News from the Centre of Maritime History Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

The research group of the Centre of Maritime History carries out research projects funded by European, national and private projects. Its flagship is the project “Seafaring Lives in Transition, Mediterranean Maritime Labour and Shipping, 1850s-1920s (SeaLiT)”, a European Research Council – Starting Grant 2016 with Dr Apostolos Delis as its Principal Investigator. The project SeaLiT is funded by the European Research Council for 60 months, is at its third year with the expected deadline at January 2022. Currently, most of the team members have completed the collection of data and are in an advanced stage of insertion of data in customized databases (FastCat) created by the project’s partner Center of Cultural Informatics (CCI) of the Institute for Computer Sciences / FORTH. Furthermore, the CCI has created an advanced system of correction and enhancement of data (FastCatTeam) in order to proceed further to the mapping of data to the semantic schema.
Furthermore, in the following October the third SeaLiT Workshop will take place in Genoa, organized by the project’s partner NAVLAB of the University of Genoa. In the same month another workshop organized by the CCI with topic “Semantic networks and History” will take place in Heraklion, at FORTH premises and the PI of the project Apostolos Delis will participate with George Bruseker and Martin Doerr, coordinators of CCI.
Finally, one paper is already published in the context of this project, by Xavier Daumalin and Olivier Raveux, «La marine marchande marseillaise en transition énergétique (1831-1851). Origines et enjeux d’un choix socio-écosystémique», Cahiers de la Méditerranée, n° 97-décembre 2018, p. 223-239 and two more papers are submitted by Apostolos Delis, for two collective volumes, one entitled «L’introduction de la navigation à vapeur en Grèce au XIXe siècle», for the Les outils de l’activité portuaire, Fabien Bartolotti, Gilbert Buti , Xavier Daumalin and Olivier Raveux (eds) and another entitled “The advent of steam navigation in Greece in the nineteenth century” for the Greek History Steaming ahead, Katerina Galani and Alexandra Papadopoulou (eds).

Call for papers – North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA)

North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA)

Call for Papers (CfP)

NAFHA Conference October 17th -19th , 2019

University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Re-visiting Fisheries History – Re-visiting Iceland

The introduction of the 200nm Exclusive Economic Zone off Iceland in 1976 was one of the most important turning points in the history of the North Atlantic fisheries. While it stimulated the fishing industries of coastal nations, it precipitated the decline of the distant-water fisheries of north-west Europe. Some four decades on, the long-term consequences of this pivotal event are not yet fully understood.

The North Atlantic Fisheries History Association (NAFHA) was founded in 1995 at a conference held in Iceland. It has since published a major two-volume History of the North Atlantic Fisheries, as well as the proceedings of fourteen conferences organized by NAFHA in all the major fishing nations fringing the North Atlantic. The Association has decided that in 2019 it will hold another conference in Iceland, the primary aim of which is to assess and explain what has happened to the fisheries, fish trade and fish stocks since the advent of the EEZs.

Researchers are invited to submit proposals for conference papers that explore themes such as the growth of industrial fish processing in the former distant-water fishing nations, the expansion of fish exports in the coastal nations, international trade agreements and tariffs for fish and fish products, changes in fish consumption patterns in an age of overfishing, and evolving attitudes towards managing and sustaining the resources of the ocean. Proposals for papers dealing with earlier epochs are also invited, so long as they contribute to a broader understanding of the post-1976 fisheries by offering contrasting perspectives or comparative analyses based on historical studies of past fisheries.

Proposals should comprise the title and abstract of the paper (400 words maximum), as well as the name, contact details and brief biography (200 words maximum) of the author and should be submitted in one pdf or word file to prior to May 31st 2019 to.

A limited number of travel bursaries and conference fee-waivers are available to enable PhD students with no institutional funding to present papers. Applications for a bursary should be clearly indicated on the paper proposal, and accompanied by a letter of support from the supervisor of the doctoral project.

Deadline for proposals:   May 31st 2019

8TH IMHA International Congress of Maritime History


The Organizing Committee appointed by the International Maritime History Association invites proposals for panels and papers to be presented at IMHA’s 8th International Congress of Maritime History in Porto, to be hosted by CITCEM – U. PORTO (Transdisciplinary Research Centre Culture, Space and Memory – University of Porto) on June 30 – July 03, 2020.

The main theme will be “Old and New Uses of the Oceans”, and the aim is to investigate the many aspects of the relationship between humans and the oceans. We sail the surface of the oceans, harvest their resources, and exploit the minerals on and under the ocean floor. The oceans are also used as inspiration, for literature and other forms of art, and they shape relations among humans – both distant and close ones.

As with previous congresses, ICMH8 adopts a broad concept of maritime history, treating it as an interdisciplinary field that covers all historical periods and areas and all aspects of humankind’s relationship with the sea.
Papers will be welcome on a wide range of research areas reflecting people and their activities and interest in, on, around and under the waters of the world. The Organizing Committee also welcomes proposals for full panels and roundtables.

The Congress theme provides opportunities for researchers to share their work with colleagues in their various areas of interest and with researchers in adjoining fields.

Participants are invited to submit a short proposal in English indicating the scope of their intended paper, panel or roundtable, plus short biographical notes for all prospective participants.

Papers from the Congress will be considered for publication by the International Maritime History Association in its International Journal of Maritime History.

The official website of the Congress is

Frank Broeze Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Maritime History

International Maritime History Association
Frank Broeze Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Maritime History

Professor Frank Broeze was one of the leading maritime historians of his generation. In his honour, the International Maritime History Association has instituted the Frank Broeze Prize to be awarded to the author of a doctoral thesis which, in the opinion of the panel, makes the most outstanding contribution to the study of maritime history.

As befitting Frank’s visionary approach to the field, maritime history encompasses all aspects of the historical interaction of human societies and the sea. The panel of judges will therefore consider works that focus on the maritime dimensions of economic, social, cultural, political, technological and environmental history.
The Frank Broeze Prize carries with it a cash award of €500 and free registration at the Eighth International Congress of Maritime History in Porto, Portugal, 2020. To be considered for this prestigious award, those who have completed a doctoral thesis between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2019 are invited to submit a copy of their thesis for consideration. If the thesis is written in a language other than English, the entrant should provide a summary of their work (minimum 10,000 words) in English.

The judges will apply the following criteria in deciding the winner of the prize:
• Contribution to knowledge and understanding of the maritime past;
• Originality of approach, source material and/or findings;
• Depth and coherence of argument;
• Choice and application of methodology;
• Presentational and stylistic quality.

Eligible candidates should submit their entries, including a letter of support from their supervisor, via e-mail attachment to each of the panel members no later than 15 September 2019. The winner will be notified as early as possible in 2020, and the prize will be awarded at the Congress in Porto.

For this competition, there will be a panel of five judges:
Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter);
Gelina Harlaftis (Ionian University);
Ingo Heidbrink (Old Dominion University);
Graeme Milne (University of Liverpool);
Malcolm Tull (Murdoch University);



Latest issue of IJMH, February 2019


Table of Contents

Volume 31 Issue 1, February 2019



David J. Starkey


The first voyage of Giovanni da Empoli to India: Mercantile culture, Christian faith, and the early production of knowledge about Portuguese Asia

Matteo Salonia

Quo patet orbis Dei: Dutch Deputies for maritime affairs and their global network in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

(Leon) van den Broeke, J.C.A. (Joost) Schokkenbroek

Profits from under the water: The international blubber market, Russian monopolistic companies and the idea of whaling development in the eighteenth century

Alexei Kraikovski

The anti-piracy activities of the Nguyen Dynasty in the South China Sea, 1802–1858

Nguyen Thi My Hanh

Chr. Christensen and C. A. Larsen: A comparative analysis of two whaling entrepreneurs

Bjørn L. Basberg

Sibling rivalry, shipping innovation and litigation: Henry Burrell and the ‘Straightback Steamship’

Martin Bellamy

When does war end? Armistice and the Prize Courts of the twentieth century

Sarah Craze

From wooden pigeons to Telstar: Precursors of modern maritime satellite communications

Dimov Stojce Ilcev

The development of maritime satellite communications since 1976

Dimov Stojce Ilcev

Book Reviews

Centre of Maritime History, First Symposium, 25-26 April 2018, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece


This symposium is to inaugurate the new Centre of Maritime History of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies and it is meant to bring together some of the members of the group of Maritime Historians that have marked the path of Maritime History in the last forty years. Professor Lewis R. (Skip) Fischer (1946-2018) was one of the “patriarchs” of Maritime History and paved the way of its organization worldwide since the 1980s. He had looked very much forward to this meeting but unfortunately, he passed away on 11 February 2018. We have thus decided to dedicate this First Academic Meeting to him, hoping to continue his work from this part of the world.

The Centre of Maritime History of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas is based in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece. The aim of the Centre     is to expand research on a broad range of topics of Maritime History, related to the areas of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and beyond, having the global, interdisciplinary and comparative studies in the epicenter. The Centre provides the necessary resources for young and experienced scholars to carry out their research in a stimulating and encouraging environment. Among these resources are: a) Digital data bases and archives, b) a specialized library, and c) a very cohesive and experienced group of researchers working in Maritime History. Furthermore, the Centre devotes funding resources to attract talented PhD students who are willing to pursue research on maritime history. The Centre aims to organize as well workshops, conferences and lectures in order to provide academic meetings at a regular basis and opportunities for scholars to discuss research problems and questions and exchange ideas for further research development.

New issue of IJMH


The lastest issue of the IJMH has been published: Volume 30, Issue 1, February 2018


David J Starkey

‘A certain false, malicious, scandalous and famous libel’: Sir Henry Morgan’s legal action against a London publisher of Alexandre Exquemelin, 1685

Joseph Gibbs

Risk, networks and privateering in Liverpool during the Seven Years’ War, 1756–1763

Sheryllynne Haggerty

British impressment and its discontents

Nicholas Rogers

Portuguese emigration, shipping companies and the state: The business of migrant transport after the Belle Époque

Yvette Santos

 ‘Scows, and barges, or other vessels of box model’: Comparative capital investment in the sailing scows of the Great Lakes of North America and in New Zealand

Jay C. Martin

A shipbuilding consultancy is born: The birth, growth and subsequent takeovers of A&P Appledore (International) Limited, and the A&P Group, 1971–2017

John Craggs, Hugh Murphy, Roger Vaughan

Feeding Neptune: Food and nutrition in the Catalan-Aragonese fleet, 1282–1302

Lawrence V. Mott

The French fleet and the Italian occupation of France, 1940–1942

Niall MacGalloway