Student and Research Prizes

Are you a student working on maritime history? Apply for our Undergraduate and Postgraduate prizes.

New Researchers Conference

Research degree students and independent scholars are warmly encouraged to share their work at our annual New Researchers Conference.

Previous Undergraduate Prize Winners

 

2017 Prize Winners

Lee-Jane Giles (University of Plymouth), ‘All that you refuse to do is mutiny’: Contextualising the Marine Mutiny at Plymouth, 1797.

Finn Halligan (University of Warwick), ‘[N]othing can be more uninteresting’: The Social and Cultural Contexts of Navigational Instruments and their Development between c.1600 and c.1800.

Yeming Li (University of Oxford), Steamships and the State: The China Merchants Company, 1911-1927

Stewart Murphy (University of Kent), How was Britain Affected by the Introduction of Napoleon’s Continental System along the Baltic Coast between 1807 and 1814?

Louis Osborne (University of Hull), The Impact of the Napoleonic Wars upon Hull’s Foreign Trade, 1803-1815

Sam Wright (University of Hull), The Impact of the Hull Dock Company on the Development of the Port of Hull

 

2016 Prize Winners

Scott Daly (University of Portsmouth), ‘A Beast Named Donald Trail’: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of an 18th-Century ‘Arch-Villain’

Elizabeth Denny (University of Warwick), The Global Luxury of Lacquer: An Exploration into the Eastern Trade Networks and European Reception of Lacquerware in the 18th Century

Jessica Dytham (University of Nottingham), How Successful were the Slave Merchants in Liverpool at Adapting to the Abolition of Legal Slave Trade?

Leah Mason (University of Plymouth), ‘The Turks are Upon our Coasts’: The Effects of 17th-Century Barbary Piracy in Devon and Cornwall

Adam Wyett (University of Hertfordshire), The East India Trade and its Management: Incentives and Controls

Michael Warren (University of Exeter), Ship Technology and Arctic Exploration, 1818-1859

 

2015 Prize Winners

Laura Burkinshaw (University of Hull), To What Extent did the Navy League Influence Popular Naval Enthusiasm between 1894 and 1914?

Brython Wyn Edwards (Bangor University), ‘The Last King of Man’: A study of the reign of King Magnus Olafsson and the relationship of the Kingdom of Man and the Isles with both the Kingdoms of Scotland and Norway during this period

Scott Matthewson (University of Southampton), ‘The Arabs, for their Part, were All in Despair’: An assessment of the second Arab siege of Constantinople, 717-8, and the reasons for its failure

Timothy Moots (Queens University), Economic Decline in the Eastern Port Towns during the Hundred Years’ War

Louis Morris (University of Cambridge), Ambiguous Identities in the US Encounter with Piracy on the Barbary and South China Coasts, 1783-1839

Callum Petty (King’s College London), A ‘Post-Maritime Nation’? British Historicisations of Ships and Seaborne Trade in the Twentieth Century

 

2014 Prize Winners

Michael Joseph (University of Oxford), ‘To be hanged in Chains in the most publick Place where Ships pass and repass’: The Punishment of Maritime Crime at Execution Dock, 1701-1784

Leon Rees Palmer (University of Portsmouth), Pirate or Patriot? Sir Henry Morgan’s Competing Identities and the 1685 Libel Case of ‘Morgan vs Malthus’

Ben Schilperoort (University of Cambridge), A Reflexive Relationship: Liverpool’s Slave Merchants and their Experience of Privateering and Risk, 1776-83

Thomas Schlee (University of St Andrews), Cloth, Cannon, and Consuls: The English Diplomatic and Maritime Presence in the Kingdom of Naples, 1682-1689

Joshua Wesley Smith (University of Hull), Rags and Nails in the Soup: The 1903 Jeune Committee’s Investigation into the Mercantile Marine’s Provisioning System

Adam Sumnall (University of Exeter), ‘Nautical Economies of Power’: Officers’ Attitudes towards Corporal Punishment and Penal Reform in the Late Georgian Navy, 1815-1835

Samuel Wood (University of Glasgow), A Slave Port Forgotten: Lancaster and the British Slave Trade, 1736-1807

 

2013 Prize Winners

Graham Buckton (University of Hull), What Were the Key Challenges Faced by the Society for Promoting Missions to Seamen Afloat at Home and Abroad from its Formation in February 1856 to its May 1858 Merger with the Mission to Seamen off the Coasts of Great Britain?

Chris Chapman (University of Hull), The Hull Sailors’ Home, 1840-1886

James Ellis (University of Exeter), Were the Alterations to the Articles of War in 1749 and 1779 the Result of Changing Perceptions of Cowardice?

Alexander Shorrock (University of Kent),Letters to the Editor: A Study into the Public’s Perception of the Peninsular and Oriental Company through the Letters Pages, 1840-1880

Peter Thomason (University of Nottingham), A Reflexive Relationship: Liverpool’s Slave Merchants and their Experience of Privateering and Risk, 1776-83

Matthew Tozzi (University of Exeter), An Investigation into the Role of the Carronade during the American Revolutionary and French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

 

2012 Prize Winners

Jonathon Grant (Durham University), Pamphlets, Protestantism, and Profiteering: English captivity accounts of the Barbary Coast, 1587-1704

David Hazeel (University of Exeter), Reforming the Lower Decks of the Royal Navy, 1898-1919: The Role and Influence of Lionel Yexley

Alexander Jeffery (University of Oxford), Admiral Sir Benjamin Caldwell, 1739-1820: An Irish Protestant in the Navy

Joseph La Hausse de Lalouvière (University of Cambridge), Joseph-François Charpentier de Cossigny and Enlightened Reform in the French Indian Ocean, 1763-1809

Ian Parker (University of Portsmouth), An Island as Janus: The Two Faces of Jamaica

Peter Randle (University of Hull), The Mystically Minded Mariner

 

2011 Prize Winners

Zakir Asver (London School of Economics), The British Privateering Enterprise: Decentralization, Productivity and Incentives during the War of the Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War, 1739-1763

Edward Gillin (University of Kent), ’Diligent in Business, Serving the Lord’: John Burns, Evangelicalism and Cunard’s Culture of Speed, 1878-1914

Peter Jones (University of Hull), Jack Tar and the Periodical Press: What Periodicals Can Tell Us about the Movement for Reform of Merchant Shipping, 1850-1900

Samuel William Le Pard (University of Nottingham), An Environmental History of Orford Ness

Laura Smith (Newcastle University), Human Intercourse and Human Improvement: the Journey of Seven Japanese Sailors around the World

Joshua Montague-Munson (Queen’s University), The Early Years of the South Sea Company

 

2010 Prize Winners

Max Cosby (Newcastle University), The Politics of Aircraft Carriers and the Royal Navy, 1965-2010

Cameron Dron (University of Glasgow), The Evacuation of St. Kilda: A Reassessment

Ryan Charteris (Queen’s University Belfast), Sir Thomas Lipton and the Americas Cup

Olivia Pengelly (University of Hull), How the Board of Trade reacted to Colour Blindness and the Impact on Safety at Sea, 1877-1914

Heather Stewart (University of Edinburgh), Unintended Consequences: The Scottish Fishing Industry and British Fisheries Policy, 1950-80

Malcolm Venning (King’s College London), The Italian Navy, 1915-1018: Ally or Incubus?

 

2009 Prize Winners

Theodora Burrell (University of Glasgow), Pirates and Piracy; Different representations and attitudes in A General History of the Pyrates (1724 and later editions)

Rebecca Chenery (University of Edinburgh), A whale over time: The value of the catch versus the value of conservation in IWC negotiations, 1946-1974

Richard Dunley (King’s College London), An analysis of Royal Navy mine warfare policy, 1904-1910

Thomas Humphreys (University of Manchester), The ‘Golden Age’ of Piracy and the West African slave trade, 1689-1726

Mark Petersen (University of Oxford), The ‘Baltimore’ Affair and the question of American neutrality during the Chilean revolution of 1891

Max Thompson (University of Nottingham), England and the ‘Golden Age’ of the Barbary Corsairs, c. 1620-1660

 

2008 Prize Winners

Matthew Briggs (London School of Economics), The transition from sail to steam-powered trawlers: How did it affect the living standards of Hull fishermen, 1884-1913?

Andrew Robinson (University of Hull), Better protected than Trafalgar Square: Were the local authorities guilty of over-reaction during the 1893 Hull dock strike?

Matthew Phillips (University of Nottingham), The English navy and merchant shipping, 1377-85

Christopher Fowler (King’s College London), Genuine threat or useful pretext? Extraregional state responses to contemporary maritime piracy in Southeast Asia

Richard Miller (University of Nottingham), Atlantic slavery and the revolution in cotton textile production in Lancashire: A critique of the Inikori thesis

Simon Williams (University of Leicester), The Dardanelles debacle: Forcing the Straits, 1915

 

2007 Prize Winners

Sarah Collinson (University of Oxford), The social world of the female transportee: Power structures and social relations on the Lady Juliana and other First Fleet convict ships, 1787-9

Kelly Davis (University of Exeter), The introduction and development of searchlights in the Royal Navy

Philip Meakins (University of Exeter), The English chart-making trade from 1650-1700, and its reaction to English maritime expansion

Andrew Pritchard (University of Hull), Social reform in the late Victorian mercantile marine: The case of the Merchant Seamen Bill 1878

Thomas Sheppard (University of Exeter), Manpower issues in the Fleet Air Arm, 1939-1945

Scott Sullivan (Durham University), Dreadnought? An examination of the social impact of the 1906 launch of the Dreadnought and the 1909 visit of the Fleet to Southend

 

2006 Prize Winners

James Ainsworth (University of Manchester), The Imperial Maritime League in British politics and society, 1908-1913

Rafael Halpin (University of Oxford), The Titanic Relief Fund (1912) and charity

Daniel Marsden (University of Hull), The dangers of the dockside: Topography and mortality in the sailortown of Hull during the nineteenth century

Andrew Petersen (University of Exeter), The role of the Leeward Islands Squadron in the development of British naval strategy in the West Indies, 1739 to 1763

Jessica Scott (University of Durham), ‘Scum upon scum and dregs upon dregs’: An examination of the female convicts transported to Australia 1788-1840, their experience and the perceptions surrounding them