Maritime Britain website

Maritime Britain website
Maritime Britain:



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The Maritime Britain website is your comprehensive and informative online guide to maritime heritage facilities, attractions and organisations in the UK. We have detailed over 300 museums, ships, shore side attractions and maritime bodies in our GEOGRAPHICAL SEARCH and MARITIME ORGANISATIONS pages as well as providing a comprehensive LINKS page and an interesting almanac of notable historical events in our NOTABLE MARITIME ANNIVERSARIES pages.The website is always developing and being updated so do come back and visit us again soon. We hope you enjoy your visit and that this website inspires you to visit and enjoy in person the many maritime attractions around the British Isles.

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Association or society

As an island nation the British have always prided themselves on their seafaring expeditions. Throughout history many tales have been told of the great sea heroes, from military commanders like Admiral Lord Nelson to the swashbuckling rogues of Tudor England, like Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh and explorers like Captain Cook, Captain Scott of the Antarctic. Britain led the maritime world for many hundreds of years and only relinquished its pre-eminent position in the latter half of the 20th century. However all is not lost as Britain still plays an important role in the modern maritime world and we are the technological leaders in offshore oil and gas extraction, and are strong in marine manufacturing. The Royal Navy is the second strongest navy in the world and London is the world centre for maritime financial and legal services. We are also world-beaters in yacht design, building and racing.

This country has perhaps the greatest maritime heritage of any in the world and has given rise to many famous shipping companies, ships, people and contributed many important technological developments over the centuries, but in the years since the end of the Second World War much of this heritage has been lost and what has remained is due to the efforts of volunteer groups and individuals and we pay tribute to their continuing dedication and hard work.

Despite this many icons of ship evolution and Britain’s maritime heritage have survived including SS Great Britain, the Royal Yacht Britannia, HMS Victory, Mary Rose, Cutty Sark, RRS Discovery, TS Turbinia, Holland I, HMS Trincomalee, HMS Warrior, HMS Belfast, HM Frigate Unicorn, PS Medway Queen, PS Ryde, PS Waverley and many more. This country is also home to world class museums including the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, Dock Museum Barrow in Furness, Imperial War Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum etc that rank among the finest in the world and of course there are many smaller but equally significant institutions across the country.

The days when almost every seaside resort had a pier served each summer by substantial fleets of excursion vessels, often paddle steamers are long gone. However it is pleasing to note that a tremendous number and variety of sea, lake and river trips are still available around the coasts of the British Isles and inland including such notable gems as PS Kingswear Castle, SS Sir Walter Scott, the former railway steamers of Lake Windermere, the Ullswater steamers, the elegant Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water, the historic fleet of Salters Steamers on the River Thames, MV Balmoral, the Mersey Ferries and of course the famous PS Waverley.

Britain is an island nation and its culture, history and future is irrevocably intertwined with the sea and the maritime sector, the sea is in our blood and culture and losing sight of Britain’s maritime past, present and future will be losing part of Britain’s national character. Britain's maritime past, present and future deserves greater recognition, support and respect. All too often the British do themselves and their heritage down and our maritime heritage has especially neglected and ignored in recent years. We should celebrate our maritime past and future and this country's great achievements and be proud. So support Britain's maritime heritage and help celebrate, preserve and enhance it for future generations as there is much to be proud of.

This website has been put together to provide you with a comprehensive online guide to this country’s fine maritime history and heritage and the very diverse collection of ships, museums and other maritime facilities that still survives spread right across the United Kingdom. So we would encourage everyone (especially young people) get out there discover, explore, cherish, celebrate and enjoy our maritime heritage and help conserve and enhance it for future generations to enjoy.

We hope you enjoy Maritime Britain.

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Inland Waterways, Industry, Maritime, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War