United States/England
Commanding the Ocean: Atlantic Powers on Queen Mary 2
Follow the development of maritime of maritime power and technology, and the challenges of controlling the Atlantic on a journey from New York City to London on QM2.
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Program No. 22998RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

The sea is a friend and a foe, an essential ally and an unyielding adversary. A strong naval force can overcome the sea’s obstacles providing safety and sustenance, protecting merchant and fishing ships and projecting power without physical force. Aboard the illustrious Queen Mary 2, sail from New York to London, where British and American forces clashed and transalantic trade changed the long-standing status quo, explore the development of maritime power through the Age of Exploration and the naval battles of World War II.
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On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile per day. Some stairs at historic sites.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about New York City’s role as a prominent port in the New World at South Street Seaport.
  • Explore England’s storied dockyards at Portsmouth and Chatham, exploring historic warships and expansive museums.
  • Sail down the River Thames on a clipper ship from London to the historic UNESCO sites of Greenwich.
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John Harris
John Harris is a maritime historian with a specialist interest in the sailing Navy. He served in the Merchant Navy and Royal Naval Reserve before becoming Steward of Christ Church at the University of Oxford. There he initiated the ‘Conflict’ conference series, popular with Road Scholar participants. He is President of the Oxford Literary Festival. John now lectures on maritime topics on summer schools, battlefield explorations and cruises and has led a number of Road Scholar programs ashore and afloat.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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