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Maritime Group: Past Activities

A Brief History on the Maritime Group

The group started in October 2001 with the first meeting being in my house, about 12 members attended. We discussed details on what the group hoped to achieve, decided on a format, day of the week and time – always the first Monday in the month at 10:00am. The group was initially called the Maritime History Group.

Following the first meeting, our subsequent meetings were in the river bailiffs rooms on the Hythe in Maldon, however as numbers increased we had to find an alternative venue, after some discussion it was agreed to meet at The Little Ship Club on The Hythe. Here we had many interesting talks on a wide variety of subjects and during one meeting, we decided to re-name the group as The Maritime Group. At this venue apart from talks, we also had the first Maritime dinner to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the battle of “Trafalgar” with a guest speaker and some 60 members, all in period costume. The groups second dinner was based on the theme of “The Mary Rose”, one of our members was the “Guest” speaker, and some 70 members all of whom came dressed in period costume.

In 2004, we also started Maritime-themed holidays with the first one being to the south coast. Since then we have had a further thirteen such holidays, some to Scandinavia and also to Belgium. One holiday took us to Liverpool to see the “Three Queens” which were all in the port at the same time.

As numbers attending meetings increased, we moved to The Blackwater Sailing Club, here we continued to have interesting speakers talking on various Maritime subjects; one talk was given by the Chief Officer of the “Canberra” during the Falklands conflict, another talk was on sailing the world by only using cargo ships. We also had a talk on the re-rigging of the Cutty Sark after the fire.

As a group we continued to have Maritime dinners, with a further three being held at The Blackwater sailing Club. All of dinners were always well attended with members coming dressed for the occasion.

Since the group started, we have had 180 meetings, five dinners and, to the end of 2019, fifteen Maritime holidays.

Malcolm Case
July 2019


Monday 6th January – Part 2 of David Griffiths very interesting talk on “Life Aboard a Submarine”

Monday 3rd February – Talk by Alison Mainwood on “A Brief History of Women in yachting”. Most of the people you see and hear of in small yachts are men why? We will look at several very notable women who are the exceptions to this and see how they now can compete with men on (almost) equal terms, but few still chose to do so.

Monday 2nd March – talk by John Rogers – “East Coast Magic”, a personal view of the magic of the east coast told in pictures and stories – from his long, over 70 years, association with sailing the east coast.

Monday 2nd November - Zoom talk by Gordon Davies – 'Safety at Sea, 19th Century style'. We will look at the development of safety measures in the 19th century, from the introduction of weather forecasts to the development of life-saving equipment.

Monday 7th DecemberZoom talk by Alison Mainwood on 'Sailing around Scotland'.

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Talks and Trips


Talks and Trips

Report and pictures of the trip to Norfolk in September.


Talks and Trips

Report and pictures of the trip to Portsmouth in September.

Report and pictures of the trip to Harwich in August.

Report and pictures of the trip to Kingston-upon-Thames, Windsor and Runnymeade in July.


Report and pictures of the trip to Exeter in September.

Report and pictures of the trip to Bawdsey Radar Museum and Woodbridge Tide Mill in August.

Report and pictures of the trip to Brightlingsea in July.


Report and pictures of the holiday to Liverpool to see the three Cunard Queens in June.

Report and pictures of the outing to Shell Haven and London Gateway on the 2nd March


Talks and Trips


Talks and Trips


Report of the Dinner - October 2011


Report of the Tall Ships - July 2008

Report of the Sailing Taster - May


Report of the Oslo & Copenhagen Trip - May

Report of the Titanic Dinner - April

Report of the visit to Walton on the Naze - April


Report of the Trafalgar Celerbrations in October

Report of the outing to Tower Bridge & HMS Belfast in October

Reports of the visit to Stockholm in June


Reports of the visits in 2004