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Southsea Hovercraft Disaster (Event from 2023)


Illustrated Talknew events

The Alverbank Hotel, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2QT

In this illustrated talk, based on his book ‘Capsized in the Solent’, Richard explores the 1972 disaster and dramatic rescue operation involving air and sea units from miles around. As always, this is with great respect to those who were impacted…

Richard M. Jones is a historian specialising in lost ships and forgotten disasters. A serving member of the Royal Navy, he spends all his spare time digging through history to find evidence of forgotten incidents and has placed several memorials to such disasters around the UK. He has published nineteen books.

Dividing his time between Bridlington and Southampton, he always has many more projects in the pipeline and is a keen traveller and history detective.

Duration 60 minutes.

Event Times

Tuesday 12 September: 1600

Booking Details

No booking required


Wheel chair accesible toilets Toilets Service dogs welcome Accesible parking parking Mobility impaired family friendly refreshments



This venue is step-free, with ramp at entrance. Blue Badge parking just outside. Additional parking at the rear.

Additional Information

The Alverbank Hotel is an elegant and historic Grade II listed building, overlooking The Solent. It has an excellent bar and restaurant so why not come early to soak up the atmosphere. Please arrive 10 minutes before talk start to get seated.

Organised by

Richard M Jones