A learned society founded in Britain in 1910 to foster research into matters relating to seafaring and shipbuilding on a worldwide basis, and also into the language and customs of the sea, and other topics of maritime interest. Its principal work was carried out with the help of the naval historian Sir Geoffrey Callender (1875–1946), who, as the Society's honorary secretary and treasurer, founded the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and instigated the drive to raise sufficient funds to preserve HMS Victory. The Society also supported sail training in the frigate Foudroyant and the return of the Great Britain from the Falkland Islands to Bristol. It publishes the Mariner's Mirror, a quarterly journal devoted to matters of ships and the sea.
Subjects: Maritime History.