Sunday, 25 March 2012

Photos of Titanic Shipwreck

Professor Danny Gorman has sent me this link to some fabulous photos of RMS Titanic lying on the seabed.

In the above photo, two of Titanic’s engines lie exposed in a gaping cross section of the stern. Draped in “rusticles” - orange stalactites created by iron-eating bacteria -these massive structures, four storeys-tall, once powered the largest moving man-made object on Earth.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Why Do Ships Still Hit Icebergs?

As a follow-up to Bill Fitzpatrick's talk on the sinking of RMS Titanic, this interesting article looks at the problems that icebergs still cause even today with all our modern technology.

Shortly before midnight on 14 April 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank less than three hours later. The tragedy galvanised world leaders to hold the first Safety of Life at Sea convention to address the iceberg threat.

With only visual sightings and a shipboard radio to guide the Titanic safely through iceberg-infested waters, the liner was ill-equipped to detect its nemesis.

The conference after the sinking resulted in the International Ice Patrol (IIP), which was assigned to monitor "Iceberg Alley", the infamous stretch of ocean around Newfoundland. The IIP has been monitoring the area ever since, using aerial patrols and radar to determine the limits of iceberg danger, which they broadcast in a daily bulletin.

Full article at:-

An image of Atlantic Canada taken on March 2, 2012 by MODIS satellite. This image highlights the growth of fast ice along the Labrador coast as well as the consolidated first year ice in Lake Melville.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Final Meeting for this Session + AGM

Our AGM will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20 March in the LectureTheatre of Kilmarnock College, prior to Bill Fitzpatrick's talk on RMS Titanic.

Bill's talk is entitled,

" The Titanic – The Beloved, The Damned & The Forgotten"

If you haven't attended any of our meetings before, then come along on Tuesday 20th for a taster.  You'll be made very welcome.

If you want to learn more about the tragedy of the Titanic, go to

This website has masses of interesting information about the ship, its crew and its passengers.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

The Romans in Scotland

Our speaker on Tuesday 6 March is Dr. June Neilson.

Dr Neilson's talk will start with a short background to the Roman conquest of Britain. She will then concentrate, chronologically, on the three incursions into Scotland by the Romans, under the command of:-

1.Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Governor in AD late 70s and early 80s
2. Emperor Antoninus Pius in AD 140s-160s and
3. Emperor Septimius Severus AD c 208-211.

These events will be illustrated by an examination of the appropriate literary and archaeological evidence. Finally, all these invasions will be brought together by considering their effects - the Romanisation of Scotland.

Dr Neilson has very kindly provided a list of recommended books, suitable websites and historical sites etc. to visit, for those who wish to delve deeper into the subject.

Photo - Roman Bathhouse at Bearsden

Recommended Reading

General Books on Roman Britain

SALWAY, Peter     Roman Britain. A Very Short Introduction OUP,2000                                                    
SALWAY, Peter                    A History of Roman Britain                         OUP, 1993

IRELAND, Stanley               Roman Britain. A sourcebook. 3rd ed.      Routledge, 2008

ORDNANCE SURVEY       Roman Britain. Historical Map. 5th ed.     Ordnance Survey,2001

Books on Roman Scotland

BREEZE, David J.               Roman Scotland. Frontier Country           Batsford, 2006

KAMM, Antony  The last frontier. The Roman Invasions of Scotland  N Wilson, 2009  

KEPPIE, L. The Legacy of Rome. Scotland’s Roman Remains. J Donald, 2004

BREEZE, David J.               The Antonine Wall                                       John Donald, 2006

RCAHMS                              The Antonine Wall 1:25000 map.              RCHAMS, 2008

Websites                            BBC                                       Kevan White                                                Group of enthusiasts                                                         Official site

Some Sites to Visit

Bearsden bath house

New Kilpatrick Cemetery

Bar Hill Fort

Rough Castle

Watling Lodge

Ardoch Fort

Bothwellhaugh bath house


Rome’s Final Frontier, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow

Level One, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Friday, 2 March 2012

More football history ....

This letter was recently given to the Killie Trust by a Kilmarnock fan who found it in their loft.
It looks like Mr Downie is getting a telling off !
Can anyone cast light on where Mr Downie ended up playing, or is he related to you ?

(If you click on the letter it will enlarge for you)