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In 1999 Lieutenant Colonel Owen O’Brien and several colleagues, all now retired, began presenting history lectures aboard cruise ships. Consistently acclaimed as guest lecturers and increasingly in demand, they are now The History Team - with a broad focus on the history of the seas, nations and cities on a ship's itinerary. The Team now includes several civilian speakers expert in related areas of human endeavour.

Our repertoire of social, cultural and military history presentations is specially tailored to each voyage, relevant to seas and ports traversed by the ship and appropriate to passenger age and nationality profiles, according to the wishes of the line's Head Office, Cruise Director and passengers. All members of the Team are well-versed in history and highly accomplished public speakers. Our aim is to make Great Events come alive for people interested in history and, especially, for people whose relatives or friends took part in momentous events of the 20th Century.

Our honorary cruise lecturing activities are centrally coordinated but we do not operate as a commercial agency or speakers’ bureau and we have no financial relationship.

We have presented enrichment lectures throughout the South Pacific, South East Asia, North Asia, northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Baltic, Indian Ocean, North Pacific, Atlantic and Antarctic.

We have been invited to lecture on almost 200 cruises aboard Seabourn Sun, Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend, Crystal Harmony, Silver Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Saga Rose, Black Watch, The World of ResidenSea, Amsterdam, Statendam, Prinsendam, Volendam, Rotterdam, Seven Seas Voyager, Orion, Nautica, Spirit of Adventure, Mercury, Rhapsody of the Seas, Silver Wind, Seven Seas Mariner, Insignia, Regatta, Pacific Jewel and Norwegian Star, and in 2010 on board Scenic Cruises' Rhine and Danube vessels..


The Team

Colonel Gerry McCormack BA
Gerry McCormack
Major General Mike O’Brien CSC, BSc (Mil), MDefAdmin
Mike O'Brien
Air Vice Marshal Alan Titheridge AO, BSc, MDefStud
Alan Titheridge
Associate Professor Harvey Broadbent BA (Hons), DipEd
Harvey Broadbent
Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie AO
Chris Ritchie
Colonel (Professor) David Horner DipMilStud, MA (Hons), PhD
David Horner
Bill Crews
Chris Mullane ONZM, MBE
Chris Mullane
Air Commodore Mark Lax OAM, CSM BSc, MA(hons), PhD
Mark Lax
Major General Paul Stevens, AO, BA
Paul Stevens
Barry Dryer, MPP
Barry Dryer


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