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Book Review – ‘The Battleship Holiday: The naval treaties and capital ship design’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

This is a book which belies its title, and is much the better for doing so. The successive treaties that define the title enter the narrative late (p. 87) and leave it early (p. 188) but are discussed in commendable detail. The complex interplay of personalities, national objectives and priorities, economic limitations and developing technologies […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | North Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘The Royal Navy in the Age of Austerity 1919–22: Naval and foreign policy under Lloyd George’ by Richard Dunley

By Richard Dunley

The historiography of the Royal Navy in the periods before and during the First World War has grown and developed in an extraordinary fashion over the past 10 to 15 years. This has fundamentally changed how we view the organization which fought the conflict from a political, social, technological and strategic perspective. This development tends […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Interwar | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Forty Years Master: A life in sail and steam’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

The title of this autobiography, Forty Years Master, sums up the dominating theme in Killman’s recollections: being in command of a merchant ship for four decades. This is also its structure, ship by ship, and the style, ‘authoritative’. The autobiographical text occupies 250 pages, and the remaining 100 pages are taken up the editorial team, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines

Book Review – ‘We Die Like Brothers: The sinking of the SS ‘Mendi’’ by Clifford J. Pereira

By Clifford J. Pereira

The SS Mendi sank off the Isle of Wight in 1917, with the loss of over 600 South African passengers. The book underlines one of a number of instances where the courage and determination of men from the empire lost their lives through a mixture of incompetency and accident. However, it is the aspirations for […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous | Navies

Book Review – ‘Coastal Patrol: Royal Navy Airship operations during the Great War 1914–1918’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

This is a niche topic, but the author, Brian J. Turpin, has a solid grounding in aviation technology, and does an excellent job in detailing the rapid wartime development of the Royal Navy’s non-rigid airship types, from the earliest Submarine Scouts, through to the Sea Scout Zeros and Coastals, and ending with the well-regarded North […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel
Subjects include: Naval Aviation

Book Review – ‘Around Cape Horn Once More: The story of the French clipper ship ‘Montebello’’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

This book centres on the life of the French barque Montebello (2,284 grt) from launch in October 1900 until it was wrecked in November 1906. The use of old postcards to illustrate places mentioned in the text works well, and the wreck photographs of the Montebello and Croisset are suitably poignant. However, the author, Paul Simpson, writes throughout […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘People, Place, and Power on the Nineteenth-Century Waterfront: Sailortown’ by Isaac Land

By Isaac Land

This book is the first serious effort to synthesize the disparate studies on this topic and relate it to larger interpretive frameworks. Readers will find rich, vivid accounts here of the costs and benefits of desertion, of boarding houses reputable and otherwise, and of efforts to investigate and reform the waterfront. Although Graeme J. Milne […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The First Atlantic Liner: Brunel’s Great Western steamship’ by W. Mark Hamilton

By W. Mark Hamilton

Helen Doe has written a marvellous new book on the early years of transatlantic passenger traffic, with special reference to the Great Western steamship. Her examination is from the perspective of the cultural and social historian and not the technical maritime specialist, but the reader is informed of the numerous technical challenges of early steamship travel. The Great […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review – ‘The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist’ by Johan Francke

By Johan Francke

Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Research Fellow at the Collège d’études mondiales/Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris, encountered the remarkable story of the abolitionist Benjamin Lay while working on The Many Headed Hydra, reading Lay’s magnum opus All Slave-Keepers that Keep the Innocent in Bondage, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean
Subjects include: Biography | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570–1740’ by Johan Francke

By Johan Francke

The Navigation Act of 1696 made provision for more Vice-Admiralty Courts in America. This resulted simultaneously in the objection of local councils and mutual accusations of piracy amongst them. When Parliament introduced the Act for the More Effectual Suppression of Piracy in 1700, the tide definitively turned and what had been tolerated by officials for […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review – ‘Pudding Pan: A Roman shipwreck and its cargo in context’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

The ‘Pudding Pan wreck’ discovery is of extreme significance in the development of British archaeology, both general and maritime, but remains little understood. This comprehensive and authoritative re-publication of the scattered evidence by Michael Walsh is long overdue, but leaves its significance unclear. Essentially, the ‘discovery’ refers to the repeated recovery of intact vessels of […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | North Sea | Eighteenth Century | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review -‘The Luckiest Thirteen: The forgotten story of the men of St Finbarr – a trawler crew’s battle in the Arctic’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

Brian W. Lavery has followed up The Headscarf Revolutionaries, his account of the ‘Hull Triple-Trawler Tragedy’ of 1968, with this story of an earlier Hull trawler tragedy. This time the vessel involved was one of the most modern in the fleet, a stern trawler that had revolutionized British fishing by allowing the entire catch to be […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Whaling & Fishing

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