Thursday 17 April 7pm
British Submarine Construction and Development during the Great War
Speaker: Peter Goodwin MPhil. IEng, MarEST, MRINA, Naval technical historian
Before the First World War the Britain’s submarine fleet comprised the small A, B and C class Boats powered by petrol engines and armed with 18inch torpedoes which had little evolved in design and capability from the Holland class of 1901 intended for defensive roles. The eve of war saw the introduction of the D and E classes which powered with reliable diesels giving greater operational range proved ideal to meet the forthcoming wartime challenges and paved the way for the more sophisticated G, H and J classes. Also discussed are the controversial steam powered K class and other experimental designs finalising with the diesel electric L and R classes that took the form of the modern conventional submarines used in WW2 until the advent of the nuclear driven fleet.
This talk also evaluates the stimulus of construction programmes, the related building centres their technical skills and output, the introduction of 21 inch torpedoes and the recognition of submarines as a well tried and tested weapon arm of the Royal Navy.
Thursday 15 May 7pm
The conservation story of HMS Alliance
Speaker: Bob Mealings, Curator at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum
The conservation of HMS Alliance has been a once in a lifetime opportunity to study the A-Class submarine. Hear how the HMS Alliance was saved and the surprises and challenges that they had to overcome.
Thursday 19 June 7pm
X-Craft: Lighting the way on D-Day
Speaker: Alexandra Geary, Keeper of Artefacts at the RN Submarine Museum
It is a little known fact that the first vessels off the coast of Normandy on 6th June 1944 were two midget submarines who guided the British forces towards the beaches. Find out about the craft, their part in Operation Neptune and George Honour who commanded X-23.
Thursday 17 July 7pm
Speaker: Iain Ballantyne, author
Author of Hunter Killers will lead a Q&A panel of Cold War submariners to share insights into submarine Cold War operations.
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