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The Maritime Kent Special Interest Group has been set up as a focal point to support and to disseminate research and information relating to Kent’s rich maritime heritage.

As well as archaeological exploration and research we aim to cover all areas of interest relating to maritime history including trade, industry, migration and defence and also the economic and social history of Kent’s coastal towns and communities.

Maritime Kent Through the Ages was published by Boydell in November 2021 with considerable support from KAS and there have also been two conferences on Kent’s maritime history which were linked to the book. In the afterword Dr Margarette Lincoln states `just as Kent’s coastline is constantly changing the history of Kent proves to be varied, fluid and of enormous interest. This volume is a milestone and points the way to future studies’.

We want to support these future studies and so bring more of the county’s fascinating maritime history to the attention of a wider audience. We’d be interested to hear from anyone with ideas and suggestions about what the group can do to support and promote this history and to raise awareness for people in Kent and beyond.


Group News

Replica cog The Nicholas

Submitted by Jacob Scott on 24 October 2023

Maritime Kent update: Replica cog boat The Nicholas

Dave Batchelor and Paul Damon of the Sandwich Medieval Trust give an update on a fascinating project to build a replica of a medieval ship.


Posted Fri, 29 Sep 2023


Maison Dieu website

Submitted by Jacob Scott on 24 October 2023
The extended and updated Maison Dieu website now includes much more detailed information about the history of the building, including its many maritime links.


The website is at→


Below are a selection of featured images, courtesy of Royal Museums Greenwich and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.