Book Review-‘A Maritime History of Somerset: Volume 2’ by Adrian J. Webb (ed.)

By Cathryn Pearce, published November 2020


The first thing that readers will notice is that this book is beautifully produced. It has black-and-white and colour images throughout, ranging from engravings, maps, newspaper articles, Punch cartoons, watercolour sketches, paintings and modern photographs, all in a book that costs only £20. The topics are diverse, with chapters on maritime travel, the development of Somerset’s seaside resorts, Somerset’s river ferries, the 1701 survey of Minehead harbour and sea-fishing in Somerset’s coastal waters.

This is the second volume of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society’s (SANHS) Maritime History of Somerset series and its production was supported by the Southwest Maritime History Society, which shares many members with the Society for Nautical Research. The first book was published in 2010. This volume follows from it; a third is in preparation. The series is edited by Adrian Webb, who manages the archive at the UK Hydrographic Office and who is Chair of the Publications Committee of SANHS…

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