Society for Nautical Research

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The Society for Nautical Research was founded in 1910 by Charles Napier Robinson to promote the academic field of maritime history in the United Kingdom.

The aims of the society [1] were to:

The society celebrated its centenary in 2010 [2]

Patron and President[edit]

Honorary Officers[edit]

  • Chairman: Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, GBE, KCB, BA, FREng
  • Hon. Editor, Mariner's Mirror: Dr Martin Bellamy
  • Hon. Secretary: Dr A. Byrne McLeod, PhD
  • Hon. Treasurer: Dr Peter Nash, PhD

Fellows of the Society for Nautical Research (FSNR)[edit]

In 2011, the Chairman of the Society, Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton suggested in his "The Way Forward" report that the Society create a system of fellowships, similar to that of other Learned societies, as a means of recognition, using the Post-nominal letters "FSNR". Eaton initially asked a small group to carry forward the idea and the result was a report to which the Society's Council agreed and the idea was put forward to the Annual General Meeting. It was agreed that election as a Fellow of the Society would be in recognition of the outstanding role that an individual had played in furthering the objectives of the Society as set forth in its constitution. This might be for long service as an officer or member of the Council, as an officer of the Society's committees, as an outstanding contributor to its publications, or as a member whose achievements in the field of maritime studies merit recognition.[3]

List of the Fellows of the Society for Nautical Research[edit]

The first class of Fellows of the Society was created in 2015 and as at January 2017 consisted of the following individuals:[4]

Former Fellow of the Society (now deceased):

  • Alan P McGowan, MA, PhD

Overseas Corresponding Members[edit]

The Society invited a small group of leading maritime historians in other countries, who were also members of the Society, to act as liaison in their own countries and to correspond with news of activities and events of interest to the membership to be published in the Society's newsletter. The current Overseas Corresponding Members are:[5]

Other Notable Members[edit]



Since 2010, the Society has been a co-sponsor of the annual Alan Villiers Memorial Lecture at Oxford.


  1. ^ Naish, G. P. B. (George Prideaux Brabant) (1950), Forging ahead : an account of the work and aims of the Society for Nautical Research, Society for Nautical Research, retrieved 25 April 2016 
  2. ^ Murphy, Hugh; Oddy, Derek J; Society for Nautical Research (London, England) (2010), The mirror of the seas : a centenary history of the Society for Nautical Research, Society for Nautical Research, ISBN 978-0-902387-01-0 
  3. ^ Society of Nautical Research. Annual General Meeting, 2016. "Honorary Secretary's Annual Report for the Year 2015, paragraph 13.
  4. ^ "Occasional Paper," distributed at the Annual General Meeting, 18 June 2016, Mariners Mirror, vol. 10. no. 4 (November 2016), p. 509. - as amended to 31 December 2016 by the Society.
  5. ^ Mariners Mirror, vol. 102, no 4 (November 2016), list of Officers

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