Historic Ships Online Conference 2020

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
December 2, 2020 - December 3, 2020

The successful Historic Ships conference returns for a seventh instalment. Here at RINA we are not only proud of the current achievements in the marine industry, but also our maritime heritage. The history of the world is the history of the sea, that through trade and war shaped our modern world.

This conference will not only focus on the restoration and preservation of historic vessels, but also the research and investigation into the engineering and efficiency of historic designs through modern naval architecture techniques. With this event we will help to keep record of the skills and techniques used to construct and operate our historic ships for current and future generations.


Papers are invited from naval architects, academics, and enthusiasts on all related topics, including but not limited to:

  • Analysis of historic designs, including investigations into their hydrodynamic efficiency and structural design
  • Research into historic shipbuilding and sailing techniques
  • Restoration and preservation
  • Maintenance of craft skills and training
  • Replicas and their concession to the modern world
  • Recent archaeological discoveries

Selected papers may be published in the Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Featured papers

Day 1 11:00 – 15:30
A mystery of the first icebreaker
Galatea II: Reborn of a Classic

The Royal Louis (1668), a sailing masterpiece

The Entrails of a Ship

Day 2 11:00 – 15:30
The Album de Colbert: the image of shipbuilding
Structural Assessment and Scantlings of Traditional Small Crafts
Aluminum use in historic ships and related problems as experienced on the SS Explorer
Timber Construction: An Experimental Assessment of the Strength of Scarf Joints and the Effectiveness of Various Adhesives for Laminated Wood
**UK time

**Presentation time includes Q&A of approximately 10 minutes

**The conference programme may be subject to change

Register Interest

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If you have any questions please contact our conference organiser: conference@rina.org.uk

Conference fees

Members: £50+VAT=£60

Non-Members: £60+VAT=£72

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We offer sponsored conference places for Student Members and Associate Members in full time education. For more information or to request a place, contact Nick Cox at ncox@rina.org.uk

Call for Papers

To download the Call for Papers

Abstracts may be submitted at Call for Papers

Conference Venue

The Historic Ships conference will be held online using Zoom. https://zoom.us/

It is not necessary to have a Zoom account to attend the Meetings, but those attending will be asked to download the Zoom App if not already downloaded. If you are unable to download, install, or run applications you may join from your browser. However, the meeting experience from the browser is limited.

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Continuing Professional Development

Attendance at the RINA conferences and courses qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate