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John Harris

John Harris


John Harris is a maritime historian, and blue water sailor, with an active 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, an appointment he held for 25 years. He initiated the college’s ‘Conflict’ series of conferences which ran for many years.

John has a particular interest in the structure and exercise of discipline and authority in the sailing Navy. In 2012 he undertook a research trip to the isolated South Pacific island of Pitcairn, historic refuge of the mutineers of HMS Bounty. He is currently studying and researching at Greenwich Maritime Institute, where his particular focus is the Georgian Navy's base at English Harbour, Antigua.

Now an Emeritus Fellow of his college, and President of the Oxford Literary Festival, John lectures on maritime topics on summer schools, battlefield tours and cruises. He also holds the unique post of Whisky Taster-in-Chief to the Oxford Experience Summer School (as appointed by the Director) and will be conducting the annual tastings on the programme.





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