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Historic Ships 2018

5-6 December 2018             SS Great Britain 2

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 fifth 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

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering.

Papers to be included:

  • Conservation Housekeeping, in the Context of Historic Ships by Bryan Dunkel, National Museum of the Royal Navy, UK
  • Major Refit of a Sailing Replica of 18th Century Frigate Experience and Traditional Skills Obtained by Team of Volunteers by Vladimir Martus, Shtandart Project, Russia
  • The Classification of Historical Vessels and their Replicas by Dirk Meulemeester, Pollux, Belgium
  • At the Origins of the Naval Treatise: Joseph Furttenbach and the Architectura Navalis by Massimo Corradi, Claudia Tacchela, University of Genoa, Italy
  • Making the Inaccessible Accessible by David Tresidder, Becket Rankine, UK, W Davies, Wyn Davies 5201 Consultancy Limited, UK
  • Design and analysis of HMs Warrior’s 30 Year Old Mooring System by Catherine Ingram, BMT, UK
  • Comparative Performance Prediction of Historical Thames a Rater Class Designs by Joseph E Thomas, Jean-Baptiste R G Souppez, Southampton Solent University, UK
  • The Making of a Musseum Vessel – The RML 497 Project by Arabella Roberts, National Museum of the Royal Navy, UK

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    Registration and Payment

    Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 06/11/2018     After 06/11/2018
    RINA members         £185+VAT = £222          £230+VAT = £276
    Non-members        £230+VAT = £276      £285+VAT = £342
    Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £135+VAT = £162            £135+VAT = £162
    Principal Author        £95+VAT = £114      £95+VAT = £114
    Additional Author         £185+VAT = £222      £185+VAT = £222

    Register by 6th November 2018 and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

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

    Additional copies of the conference papers or USB will also be available for sale (members £120 and non-members £140) after the event. If you would like to order a copy, contact the 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.

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


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    The nearest Underground stations are Charing Cross and Embankment. We are also a 15 minute walk away from Waterloo.






    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.

    Hotels Combined

    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.

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

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