March 2017

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This month's edition focuses on the Centre's unknown treasures, updates on Project Undaunted and a new test your knowledge feature!

Past Chairmen

Last week, the Centre's Past Chairmen project was launched. Using information from our archive and online resources, the team have created individual profiles highlighting their key achievements.

Of the 21 Chairman throughout LR's history, one served in the Coldstream Guards, another designed a class of lifeboat and finally, one Chairman was close friends with Charles Dickens!

The project can be viewed here!

Undaunted update

Project Undaunted has been marching steadily onwards over the past month. The team has now catalogued over 15,000 documents, capturing important information in a digital format so they can be searched online. Conservation has continued, with documents being cleaned and strengthened prior to imaging.

To follow the project's progress, discoveries and insights from the team, visit our blog or search #ProjectUndaunted.

Unknown treasures

Our archives hold a diverse range of historic material, from ship plans and survey reports to treasures from Lloyd's Register's history.

This month, we turn our attention to William Adolphus Knell's painting The Battle of Trafalgar. The artwork framed in moulded giltwood, is hanging proudly in the Old Board room of 71 Fenchurch Street.

Interesting enquiries

HEC's Information Advisor, Anne Cowne receives historical ship enquiries from the public every day. This month, Anne received an enquiry from the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) regarding Lloyd's Register's historic class notations - A,E,I,O,U and G,M,B. To learn more about the class symbols, download our information sheet on the subject. The OED thanked Anne for her prompt response and are currently in the process of updating their records.

Do you have a historical enquiry? Then contact us!


Courtney J Anderson, Historic Ship Rigging Supervisor at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, visited the Centre to view a spar plan for the Balclutha.

The steel-hulled Balclutha was built in 1886 and survives today as a museum ship moored in San Francisco harbour. The plan, from the Centre's archives, is an original and is over 130 years old!

Nicole, HEC's conservator, is working to stabilise the document before scanning. Soon, Nicole will be writing a blog about the Project Undaunted conservation plan, which will be posted to the HEC website. Watch this space!

Test your knowledge

In which year was Lloyd's Register granted its own coat of arms?

A. 1977

B. 1967

C. 1957

The crest shows a shield with a mercantile crown above an open Register Book. The motto, 'Sine Praejudicio' can be seen at the base, which means 'Without Prejudice' - a simple summation of the impartial and independent nature of Lloyd's Register.

Answer - C. 1957. Originally the Society wanted a coat of arms issued in 1960, to mark the 200 year anniversary of LR. However, the emblem was awarded three years earlier than anticipated.

These are a few of our favourite things...

The HEC team use the historic library and archive at Fenchurch Street every day. But what are their favourite treasures? This month's edition features Project Manager, Mat Curtis.

While the screeching tyre sound of the slow car crash that is the impending and inevitable approach to my big five-o fills my every waking moment, I take pause to contemplate time and its place here at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

But this expanse of time is a mere blink in the primitive form of eye belonging to the aspect which has become my favourite thing. How does 257 years have a bearing on the Devonian marbles which date from about 419 – 358 million years ago? These marbles and the fossils that they contain form the elegant coverings for the floors, walls, pillars and decoration of 71 Fenchurch Street.  To read Mat's extended post, visit his blog on the HEC website.

To read Mat's extended post, visit his blog on the HEC website.

Did you know?

One of the first naval ships to be classed by LR was Sagres, built at Limehouse for the Portuguese Navy, in 1858. This was closely followed by another vessel for the Portuguese Navy, Donna Maria Anna. She was built by John Scott Russell in 1859.

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