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MHS Sagardhara April 2021

Article Pg No
Director’s Desk 02
Special Article - The Royal Indian Navy and the Battle of Atlantic 03
Inaugural Session 10
Thematic Session 1 18
Special Session 1 43
Special Session II 45
Thematic Session II 56
Valedictory Session 75
Maritime History Society's visit to National Defense Academy 80
Book Review: Medieval Seafarers of India by Lakshmi Subramaniam 82
Jewel from the Past: Rise and Fall of the House of Angrey's 84
 

Past Issues

  • Contributions from Team MHS
    Jul 2020

    The opening months of the financial year emerged as key to a new wave of evolution of MHS. We have crossed many wavepoints that were planned and plotted a while ago. These past months saw crisis beget opportunity, to spread, to replinish the MHS outreach to an even larger scale. Many Conceptual ideas turned to reality. These included launching MHS Youtube channel and the website going live.

  • Sagardhara Apr 2020

    Contributions from Team MHS
    Apr 2020

    Vision statements across few years and more looked to Year 2020 as an epoch and how has it surprised us through a Wuhan origin virus! Amidst the constraints of consequent lockdown and social distancing, the MHS premises went into a shutdown at first and subsequently to extremely limited sustenance roles. As crisis begat opportunity, Team MHS went digital and launched a dynamic outreach and online interface.

  • Sagardhara Jan 2020

    40th Annual Seminar Proceedings and Jewel from the Past
    Jan 2020

    The Seminar helped in enhancing the Maritime Consciousness among the school and college students including NCC cadets. The presence of a diverse audience for the Seminar highlighted the presence of a multidimensional Maritime Culture and Traditions in India. They interacted well and questioned the scholars about contemporary challenges which play a role in creating awareness and safeguarding India’s maritime legacy.

    A great and encouraging take away was the keen interest in young and old alike to study more about Indian Maritime Heritage. MHS is confident of a wide support base in its endeavours.

  • Sagardhara Oct 2019

    Musings of Monsoon Maritime Series
    Oct 2019

    This year adding to our work force are a spritey young group of Research Associates. Their presence has added wind to our sails while at the same time raising expectations from our members and benefactors. Lectures By Cdr Abhilash Tomy K.C and Prof Himanshu Prabha Ray helped the incomers to get abriefed of the various modalities of the maritime world.

    Despite having a modest gallery we are witnessing an increase in the footfall of enthusiastic visitors to the museum. This year a lively posse of young B.A students from the Khalsa College called upon the museum for a guided tour. Increasingly we are receiving requests from various institutes to indulge them a tour of the gallery.

  • Sagardhara Jul 2019

    Founders Day Commemorative Maritime Symposium
    Jul 2019

    True sign of favour and contentment is when academic schedule gets hectic. The year 2019 at Maritime History Society has been witnessing that kind of good favours. In yesteryears the period post annual seminar was a lean patch. First few months of the year have been a period of abundance on the work front.

  • Sagardhara Apr 2019

    Program in Maritime History and Millenial Maritime Speak
    Apr 2019

    The primary objective of the Society has been promoting interest in the study of Maritime History. Towards this, a special Maritime History Orientation Program was undertaken for the MHS research team and few participants from partner institutions. As an encouragement and to give research opportunity to these young writers of matters maritime, a set of articles called 'Millenial Maritime Speak' became the highlight of this issue of Sagardhara. These need feedback for future enhancement of the fresh talent we have.

  • Sagardhara Jan2019

    39th Annual Seminar Proceedings and Tributes to late Adm Awati
    Jan 2019

    This edition commences with a commemoration titled "WNC @50", summarizing the last 50 years of WNC and also has a review of the book By Anirudh Deshpande "Hope and Despair Mutiny,Rebellion and Death in India, 1946".

  • Sagardhara Sept2018

    Musings of Monsoon Maritime Series
    Sept 2018

    MHS has an austere but functional Naval Heritage Gallery. Participants of the NCC Summer Camp 2018 did visit the gallery to be made aware of our rich maritime heritage. Researchers and maritime enthusiasts remain connected with the Society in their independent pursuit of maritime heritage.

    The ongoing process of making a documentary on Mumbai and its Maritime Heritage has also connected extensively with MHS for authenticating the core content. With 2018 being the 350th year of the East India Company formally taking governance of then Bombay, many history buffs have been studying the past four decades of the city's maritime history.


From the Editor’s Desk

It brings us great pleasure to present before you the first edition of our Newsletter for the year 2020. The focus of this edition was the 40th Annual Seminar. The theme of the Seminar was ‘Maritime Heritage: Learning through Cultural Engagement’. Vice Adm RB Pandit, Chairman MHS in his Inaugural Address emphasised the significance of Oceans and India’s Maritime legacy.


The Keynote Address by Cmde Uday Bhaskar (Retd) gave a detailed overview of India’s Maritime Heritage starting from the earliest period to the recent times. The first working session was titled ‘International Waters: Sea as a Cultural Connector’. The moderator Cmde Srikant Kesnur and the two panelists Cmde Gautam Marwaha and Sandeep Unnithan appraised the impact of the sea on literature and the broader cultural ethos of the nation.


The second session titled “Ship Building Heritage of India” saw the young research team of MHS present papers on ‘Shipbuilding Heritage of Mandvi’ and ‘18th and 19th Century Bombay Docks’. The session was moderated by Dr Rashna Poncha.


The Seminar helped in enhancing the Maritime Consciousness among the school and college students including NCC cadets. The presence of a diverse audience for the Seminar highlighted the presence of a multidimensional Maritime Culture and Traditions in India. They interacted well and questioned the scholars about contemporary challenges which play a role in creating awareness and safeguarding India’s maritime legacy.


A great and encouraging take away was the keen interest in young and old alike to study more about Indian Maritime Heritage. MHS is confident of a wide support base in its endeavours.


Sam Noh Varunah


Commodore Odakkal Johnson
Director and Head of Research