Centre for Port and Maritime History – Free Hybrid Seminar
‘Life Aboard Royal Navy Destroyers, 1900-1945’, by Jayne Friend, PhD Candidate, University of Portsmouth.
Life aboard destroyers could be especially arduous and uncomfortable owing to the cramped conditions, the nature of operational duties and the danger of conflict. Yet, despite numerous hardships and privations, many men expressed a preference for life aboard destroyers. The purported resilience necessary to endure such acute hardships coloured reporting and honed an image of the destroyer sailor as an embodiment of the bravery, heroism and resilience that underlined the ‘best traditions of the British Navy.’ This presentation examines first-hand accounts, news reporting and narratives that explore the unique nature of life aboard destroyers and contends that the ship had a significant part to play in shaping sailors’ experiences and identities.
Register at Eventbrite for a free online ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cpmh-seminar-life-aboard-royal-navy-destroyers-1900-1945-tickets-449424379417
Event location (Online and In-person): Room 1.16, John Foster Building, Liverpool John Moores University, 80-98 Mount Pleasant Liverpool, United Kingdom