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Awards and bursaries
News, May 2012: Matthews Awards 2012 for the best of 2011
Keith Matthews was a founding member and first president of the Canadian Nautical Research Society. He taught at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He died suddenly in the mid 1980s. In his memory CNRS established awards for the best book and best article published annually. Awards have been made since at least 1987 for the 1986 publication year.
Best Article. This award is made for the best article published in the society's journal, The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord. This year the awards committee is also recognizing one article with an "Honourable Mention."
The Honourable Mention is presented to Carl Swanson for his article ' "The unspeakable Calamity this poor Province Suffers from Pyrats": South Carolina and the Golden Age of Piracy'
The award for the best article is presented to George Bolotenko for 'Wartime Explosions in Archangel, 1916 - 1917: "Bakaritsa is Burning"; "Ekonomiia is Now a Wasteland"'. This article presents original research in Russian language sources, and Dr Bolotenko provides his own translations of important excerpt. His topic is an event that is almost entirely unknown. His article skilfully sets out the complex chain of events for each of the two disasters, and provides preliminary analysis that will be valuable to specialists. As the article rightly emphasizes, there are important parallels with the Halifax explosion of December 1917, which makes the piece of special interest to Canadian readers.
Best Book. This award is made for the best book written by a Canadian on any maritime subject, or by anyone on a Canadian maritime subject. Again, the awards committee has decided to recognize one book with an Honourable Mention.
The Honourable Mention is presented to Katharine Lochnan for Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, which was published by Douglas & McIntyre and the Art Gallery of Ontario. This book offers well written and substantial articles on various aspects of the work of the important Newfoundland artist, David Blackwood. In the words of one committee member: "the Blackwood volume is beautifully produced and a joy to go through".
The award for the best book published in 2011 is presented to James Pritchard for A Bridge of Ships: Canadian Shipbuilding during the Second World War, published by McGill Queen’s University Press. There is prodigious new research from an impressive diversity of sources, both archival and published. No less impressive is the depth and imagination of the analysis, which cogently welds together materials bearing on such wide-ranging subjects as detailed labour practices in shipyards, supply of specific raw materials, national economic policies, and relations between the wartime Allies in little-known areas of logistics. One committee member commented: "It seems to me this book fills a significant gap - as significant in its way as the recent tomes on the RCN itself."
News, May 2011: The CNRS Prizes for the Keith Matthews Awards for Books, 2010 were announced at the Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. Best Book published in 2010 was awarded to Barry Gough for his Historical Dreadnoughts: Arthur Marder, Stephen Roskill and Battles for Naval History, published by Seaforth Publishing, ISBN: 9781848320772 (1848320779) with an honourable mention to William Johnston, William G.P. Rawling, Richard H. Gimblett and John McFarlane, The Seabound Coast: The Official History of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1867 - 1939, volume 1, published by Dundurn Press.
The Keith Matthews Award for 2009 for best scholarly article in The Northern Mariner was awarded to James Pritchard for The Beaver and the Bear: Canadian Mutual Aid, Ship Repairing and the Soviet Far Eastern Merchant Fleet 1941 - 1945 in Volume XX, No. 2 with an Honourable Mention to Janet Maybee The Persecution of Pilot Mackey in Volume XX, No. 2.
The Gerry Panting Award for New Scholars was shared between Sam McLean and Corbin Williamson for the papers that they presented at the CNRS Annual Conference, Ottawa, 2011.
News, June 2010: The CNRS Prizes for the Keith Matthews Awards for Books, 2009 were announced at the Halifax Annual General Meeting. Best Book published in 2009 was awarded to Professor Eric L. Mills for his The Fluid Envelope of our Planet: How the Study of Ocean Currents Became a Science (University of Toronto Press, ISBN 978-0802-09697-5) with honourable mentions for Dr Richard Gimblett The Naval Service of Canada 1910 - 2010: The Centennial Story (Dundurn Press, ISBN 978-1554-88472-8) and Glyn Williams Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage, (Viking Canada, ISBN 978-0670-06869-2).
The Keith Matthews Award for 2009 for best scholarly article in The Northern Mariner was awarded to Jonathan R. Dull for The Myth of French Abandonment in Volume XIX, No. 1.
The Gerry Panting Award for New Scholars was awarded to Samuel McLean, Wilfred Laurier University, for his paper Richmond and Callender : the hidden debate of 1942 presented at the CNRS Annual Conference, Halifax, 2010.
News, September 2009: The CNRS Prizes for 2008 were announced at the Victoria Annual General Meeting.
News, September 2008: The CNRS Prizes for 2007 were announced at the Québec Annual General Meeting.
The Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS) holds annual competitions for its prestigious Keith Matthews Awards. These prestigious awards are named after the renowned maritime historian from Memorial University who was also a founder and first president of the CNRS. Keith Matthews died in 1984 and the first award in his name was made the following year.
There are two kinds of awards:
1. The Keith Matthews Award for Best Book
The annual Keith Matthews Award is for the best book published in the previous calendar year on a Canadian nautical subject or by a Canadian on any nautical subject. Monographs and edited collections are eligible and subject matter can include oceanic and inland waters, naval or non-naval, from any discipline. The award is announced at the Society's annual meetings.
Winners of the Keith Matthews Award for Best Book
Please note that the year of the award refers to books published during the previous year.
2010: Eric L. Mills, The Fluid Envelope of our Planet: How the Study of Ocean Currents Became a Science (University of Toronto Press, ISBN 978-0802-09697-5)
Honourable Mention: edited by Richard Gimblett, The Naval Service of Canada 1910 - 2010: The Centennial Story,, (Dundurn Press, ISBN 978-1554-88472-8)
Honourable Mention: Glyn Williams, Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage (Viking Canada, ISBN 978-0670-06869-2)
2009: Freeman M. Tovell, At the Far Reaches of Empire: The Life of Juan Francisco de la Bodega Y Quadra (UBC Press).
Honourable Mention: Ken McGoogan, Race to the Polar Sea: The Heroic Adventures and Romantic Obsessions of Elisha Kent Kane (HarperCollins)
Honourable Mention: Taras Grescoe, Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood (HarperCollins)
2008: [Please see the Awards Committee report.]
2007: Keith McLaren, A Race for Real Sailors: The Bluenose and the International Fishermen's Cup, 1920-1938, (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2006)
Honourable Mention: Daniel Sekulich, Ocean Titans: Journeys in Search of The Soul of a Ship (Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2006)
Honourable Mention: Peter A. Robson, Salmon Farming: The Whole Story (Nanoose Bay, B.C.: Heritage House, 2006)
Honourable Mention: Michael Whitby, Richard Gimblett, and Peter Haydon, eds., The Admirals: Canada's Senior Naval Leadership in the Twentieth Century (Toronto: Dundurn, 2006)
Honourable Mention: John G. Langley, Steam Lion: A Biography of Samuel Cunard (Halifax: Nimbus, 2006)
2006: Anthony B. Dickinson and Chesley W. Sanger, Twentieth Century Shore-Station Whaling in Newfoundland and Labrador (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005)
Honourable Mention: Michael Whitby, ed. Commanding Canadians: The Second World War diaries of Commander A.F.C. Layard (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005)
Honourable Mention: Dennis Brown, Salmon Wars: the Battle for the West Coast Salmon Fishery (Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Publishing, 2005)
Honourable Mention: Noel Elizabeth Currie, Constructing Colonial Discourse: Captain Cook at Nootka Sound (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2005)
2005: Julian Gwyn, Ashore and Afloat: The British Navy and the Halifax Naval Yard before 1820 (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2004)
Honourable Mention: Werner Hirschmann with Donald Graves, Another Place, Another Time: A U-Boat Officer's Wartime Album (Toronto: Robin Brass, 2004)
Honourable Mention: Fraser M. McKee, 'Sink all the Shipping there:' the Wartime Loss of Canada's Merchant Ships and Fishing Schooners (St. Catharines, Ont.: Vanwell, 2004)
Honourable Mention: Richard Gimblett, Operation Apollo: The Golden Age of the Canadian Navy in the War against Terrorism (Ottawa: Magic Light Publishing and the Department of National Defence, 2004)
2004: W.A.B. Douglas, Roger Sarty, Michael Whitby, Robert H. Caldwell, William Johnston, and William G. P. Rawling, No Higher Purpose. The Official Operational History of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War, 1939-1943, Volume II, Part I (St. Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing, 2002)
Honourable Mention: Jerry Bannister, The Rule of the Admirals: Law, Custom, and Naval Government in Newfoundland, 1699-1832 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003)
Honourable Mention: Julian Gwyn, Frigates and Foremasts: The North American Squadron in Nova Scotia Waters, 1745-1815 (UBC Press, 2003)
2003: John Jennings, The Canoe : A Living Tradition (Firefly Books, 2002)
Honourable Mention: John G. Armstrong, The Halifax explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy : inquiry and intrigue (UBC Press, 2002)
2002: James McDermott, Martin Frobisher : Elizabethan Privateer (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001)
2001: Brian Tennyson and Roger Sarty, Guardian of the Gulf : Sydney, Cape Breton and the Atlantic Wars (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000)
2000: Thomas H.B. Symons, Meta Incognita : A Discourse of Discovery - Martin Frobisher's Arctic Expeditions, 1576 - 1578 (Hull, Quebec: The Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1999)
1999: Emerson W. Baker and John G. Reid, The New England Knight : Sir William Phips, 1651 - 1698 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998)
1998: W. Gillies Ross, This Distant and Unsurveyed Country : A Woman's Winter at Baffin Island, 1857-58 (Montreal: McGill Queen's University Press, 1997)
1997: Pierre Camu, Le Saint-Laurent et les grands lacs au temps de la voile 1608-1850 (Montréal, Les Editions Hurtubise, 1996)
1996: James Pritchard, Anatomy of a Naval Disaster : The 1746 French Expedition to North America (Montreal: McGill Queen's University Press, 1995)
Honourable Mention: Michael Hadley Count not the Dead : The Popular Image of the german Submarine (Montreal: McGill Queen's University Press, 1995)
Honourable Mention: John D. Fudge, Cargoes, Embargoes and Emissaries : The Commercial and Political Interaction of England and the German Hanse, 1450-1510 (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1995)
Honourable Mention: Eileen Reid Marcil, The Charley-Man : a Hisory of Wooden Shipbuilding at Quebec, 1763-1893 (Kingston, Quarry Press, 1995)
1995: Wayne M. O'Leary, The Tancook Schooners: An Island and Its Boats (Montreal, McGill Queen's University Press, 1994)
1994: Dianne Newell, Tangled Webs of History : Indians and the Law in Canada's Pacific Coast Fisheries (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1993)
1993: James R. Gibson, Otter Skins, Boston Ships, and China Goods: The Maritime Fur Trade of the Northwest Coast 1785 - 1841 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1992)
Honourable Mention: Barry M. Gough, The Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade, and Discoveries to 1812 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1992)
Honourable Mention: G.P.V. Akrigg and Helen B. Akrigg, H.M.S. Virago in the Pacific 1851 - 1855: To the Queen Charlottes and Beyond (Victoria: Sono Nis Press, 1992)
1992: Michael Hadley and Roger Sarty, Tin-Pots and Pirate Ships: Canadian Naval Forces and German Sea Raiders 1880 - 1918 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991)
Honourable Mention: Rosemary E. Ommer, From Outpost to Outport: A Structural Analysis of the Jersey-Gaspé Cod Fishery, 1767 - 1886 (Montreal and Kingston: McGIll-Queen's University Press, 1991)
1991: Eric W. Sager with Gerald E. Panting, Maritime Capital: The Shipping Industry in Atlantic Canada, 1820 - 1914 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1990)
Honourable Mention: Jean-François Brière, La Pêche française en Amérique du Nord au XVIIIe siècle (Editions Fides, 1990)
1990: Brian Loring Villa, Unauthorized Action: Mountbatten and the Dieppe Raid (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1989)
Honourable Mention: Eric Sager, Seafaring Labour: The Merchant Marine of Atlantic Canada, 1820 - 1914 (Montreal and Kingston; McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989)
1989: Gordon Stead, A Leaf Upon the Sea: A Small Ship in the Mediterranean, 1941 - 1943 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1988)
Honourable Mention: W.A.B. Douglas, ed., The RCN in Transition, 1910 - 1985 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1988)
1988: J.F. Bosher, The Canada Merchants, 1713 - 63 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)
Honourable Mention: Aliette Geistdoerfer, Pêcheurs acadiens, pêcheurs madelinots: Ethnologie d'une communauté de pêcheurs (Quebec: Presses Universitaires de Laval, 1987)
Honourable Mention: Clyde Sanger, Ordering the Oceans: The Making of the Law of the Sea (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987)
1987: Ian K. Steele, The English Atlantic 1675 - 1740: An Exploration of Communications and Community (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986)
1986: Michael L. Hadley, U-boats Against Canada: German Submarines in Canadian Waters (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1985)
1985: Barry M. Gough, Gunboat Frontier: British Maritime Authority and the Northwest Coast Indians, 1846 - 1890 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1984)
2. The Keith Matthews Award for Best Scholarly Article
In 1986 the CNRS extended its Matthews Awards to include articles on nautical affairs published in scholarly journals or as essays or chapters in edited volumes. Beginning with awards made in 2000 it was decided to limit eligibility for this award to the best article published in the society's own refereed journal, The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord.
Previous Keith Matthews Awards for Best Scholarly Article
2009: Jonathan R. Dull for his article "The Myth of French Abandonment," which appeared in Vol. XIX, No. 1, January 2009, 1-6.
2008: John C. Appleby for his article "Conflict, co-operation and competition: the rise and fall of the Hull whaling trade during the seventeenth century," which appeared in Vol. XVIII, No. 2, April 2008, 23-59.
2005: Benjamin H. Trask's "The World of 'Septic Vapours': Yellow Fever and United States Shipping, 1798-1905"
Honourable Mention: Robert L. Davison's "'Auxillium ab Alto:' the Royal Navy Executive Branch and the Experience of War"
2004: Stephan Vanfraechem, "'La peur du rouge:' Communist Action Committees in the Port of Antwerp during the 1930s and 1940s"
2003: Timothy Wilford, "Decoding Pearl Harbor: USN Cryptoanalysis and the Challenge of JN-25 in 1941"
2002: Julian Gwyn, "The Halifax Naval Yard and Mast Contractors, 1775 - 1815"
2001: Michael L. Hadley, "Grand Admiral Doenitz (1891 - 1980): A Dramatic Key to the Man behind the Mask"
2000: Richard Gimblett, "'Too Many Chiefs and Not Enough Seamen:' The Lower-Deck Complement of a Postwar Canadian Destroyer - The Case of HMCS Crescent, March 1949"
1999: William E. Schrank, "Benefiting Fishermen: Origins of Fishermen's Unemployument Insurance in Canada, 1935 - 1957," Journal of Canadian Studies, 35, No 1, (Spring 1998)1993: Shannon Ryan, "The Industrial Revolution and the Newfoundland Seal Fishery," International Journal of Maritime History, IV: 2, (December 1992)
1992: Colin Howell & Richard Twomey, (eds), Jack Tar in History, (Fredericton, NB: Acadiensis Press, 1991). N.B.: Rather than single out one article, the Committee recognized this entire volume for its significant contribution to maritime studies.1991: Sean Cadigan, "Battle Harbour in Transition: Merchants, Fishermen and the State in the Struggle of Relief in a Labrador Community during the 1930s," Labour/Le Travail, XXVI (1990)
Honourable Mention: R.V. Kubicek, "The Colonial Steamer and the Occupation of West Africa by the Victorian State, 1840 - 1900," Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, XVIII (1990)
1990: Marc Milner, "The Implications of Technological Backwardness: The Royal Canadian Navy 1939 - 1945," Canadian Defence Quarterly, Vol 9 No 3, (Winter 1989)
Honourable Mention: Garth Wilson, "The Great Lakes Historical Ships Research Project: An Innovative Approach to Documentation and Analysis of Historic Hull Design," International Journal of Maritime History, Vol 1 No 2, (December 1989)
1989: C. Knick Harley, "Ocean Freight Rates and Productivity, 1740 - 1913: The Primacy of Mechanical Invention Reaffirmed," Journal of Economic History, XLVIII, No 4, (December 1988)
Honourable Mention: John Mannion, "The Maritime Trade of Waterford in the Eighteenth Century," in William J. Smith and Kevin Whelan, (eds.) Common Ground: Essays on the Historical Geography or Ireland (Cork: Cork University Press, 1988)
1988: James Pritchard, "From Shipwright to Naval Contractor: The Professionalization of 18th Century French Shipbuilders," Technology and Culture XVIII, No 1 (January 1987)
Honourable Mention: W.J. Jurens, "The Loss of H.M.S. Hood - A Re-examination," Warship International, XXIV, No 2, (1987)
1987: T.J.A. LeGoff, "Les gens de mer devant le système des classes (1755 - 1763): résistance ou passivité?" in Alain Lottin, Jean Claude Hochquet et Stephane Lebecq, (eds.) Revue du Nord: Acts du colloque de Boulogne-sur-mer, juin 1984, published as a special number of Revue du Nord in 1986
1986: Carl Swanson, "American Privateering and Imperial Warfare, 1739 - 48," William and Mary Quarterly, 1985
The Awards Committee
A three-person Keith Matthews Awards Committee consisting of a Chair and two Society members is elected at the Society's Annual General Meeting for a term of three years. Terms can be extended for a further three years.
Terms of Reference:
The CNRS, founded in 1981, has a mandate to encourage research and to promote knowledge of maritime affairs relating to Canada. In keeping with this mandate the Society has chosen to award a prize annually named after Jacques Cartier, navigator of Saint-Malo, master mariner and explorer of France, who voyaged into the Gulf and River St. Lawrence which he named and in three voyages traced details of a watery entry into the heart of a continent. From aboriginal inhabitants he learned of a river, the Ottawa, leading to a fresh water sea, the Great Lakes, and a passage beyond which might lead to Cathay.
To encourage graduate studies at the Master's level at Canadian universities and institutes of higher learning where such studies may be carried out, the Society intends to award annually at its next subsequent meeting this prize. Areas of research include, but are not limited to, history, political studies and political economy, literature, archaeology, underwater archaeology, anthropology, geography, sociology, ecology, and any other branch of learning related to human uses of the seas, oceans, rivers or lakes. Theses demonstrating inter-disciplinary approaches beyond history and the arts are encouraged.
Candidates shall be, in the first instance, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants attending a Canadian university or institution of higher learning or a similar foreign institution writing on a Canadian maritime topic. Three printed copies of the thesis, which must have been successfully completed and examined (leading to successful completion of the degree), are to be submitted to the Society, to the address shown below by January 1 of the year in which the prize is to be awarded. The Society cannot bear the cost of downloading electronic submissions.
Awarding the prize shall be at the discretion of the judges who may also award honourable mentions. The thesis as submitted becomes the property of the Society to be added to its archives. The judges may recommend publication of the award-winning thesis, in whole or in part, in The Northern Mariner, or other publication.
Applicants shall provide a covering letter in which biographical details of the author and particulars of mailing address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address are supplied. A letter from a head of department or dean of faculty in the university or institute in which the thesis is completed stating the the thesis has passed examination must include the dates of submission and examination. Some universities have cognate essays or extended research papers, and provided they demonstrate original research of an extended order and are at least 70 pages in length, they may also be considered; but in first instance preference will be given to theses submitted and successfully defended.
Submissions and nominations are to be made to:
The Gerry Panting Award is a financial award of not more than $1,000 CDN to assist a new scholar in the field of nautical research to present a paper (in English or French) at the CNRS annual conference. The person selected should be in the early stages of his or her career in the field of maritime research.
1996 Daniel Conlin, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1997 David Clarke, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1998 Dr. Joseph Maiolo, London School of Economics and Political Science
1999 Bradley T. Shoebottom, University of New Brunswick
2000 Michael Dove, University of Western Ontario
2001 Kimberley Monk, East Carolina University
2002 William Miles, Memorial University of Newfoundland
2012 Shared by Natalie Anderson (University of British Columbia)
The Gerald Panting New Scholar's Award is a financial award of not more than $1000 to assist new scholars in the filed of nautical research to present a paper at the CNRS annual conference. The person selected as a Gerald Panting New Scholar should be in the early stages of his or her career in the field of maritime research.
Each year, a three-member committee consisting of a Chair and two members will select the Gerald Panting New Scholar Recipient. This committee will be chaired by the Awards Committee Chair and comprise members of the annual conference organising committee, including the Programme Chair. It will review applications from new scholars.
Terms of Reference:
The CNRS Merit Award is a discretionary award by which the society acknowledges excellence. It is applicable to individuals or institutions such as museums, archives or educational organizations. The first 2002 award recognizes the editorial contribution of Professor Lewis R. "Skip" Fischer, who co-founded and served as editor of the CNRS journal, The Northern Mariner/ Le Marin du nord from its first issue in January 1991 to January 2001.
A second Merit Award recognizes the work of Dr. Olaf U. Janzen, a founding co-editor of the journal and Book Review Editor from 1991 to 2000.
The CNRS Merit Award is a discretionary award by the Society to acknowledge excellence in Canadian nautical research applicable to individuals or institutions such as museums, archives or educational organizations.
The Keith Matthews Awards committee will serve as the Merit Award Committee.
Terms of Reference:
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