Cruise Ship Speakers

Naval History
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Kelvin Edward (Ted) Bourn
Navigation & Maritime Law
BSc MBA
Coming from: Nr Margate,  Kent  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.

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.

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
Historian
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.

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.

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.

Bruce Petty
Military History
WWII IN THE PACIFIC
Coming from: New Plymouth,  Taranaki  NZ
Bruce Petty was born and grew up in Long Beach, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves at Alameda Naval Air Station in 1962, while still in high school. After graduation from high school, he served two years aboard USS Yorktown, CVS-10, as an aviation ordnancman, and is a Vietnam War veteran. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a degree in history. In 1995, he moved to Saipan in the Mariana Islands, returning to California in 2000. Bruce is an accomplished author and now lives in New Zealand. Bruce is a regular speaker on cruise ships.

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.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
OBE
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.

Peter Sweeney
Battlefield Guide & Military Historian
Coming from: Lawson,  NSW  Australia
Lt Col Peter Sweeney RFD is a retired Australian Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry Corps), military historian, battlefield tour guide and noted speaker on Australian military history. He is currently studying a Master’s degree in Military History at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Peter has made some one hundred and fifty presentations on significant Australian WWI & WWII battles to a variety of community groups in Australia and is a regular guest speaker on cruise ships.

Michael Taylor
Stock Trader, Investor & Historian
BA, MA, MSc
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
OBE MBA BSc MSc FIMarEST CEng CMarEng
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.