Canadian Nautical Research Society
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The Canadian Nautical Research Society / Société canadienne pour la recherche nautique (CNRS / SCRN) was originally established as the Canadian Society for the Promotion of Nautical Research, then incorporated 25 October 1984 under its current name and achieved the status of a registered charity shortly thereafter.
The objectives of the Society are:
- to promote nautical research in Canada
- to disseminate the results of such research, and
- to encourage an awareness of Canada's maritime heritage
To those ends, the Society publishes in association with the North American Society for Oceanic History a quarterly journal The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord and a quarterly newsletter Argonauta; holds an annual conference; and makes several awards:
- the Jacques Cartier MA Prize in Maritime Affairs, to encourage graduate students at the Master's level
- the Gerry Panting Award, which is a bursary to a young scholar to attend the annual conference to present a paper, and
- the Keith Matthews Awards, named in honour of the Society's first President, to recognize outstanding publications in the field of nautical research.
The Society is also the Canadian national sub-commission of the International Commission for Maritime History.