Cruise Ship Speakers

Naval History
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Kelvin Edward (Ted) Bourn
Navigation & Maritime Law
Coming from: Waterlooville,  Hampshire  UK
A graduate Marine Biologist, Ted joined BRNC Dartmouth. Postings followed as the Navigator of ARETHUSA, Warfare Officer in ARDENT and then as a specialist Navigator during the Falklands Conflict in the Frigate ANDROMEDA. Navigator in the Australian Navy Tanker HMAS SUPPLY during a 2 year Exchange, interest then grew into the Real Reasons why the British colonised Australia. Command of HMS ANGLESEY followed, and then a posting raising the Navigation Procurement Requirements for all RN ships. Since retirement Ted is happy to talk on Australian History, Navigation & Maritime Law.

David Bray
Maritime History
Master Mariner - Fellow of the Nautical Institute
Coming from: Lowestoft,  Suffolk  UK
Born in the Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth, David went to sea in 1965, joining Ellerman Lines as Deck Cadet. Gaining his Second Mate’s Certificate in 1969 he sailed in a variety of cargo and passenger vessels until 1972 when he joined the British Antarctic Survey, gaining his Masters’ certificate in 1976. More recently he has lectured to ships’ Masters and Officers at the Maritime Studies department of Lowestoft College. Now retired from nautical education he is in demand as a cruiseship lecturer on maritime history.

Michael Cheshire
Maritime & Naval History
MBE, Former Captain of HMS Victory
Coming from: Cowplain,  Hampshire  UK
Mike Cheshire joined the Royal Navy in the early 1960's at HMS Ganges as a Radio Communications Operation. In the Mid 1970's he undertook Officer training at the Naval College at Dartmouth, and became a Communications Specialist, and again went to sea in Destroyers and Frigates. It was in the mid 1980's Michael became a Warfare Officer and saw service in the Gulf and in the Falklands. For the last 6 years of Michael's Naval Career, he was the Commanding Officer of HMS VICTORY - Lord Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar.

Tony Coutts-Britton
Battlefield Guide & Historian
First & Second World Wars
Coming from: Westbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Anthony is an experienced battlefield guide and military history lecturer, specialising in the World Wars and the Napoleonic period. His other interest areas encompass the English Civil War, the Roman Army and Political and Social History of the United Kingdom. He served in the Army, commanding a battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and in senior staff posts. His lecture subjects continue to grow and he is regularly engaged as a dinner speaker and cruise ship lecturer on a wide variety of subjects. He is an elected Fellow of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Mike Curtis
Maritime, Naval & World History
Life in a Submarine
Coming from: Havant,  Hampshire  UK
Mike is an ex Royal Navy Officer who served for 22 years in both the surface and sub-surface Fleet. Mike joined from school as an Electrical Engineer Artificer Apprentice eventually specialising in Sonar and Gunnery systems. Following the Navy, Mike carried on his career in the Commercial World of manufacturing and Defence Research. He provides Guest Speaker services to the cruise industry and other interested shore based groups talking about all aspects of;submarines, maritime history, and geographical history of the planets oceans and surrounding countries.

Helen Doe
Maritime History
MA, PhD, FRHistS
Coming from: Lanteglos by Fowey,  Cornwall  UK
Helen is a writer and researcher of both naval and mercantile navy history. An entertaining and popular speaker she is a regular cruise lecturer and has featured on both radio and TV. She is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her interests are not just in the ships themselves but the people who built, owned and sailed them. Her talks are based on original research and cover a wide range of maritime topics from medieval to modern and include diverse topics such as smuggling or the East India Company.

Richard Doherty
Military Historian & Writer
Coming from: Co. Londonderry,  Northern Ireland  UK
One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has 26 books to his credit, two of which were nominated for the prestigious Templer Medal. A popular speaker he has addressed a wide variety of audiences in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France and Italy, as well as the USA. He leads battlefield tours in Ireland, Normandy and Italy, and has lectured on cruise ships since 2002 with topics ranging from military and naval history to Irish myth, history and culture.

John Hartley
Meteorologist, Oceanographer & Naval Historian
BSc, FRMetS, CMet(Retd)
Coming from: Millbrook,  Cornwall  UK
John is a retired naval officer and specialist teacher and lecturer. In the Royal Navy he studied meteorology and oceanography at postgraduate level before undertaking many forecasting appointments around the world, culminating in command of the RN's school of meteorology and oceanography. Since leaving the RN John has been an operational weather forecaster and command adviser in the North Sea, Bosnia, Kosovo and the countries bordering Iraq. Since 2008, John has become a lecturer in environmental topics and naval history on cruise-ships.

Michael Hill
Maritime & Family History
Coming from: Waterlooville,  Hampshire  UK
Mike was born in Poole, Dorset and joined the Royal Navy in 1954. During the next 30 years he visited most places in the world, serving on a variety of ships from frigates to aircraft carriers, and achieving promotion through the ranks from Junior Stores Assistant to Lieutenant Commander. His lecture repertoire covers Naval and family history including an eyewitness account of the Hydrogen Bomb Tests in the Pacific and his experiences as Supply Officer during the Falklands War.

Bart Howard
Military & Naval Historian
Colonel (Ret), Military and Naval History, 20th Century History
Coming from: APO,  AP  USA
Colonel (Retired) Bart Howard is a retired US Army officer, historian and expert on strategic leadership. He holds a Bachelor’s from Santa Clara University, a Master of Military Studies from American Military University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He has lectured on leadership and history at the Institute for International Strategic Studies, Cornell University, Santa Clara University and the Air Force Academy. Bart's presentations bring to life the fascinating history of the region and allow his fellow passengers to better understand the strategic decisions of famous military and political leaders.

Stephen Howarth
Coming from: Shelton,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Stephen is a professional author of history and an experienced public speaker. He has published 15 major books of history so far and more than two dozen minor ones, as well as many articles and contributions to the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His principal speaking specialisation is in naval and maritime history. Topics include many aspects of Britain’s Royal Navy in the 18th century; the US Navy; the Imperial Japanese Navy throughout its existence; the development of sailing ships from the 13th century to the 19th; the technical development of Shell’s oil and gas tankers; and the Second World War spy ring known as the Shetland Bus.

Allan Howlett
Military & Naval History
Coming from: Send,  Surrey  UK
Allan was trained and qualified as a Civil and Structural Engineer. His work took him overseas to Africa and the Middle East. His interests in Military History were influenced by several members of his familly who served in the army. He has travelled widely and his expertise includes The Anglo Zulu Wars, The Anglo Boer Wars, North African WWII campaign and "Military Blunders".

Matthew Knowles
Military and General History - Scandinavia and UK
Coming from: Harwich,  Essex  UK
Matthew Knowles is a historian and teacher, originally from Chelmsford in Essex. He is currently a Doctoral Researcher at King's College London where he is working toward a PhD on UK-Norwegian air power co-operation during the Second World War. Matthew has travelled widely in Scandinavia since the 1980’s and has been engaged as a guest lecturer on cruises many times since 2009. He now lives and works in North Essex and London and has recently been engaged to write an extended article on the Arctic Convoys sent from Britain to the Soviet Union during 1941-44.

Andrew Lambert
Military & Aviation Historian
Air Commodore, MPhil
Coming from: Lapford,  Devon  UK
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert flew Phantoms and went on to run the RAF's "Top Gun"¯ school. A planner for the 1991 Gulf War, he then commanded a Tornado fighter squadron on operations over Bosnia. As an Air Commodore he commanded in the Falklands and the Iraqi Northern No Fly Zone. A Military Historian, he has also published a number of papers on the Psychological Impact of Air Power and Coercion and British Defence Policy.

Bruce Lindsay
Naval History & Meteorology
Retired Lt. Commander, RN BSc(Eng) DMS DipM
Coming from: North Berwick,  East Lothian  UK
Following a career in the Royal Navy serving world-wide as a Meteorologist, afloat with the Fleet Air Arm and ashore as a NATO Staff Officer, Bruce followed his passion for Naval History by writing a trilogy of film scripts about the adventures of Lord Thomas Cochrane. Bruce enjoys entertaining large audiences. His theme is "History with a Twist" such as “the love lives and affairs” of Hitler, Mussolini, Nelson & Napoleon.

Michael Lister
Naval Historian
Cert Ed, B.Ed(Hons) MA(Dunelm)
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Cleveland  UK
Living close to the sea led Michael to develop a lifelong interest in all topics related to the sea. He is currently the Educational link with the trustees of H.M.S. Trincomalee the second oldest ship afloat which is berthed in Hartlepool. He has been an historian for over 40 years with wide ranging teaching experience in a number of educational establishments. A natural communicator Michael enjoys a wide variety of interests and gives a series of talks on naval history.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Nijensohn
Cultural Historian
Professor of Neurosurgery, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS (L)
Coming from: Fairfield,  Connecticut  USA
Dr. Daniel E. Nijensohn was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where he graduated in the National University of Cuyo Medical School with an MD degree. He interned at the University of Buenos Aires teaching hospitals, followed by a surgical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center. He subsequently moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nijensohn is an Honorary (Emeritus) Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University. He has lectured extensively including on about 30 ocean cruises. His interests include History, Geography, Biology, the Arts, Science, World Affairs and/or Extraordinary Lives.

Justin Reay
Art & Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
After officer training in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Lectures Secretary for the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a tutor in art history. He is an advisor to museums and media companies, appearing in the PSB film ‘Anthem’. He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ papers at the Bodleian Library, has written about the Admiralty buildings in London and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and sheds new light on naval history.

Nicholas Rodger
Naval & Maritime Historian & Author
Professor of Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Nicholas is a naval historian, educated at Ampleforth College and University College, Oxford, after which he spent seventeen years as a Assistant Keeper in the Public Record Office. After several years Professor of Naval History in Exeter University, in 2008 he became a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has appeared in many television productions and lectured to different audiences all over the world.

David Russell
Maritime Historian
World War II Action at Sea
Coming from: Fareham,  Hampshire  UK
David was born in Portsmouth and he currently lives with his wife close to the Port of Southampton. Descended from several generations of British seafarers, he spent part of his early childhood living in Malta. He returned home to train as a Merchant Navy Officer before serving at sea aboard Ocean Tankers and later on Naval Support Vessels based at Portsmouth. He later became a Tour Group Manager with a major UK holiday company, guiding and escorting their clients to exotic destinations all over the world. David speaks on a range of maritime and naval history subjects.

Kim (Kelvin) Sharman
Aviation & Naval Historian
Retired Fleet Air Arm & Boeing 747 Pilot
Coming from: Easton Royal,  Wiltshire  UK
Kim has led a life in and around aviation. From a youth who wondered where he was bound in life, he joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1965 and the rest, as they say, is history! Kim flew Sea Vixen fighters in the Royal Navy, serving for two operational tours on HMS Eagle to the Far East. After leaving the Royal Navy, Kim joined BOAC as a First Officer on the VC10. In 1977 he joined Cathay Pacific Airways and worked his way up the system and became a 747 Captain. Since retiring Kim has been involved in a Business Networking organisation as well as being a regular speaker on cruises.

Brigadier Mike Shaw
Maritime & Military Historian
Ocean Yachtmaster
Coming from: Bishops Lydeard,  Somerset  UK
Brigadier Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for 30 years rising to command a field force brigade and director in the MoD’s Central Staffs before taking early retirement to concentrate on his principal interests of history and travel. Aside from a wide understanding of military and naval matters, as an ocean yachtsman he also has an interest in early voyages of discovery and the mercantile empires that resulted. Mike is an experienced lecturer to mature audiences and all his lectures are tailored to provide historical background specific to the cruise in progress.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Bill Simpson served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years. Responsible for air transport operations in Northern Ireland, he was awarded an MBE in 1979. He then commanded two RAF Stations, receiving an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 1988. Bill's acclaimed biography ‘The Prince’ was published by HarperCollins in 2006 and he now writes historical novels. Bill is an experienced enrichment and destination speaker having completed 30 cruises over 5 years and he has employed his passion for - and comprehensive knowledge of - military & aviation history to great effect. In March 2017, Bill was selected to join Viking Ocean as a Resident Historian.

Michael Taylor
Stock Trader, Investor & Historian
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Durham  UK
Michael Taylor is a successful full time private investor, having achieved triple digit compounded portfolio returns for each of the last three years. Currently he is seeking to analyse previously unseen primary material on the life of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. He has been invited to speak in front of investment clubs, and delivered the results of a commissioned research paper on populism and the socio-economic effects on the European Union to leading academics and industry experts. Michael expects to publish his book on investing with Harriman-House in Q4 2018.

Stephen Timms OBE
Naval & Maritime History
Coming from: Lyndhurst,  Hampshire  UK
A submarine specialist and chartered Marine Engineer, Stephen served for 37 years in the Royal Navy until retirement in 2006. In the course of his cold war service at sea he operated both nuclear deterrent submarines and hunter killer submarines, from the North Pole to the extreme South Atlantic. He has had a distinguished career which included service at NATO headquarters Brussel, Commander of naval forces in Gibraltar, and Naval Attache at the British Embassy in Brazil. His final appointment was as Commander of UK's naval reserve forces during the period they were deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stuart Usher
Military Historian & Norway Specialist
ex. Royal Air Force & UK Ministry of Defence
Coming from: Stonehaven,  Aberdeenshire  UK
Stuart enjoyed an early career abroad in the photographic branch of the Royal Air Force. During the 1970s he was involved in a number of significant underwater expeditions to Norway to recover a WW2 Halifax bomber and a Royal Navy midget submarine. Stuart’s talks cover these expeditions and also some of the lesser-known personalities and operations of World War 2 in Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and South East Asian theatres of the war.