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Abolition, the West India Colonies and the Troubling Case of Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, 1807–1823

By S.A.Cavell

As commander-in-chief of the Leeward Islands station in 1807, Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane became principal enforcer of the new Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. He was also a plantation and slave owner with much to lose from upholding the law. By manipulating distinctions between apprentices and enslaved labour, Cochrane served his own […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Sighted Sub – Sank Same: The United States Navy’s air campaign against the U-boat’ by A. C. Care

By David Hobbs

The Battle of the Atlantic has been the focus of attention for many historians and the subject’s historiography is a wide and complex one. The International Naval Conference held in Liverpool in 1993 to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle’s turning point in favour of the Allies was probably the largest assembly of historians […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review-‘The Cod Hunters’ by J. Goodlad

By Tom Muir

This book tells an extraordinary tale of nineteenth-century social life in the North Atlantic, the hardships and triumphs of ordinary people. Cod fishing was seen as being a particularly hard job, and with good reason. It was not a hollow boast that the ‘cod hunters’ were dubbed ‘iron men in wooden boats’. The cod fisheries […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Soltando amarras: La costa noratlántica ibérica en la Edad Moderna’ by M. Garcia Hurtado

By Richard Harding

Over the last 70 years the decline of fishing and the heavy maritime industries has hit many of the coastal regions of Europe extremely hard. Some local and national governments, looking to stimulate new investment, have supported a wide range of cultural projects. One of the beneficiaries of this policy is maritime history. Those declining […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘Catastrophe at Spithead: The sinking of the ‘Royal George’’ by H. L. Rubinstein

By John M. Bingeman

Hilary Rubinstein’s in-depth research has successfully collated all the relevant information to explain why the 100-gun Royal George should have foundered on 29 August 1782 while at anchor between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Certainly, to the many witnesses it was beyond belief that she could just disappear with only her mast visible in […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘Roger of Lauria (c. 1250–1305), Admiral of Admirals’ by C. D. Stanton

By Susan Rose

Roger of Lauria, the commander of the galley fleets of the Kingdom of Aragon in the last years of the thirteenth century, was portrayed as a great hero by many contemporary chroniclers of his exploits. He has also been much lauded by modern historians writing on the naval aspects of the War of the Sicilian […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘The Battle of Tsushima’ by P. Carradice,

By Andrew Choong Han Lin

This book aims to offer a fresh perspective on the famous naval battle which took place between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Imperial Russian Navy in May 1905. However, for various reasons the book falls short of this goal and unfortunately adds little, if anything, to the existing body of published literature on the […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘From Hunter to Hunted: The U-Boat war in the Atlantic, 1939–1943’ by B. Edwards

By https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00253359.2020.1780799?needAccess=true

Battle of the Atlantic literature is mature, or perhaps to borrow a term from obstetrics, post-mature. In the beginning were the staff and official histories, written by those with expert knowledge and, sometimes, direct experience: staff histories did not see the general light of day for several decades and the key official history from the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2
Subjects include: Submarines | Weapons

Book Review-‘Pearls, People, and Power: Pearling and Indian Ocean worlds’ by P. Machado, S. Mullins, and J. Christensen (eds)

By Markus Vink

Although the history of pearling goes back at least 7,000 years, it was not until the late eighteenth century that the fishery began to exert a stronger formative role through the interplay of local and regional political conditions and increasing engagement with the world’s markets and rising pearl prices. The transformative period of the global […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Steam Titans: Cunard, Collins and the epic battle for commerce on the North Atlantic’ by W. M. Fowler

By Frances Steel

To judge by its cover, one might pick up this book expecting a history of the early years of steam in transatlantic shipping. Steam Titans traverses this ground. But it is also does much more. It can be usefully read as an ocean-centred history of the making of modern America, refracted through disputes between the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Biography | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

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