Jutland 2016 - the Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield

Explosion of the British battle cruiser HMS Queen Mary during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. Credit: By Deutsch: ohne Angabe, wahrscheinlich Deutsches Kriegs-Film-u. Bildamt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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The South West Maritime Historical Society (SWMHS) Annual Lecture this evening will given by Dr Innes McCartney, a well known nautical archaeologist, explorer, historian and author. Over the last 25 years he has specialised in the discovery and investigation into 20th century shipwrecks including the SS Andrea Doria, RMS Lusitania and HMS Hood.

The focus of the SWMHS Annual Lecture provides an overview of the Battle of Jutland. 

It illustrates how using modern underwater technology, 25 ships sunk in the battle have been discovered. This has allowed a reassessment of the largest ever naval battle in modern history. 

Dr McCartney has recently published a book titled Jutland 1916 - the Archaeology of Naval Battlefield which was nominated in 2016 for the Mountbatten Maritime Award - best ‘literary contribution to public awareness of maritime issues’.

Oliver Colvile MP (Plymouth Sutton & Devonport) will introduce the speaker by reading a letter from one of his ancestors describing the Battle of Jutland from the viewpoint of a junior naval officer. 

The free lecture will appeal to historians, marine archaeologists, students and the general public.

Start time: 19:00.

Please contact Martin Hazell, Chairman SWMHS) to confirm your attendance (email: M.Hazell7@btinternet.com / tel: 01752 550768 (answerphone)).

The South West Maritime Historical Society Annual Lecture is supported by Plymouth University Marine Institute. 

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