10th January 11.30 am. '"East Coast Coal Trade ' Sailing ships persist" : John Mann

  • John Mann started life as a marine engineer, spending the first 10 years of his career in steam ships. Continuing his career with steam he worked the next 30 years in the National Health Service variously as Hospital Engineer, District Engineer and Director of Estates. Having retired from the NHS he studied at the Greenwich Maritime Institute being awarded an MA in Maritime History in in 2012. John comes from a long line of seafarers traceable back to the mid 18th Century, and in the 19th Century carrying coals from the North East to London

  • London has been the major city and conurbation of England for many centuries and historically has been fuelled by coals which overtook wood after deforestation. The relatively easy sea passage from the north east became the main source of supply and for hundreds of years was carried in collier ships to the Thames.  This talk will look at the later years of the east coast industry, and explore the continuing use of sailing ships for decades after the construction of the first steam colliers.

  • The image on the right is of a watercolour showing the brig 'Cruzer' of which my great grandfather was Master. She carried coals to London and elsewhere.



11.30 am The Cutty Sark Pub just five minutes east of the Naval College,

4-6 Ballast Quay
SE10 9PD



£12 for the lecture or £10 for London Historians & Docklands History Group and past attendees plus the cost of the light lunch / bar snacks afterwards

Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.