasts, looking at the maritime world and Arctic exploration.

One fascinating collection of records we have just digitised is for the yacht Narcissus. She was a schooner built by Fai...
01/12/2020

One fascinating collection of records we have just digitised is for the yacht Narcissus. She was a schooner built by Fairfield Shipbuilding in Glasgow in 1905.

In 1939 she was requisitioned by the Royal Navy and renamed HMS Grive. Once equipped with weaponry, she assisted in the Dunkirk evacuation. She made 3 trips saving at least a 1000 lives. Unfortunately, at some point near the 1st of July 1940 she was struck by a mine with the loss of all the crew.

Below we have her first entry report and also a memo regarding her fate from our London HQ to a surveyor of the vessel

#WW2 #Maritime #History #Dunkirk

Happy #StAndrewsDay to all our Scottish readers. Scotland of course has a rich maritime history including the first comm...
30/11/2020

Happy #StAndrewsDay to all our Scottish readers.

Scotland of course has a rich maritime history including the first commercially successful steamboat: the Comet built in 1812. 148 years later they were still building innovative vessels, such as the UK’s first nuclear powered submarine: the HMS Dreadnought.

#Scotland #Maritime #History

#OTD in 1810 famed English engineer and naval architect William Froude was born. He specialized in hydrodynamics and was...
28/11/2020

#OTD in 1810 famed English engineer and naval architect William Froude was born. He specialized in hydrodynamics and was the first to reliably measure a Hull’s stability and ideal shape. His reputation was such that in 1870 the Admiralty funded his work which led to the construction of the first ever ship test tank.

#Maritime #History #Navy #Devon

#OTD exactly 900 years ago the White Ship sank and led to one of the most chaotic periods in English history. The vessel...
25/11/2020

#OTD exactly 900 years ago the White Ship sank and led to one of the most chaotic periods in English history. The vessel crashed into rocks and sank near Normandy. Amongst the 300 lives that were lost was Henry I’s only heir which led to a violet succession crisis called the Anarchy.

#Medieval #Maritime #History

🚨 New Podcast Alert 🚨This month we have been exploring the history of the Second World War. Education & Outreach Coordin...
23/11/2020

🚨 New Podcast Alert 🚨

This month we have been exploring the history of the Second World War.

Education & Outreach Coordinator Charlotte joins Max to tell a story from her family tree. Charlotte's great-grandfather, George Edwin Price, was serving on board HMS Electra when the SS Athenia was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat on the 3 September 1939. Kept in a box in Charlotte's dad's loft are George's records from his time in the navy and a curious letter thanking the crew of the Electra for their help in rescuing people from the wreck of the Athenia.

Listen to find out more about this remarkable story:

Website 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/washed-ashore-podcast

Spotify 👉https://open.spotify.com/episode/6ajkLYGCq3PztL2dqkBckj?si=6jLwW47RSgW9lfW-e2pwzQ

#WW2 #Maritime #History #Archive #WashedAshore

#OTD in 1916 the HMHS Britannic was sunk by a naval mine. She was the third Olympic-class ocean liner after the #Titanic...
21/11/2020

#OTD in 1916 the HMHS Britannic was sunk by a naval mine. She was the third Olympic-class ocean liner after the #Titanic and #Olympic. The Britannic was the largest ship lost in WW1 and is now wrecked near the Greek island of Kea

#history #maritime #ships #WW1

This month we have a special episode of our Washed Ashore podcast 🌊🚢Archivist Max Wilson chats to Wreck Manager Matthew ...
17/11/2020

This month we have a special episode of our Washed Ashore podcast 🌊🚢

Archivist Max Wilson chats to Wreck Manager Matthew Skelhorn from the Ministry of Defence's Salvage and Marine Operations (SALMO) project team.

Listen to find out more about the work of SALMO, their exploration of wrecks from the Second World War and how the HEC archive has helped them with their research

Website 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/washed-ashore-podcast

Spotify 👉https://open.spotify.com/episode/3VvXtPIOjexzi9Pqk5piZe?si=oG8ep1WaRNeLuJnfYtoKIg

#WW2 #Maritime #History #Navy #MoD

#OTD in 1941 the Flower-class corvette HMS Marigold sunk the German submarine U-433. The Marigold was a part of Operatio...
16/11/2020

#OTD in 1941 the Flower-class corvette HMS Marigold sunk the German submarine U-433. The Marigold was a part of Operation Chieftain in Gibraltar which sought to divert Axis aircraft away from North Africa. The U-boat spotted the Marigold and fired four torpedoes. These all missed as the U-boat mistook the corvette for a cruiser. In return, the Marigold dropped ten depth charges and then sank the submarine when it had to surface, and the crew had to abandon ship.

#WW2 #Maritime #History #Royal #Navy

As it’s Friday the 13th here’s a little urban myth surrounding the naval vessel HMS Friday. To rebut superstitions that ...
13/11/2020

As it’s Friday the 13th here’s a little urban myth surrounding the naval vessel HMS Friday. To rebut superstitions that sailing on a Friday was bad luck, the Royal Navy in the 19th century laid the keel of the aforementioned vessel on a Friday and had her captained by James Friday…and when she set sail on her maiden voyage on a Friday she was never seen again 👻😨

Alas, the story is fictitious but it’s still a charming folklore tale

#FridayThe13th #Maritime #Folklore

11/11/2020

We remember all those who contributed to the United Kingdom’s war efforts.

We also produced the video below to commemorate the varied and vital role LR men and women had during the Second World War.

#RemembranceDay #LestWeForget

Happy #WorldScienceDay! 🎈🎉At LR  we’ve had many remarkable surveyors and engineers working here. One individual whose le...
10/11/2020

Happy #WorldScienceDay! 🎈🎉

At LR we’ve had many remarkable surveyors and engineers working here. One individual whose legacy is still prevalent today is the work of Benjamin Martell. He was Chief Surveyor between 1872-1900 and played a key role in the development of load line regulations. This was a vital yet simple rule which addressed the prevalent problem of ships being lost to overloading.

To read more about the Plimsoll line, we have this blog which even includes a video demonstration using lego 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/blogs/the-plimsoll-line

#Maritime #History #Lego #Archive

Over the last 6 months we've been collaborating on an exciting project with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Hist...
09/11/2020

Over the last 6 months we've been collaborating on an exciting project with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. They have enhanced over 500 Welsh shipwreck records, each with links to our Casualty Returns and many with additional hyperlinks to contemporary newspapers, which means it is now far easier to research these vessels.

To read a summary of this project, click this link 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/news/project-summary-making-the-link-lloyds-register-casualty-returns-and-the-national-monuments-record-of-wales

#Shipwreck #Maritime #History #Wales

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The Lloyd's Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre based in London is one of the finest library and archives of its kind, holding material concerning 260 years of marine and engineering science and history. Our aim is to enhance public understanding in these areas, encourage and support current research and to assist with research concerning the history and development of the Lloyd’s Register group globally. Originally founded in 1852, today’s library collection incorporates the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) collection at Lloyd’s Register as well as much of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Denny library collection. It is one of the great resources still available for current and historic information concerning maritime history, marine engineering, naval architecture, offshore engineering and ocean technology, offering resources freely to those undertaking research. This diverse collection contains in excess of 54,000 items and is invaluable to maritime, business, engineering, social and family historians as well as other researchers, students and the general public. The reference library is open to the public for research Monday to Friday between 09:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30. We do not open at weekends or during public holidays. The Heritage & Education Centre is also responsible for the art and artefact collection, research and presentations on the development of Lloyd’s Register, tours of 71 Fenchurch Street and some educational visits.

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The SS HILDA Hello group, My name is Flaviu and i am an enthusiast wreck diver and researcher. Me and my team found a wreck on the Israeli cost and we think we found the SS HILDA wrecked 10 miles from Jaffa (Israel) in 10 of July 1893. Here are some pictures from the site. We are looking for pictures, ship plans or other information about the SS HILDA ship. Thanks in advance Flaviu Varga The ClydeShip site: http://www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?a1PageSize=25&ship_listPage=13&a1Order=Sorter_name&a1Dir=DESC&a1Page=989&ref=8187&vessel=HILDA The video from the site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUWsGUGqmmc