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SS LEYSIAN and American Muleteers

From 7 to 17 June, our project partner, the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is running an underwater field school at Abercastle, Pembrokeshire based around the wreck of the SS LEYSIAN which was wrecked there on 20 February 1917. Historical image of the LEYSIAN and the wreck’s location today. Source: NAS. Brief his...

Discover the Heroes of the Haven: Part 2

What was life like for the men of the base? A common part of life was naval discipline and regulations. From washing uniforms to leave, there was always a missive from Vice-Admiral Dare to keep the men up to date on the correct procedures. At least three public houses in the town were completely out of bounds to the me...

Discover the Heroes of the Haven: Part 1

Milford Haven, a port on the south-western tip of Wales, was one of the most important bases on the Welsh Coast during the First World War. With its view of the Western Approaches, and its facilities for refitting and restocking, it played a vital part in the naval defence of the Irish Sea. It needed the name of a ship...

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U-Boat Project Exhibition visits Milford during Discover the Haven Week

During a week of celebrations of the Naval and maritime history of Milford Haven, the U-Boat Project 1914-18 exhibition will be on display at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven SA73 3AW from Wednesday 29 May until Friday 31 May 2019. Come and see the U-boat Project’s full exhibition revealing the ...

The face of a merchant seafarer lost to the sea

The Merchant Seaman’s Memorial in Cardiff Bay is in the form of a sleeping face fused with a ship’s hull, made by riveting plates of metal together. The technique is one traditional to early iron and steel ship building. The sculptor Brian Fell, whose own father had been a merchant seaman, was commissioned ...

Aberystwyth University’s Norwegian students help reveal history of the JANVOLD

The Norwegian registered JANVOLD is one of the wrecks included in our surveys for the ‘U-Boat Project 1914-18: Commemorating the War at Sea’.  The site is allowing us to explore the impact on shipping belonging to neutral nations which continued to use Welsh ports. Thanks to the help of Norwegian students from Abe...

Nautical Archaeology Society Field School: Abercastle, 7–17 June 2019

As part of this project the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) is running an underwater field school at Abercastle from 7–17 June 2019 based around the wreck of the SS LEYSIAN which was wrecked in the bay on 20 February 1917. As a precursor to the field school, research is being carried out into the history of the v...

All Quiet on the Western Front: Post-Armistice operations off the Welsh coast

HMS AUDACIOUS sinking on 27 October 1914. A major success for German mines during World War I. IWM photograph Q 48342. The Armistice of 11 November 1918 saw an end to much of the hostilities, particularly on the Western Front. However, military operations continued on the home fronts, off the Irish and North seas, acr...

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words – the New Tech Making our Exhibitions More Accessible

The Royal Commission is working with Danish app developers Vizgu to improve the experience of visually impaired visitors to its exhibitions.  The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has worked with the Wales Council for the Blind, and Danish software company Vizgu, to create its first aud...