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The Royal Institute of Naval Architects

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Historic Ships 2014

25-26 November 2014, UK  

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

From the trader junks of China to the battleships of WW2, historic ships are an important link to our seafaring past. And as the skills and techniques used to construct and operate our historic ships fade out of living memory, now is an important time to highlight the struggles of researchers, enthusiasts and engineers as they preserve and restore our maritime heritage.

RINA’s Historic Ships conference returns for a fourth instalment that will not only focus on the restoration and preservation of historic vessels, but also the research and investigation into the engineering and efficiency of historic designs through modern naval architecture techniques.

Papers are invited from naval architects, academics, and enthusiasts on all related topics, including:

  • Analysis of historic designs, including investigations into their hydrodynamic efficiency and structural design
  • Research into historic shipbuilding and sailing techniques
  • Restoration and preservation
  • Maintenance of craft skills and training
  • Replicas and their concession to the modern world
  • Recent archaeological discoveries


Selected papers may be published in the Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects


Conference Programme

Click here to download the conference programme.

A list of some of the papers being presented at the conference include:

KEYNOTE: Martyn Heighton, National Ships UK

  • CREATING THE QUEEN'S ROWBARGE "GLORIANA", Stuart Roy, FRINA, Independent Naval Architect, UK
  • SAVING LCT 7074: THE LAST D-DAY LANDING CRAFT, Nick Hewitt, Strategic Development Executive, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, UK
  • CFD ANALYSIS OF 80 YEAR OLD MODEL TESTS FOR TRANSATLANTIC LINERS, J. Marzi, J.P. Voß, & S. Gatchell, Hamburgische Schiffbau Versuchsanstalt GmbH - HSVA, Germany
  • DIGITAL MODELLING IN THE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF 19TH CENTURY CLIPPER SHIPS: THE THERMOPYLAE AND THE CUTTY SARK, Catherine Tonry, Mayur Patel, Christopher Bailey, Wynford Davies, Julian Harrap, Eric Kentley, Peter Mason, University of Greenwich, UK
  • THE BUILDING AND THE JOURNEY OF THE VIKING SHIP “VIKING” IN 1892-1893, Bjorn von Ubisch, Ubitec B.V., Netherlands


Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT) By 25/10/2014 After 25/10/2014
RINA members £165+VAT = £198 £210+VAT = £252
Non-members £210+VAT = £252 £255+VAT = £306
Concessions (retired/students, etc) £120+VAT = £144 £120+VAT = £144
Principcal Author £75+VAT = £90 £75+VAT = £90
Additional Author £165+VAT = £198 £165+VAT = £198

Register by 25th October and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

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 copies 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 to be sent invoice for payment via 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.

Northumberland Street Photograph



The conference will be held at the RINA HQ, 8 -9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK.




The nearest Underground stations are Charing Cross and Embankment

Northumberland Street map


The RINA conference department does not get involved with booking delegate accommodation, however, if you need any accommodation during your stay in London,, 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.

Club Quarters

Conference delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership of Club Quarters to stay at its Trafalgar Square Hotel, situated at 8 Northumberland Avenue ­ less than one minute’s walk from RINA Headquarters.

The Institution’s membership provides a fixed lowest rate of £159 per room which is always available to conference delegates, regardless of the varying higher rates throughout the year for non members.  An even lower rate is available only for conference delegates at weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) and holidays (£69). 

Other benefits include access to the Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, WiFi and unlimited chilled, purified bottled water, and a Rewards Programme offering a “Night on the House” after just one stay.


Conference delegates may find details of the facilities offered by Club Quarters Trafalgar Square or book online at  using the login “RINA” (without the quotes) on their first visit and selecting Trafalgar Square from the choice of hotels.

Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the lower rate at weekends, which is not shown online, should contact ClubQuarters at +44 (0)20 7451 5800

Delegates of past conferences who may be visiting London on business or pleasure may continue to use the Institution’s membership of ClubQuarters and enjoy the benefits.




Check and book hotels in the surrounding area

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Sponsor and Exhibitors

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 7235 4622 Ext 400 or e-mail:  to discuss tailored options or availability.

Past Conferences

The most recent Historical Ships conference took place in London, 5-6 December 2012.

Continual Professional DevelopmentCPD logo

Attendance at the Historical Ships conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

Survitec July

Van Oossanen

JETS VAC - sept

Bentley Systems

Furuno June 2018

IQPC - Oct 2018