“A ship of brilliant qualities”, Jack Curtis

The Torrens

Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's

The University of Sunderland is hosting its popular Community Lectures Series 2018, and this summer’s six free and entertaining talks will welcome authoritative guest speakers on the theme of the river ships.

The clipper ship Torrens was one of the most famous clippers and recognized by Joseph Conrad, who served on her, and many others as also one of the finest ships ever built. This talk will review the story of the Torrens in the context of the world of clippers.

Jack is a former engineer turned writer, poet and local speaker, and member of Living History North East and Sunderland Maritime Heritage Trust. He has recently written a book on John Murray, the resident harbour engineer of Sunderland who designed