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Book Review: ‘Abandon Ship: The real story of the sinkings in the Falklands War’ by P. Brown,

By David Bowen

In this anniversary year of the Falklands war, our minds turn to the details of that conflict. But do we know all the facts? We of course knew of the sinkings as and when they actually happened, and understood the patent circumstances. But this book demonstrates that until its publication we have not heard the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review: ‘To Rule Eurasia’s Waves: The new great power competition at sea’ by G. F. Gresh,

By Duncan Connors

Since Napoleonic times experts have made naval and geopolitical predictions that have rarely come true. This can be seen comparatively recently in the widely speculative assessments of Soviet naval power between 1970 and 1990, which after the end of the Cold War were shown to be false. This extended review tackles a prediction by author […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Bloody Orkney? A comparison of the perceptions held by sailors and the reality of leisure and recreational opportunities at Scapa Flow during the First World War

By Ian Watson

Abstract Scapa Flow became the primary naval base for the main Royal Navy fleet during the First World War. The ‘newness’ of Scapa as a naval base meant that it lacked any of the leisure and recreational opportunities that the ‘home’ naval ports, such as Portsmouth, offered. This led to Scapa gaining a reputation as […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea

A Ticklish Craft’: Viewing Britain’s empire from inside a birch-bark canoe in the eighteenth century

By T. Kurt Knoerl

At the end of the French and Indian War elements of the British Empire moved quickly into the western Great Lakes and central Canada in an effort to partake in and control the lucrative fur trade. To do this both the British army and fur traders adopted a piece of Native American technology: birch-bark canoes. […] Read More

Filed under: Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Review:- ‘Suppressing Piracy in the Early Eighteenth Century: Pirates, merchants and British imperial authority in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans’ by D. Wilson

By Jeremy Land

Testing the traditional narrative of a stateled effort by Britain to eradicate piracy in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the first few decades of the eighteenth century, David Wilson questions the archive and finds a different story than the one commonly accepted in the historiography. Rather than focus on the imperial record, Wilson utilizes […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century | Pirates | Indian Ocean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review :- ‘Navigating by the Southern Cross: A history of the European discovery and exploration of Australia’ by K. Morgan, Bloomsbury

By Wolfgang Köberer

One cannot say that the ‘History of the European Discovery and Exploration of Australia’, as the subtitle of this book aptly reads, is an unploughed field. The author himself points this out in his references to Wood’s Discovery of Australia (1969) and Pearson’s Great Southern Lands (2005) – and one might add Perry’s The Discovery […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Lieutenant Thomas Evans, Mr George Thomas and the survey of Liverpool

By Michael Barritt

Controversy over surveys of Liverpool and its approaches made by Lieutenant Thomas Evans and Mr George Thomas unfolded during the period when Captain Thomas Hurd, second Hydrographer to the Board of Admiralty, was urging the establishment of the specialist cadre which would evolve into the Royal Naval Surveying Service. His representations were made in an […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

Did Steam Make Shipping Safer? Evidence from the British Coastal Bulk Trades

By Roy Fenton

The transition from sail to steam had more profound effects than any other development in the recorded history of merchant shipping. In combination with iron and steel hulls, steam power enabled ships to become larger, more reliable and more efficient, with far reaching effects on the shipping industry and world trade. But the question has […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

New Light on the Survivors of the Vergulde Draak, a VOC Ship Wrecked on the Australian Coast (1656)

By Leigh T. I. Penman

This article introduces a document from the Amsterdam City Archive which sheds new light on the fate of the Vergulde Draak, or Gilt Dragon, a United Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship wrecked off Australia’s west coast in 1656. The document identifies one of the survivors of the wreck who made it on to the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

A Cargo of Slaves? Demosthenes 34.10

By David M. Lewis

Existing studies of the ancient Greek slave trade lack detailed evidence for a key link in the supply chain. The geographical origins of non-Greek slaves are well known, as are the various destinations to which they were trafficked; as yet, however, little is known about their transport by sea. This article shows that a key […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

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