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Book Review-‘The Last Voyage’ by P. U. Jepsen

By Daniel Pascoe

The Last Voyage is essentially about two Royal Navy ships of the line, HMS St George and HMS Defence, which were wrecked on the west coast of Jutland on Christmas Eve, 1811. It is, however, much more than the title suggests. For those less familiar with these ships and the period, Palle Uhd Jepsen also […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Jutland
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘1545: Who sank the ‘Mary Rose’? ‘by P. Marsden

By Fred Hocker

One of the questions asked of any shipwreck, whether a recent tragedy or an archaeological find, is why it did sink? Very often the real question being asked is, who is at fault? Modern accident investigation techniques focus on identifying all of the contributing factors to an air crash or ship sinking, such as technical […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Le Grand Routier’ de Pierre Garcie dit Ferrande: Instructions pour naviguer sur les mers du Ponant à la fin du Moyen Âge’ by M. Bochaca and L. Moal Renne

By Michael Jones

Most modern Anglophone readers who are familiar with Le Grand Routier probably owe their knowledge to the ground-breaking work of Eva G. R. Taylor, The Haven Finder’s Art: A history of navigation from Odysseus to Captain Cook (London, 1956). In it Pierre Garcie dit Ferrande from Saint-Gilles-sur-Vie (now Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie), a small port on the Vendée […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Early Modern
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The Ships that Came to Manchester: From the Mersey and Weaver sailing flat to the mighty container ship’ by Roy Fenton

By Roy Fenton

Next article Those visionaries who wanted to turn Manchester into a sea port had two major struggles. The first was to overcome the fierce resistance of Liverpool and other interests in order to obtain a parliamentary bill to construct a ship canal. The second was to persuade reluctant shipping lines to use the canal which had […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review – ‘‘Deutsche, werdet Mitglieder des Vaterlandes!’: Der Deutsche Flottenverein 1898–1934’ by Marcus Faulkner

By Marcus Faulkner

The growth of navies at the end of the nineteenth century paralleled an increased public interest in naval affairs and the rapid expansion of naval interest groups. Nowhere was this more apparent than in Imperial Germany where, within a comparatively short period, the navy was transformed from a coastal defence force to an oceangoing fleet […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review – ‘Empires on the Waterfront: Japan’s ports and power, 1858–1899’ by Ian Nish

By Ian Nish

Dr Phipps gives us a well-researched monograph on a subject which has been much neglected in western literature and frequently misunderstood. Using a wide range of Japanese newspapers, both national and local, and British and Japanese archives, she has provided insights into the mysteries of Japanese government trading policy and locally into the ambitions of […] Read More

Filed under: Pacific
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Discovering the North-West Passage: The four-year Arctic odyssey of H.M.S. ‘Investigator’ and the McClure Expedition’ by Richard L. Bland

By Richard L. Bland

In 1845 Sir John Franklin set out in command of the ships Erebus and Terror to discover the Northwest Passage. As the years passed without word from Franklin, increasing anxiety rose about the fate of the expedition. Rescue missions were sent out to find the missing ships. One of those missions, departing England in 1850, consisted of the ships Enterprise and Investigator, […] Read More

Filed under: Arctic
Subjects include: Navies | Science & Exploration

Book Review – ‘Shaping the Royal Navy: Technology, authority and naval architecture, c. 1830–1906’ by Alastair Wilson

By Alastair Wilson

This comprehensively researched book might be described as a morality tale, of good (the scientific Institute of Naval Architects) versus the bad (the intuitional seaman – every hair a rope yarn, every finger a marline spike) fighting for the soul of the Royal Navy – the ships in which it fought, and fights. The struggle […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel
Subjects include: Navies | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review – ‘Embassy to the Eastern Courts: America’s secret first pivot toward Asia, 1832–37’ by Caitlin M. Gale

By Caitlin M. Gale

Embassy to the Eastern Courts is a diplomatic history about the efforts Edmund Roberts, a New England merchant, took in negotiating treaties for the young United States with Oman, Siam, Cochin China and Japan decades before Commodore Perry’s more famous operation. Set against the backdrop of Jacksonian politics, author Andrew C. A. Jampoler, a former […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘HMS Trincomalee: Frigate 1817’ by Nicholas Tracy

By Nicholas Tracy

Seaforth has produced a series of richly illustrated magazine-quality soft-cover quarto books about single historic ships. The latest showcases the teak-built frigate Trincomalee, constructed in the Bombay yard of the East India Company by Master Builder Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia, and floated out of the dock in 1817. The text by Wyn Davies includes chapters on wooden […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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