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Historic Ships Conference 2009

 21 - 22 February 2007, London

There are a huge number of historic ships that are in need of restoration/preservation. Several organisations exist, who aim to preverve these ships for the benefit of future generations. This conference, organised by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, was aimed at exploring the technical and engineering issues involved in preservation and restoration of historic vessels. A full list of the papers presented at this conference is given below;

Restoration of the Barque Polly Woodside
R J Herd and J F Yunchen, Melbourne Maritime Museum, Australia

HMS Whimbrel (1942-1949) Battle of The Atlantic Memorial
R K Pudduck, Atkins Limited, UK

Dismantling The Medway Queen
J Kempton, Medway Queen Preservation Society, UK
J Claesen, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd, UK

Holland Project: Digital Reconstruction of Naval History
G W McCue, Dassault Systemes LLC, USA

Preservation, as House Boats, of Inland Waterways Vessels in France
D Feger, France

The Olympias Trireme Reconstruction: A Floating Hypothesis and its Successor Projects
N B Rankov, Royal Holloway, University of London and The Trireme Trust, UK

Aspects of Longitudinal Strength of Historic Ships
B R I Luttmer, Prosycon, The Netherlands

Application of Engineering Principles to the Rigging and Sparring of Traditional Ships
S Wallis, Solent University, Laurent Giles Naval Architects Ltd, UK

The Classis and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association: A Community of Practice
N Witt, University of Plymouth, UK
E Bremner, BremWeb Imaging, UK

The Risk to Traditional Maritime Skills
J C S Wylson, Royal Institute of British Architects, UK

Fighting Decay (and Doing it Right) ­ Mastering Skills in Ships Preservation
T Rasmussen, Ships Preservation Trust, Denmark

An Abstract to the Things to Embrace and the Things to Avoid in the Restoration and Preservation of Historic Ships
N W Cormack, Australia

Sourcing of Information for a Conservation & Management Plan
F M Walker, UK

The Ship Conservation Scene, in Particular the Sourcing and Dissemination of Information
W B Davies, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd, UK

It All in the Mind ­ A Discussion of the Cultural and Cognitive Dimensions of Technology in Relation to Building Replicas of Historic or Traditional Small Craft
R M Johnson & D Rosyid, Insitut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia

Seeing the Wood for the Trees…
C Jones & R Holdsworth, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, UK

Managing Floating Heritage: Historic Ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum
S W Adams, Australian National Maritime Museum, Australia

European Co-Operation in Preserving our Historic Fleet
J Robinson, European Maritime Heritage and UK Advisory Committee on Historic Ships.

 ISBN No. 1-905040-33-4

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