A Lighter Side of History: From Crates to Containers - The Evolution of Maritime Technology


Ahoy intrepid sailors! The technology required for sailing and navigating the high seas has changed dramatically over the last 500 years. Singapore has benefitted enormously from these advancements in maritime technology over the centuries in terms of volume and frequency of trade. In this presentation by Captain Frederick Francis, learn about the transformation of sailing, and listen to his personal experience of commanding and navigating large container ships through some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world such as the Straits of Malacca and the Singapore Strait.

Limited spaces available. Price includes a presentation, the viewing of maritime artefacts from the speaker’s collection, and light snacks. This programme is held in conjunction with the exhibition An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore 1600s – 1819.

Speaker’s Biography

Frederick Francis is an accomplished seafarer and researcher with a wide spectrum of experience. He sailed as master on several types of merchant ships and served his national service in the Singapore Navy where he was awarded Best Recruit and Outstanding Soldier. He then joined the Singapore Polytechnic and under a scholarship, read law at Cardiff University and was admitted to the Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M), earning a distinction for his dissertation.

His key focus is on embracing maritime heritage and he is the Founding Commodore of the World Maritime Heritage Society. He does extensive research on the Maritime Silk Road and has completed four projects funded by the National Heritage Board. His latest book is titled History of Singapore – Islands and Islanders. It was awarded a grant from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the National Heritage Board.

Sat Mar 14, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM SGT
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The Salon, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore
General Admission SOLD OUT $5.00
Venue Address
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 17889 Singapore
An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s - 1819

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