Historic Ships 2012

5-6 December 2012, London, UK 

You may also be interested in the Historic Ships 2016 Conference, 7-8 December 2016

Conference Overview

Viking boatRINA's 3rd international conference on historic ships, building on previous successful events, will explore the technical issues involved in the preservation, restoration and replication of historic vessels, including large passenger ships, warships, coastal & inland craft. The conference will be of interest and value to members of the many organisations world wide and others who are involved or interested in the preservation of these ships for the benefit of future generations.

The following links provides information on a number of historic ship resources that may be of interest to those involved in recording, preserving or restoring historic ships.


Conference Content

A provisional list of the papers being presented at this conference includes:

  • From couta boat to Daring class destroyer - the historic fleet of the Australian National Maritime Museum - Ms Lindsey Shaw, Cutty SarkAustralian National Maritime Museum
  • Evolution of ship structures from antiquity to the present day - Piero Caridis
  • Study of Design and Manufacture of Chundan Vallam - Snake Boats of Kerala - Arjun Shetty, BV
  • Archaeology of Chinese Ancient Ship and Structure Mechanics Analysis - Yigang Wu, Wuhan University of Technology
  • Historic Ships in Operation; Targetting Sustainability and Safety - John Robinson, International Historic & Traditional Ships Panel
  • Replicating Historic Vessels - Martyn Heighton, National Historic Ships
  • Conserving Historic Vessels - Hannah Cunliffe, National Historic Ships
  • S/T Challenge - Replacement of the original boiler - Clive Purser, Dunkirk ship
  • Structural Analysis on the Riveted Hull of the Paddle Steamer Medway Queen - P. Rajaguru, University of Greenwich
  • Researching, designating and managing England's marine historic environment - Mrs Alison James, English Heritage
  • On Numerical Evaluation of the Sailing Performance of Historic Clipper Vessels - Tim Tilford, University of Greenwich
  • Submarine Alliance Restoration - Wyn Davies, Wyn Davies 5201 Consultancy Ltd
  • Technical Database for the authentic Replication of traditional Northern & Southern China sea-going sailing trading Junks - Michael Trimming
  • Bringing our Navy story alive; uniquely inspirational and moving - Ken Jones, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Challenging Future For The Hovercraft Museum - Brian Russell, Hovercraft Society


 Download a copy of the conference programme here

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)

By 06/12/2012

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The registration fee includes printed conference papers, lunch, refreshments, drinks reception, a CD-ROM of the papers and presentations after the conference, and VAT. The CD-ROM will be posted to the delegates about 10-12 weeks after the conference.

Additional coppies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale ( members £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy , contact Billy Allen, Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at

Registration and Payment methods

1: Register and pay online using a secure link

2: Register and pay by bank transfer or cheque

Payments must be made in sterling by Eurocheque, cheque drawn on a bank with a UK branch address or sterling bank transfer. Please note that RINA requires payment before the conference date.


Under UK Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay VAT on any conference or course taking place in the UK. Delegates from outside the UK may be entitled to reclaim this cost.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing two weeks before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of £200+VAT. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Co-ordinator. In the event of cancellation of the programme for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.

Conference Venue

he venue for the conference will be at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Head Quarters at 10 Upper Belgrave Street, London, SW1X 8BQ. The conference will take place in the Weir lecture hall, teas/coffees and lunch in the Denny Library.

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If you need any accommodation during your stay in London, www.HotelsCombined.com, the worlds largest hotel price comparison website, is offering support to participants of this conference. An exclusive 10% rebate is given to hotels booked via their website for all attendees. Check and book hotels in the surrounding area; http://www.hotelscombined.com/City/London.htm

For information on the rebate program visit: http://www.HotelsCombined.com/Conference_Support

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

RINA events provide the perfect opportunity for effective and highly targeted marketing. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities exist for all of our conferences. For more information please follow the link or contact John Payten (RINA Group Sales Director) Tel: +44 (0)20 7201 2407 or e-mail: to discuss tailored options or availability.

Student Sponsorship

RINA and industry sponsor a number of free conference places specifically available to RINA Student Members and Associate Members still in full-time education. This programme has proved to be a considerable success, providing many students with the opportunity to attend RINA organised conferences.

Student sponsorship covers entrance into the conference and copy of the conference proceedings. A limited number of sponsored places are available for each conference and allocated on a 'first come - first served.' Please contact Ms Yuen Yee Pang, Assistant, Professional Affairs, Tel: +44 (0)20 7235 4622; Fax: +44 (0)20 7259 5912; Email: for further details.

All students in full time education are eligible for the special discounted Student Delegate rate at RINA maritime conferences, regardless of whether they are a member of RINA or not.

Continuing Professional Development

Attendance at The Historic Ships Conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate. Click on the link for more information on Continuing Professional Development.

Conference Proceedings

All delegates recieve a printed copy of the conference proceedings at the conference and a CD-ROM of the papers and Powerpoint presentations, which is posted out around 10-12 weeks after the conference.

If you are unable to attend the conference it is still possible to purchase either the printed conference proceeding or the CD-ROM after the conference (members £110 and non-members £130) . Please contact, contact Billy Allen, Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at

Past Conference Proceedings

Proceedings from Historic Ship 2009 , Historic Ships 2007 and Historic Ships Design, Restoration & Maintenance 1996 conferences are also available. Delegated at the Historic Ships 2012 conference will be offered a special 50% discount order form at the conferences on these past conference proceedings.


If you have any questions regarding this or any other RINA event please contact Laura Whelan, RINA Conference Organiser on Tel: +44 (0)20 72101 2401 or e-mail:


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