Proctor Memorial Lecture

The annual Proctor Memorial Lecture celebrates David Proctor’s great contribution to maritime history both in Britain and internationally. Fittingly, the distinguished scholars invited to present the lecture alternate between home and overseas lecturers.

The Proctor Memorial Lecture is hosted by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, and takes place at Lloyd’s Register, 71 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BS. Admission to this lecture is solely by ticket, available by registering online, or by contacting Barbara Jones, Information Services, Lloyd’s Register, at

2018 Proctor Memorial Lecture

13 December 2018:

Top Predators: Privateering, Trawling and Marine Environments

David J. Starkey, University of Hull

David Proctor

David Proctor, who died in July 2000, was a man of wide culture; his interests embraced maritime history, the arts, music, and much more. His book Music and the Sea demonstrated the breadth of his scholarship, ranging over the centuries and drawing on his research in many European archives.

Until his retirement, David was Keeper of Manuscripts at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, where he was a source of advice to countless scholars, often from overseas, who sought his guidance. Such qualities led to him serving as Secretary-General of the International Commission for Maritime History in its early years. He did much to establish its structures and pattern of activity as well as contributing to its conferences held under the aegis of the International Commission for Historical Sciences. He also played a significant role in the founding of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.

David was a founder member of the British Commission and its first Secretary. He inaugurated the King’s Maritime History Seminar which he organized for many years.

Previous Proctor Lectures


Sailing around Belligerents’ Restrictions: American Shipping to Bordeaux during the French Wars (1793-1815)

Silvia Marzagalli, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis


The Armada Portrait: Manifesto for a Maritime Empire?

Christine Riding, National Maritime Museum


Collaboration Between Two Maritime Nations? Britain and The Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century

Joost Schokkenbroek, National Maritime Museum and VU University Amsterdam


Taking the War to Napoleon: Strategy, Merchant Shipping, and Private-Sector Warship Building, 1803-1815

Professor Roger Knight, University of Greenwich


Boom, collapse and life after near-death: Norwegian shipping after 1960

Stig Tenhold, The Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen


Breaching neutrality: British privateering and Swedish prizes, 1650-1713

Professor Steve Murdoch, University of St Andrews


Mr Onassis and game theory

Professor Gelina Harlaftis, Ionian University, Corfu


The naval arms race and the great naval Armageddon, 1750-1815

Dr Michael Duffy, University of Exeter


German shipping companies during the ‘great depression’, 1929-1934

Dr Lars U Scholl, Director of the German Maritime Museum and Professor of Maritime History at the University of Bremen


The cartographic struggle for the Arctic passages, 1550-1650

Dr Sarah Tyacke CB, Royal Holloway, University of London


Research in the history of navigation: its role in maritime history

Dr Willem F J Mörzer Bruyns, Nederlands Scheepvartmuseum, Amsterdam (ret.)


Humankind and the sea: the changing relationship since the late eighteenth century

Dr David M Williams, University of Leicester