Cruise Ship Speakers

Maritime History
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Michael Anderson
Marine Historian
BSc (Nautical Studies)
Coming from: Haywards Heath.,  West Sussex  UK
Michael first joined the merchant navy as a Deck Officer for both tankers and dry cargo ships before gaining his nautical studies degree. He went on to have a long career in Shipping Industry. On finally retiring he became involved with the Wey & Arun Canal Trust where he became treasurer as well as training skipper for the trip boats. Michael presents a series of lectures on maritime and merchant ship history.

Graham Anthony
Maritime History
Coming from: Cambridge,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Graham is a maritime historian with a fascination for how individual events fit into the great continuum of history. A regular contributor to maritime journals, he lectures to universities, yacht clubs, and cruise audiences and each year undertakes a sponsored lecture tour of the United States for the English Speaking Union. A graduate engineer, Graham served with the Royal Engineers in Berlin, where he developed his skills as a competitive helmsman which has led him sailing on many seas.

Kelvin Edward (Ted) Bourn
Navigation & Maritime Law
BSc MBA
Coming from: Waterlooville,  Hampshire  UK
A graduate Marine Biologist, Ted joined BRNC Dartmouth. Postings followed as the Navigator of ARETHUSA, Warfare Officer in ARDENT and then as a specialist Navigator during the Falklands Conflict in the Frigate ANDROMEDA. Navigator in the Australian Navy Tanker HMAS SUPPLY during a 2 year Exchange, interest then grew into the Real Reasons why the British colonised Australia. Command of HMS ANGLESEY followed, and then a posting raising the Navigation Procurement Requirements for all RN ships. Since retirement Ted is happy to talk on Australian History, Navigation & Maritime Law.

Gregory Bowden
Wine Expert & Historian on Pirates
Oxford trained Historian, M.A. (Oxon), Dip. WSET
Coming from: Regents Park,  London  UK
Gregory started enjoying his wines relatively early in life, not least because his father was a lifelong friend of Hubert Michelin and the two of them used to scour France in search of exciting wines which were then served at the family home. Later, at Oxford University he furthered his wine interests by becoming gastronomic advisor to various dining clubs. Today, Gregory divides his time between teaching wine merchants and sommeliers, and in his spare time, he is also the official historian of the Morgan Sports Car and an historian on pirates and piracy!

Melvyn Bowen
Maritime History & Marine Science
Coming from: Rotorua,    NZ
Melvyn was born and raised in U.K., and completed his secondary education at the Haverfordwest Grammar School in Pembrokeshire. He commenced a career in the British Merchant Navy and after 10 years became a qualified Master Mariner before studying Nautical Sciences at the University of Wales. Following this, he went on to lecture in a range of maritime-science disciplines at several Universities and Polytechnics. He now lives in New Zealand and regularly talks about Maritime History on cruise ships.

David Bray
Maritime History
Master Mariner - Fellow of the Nautical Institute
Coming from: Lowestoft,  Suffolk  UK
Born in the Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth, David went to sea in 1965, joining Ellerman Lines as Deck Cadet. Gaining his Second Mate’s Certificate in 1969 he sailed in a variety of cargo and passenger vessels until 1972 when he joined the British Antarctic Survey, gaining his Masters’ certificate in 1976. More recently he has lectured to ships’ Masters and Officers at the Maritime Studies department of Lowestoft College. Now retired from nautical education he is in demand as a cruiseship lecturer on maritime history.

Paul Brown
Maritime Historian & Author
Coming from: 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
Coming from: 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.

Stephen Carr-Smith
Military History
Major General
Coming from: Nether Wallop,  Hampshire  UK
Major General Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During this time he served in Germany at the height of the Cold War and served in NATO after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR. His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. Since 2007 Stephen has been a regular speaker on cruises with several different cruise lines. His particular interest is history, and his style is to present an historical event that is relevant to the geography of the particular cruise.

Jim Clement
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Baltic, Mediterranean. Asia, Caribbean,Latin America, Panama, Norway,
Coming from: Largo,  Florida  USA
Jim is a retired USA Diplomat who lived in 13 countries and has given Destination/Maritime History Lectures on more than 100 cruises in Europe, Asia, S. America. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (BSc) and University of Chicago (MBA). He was a US Navy Submarine Officer, VP International for Fortune 500 companies. He was a University Professor for History, Geography, Logistics, and International Marketing. Having lived and worked in Panama and transited the Panama Canal 24 times and Suez Canal 4 times, Jim can give the ship's bridge commentary about the history of the Canals. He speaks Spanish.

Gary Conniff
British Royal Family Heritage & Maritime Historian
Former Royal Yachtsman & Yeoman to the Admiralty
Coming from: Fareham,  Hampshire  UK
A former RN Warrant Officer First Class with 34 year's service, Gary has enjoyed a long and varied career. He joined the Royal Navy in 1973, served in the destroyers HMS Glamorgan and HMS Glasgow, where he was selected for service in the Royal Yacht Britannia. This prestigious and prominent posting saw him deploy on many Royal Tours, which took him around the world and included the honeymoon cruise of the Prince and Princess of Wales. An accomplished public speaker, with over 25 years experience in lecturing, Gary has built up an excellent reputation for delivering well illustrated, informative and interesting lectures.

Paul Covell
Ocean Yachtsman, Adventurer & Maritime Historian
Round the World Sailor
Coming from: Chalfont-St-Giles,  Buckinghamshire  UK
In July 2000 Paul took early retirement from the Printing Ink Business and that year he was a crew member aboard "Quadstone" in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, otherwise known as the worlds toughest yacht race. After 17 days crossing the Atlantic, “Quadstone” won the 1st. Since returning from this epic voyage Paul has undertaken many adventures including walking and cycling the length and breadth of Britain, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and travelling the high Andes of South America.

Alan Crisp
Maritime Historian
Coming from: Wild Street,  London  UK
Alan was born and grew up in South Africa. In the early 60's he came to England and worked for a number of years in advertising before trying his hand in acting. He later went on to appear in 20 pantomimes, repertory, musicals, film and television series until retirement in 2000. Since then he has cruised almost 100 times as a destination speaker and enhancement speaker delivering many talks on maritime history.

Mike Curtis
Maritime, Naval & World History
Life in a Submarine
Coming from: Havant,  Hampshire  UK
Mike is an ex Royal Navy Officer who served for 22 years in both the surface and sub-surface Fleet. Mike joined from school as an Electrical Engineer Artificer Apprentice eventually specialising in Sonar and Gunnery systems. Following the Navy, Mike carried on his career in the Commercial World of manufacturing and Defence Research. He provides Guest Speaker services to the cruise industry and other interested shore based groups talking about all aspects of;submarines, maritime history, and geographical history of the planets oceans and surrounding countries.

Robert Cutts
American and Maritime History
BSc (Eng) London Univ, former CEng, Member SW Maritime Hist Socy
Coming from: Downend,  Bristol,  UK
Robert worked in industry as a control engineer for 20 years before becoming an engineering lecturer. In 1987 he became an IT consultant and worked in computer-orientated fields before finally retiring in 2004. After taking numerous cruises, in 2007, Robert became a Saga Ambassador giving talks about Saga holidays to Women’s Institutes and the like. This led him to start giving talks on maritime subjects mainly draw from the Journal that his great-grandfather, Henry Taylor, kept during his voyages to the west coast of the north and south of America in 1862.

Gerald Deslandes
Art History & Maritime History
Coming from: London,    UK
Gerald is a former curator, tour leader and lecturer. He has organised exhibitions by artists such as Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy and Damien Hirst and now leads cultural tours throughout the UK and to 10 European destinations. He has given talks on 5 cruises as well as to NADFAS groups in Spain, Australia and New Zealand. He has a particular interest in non-European art and offers lectures on maritime history and the history of exploration from the Age of Discovery to Shackleton and Scott.

Helen Doe
Maritime History
MA, PhD, FRHistS
Coming from: Lanteglos by Fowey,  Cornwall  UK
Helen is a writer and researcher of both naval and mercantile navy history. An entertaining and popular speaker she is a regular cruise lecturer and has featured on both radio and TV. She is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her interests are not just in the ships themselves but the people who built, owned and sailed them. Her talks are based on original research and cover a wide range of maritime topics from medieval to modern and include diverse topics such as smuggling or the East India Company.

Richard Doherty
Military Historian & Writer
FIRSO, MRHistS
Coming from: Co. Londonderry,  Northern Ireland  UK
One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has 26 books to his credit, two of which were nominated for the prestigious Templer Medal. A popular speaker he has addressed a wide variety of audiences in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France and Italy, as well as the USA. He leads battlefield tours in Ireland, Normandy and Italy, and has lectured on cruise ships since 2002 with topics ranging from military and naval history to Irish myth, history and culture.

Michael Fopp
Social Historian and Pilot
National Museum Director, Pilot & Historian. PhD, FRAeS
Coming from: Soulbury,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Michael is the son of an Australian Battle of Britain fighter pilot and grew up surrounded by aeroplanes. He has been a member of the elite Mounted Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police for over 10 years before being appointed Director of the London Transport Museum in 1985. He then went on to be Director of the Royal Air Force Museum. Since retirement in 2010 he has devoted his time to the Guild of Air Pilots & Navigators as well as lecture on transport and aviation history.

Karl Fox
History, Travel, Current World Affairs & Cultures
Professor of History
Coming from: Dunnellon,  Florida  USA
Karl Fox is a retired History Professor from Canada. He taught History, Current World Affairs, Human Resources, and Business Communications in an Ontario College (Canada) for 27 years. Working at the College provided the opportunity to travel four months every year. He made the most of this by visiting/working in over 130 countries and visiting all seven continents several times. Karl has conducted trans-continental trips across Africa and Asia as well as leading numerous safaris in Africa. He is a frequent lecturer on cruise ships and his presentations on Maritime History are interesting, insightful, and humorous.

Bennett Gold
Maritime History and Famous Trials
Coming from: Reston,  VA  USA
Bennett Gold, a Stanford University graduate served in the US Navy for 21 years. While on active duty, he served aboard 6 ships including his own command. After retiring from the Navy, he spent 22 years in the computer industry and for the past 15 years he has been serving as a docent at the US Supreme Court. Bennett has been a Special Interest speaker on Maritime subjects and Famous Trials aboard a number of cruise ships. His in-depth knowledge of his subject areas, keen sense of humor, and the joy he takes in presenting to his audiences, make his presentations memorable.

Eileen Goulding
The Ancient World
Coming from: Crystal Palace,  London  UK
Eileen specialises in the History, Arts, Myths & Legends of the Ancient World and as a qualified Egyptologist, author and lecturer, is also an authority on the people of Ancient Egypt, their history, language, art, religion and funerary practices. She is an experienced Guest Speaker on cruise ships, lectures to Archaeology/Egyptology societies in the UK and is also an accredited Lecturer for NADFAS.

Jack Hardy
Destinations, History, and Marine Exploration
BA-Univ. California, MS-Oregon State, PhD-Univ. of Washington
Coming from: Portland,  Oregon  USA
Over the past 13 years professor, historian, and underwater explorer Jack Hardy has lectured on 56 different topics on more than 55 cruises. His richly-illustrated lectures focus on the history and culture of many popular cruise ship destinations, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and Pacific. Also, as a diver and underwater photographer, other lectures include regional marine life, ancient shipwrecks, and famous ocean explorers. He has published more than 100 research papers and books. His research and exploration has taken him to 98 countries around the world.

John Haywood
Dark Age European Historian & Author
BA Hons (1st class), PhD early medieval maritime history
Coming from: Lancaster,  Lancashire  UK
Born and brought up in the north of England, Dr John Haywood studied medieval history at the universities of Lancaster and Cambridge, and Copenhagen. His doctoral dissertation, published as Dark Age Naval Power in 1991, was a study of north European seafaring before the Viking Age. The author of over 20 books, John has written on a wide range of historical topics but his main interests are the Vikings, maritime history and historical atlases. John Haywood formerly taught medieval history at Lancaster University, but since 2002 has been a full-time writer and tour leader and lectures on cruise ships.

Michael Hill
Maritime & Family History
Coming from: Waterlooville,  Hampshire  UK
Mike was born in Poole, Dorset and joined the Royal Navy in 1954. During the next 30 years he visited most places in the world, serving on a variety of ships from frigates to aircraft carriers, and achieving promotion through the ranks from Junior Stores Assistant to Lieutenant Commander. His lecture repertoire covers Naval and family history including an eyewitness account of the Hydrogen Bomb Tests in the Pacific and his experiences as Supply Officer during the Falklands War.

David Hutchings
Maritime Historian & Author
I Eng; MRINA
Coming from: Lee-on-The Solent,  Hampshire  UK
David hails from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, so ships and the sea have played a major part in his life. He turned his lifelong love of ships into a career, both as a maritime author and in shipbuilding. David's shipyard career was spent in Southampton and Portsmouth. He is a member of The World Ship Society and the Ocean Liner Society. He regularly lectures on cruiseships about maritime history and ocean liner history.

Terry Keefe
Sea Mysteries and Mystery Fiction
BA, MA,
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Professor Terry Keefe's academic career at Leicester and Lancaster universities saw him publish books and articles on French literature and philosophy. After early retirement, he expanded a long-standing interest in Mysteries and Mystery Novels. Since then he has extended his range into Sea Mysteries, with particular reference to the Titanic disaster. On many occasions, he has thoroughly enjoyed giving cruise talks on these topics - sometimes related to particular itineraries - for Voyages of Discovery, P&O, and Fred Olsen, lecturing on two Mystery Cruises.

Derrick Kemp
Cruising World Wide
Master Mariner
Coming from: Liverpool,  Merseyside  UK
Captain Derrick Kemp began his sea career at the South African Training Ship “General Botha“, Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town. During his 52 years seafaring career he has served aboard a variety of Cargo Passenger, Refrigerated, Heavy Lift and Container ships. Captain Kemp has also been in command of the following passenger vessels - Expedition Ship “Caledonian Star“, “Saga Rose”, “R1“ and “R4” for Renaissance Cruises and the “mv Discovery”. He has travelled the world and sailed the Seven Seas and more. His knowledge of Cruising to be admired.

Andrew Lambert
Military & Aviation Historian
Air Commodore, MPhil
Coming from: Lapford,  Devon  UK
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert flew Phantoms and went on to run the RAF's "Top Gun"ť school. A planner for the 1991 Gulf War, he then commanded a Tornado fighter squadron on operations over Bosnia. As an Air Commodore he commanded in the Falklands and the Iraqi Northern No Fly Zone. A Military Historian, he has also published a number of papers on the Psychological Impact of Air Power and Coercion and British Defence Policy.

Bruce Lindsay
Naval History & Meteorology
Retired Lt. Commander, RN BSc(Eng) DMS DipM
Coming from: North Berwick,  East Lothian  UK
Following a career in the Royal Navy serving world-wide as a Meteorologist, afloat with the Fleet Air Arm and ashore as a NATO Staff Officer, Bruce followed his passion for Naval History by writing a trilogy of film scripts about the adventures of Lord Thomas Cochrane. Bruce enjoys entertaining large audiences. His theme is "History with a Twist" such as “the love lives and affairs” of Hitler, Mussolini, Nelson & Napoleon.

Thomas Macan
Diplomacy & World Affairs
Retired Ambassador and Governor
Coming from: Ambleside,  Cumbria  UK
Tom Macan is a retired British Diplomatic Service Officer with extensive experience of western and central Europe, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Portuguese-speaking world. His final post was that of Governor of the British Virgin Islands, having previously been Ambassador to Lithuania and Deputy High Commissioner to India. His history talks range from the Baltic region, South America, Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Patrick McCormack
Destination & Enrichment Speaker
The Caribbean and pre-columbian culture & history.
Coming from: Jacksonville,  Florida  USA
Patrick took his degrees in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), emphasizing research, analysis and the development of personality. Having lived in Andaluz, Espańa; Okinawa Prefecture, Nippon, and Sydney, Australia, he developed an interest the evolution of societies and thus, early humans. As a lecturer, he specializes on the peoples of the pre-Columbian Caribbean and Mesoamerican civilizations. On the post-Columbian side, Patrick’s list of subjects include: The Bermuda Triangle; Ancient Atlantis; and 3,000 years of pirates!

Malcolm McRonald
Maritime History
BA
Coming from: Wirral,  Merseyside  UK
Malcolm McRonald is the author of three books on Maritime History, under the collective titles of "The Irish Boats". In addition, Malcolm has had articles published in many Shipping magazines. He has built up an extensive collection of his own photographs, mainly covering coastal/cross channel ships, and he has a large collection of postcards and photographs of passenger liners and other ships. Over the years, he has given many illustrated talks on the subject of ships and cruising.

Joseph Micallef
Age of Exploration, Military and Maritime History
Published Author, Fox News and CNN Commentator, Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Tualatin,  Oregon  USA
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a number of books. He has an M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Joseph has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues, and also frequently speaks on the history of food, wine and spirits. He is fluent in Italian and English.

Bill Miller
Maritime Historian
Mr Ocean Liner
Coming from: Secaucus,  NJ  USA
Bill Miller is considered an international authority on the subject of ocean liners & cruise ships. This includes those great ships of the past, those “floating palaces,” as well as the current generation of cruise ships, the “floating resorts”. Called “Mr. Ocean Liner”, he has written over 60 books on the subject: from early steamers, immigrant ships and liners at war to other titles on their fabulous interiors, in post card form and about the highly collectible artifacts from them.

Stephen Musgrave
Maritime History
Lifeboatman J.P. Ph.D
Coming from: Poulton-le-Fylde,  Lancashire  UK
Dr Stephen Musgrave lives near Lancaster and in recent years has been an independent IT Consultant in the area of Computing in Education. He has a background at senior management level in Further and Higher Education, and was formerly a Merchant Navy Radio/Electronics Officer. Stephen maintains a keen interest in offshore sail cruising, and was a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crew member for 23 years, serving as Deputy Coxswain for 12 years. He is an accomplished speaker who regularly delivers his uniquely illustrated talks on maritime topics.

Howard Nichols
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Coming from: Bournemouth,  Dorset  UK
Howard was a Paramedic Instructor in the NHS Ambulance Service until 1989 when he was recruited by the RNLI to start up a new training course in Advanced Life Support and Care of the Survivor. He retired in 2004, but continues as a volunteer presenter for the RNLI Fund Raising Department. Having visited over 100 countries as a transport photographer he has a portfolio of nearly 90,000 images of destinations which enables him to give Port/Destination Lectures “bespoke” for each individual cruise.

John Nixon
Maritime History
MSc, Master Mariner
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
After two years at nautical college John went to sea in 1964. He served over 25 years at sea on many different types of ships including troopships, cable ships and ferries. Captain Nixon is a Master Mariner who served as Captain with P&O European Ferries. He started giving lectures on maritime history and marine salvage to institutes and colleges in 2001 and on cruise ships in 2007. He has been a guest lecturer at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, Cambridge University, Cardiff University and Southampton University, where he delivered the annual Wakeford Memorial Lecture.

Geoff Parsons
Flags & Banners
MSc CEng FIET
Coming from: Southsea,  Hampshire  UK
Geoff is a former senior Royal Naval officer who has had a keen interest in flags and sundials for over 30 years. He is the Chairman and a Trustee of the Flag Institute which is the United Kingdom's national flag charity and the largest flag organisation in the world. He specialises in talks about the development of royal banners and state flags and the use of flags. Cruise passengers often enquire about the flags flown on board their ship, and in the countries and harbours they visit. Geoff very much enjoys lecturing and likes to fully interact with his audience.

David Pollard
Aviation, Maritime & Transport History
Coming from: 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.

Derek Potter
Southeast Asia, Maritime and Military History
BSc(Hon), MA (x2)
Coming from: Tyne and Wear,  Sunderland  UK
Coming from a long line of sea captains and chief engineers Derek has a strong interest in maritime history, and being a former officer in P&O lines and an ocean-going yachtsman, has a fascination for ocean liners and circumnavigation in the age of sail. He graduated as a marine engineer and enjoyed a successful career in the maritime and offshore oil industries throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Peter Quartermaine
Maritime & Cultural History and Destinations
BA (Hons), PhD
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
Peter is a Research Associate of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a former Associate of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). He has published books on modern ship design and port architecture, and also on literature, fine art and photography. He has a Joint Honours Degree in English and Philosophy, and a PhD in Photography and the Visual Arts. Peter has a longstanding interest in ships and before retiring in 2002, was Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for American & Post-Colonial Arts at Exeter University.

Steve Ragnall
Maritime History
Coming from: Altham,  Lancashire  UK
Steve has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history and has lectured extensively on maritime history around the world. As a member of the Society for Nautical Research and the Captain Cook Society, Steve's research has led him to publish his first book, The Life & Times of Captain James King". He has the ability to quickly assimilate the detail of any subject and the characters and render it and them entertainingly and with enthusiasm.

Justin Reay
Art & Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
After officer training in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Lectures Secretary for the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a tutor in art history. He is an advisor to museums and media companies, appearing in the PSB film ‘Anthem’. He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ papers at the Bodleian Library, has written about the Admiralty buildings in London and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and sheds new light on naval history.

Mike Rendell
Social Historian & Author
Eighteenth Century Social History
Coming from: Ashburton,  Devon  UK
After a thirty-year stint as a lawyer Mike retired to become a historian. He writes, blogs and gives talks on all aspects of life in the 18th Century. He is custodian of a treasure trove of old family papers – everything from shopping lists to recipes and household accounts, dating back to the early 1700s. His talks cover such questions as what did the Georgians eat and drink, what did they do for entertainment, and why etiquette was so important. He talks about everyday life in the England of Dr Johnson – and of Jane Austen.

Robb Robinson
Maritime & British Historian & Author
PhD
Coming from: Cottingham,  East Yorkshire  UK
Robb is based at the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, part of the University of Hull. He is from a family which has been engaged in the business of seafaring for generations. He has contributed to a number of TV history programmes, is author of many articles and books and is Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History. Robb talks on a wide range of maritime history and british history topics.

Nicholas Rodger
Naval & Maritime Historian & Author
Professor of Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Nicholas is a naval historian, educated at Ampleforth College and University College, Oxford, after which he spent seventeen years as a Assistant Keeper in the Public Record Office. After several years Professor of Naval History in Exeter University, in 2008 he became a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has appeared in many television productions and lectured to different audiences all over the world.

Gavin Roser
Shipping & Transportation
Coming from: Ayr,  Ayrshire  UK
Gavin has been in the shipping industry for 45 years, and in this time has seen remarkable changes in one of the few industries that operate regardless of national boundaries. Over the years he has been in many senior positions and in between times he runs his own maritime consultancy firm. Gavin also works with the Northern Maritime University in Northern Europe promoting new thinking in maritime education. His talks on how shipping affects us will surprise and entertain you.

David Russell
Maritime Historian
World War II Action at Sea
Coming from: Fareham,  Hampshire  UK
David was born in Portsmouth and he currently lives with his wife close to the Port of Southampton. Descended from several generations of British seafarers, he spent part of his early childhood living in Malta. He returned home to train as a Merchant Navy Officer before serving at sea aboard Ocean Tankers and later on Naval Support Vessels based at Portsmouth. He later became a Tour Group Manager with a major UK holiday company, guiding and escorting their clients to exotic destinations all over the world. David speaks on a range of maritime and naval history subjects.

Martin Scott
Maritime History
RD** MNM FNI RNR
Coming from: Ryde,  Isle of Wight  UK
Martin was educated near the South Coast of England, which gave him a love of the sea. He started his naval career with a cadetship at Warsash Maritime Academy 1959, followed by a long maritime career which included 10 years as a Deck Officer in the Royal Mail Lines, 17 years with Sealink passenger ferries, several years with Orient Express cruise ferries and 12 years commanding Holland America Line's Windstar Cruises. His marine history talks draw from his many experiences at sea.

Brigadier Mike Shaw
Maritime & Military Historian
Ocean Yachtmaster
Coming from: Bishops Lydeard,  Somerset  UK
Brigadier Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for 30 years rising to command a field force brigade and director in the MoD’s Central Staffs before taking early retirement to concentrate on his principal interests of history and travel. Aside from a wide understanding of military and naval matters, as an ocean yachtsman he also has an interest in early voyages of discovery and the mercantile empires that resulted. Mike is an experienced lecturer to mature audiences and all his lectures are tailored to provide historical background specific to the cruise in progress.

Michael Taylor
Stock Trader, Investor & Historian
BA, MA, MSc
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Durham  UK
Michael Taylor is a successful full time private investor, having achieved triple digit compounded portfolio returns for each of the last three years. Currently he is seeking to analyse previously unseen primary material on the life of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. He has been invited to speak in front of investment clubs, and delivered the results of a commissioned research paper on populism and the socio-economic effects on the European Union to leading academics and industry experts. Michael expects to publish his book on investing with Harriman-House in Q4 2018.

Mick Testoni
Lifeboatman
R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge holder
Coming from: Aldeburgh,  Suffolk  UK
Mick was born in Suffolk, but began his Police Career in 1964 in the Metropolitan Police, serving in London's East End. In 1974 he transferred to the Suffolk Constabulary and worked for many years in the Criminal Investigation Department until joining the Marine Department and completing 30 years service. Mick joined the R.N.L.I in 1977 and during his lifeboat service he was credited with saving 68 lives. He is the holder of the R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge for his part in the rescue of 6 people from a yacht in force 11 gale and heavy seas in August 1996.

Allan Thomas
Oceanographer & Destination Lecturer
BSc, NMSM, RAF(Rtd)
Coming from: St. Columb Major,  Cornwall  UK
Allan joined the Royal Air Force in 1960 eventually becoming an Air Electronics Officer and aircraft captain serving on Maritime Patrol aircraft keeping an eye on the Soviet Navy, especially its submarine force. In 1993 Allan was seconded to the United States Navy where he qualified as a military oceanographer prior to taking command of operations at a joint US-UK Undersea Surveillance Facility. In his talks he describes undersea geology, historical oceanographic events, and marine animals: focussing on the waters that each cruise passes though accompanied by some amusing anecdotes from his Service days. He is also a qualified and accomplished Destination Presenter.

Stephen Timms OBE
Naval & Maritime History
OBE MBA BSc MSc FIMarEST CEng CMarEng
Coming from: Lyndhurst,  Hampshire  UK
A submarine specialist and chartered Marine Engineer, Stephen served for 37 years in the Royal Navy until retirement in 2006. In the course of his cold war service at sea he operated both nuclear deterrent submarines and hunter killer submarines, from the North Pole to the extreme South Atlantic. He has had a distinguished career which included service at NATO headquarters Brussel, Commander of naval forces in Gibraltar, and Naval Attache at the British Embassy in Brazil. His final appointment was as Commander of UK's naval reserve forces during the period they were deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Michael Turner
Maritime History
The Life and Voyages of Sir Francis Drake
Coming from: Burnham on Sea,  Somerset  UK
Michael Turner from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England began teaching physical education and geography to secondary school students in 1982. During the holidays, he continued backpacking and hitch-hiking in 83 countries taking photographs to enhance his lessons. His other reason for adventurous travel is to be the only person in the world to photograph the life & voyages of Sir Francis Drake. This has taken him to 46 countries; which makes his illustrated talks unique. Michael has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society, London, the Old Bodleian Library, Oxford and to the Ashridge Circle, Eastbourne. Michael appeared on television and radio documentaries for the BBC and History Channel.

Commodore Rupert Wallace
Maritime & Naval History, and Middle Eastern Affairs
CBE, BA, MSc
Coming from: Northwood,  Middlesex  UK
Rupert joined the Royal Navy in 1981, after graduating in History from Bristol University and following two years travelling the world. He retired in 2014 as a Commodore, after a career which included seeing action in the Falklands War, commanding three ships and a destroyer flotilla, and six months in Baghdad. He also became a specialist in the Middle East and North Africa via operational deployments, a tour as Defence Attaché in Tunis and Algiers, and strategic international relations work in the Ministry of Defence. Since retirement he lectures on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the situation in the Middle East.

Christopher Ward
Journalist & Author
Titanic author, former Editor of The Daily Express & Media Commentator
Coming from: Scottish Borders,  Roxburghshire  UK
Christopher Ward’s distinguished career in Fleet Street spanned more than twenty years, including the editorship of the Daily Express where he broke the world exclusive on the notorious break-in at Buckingham Palace, “Intruder at the Queen’s Bedside”. He is the author of three books, the most recent, “And The Band Played On” being the untold story of what happened after the Titanic sank. His talks reflect his life as a journalist and the celebrities he has written about.

Arthur Williamson
World Historian
MA (Cantab), M.Phil., Ph.D.
Coming from: Cambridge,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Dr Arthur Williamson read history at Cambridge University. He served in an Army Intelligence section in Cyprus, Sudan and Eritrea and has also worked as a Government Cartographer and then as a Kenya Police Officer during the Mau Mau emergency. His historical projects include the Zulu-Boer wars, RAF Bomber Command losses, and WW2 in SE Asia. Arthur gives a series of talks with personal knowledge and experience of the Mau Mau in Kenya.

Jack Wilson
Destination & Port Lecturer
Local & Maritime Historian
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Jack spent most of his working life in Social Housing in the South of England, working for local Councils and Housing Associations. For the last several years he has been running his own consultancy in Housing Management and Care and has pursued a long-standing interest in Local History to qualify as a Green Badge Tourist Guide. Jack and his wife have always enjoyed travelling, and have been cruising since 2002. Jack has worked as a port lecturer and enrichment speaker talking on maritime subjects and social history.

Martin Woodward MBE
Professional Diver and Marine Consultant
Treasure & Commercial Deep Diving, RNLI work, Adventure Challenges,
Coming from: Bembridge,  Isle of Wight  UK
Martin has been a professional diver since 1968, and is still actively diving in the UK and other locations worldwide. He was also involved with the RNLI for a total of 38 years. Martin’s diving career includes “deep saturation” diving in the North Sea, oilfields in the Persian Gulf and many other locations worldwide. His great love has always been finding shipwrecks and artefacts from under the oceans.