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Société canadienne pour la recherche nautique


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Originally established as the Canadian Society for the Promotion of Nautical Research, the Canadian Nautical Research Society was incorporated 25 October 1984 and achieved the status of a registered charity shortly thereafter with business number 11921 9525 RR0001.

The objectives of the Society are:

  • to promote nautical research in Canada
  • to disseminate the results of such research
  • and to encourage an awareness of Canada's maritime heritage

To those ends, the Society publishes a quarterly journal -- The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord -- and a quarterly newsletter -- Argonauta -- holds an annual conference, and makes several awards:

  • the Jacques Cartier MA Prize in Maritime Affairs, to encourage graduate students at the Master's level
  • the Gerry Panting Award, which is a bursary to a young scholar to attend the annual conference to present a paper, and
  • annually awards The Keith Matthews Awards -- named in honour of the Society's first President -- to recognize outstanding publications in the field of nautical research.

The Society is also the Canadian national sub-commission of the International Commission for Maritime History.

The Society is governed by by-laws. The Society is managed by an Executive Council composed of officers and councillors. This same list includes our Presidents since the foundation of the Society

"Ties That Bind: the Roots of NASOH and the CNRS" gives some historical background to our early days as seen through the eyes of W.A.B Douglas, one of our founders and a past president of our Society.

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Canadian Nautical Research Society - Société canadienne pour la recherche nautique
P.O. Box 34029
Ottawa, Ontario
K2J 4B0

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