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.

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Today is the 150th anniversary of The Institution of Engineering and Technology 🎉 Since their origins as telegraphy spec...
17/05/2021

Today is the 150th anniversary of The Institution of Engineering and Technology 🎉 Since their origins as telegraphy specialists, the IET is now a global hub of information and inspiration for the engineering community. To celebrate, they have a range of exciting events, which you can learn more about here 👉https://celebrate150.theiet.org/

#MondayMotivation #OTD

Today is the 150th anniversary of The Institution of Engineering and Technology 🎉 Since their origins as telegraphy specialists, the IET is now a global hub of information and inspiration for the engineering community. To celebrate, they have a range of exciting events, which you can learn more about here 👉https://celebrate150.theiet.org/

#MondayMotivation #OTD

One of the latest vessels added to our archive is the Lady Cordeaux. She was a wooden tug tender owned by the Bahamian G...
13/05/2021

One of the latest vessels added to our archive is the Lady Cordeaux. She was a wooden tug tender owned by the Bahamian Government. In 1928, she assisted in the rescue of 75 survivors aboard from the wreck of a passenger liner Munamar near Abaco's Hole in The Wall Lighthouse. She also survived the Category 5 hurricane that struck the Bahamas in 1932.

To view original records for this vessel, click here 👉
https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/documents/lrf-pun-w1556-0040-c

The University of Portsmouth’s ‘Port Towns and Urban Cultures’ group’ are calling for papers for an online workshop on C...
10/05/2021

The University of Portsmouth’s ‘Port Towns and Urban Cultures’ group’ are calling for papers for an online workshop on Chinese treaty ports. If you are a postgraduate student, please do apply and discuss your research with fellow scholars in this exciting area of scholarship.

To learn more follow this link 👉
http://ow.ly/uMG150EIKsS

The University of Portsmouth’s ‘Port Towns and Urban Cultures’ group’ are calling for papers for an online workshop on Chinese treaty ports. If you are a postgraduate student, please do apply and discuss your research with fellow scholars in this exciting area of scholarship.

To learn more follow this link 👉
http://ow.ly/uMG150EIKsS

#DidYouKnow that the RSS Sir David Attenborough, the UK’s largest commercial shipbuilding project for 30 years, was deli...
10/05/2021

#DidYouKnow that the RSS Sir David Attenborough, the UK’s largest commercial shipbuilding project for 30 years, was delivered to class by Lloyd’s Register. The polar research vessel will commence operations in the Arctic and Antarctica later this year.

To learn more, click this link 👉 https://www.lr.org/en/latest-news/rss-sir-david-attenborough-delivered-to-lr-class/

#MondayMotivation #DYK

#DidYouKnow that the RSS Sir David Attenborough, the UK’s largest commercial shipbuilding project for 30 years, was delivered to class by Lloyd’s Register. The polar research vessel will commence operations in the Arctic and Antarctica later this year.

To learn more, click this link 👉 https://www.lr.org/en/latest-news/rss-sir-david-attenborough-delivered-to-lr-class/

#MondayMotivation #DYK

Today is a particularly special day in maritime history, as it’s also 256 years to the day that HMS Victory was launched...
07/05/2021

Today is a particularly special day in maritime history, as it’s also 256 years to the day that HMS Victory was launched in Chatham Dockyard 🥂

In keeping with our monthly theme on food and drink, here is a list of what the iconic warship stocked in 1796:

‘Bread, 76054 lbs; wine, 6 pints; vinegar, 135 gallons; beef, 1680 8lb pieces; fresh beef 308 lbs; pork 1921 ½ 4lb pieces; peas 279 3/8 bushels; oatmeal, 1672 gallons; flour, 12315 lbs; malt, 351 lbs; oil, 171 gallons; biscuit bags, 163’

Though if i am being honest, 6 pints of wine does not sound like nearly enough for a bunch of sailors.

To learn more about sailors and food, listen to our latest podcast 🎵
https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/washed-ashore-podcast

#OTD #Navy #Food #Drink

Today is a particularly special day in maritime history, as it’s also 256 years to the day that HMS Victory was launched in Chatham Dockyard 🥂

In keeping with our monthly theme on food and drink, here is a list of what the iconic warship stocked in 1796:

‘Bread, 76054 lbs; wine, 6 pints; vinegar, 135 gallons; beef, 1680 8lb pieces; fresh beef 308 lbs; pork 1921 ½ 4lb pieces; peas 279 3/8 bushels; oatmeal, 1672 gallons; flour, 12315 lbs; malt, 351 lbs; oil, 171 gallons; biscuit bags, 163’

Though if i am being honest, 6 pints of wine does not sound like nearly enough for a bunch of sailors.

To learn more about sailors and food, listen to our latest podcast 🎵
https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/washed-ashore-podcast

#OTD #Navy #Food #Drink

#OTD in 1864 the oldest surviving clipper ship in the world was launched. The City of Adelaide was used to transport goo...
07/05/2021

#OTD in 1864 the oldest surviving clipper ship in the world was launched. The City of Adelaide was used to transport goods and people between the UK and Australia. According to the vessel’s website, around 250,000 Australians can trace their ancestry to this vessel 🤯 She is now a museum ship based in the city of her name.

On our website we currently hold two documents for this historic vessel, including this detailed survey report 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/documents/lrf-pun-lon653-0284-r

#Friday #Facts

New PhD Opportunity with Portsmouth University and Port Towns and Urban Cultures: 'Lloyd’s Register Surveyors in China, ...
05/05/2021

New PhD Opportunity with Portsmouth University and Port Towns and Urban Cultures: 'Lloyd’s Register Surveyors in China, 1869-1918'.
For more information, please visit: https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/news/phd-opportunity-lloyds-register-surveyors-in-china-1869-1918

New PhD Opportunity with Portsmouth University and Port Towns and Urban Cultures: 'Lloyd’s Register Surveyors in China, 1869-1918'.
For more information, please visit: https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/news/phd-opportunity-lloyds-register-surveyors-in-china-1869-1918

Happy Star Wars Day! We're not entirely sure if this Stern Framing & Cants plan for John D Rockefeller is for a ship or ...
04/05/2021

Happy Star Wars Day! We're not entirely sure if this Stern Framing & Cants plan for John D Rockefeller is for a ship or the floating Cloud City from Star Wars. #MayTheFourthBeWithYou #StarWars

This is a fantastic fully funded PhD opportunity for anyone with an interest in maritime history and Anglo-Chinese relat...
04/05/2021
Fully-funded PTUC PhD Project with the University of Portsmouth and Lloyd’s Register Foundation - Port Towns and Urban Cultures

This is a fantastic fully funded PhD opportunity for anyone with an interest in maritime history and Anglo-Chinese relations

Port Towns and Urban Cultures are excited to announce an opportunity to study for a fully-funded three year PhD, with opportunities for visiting scholarships in Hong Kong and Mainland China, to commence in October 2021. Project Title: Lloyd’s Register Surveyors in China, 1869-1918 Project Code: SA...

Happy #StarWarsDayWe would like to think that some of the names for ships in the movies were named after real life count...
04/05/2021

Happy #StarWarsDay

We would like to think that some of the names for ships in the movies were named after real life counterparts. For example, where Star Wars had Imperial Star Destroyers, the Blue Star Line had the Imperial Star-class of vessels.

Some of the vessels in this Imperial Star-class had fascinating careers too, such as the Liner’s Empire Star which served during the Second World War’s Evacuation of Singapore.

To view documents for this vessel, follow this link 👉http://ow.ly/rfrl50EEble

#MayThe4thBeWithYou (Image ©️ http://ow.ly/hFu250EEbm9 https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/2290.html)

Happy #StarWarsDay

We would like to think that some of the names for ships in the movies were named after real life counterparts. For example, where Star Wars had Imperial Star Destroyers, the Blue Star Line had the Imperial Star-class of vessels.

Some of the vessels in this Imperial Star-class had fascinating careers too, such as the Liner’s Empire Star which served during the Second World War’s Evacuation of Singapore.

To view documents for this vessel, follow this link 👉http://ow.ly/rfrl50EEble

#MayThe4thBeWithYou (Image ©️ http://ow.ly/hFu250EEbm9 https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ship/2290.html)

During this month in 1780 a remarkable engineer was born.  Irishman Alexander Mitchell, despite being blind from 1802, i...
30/04/2021

During this month in 1780 a remarkable engineer was born. Irishman Alexander Mitchell, despite being blind from 1802, invented in the 1830s the screw pile lighthouse. This method of lighthouse construction was invaluable for those coastal regions with sandy, unstable sea bottoms.

#Maritime #History

One of our biggest projects is the digitisation of the 1.25+ million documents that form our Ship Plan and Survey Report...
30/04/2021

One of our biggest projects is the digitisation of the 1.25+ million documents that form our Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection. This mammoth task would not be possible without the tireless work of Max Communications– digitisation specialists that are responsible for the day-to-day management of this process. This month, they wrote a fascinating blog on this task, which you can read here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/blogs/digitising-the-ship-plan-and-survey-report-collection

One of our biggest projects is the digitisation of the 1.25+ million documents that form our Ship Plan and Survey Report Collection. This mammoth task would not be possible without the tireless work of Max Communications– digitisation specialists that are responsible for the day-to-day management of this process. This month, they wrote a fascinating blog on this task, which you can read here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/whats-on/blogs/digitising-the-ship-plan-and-survey-report-collection

Today is #InternationalDanceDay 💃Where better would you want to dance than in a ballroom on a luxurious ocean liner 🤔 Th...
29/04/2021

Today is #InternationalDanceDay 💃

Where better would you want to dance than in a ballroom on a luxurious ocean liner 🤔 The dance hall pictured below is for the RMS Mauretania, which at the time of construction in 1907 was the fastest and largest ship in the world.

And on our website we hold 341 documents for this famous vessel, which you can explore here 👉https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/mauretania-1907

#Maritime #History #Digital

In our latest online exhibition, Digital Engagement Officer Sarah explores  what ship plans can teach us about the rise ...
19/04/2021

In our latest online exhibition, Digital Engagement Officer Sarah explores what ship plans can teach us about the rise of leisure and class differences in the 20th century.

One of the ships under discussion is the RMS Empress of Ireland; a Scottish-built ocean liner which famously sank after a collision with Storstad in 1914.

Click here to view the online exhibition 👉http://ow.ly/AtL950Es2ZX

#Maritime #History #Archives

Yesterday was also the birthday of Leonardo Da Vinci, and it should come as no surprise that there have been quite a few...
16/04/2021

Yesterday was also the birthday of Leonardo Da Vinci, and it should come as no surprise that there have been quite a few ships named after the polymath.

One interesting ‘Da Vinci’ ship in our collection was built in 1925 by Italian shipbuilders Ansaldo San Giorgio. In 1929 she was caught in a storm near Spain whilst carrying a cargo valued at £14,000,000. In an ironic twist the cargo was for an art exhibition in London and held paintings by fellow renaissance painters Botticelli and Michelangelo. Thankfully the ship did make it to London 🎨

On our website we have 52 documents for the vessel, which was renamed the Empire Clyde but also had the more affectionate moniker 'the treasure ship', and you can explore these here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/empire-clyde-1925-maine-leonardo-da-vinci/search/everywhere:da-vinci/page/1

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LR's only involvement with Titanic is that we tested the steel in her anchors.  A single one weighed a whopping 16 tons ...
15/04/2021

LR's only involvement with Titanic is that we tested the steel in her anchors. A single one weighed a whopping 16 tons 😬⚓

#Titanic #OTD

LR's only involvement with Titanic is that we tested the steel in her anchors. A single one weighed a whopping 16 tons 😬⚓

#Titanic #OTD

On this day 109 years ago RMS Titanic sank after a collision with an iceberg the night before. This is the last known ph...
15/04/2021

On this day 109 years ago RMS Titanic sank after a collision with an iceberg the night before. This is the last known photo of the vessel taken near Queenstown, Ireland.

#Titanic #OTD

On this day 109 years ago RMS Titanic sank after a collision with an iceberg the night before. This is the last known photo of the vessel taken near Queenstown, Ireland.

#Titanic #OTD

Our archive is fortunate enough to hold untold numbers of foreign language documents. One well represented language is R...
12/04/2021

Our archive is fortunate enough to hold untold numbers of foreign language documents. One well represented language is Russian; and in her latest blog Collections Assistant Megan discusses the process of translating a Soviet booklet. The item is on the first seafaring vessel built in Soviet shipyards for the Soviet Merchant Fleet, and provides a fascinating snapshot of life at a Saint Petersburg shipyard.

Read the blog here 👉 http://ow.ly/LbGd50EmdOJ

Also, if you would like to flick through the booklet, here's the link 👉 http://ow.ly/cgwf50EmdOK

We’re saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Fami...
09/04/2021

We’re saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time.

Having served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, Prince Philip has had a lifelong passion for the sea. This in turn led to his work with Lloyd’s Register, becoming the first honorary member of the General Committee on the 16 May 1960.

A portrait of Prince Philip still hangs in our General Committee room.

We’re saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time.

Having served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, Prince Philip has had a lifelong passion for the sea. This in turn led to his work with Lloyd’s Register, becoming the first honorary member of the General Committee on the 16 May 1960.

A portrait of Prince Philip still hangs in our General Committee room.

A newly digitised document is this detailed plan for the Vasna; a passenger/cargo liner constructed in 1917. The builder...
08/04/2021

A newly digitised document is this detailed plan for the Vasna; a passenger/cargo liner constructed in 1917. The builders were Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, and on our website we hold records for over 200 vessels constructed by the Glaswegian company 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/search/ship-builder:alexander-stephen-sons#search-sec

#ThursdayFind #Archives

A newly digitised document is this detailed plan for the Vasna; a passenger/cargo liner constructed in 1917. The builders were Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, and on our website we hold records for over 200 vessels constructed by the Glaswegian company 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/search/ship-builder:alexander-stephen-sons#search-sec

#ThursdayFind #Archives

#DidYouKnow that we hold records for a motor vessel converted into a brewery 🍺  The MV Menestheus was converted into an ...
07/04/2021

#DidYouKnow that we hold records for a motor vessel converted into a brewery 🍺

The MV Menestheus was converted into an amenities ship by the Royal Navy in 1943. Before then, she was a normal vessel owned by the Blue Funnel Line and then a minelayer in the North Sea once she was requisitioned in 1939.

Have a look at her records here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/menestheus-1929/search/everywhere:menestheus/page/1

#BeerDay 🍻

#DidYouKnow that we hold records for a motor vessel converted into a brewery 🍺

The MV Menestheus was converted into an amenities ship by the Royal Navy in 1943. Before then, she was a normal vessel owned by the Blue Funnel Line and then a minelayer in the North Sea once she was requisitioned in 1939.

Have a look at her records here 👉 https://hec.lrfoundation.org.uk/archive-library/ships/menestheus-1929/search/everywhere:menestheus/page/1

#BeerDay 🍻

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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