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Paul Brown Maritime Historian & Author
Welford, Northamptonshire UK
Dr Paul Brown is a maritime history author and speaker. He is a consultant to National Historic Ships, the UK’s authority on the preservation of historic ships and boats, and a maritime photographer. A member of the Society for Nautical Research, he was until recently a university lecturer and senior university manager, and has also lectured at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Amanda Butcher MBE Tall Ships & Maritime History
Mr. Malmsbury, Wiltshire UK
Amanda joined the Royal Air Force after completing a degree in Pure Mathematics at Exeter University. During her time in the RAF she held a variety of posts. Towards the end of her military career she specialised in computer and communications security matters. She reached the rank of wing commander. During her service career she represented the RAF at several sports including offshore sailing. In 1982 she was part of the RAF team competing in the China Sea Race when the Falklands crisis broke. Amanda is an expert on Tall Ships and is a regular speaker on cruise ships.
Michael Cheshire Maritime & Naval History MBE, Former Captain of HMS Victory
Cowplain, Hampshire UK
Mike Cheshire joined the Royal Navy in the early 1960's at HMS Ganges as a Radio Communications Operation. In the Mid 1970's he undertook Officer training at the Naval College at Dartmouth, and became a Communications Specialist, and again went to sea in Destroyers and Frigates. It was in the mid 1980's Michael became a Warfare Officer and saw service in the Gulf and in the Falklands. For the last 6 years of Michael's Naval Career, he was the Commanding Officer of HMS VICTORY - Lord Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar.
David Pollard Aviation, Maritime & Transport History
Falmouth, Cornwall UK
David has maintained a considerable interest in "Trains & Boats & Planes" for most of his life and loves to share his interest with other enthusiasts. As a first step, he formed the S.S.Uganda Society and subsequently the highly successful Ocean Liner Society. He was also an officer with the RAFVR and had a 30 year career in the Oil Industry, involved with transportation fuels. David presents his talks in a non-technical, light hearted nature supported by 'warm up' slide shows and music. His talks can be specifically tailored to geographic regions or cruise themes.