Admiral John Byng by David Davies

Convicted of "failing to do his utmost", Byng was executed on board the Monarch in March 1757; David Davies returns to Royal Harwich to regale us with one of his historical tales and we will learn about the Admiral's life in the Royal Navy, the Battle of Minorca and his eventual fate. Voltaire certainly had something to say about it in Candide: "In this country, it is good to kill an admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others (pour encourager les autres)".

Date: Saturday 6th March 2021 at 19:30.

The Talk on Zoom: You will be able to join us from anywhere you can get online, using your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone, and enjoy the talk and see any illustrations.

The event will start with a few announcements and introductions. David Davies will then speak for about an hour, followed by questions and answers. That will be the end of the Talk part of the meeting but if you wish, you could stay with us and join in with the following.

Social:  PICTURE or CHART - "A SPECIAL HARBOUR WE HAVE VISITED". After the talk would you be prepared to share a picture and to say a few words within a small group of members? If so, check that your device has a webcam and microphone, please have your picture ready, and stay connected after the talk. Alternatively, this time, you could just watch and listen to the other members.

Registration/Booking, open from 20th January to members of the CA including the Crewing Service, and RHYC members.

Registration is for one device with as many watching as you wish. There is no charge for these Talks on Zoom for the time being.

Click to Register to attend on Zoom. Registrations are handled by Eventbrite but it is not necessary to sign up for a free account although, if you do, it will greatly simplify booking next time. Having registered, you should immediately receive an eTicket. If this does not arrive, the chances are that you have entered your email address incorrectly, try again or email .

Please remember that if you inadvertently double or triple book, places may not be available for other members to join.

Details of the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you during the day before the event. If you have not received this email by the evening, please email .

If you register during the 24 hours before the event, the Zoom Meeting log on details will be at the bottom of your eTicket, you will NOT receive the email referred to above.

Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please book early.

Download Hints and Tips on using Zoom for the Winter Talks. They explain how to install Zoom, the Zoom settings you will need and how we run the Winter Talks on Zoom.

Covid-19: Our normal venue, the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, are unable to accommodate us for this event due to Government regulations.