14 Jul 2015
On Saturday 27th June 2015 at Southampton Guildhall, Warsash Maritime Academy held their Graduation for the cadets completing their training in the summer of 2015.
The 'Matthew Flinders Cup' is awarded annually to the Warsash Maritime Academy student who has best contributed to the ideal: to promote excellence in navigation.
The award was presented by Andrew Hair, Director of Warsash Maritime Academy to Chiltern Maritime Ltd / Trinity House cadet Marianne Clapton. (Pictured above)
The history behind the award:
Born in Donnington, Yorkshire, in 1774, Matthew Flinders was one of England's greatest navigators and chartmakers. He was self-taught and joined the Royal Navy as a teenager. In command he circumnavigated and chartered Australia during 1801-1803 and his promotion of that name lead to it being adopted as the name of the country. While held by the French in Mauritius for seven years (1803-1810) during the Napoleonic wars he carried out early work on ship's magnetism and gave his name to the 'Flinders Bar'.
He died in poverty in 1814, almost unrecognised in his own country. The cup was presented to the Warsash Maritime Academy on his retirement by Senior Lecturer Roy Shaw, JP, LL.M, Master Mariner.