A TALK about maritime history is being held on the world's second oldest floating warship next month.

The Friends of the HMS Trincomalee, whose money helps to fund the warship docked at Hartlepool, will be entertained by two speakers.

Peter Hogg will give an illustrated talk about the restoration of SS Great Britain. James Atkinson will also speak about the progress of a Maritime Trail along the North-East coast.

The talks are among a variety of benefits offered to the Friends of HMS Trincomalee, which is the HMS Trincomlee Trust's support organisation for those interested in the welfare of the ship and her continuing preservation.

More details are available from the trust, by contacting (01429) 223193 or visit the website www.hms-trincom-alee.co.uk.