HQS Wellington, London, 11/10/2019
On Friday the 11th of October 2019, the SNAME Student Section of the University of Strathclyde attended the 9th Annual Western European SNAME Symposium, which took place on board HQS Wellington in London. The group consisted of the following committee members: Dimitrios Tsevdos (Chairman), Markella Pikouni (Vice-Chairwoman), Charalampos Agapiou (Secretary), Charalampos Dimitriou (Treasurer), Catalina Francu (Communication Officer), Sebastian Fulger (Web Master), and Nikolaos Koutsodontis (Advisor). The symbosium was also attended by other student members of the Section: Kritonas Dionysiou, Liatsos Nikolaos, Kornilios Ioannis, Lim Alan Kah Yong, Pomonis Timotheos, Michalaros Christos, Michail Antonios and Goulart Rafael.
The group met at Glasgow Central Train Station at 15:00 on Thursday the 10th of October and boarded the train to London Euston where they commenced their journey at 15:40. The majority of the group stayed at Royal Imperial Hotel in Bloomsbury which was selected by the committee since it was conveniently close to the Euston station and the event venue. Early on Friday morning the students walked towards river Thames where HQS Wellington was moored alongside the Victoria Embankment
, at Temple Pier
between the Blackfriar and Waterloo Bridges. On their arrival at the mooring location, the students boarded the ship and were greeted by Keith Lilley and Nina Lilley, the Chair of the Western Europe Section and the Junior Vice President of SNAME, respectively. After signing the attendance and safety lists, the group had the opportunity to introduce themselves and mingle with other SNAME members. They also learned the history behind HQS Wellington which served as a convoy
escort ship in the North Atlantic
during the Second World War
, whilst after World War II, it was converted from being her Majesty’s Ship Wellington to Headquarters Ship of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners