Fast Sailing Ships to be explored at university event

Members of the public will be able to learn more about an important era in Aberdeen’s maritime history at an event at the University of Aberdeen’s Sir Duncan Rice Library next week (Thursday, February 28).

John Edwards, Head of Collections at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, will lead the discussion on the era of the Fast Sailing Ships and their roots in Aberdeen, focussing on the Thermopylae, which was considered by many to be the most beautiful and one of the fastest clippers ever built

The talk is the first in a programme of talks and events to accompany the Waterlines exhibition which is on display in the library until April 14. It reveals the inspiration behind a sculpture at the entrance of the library, Waterlines, which was created by Will Maclean and Marian Leven, and highlights Aberdeen’s maritime heritage.

Head of Special Collections at the University of Aberdeen, Siobhán Convery, is looking forward to the event.

She said: “I am sure anyone who comes along to the event will find John’s talk not only extremely informative but also highly entertaining.

“John’s knowledge of this subject is second-to-none and his talk will provide an insight into what was an extraordinary time in Aberdeen’s maritime and economic history. Our ongoing fascination with the clipper ship era is evident when you explore the inspiration behind the Waterlines sculpture and exhibition. “

Entry to the event, which runs from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday, February 28, is free, however booking is advised. For further information please contact the special collections centre on 01224 273049 or email