The Society of the Naval Treaty

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"Come, Watson, come!" he cried. "The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!" - Holmes to Watson, The Abbey Grange

Why are we called The Society of the Naval Treaty? The name of our club was inspired by one of the best Sherlockian tales ('The Naval Treaty') and by our location in Annapolis, Maryland, home of the United States Naval Academy.

What is 'The Naval Treaty' about? It concerns a sensitive diplomatic matter, which Holmes resolves with more dramatic flair than usual. If you want to know more, you'll have to read the story!

'The Naval Treaty' was chosen by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself as one of the best SH stories. The story was originally published in 1893 in the Strand magazine. Its length - it's the longest of the canonical short stories - forced the Strand to publish it in two parts, the first Holmes story to be so divided. It is one of the twelve stories later collected as 'The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes'.

The Naval Treaty
Holmes and Watson are on the case;
Sidney Paget illustration from 'The Naval Treaty'

What happens at a Society of the Naval Treaty meeting? Our meetings are run by our Gasogene (and club founder), Lynn. But every member participates. We share Sherlockian news and 'sightings' - we discuss the assigned story - and we quiz each other on the story. And in between we talk and laugh and have a good time.

Can I just show up at a meeting, or do I need to email before attending? You can certainly just show up and we'll be happy to welcome you. But we do ask that members and soon-to-be members email their attendance in advance, if possible. We'd like to know how many chairs to set up - how many handouts to copy - how much snacks / wine / etc to bring. Click here to email us about taking a trip back in time to 221B Baker Street.

Where are your meetings held? Our club meets at St Paul's Anglican Church in Crownsville, MD. Click here for directions. The street address is 1505 Crownsville Road, Crownsville, MD 21032.

When are your meetings held? We typically meet on the second Sunday of every other month. You can find the date - and assigned story - for our next meeting at the top of this webpage. We also meet irregularly during the year at social gatherings.

Are there any other Sherlock Holmes societies in the area? Yes, there are several. You can visit to find a society near you, or click here to view our list of local clubs. Our club is unique in that it doesn't cost anything to attend a meeting and we enjoy in-depth discussions of the stories.

Where can I learn more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes? Click here to visit our list of internet Resources for all things ACD and Sherlockian.

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