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


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 – ‘Dive Scapa Flow; Dive Palau: The shipwrecks’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney

These two offerings by Rod Macdonald represent some of the best of the current crop of shipwreck guides for recreational divers. As a genre, this type of literature can be traced back to the dawn of sports diving in the middle of the last century. These books serve their market very well. Recreational divers seeking […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review – ‘Polar Mariner: Beyond the limits in Antarctica’ by Bill Jones

By Bill Jones

Captain Thomas Woodfield had a remarkable career at sea. After a year at the Warsash School of Navigation, then under the command of the redoubtable Captain Wakeford, he served an apprenticeship in merchant ships, until in the early 1950s he obtained a junior officer’s posting to an Antarctic research ship, the Royal Research Ship Shackleton. There […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Antarctic
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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

Book Review-‘Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks and the shipboard artists of Cook and Flinders’ by J. Taylor

By Katherine Parker

Taylor’s book comes just as institutions, societies and governments are beginning the decade-long process of commemorating the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific. On 25 August 1768 Cook set out in the Endeavour to view the transit of Venus and search for the unknown southern continent in the South Seas. […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Pacific
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review-‘Exploring the Britannic: The life, last voyage and wreck of ‘Titanic’’s tragic twin’ by S. Mills

By Alastair Wilson

The Royal Mail Steamer Britannic was laid down in 1911 in Harland & Wolff’s Belfast ship yard where her near sisters Olympic and Titanic had been built. She was intended to have been the third of the White Star Line’s trio of luxury liners which were necessary to maintain a weekly service on the North […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Southern Thunder: The Royal Navy and the Scandinavian trade in World War One’ by S. R. Dunn

By David Bowen

Standing on the shores of the North Sea in a typical winter gale presents a bleak and forbidding prospect. It is sobering to consider that for the four years of the First World War this was a battleground where the warring nations committed their navies to a bitter and relentless struggle in order to wrest […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘After the Lost Franklin Expedition: Lady Franklin and John Rae’ by P. Baxter

By Tom Muir

It seems that Dr John Rae is a popular fellow, as on the back of his unfinished autobiography comes this new book by Peter Baxter. To recap the story, it contrasts the adventures of the Orkney-born Arctic explorer, Rae (1813–93), and veteran Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. It was Rae who first discovered the fate […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Taming the Atlantic: The history of man’s battle with the world’s toughest ocean’ by D. Pike

By Harold N. Boyer

Dag Pike (Inspector of Lifeboats, RNLI, and author) has provided a survey of humankind’s experience battling the Atlantic Ocean since the early Middle Ages. His emphasis is mainly the North Atlantic from the Equator to the Arctic. This area saw the main trade routes develop over the centuries down to the present time. He sets […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review – ‘Whales’ Bones of the Americas, South Atlantic and Antarctica’ by Arthur G. Credland

By Arthur G. Credland

This book is the penultimate volume in a magnificent series covering cetacean remains across the globe. Unlike the sites covered previously, for this book the author has relied on the judicious use of secondary sources, and information from his invaluable correspondents. This in no way diminishes the value as a reference source, however, and the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century | Pacific | Antarctic
Subjects include: Archaeology | Miscellaneous | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review – ‘The Royal Navy Lynx: An operational history’ by David Bowen

By David Bowen

The naval version of the Lynx helicopter operated by the Royal Navy has this year (1918) been withdrawn after 40 years of distinguished service. Moreover, it is ‘an aircraft that has never really had its praises sung’, so an account is not only timely but long overdue. One may ask why a book about an […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Post WW2 | Indian Ocean | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Naval Aviation

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