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Book Review-‘Jutland 1916: The archaeology of a naval battlefield’ by I. McCartney

By Robert J.C. Mowat

In recent years Innes McCartney has been recognized as a leading exponent of underwater research, most notably into the wrecks of First World War warships and submarines within the North Sea and English Channel. His studies have characteristically combined the use of advanced techniques of underwater survey and technical diving with documentary and historical research […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review-‘Whales’ Bones of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands’ by N. Redman

By Arthur G. Credland

This is the sixth volume (not including a supplementary volume and a monograph on the Ostend whale) contributing towards fulfilling the author’s aim to catalogue cetacean remains around the globe. There are two more volumes in preparation, one for the Americas and one for Africa and Asia, which will complete the series. Many of the […] Read More

Filed under: Pacific
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Georges Baudoux’s Jean M’Baraï : The Trepang fisherman’ translated by K. Speedy

By Clifford J. Pereira

Karin Speedy has built on her previous academic works and experience in translating to bring Francophone Pacific literature to an English-speaking audience. In the introduction, Speedy makes the point that the Pacific had its own lingua franca prior to the arrival of Europeans, and suggests that the engagement of Malayo-Polynesian speakers by the so-called early […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Lincoln’s Trident: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War’ by R. M. Browning Jr

By James Clipson

Five days after the shelling of Fort Sumter, Lincoln announced a blockade of the Confederate Coast. Ambitious and legally ambiguous, as it seemed to imply the Confederacy was a foreign belligerent, the so-called Anaconda Plan required the Union navy to blockade some 3,500 miles of coastline. Robert Browning Jr has written in depth and with […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘British Campaigns in the South Atlantic 1805–1807: Operations in the Cape and the River Plate and their consequences’ by J. D. Grainger

By Elizabeth C. Libero

Prolific military historian John D. Grainger recounts a fascinating set of campaigns in this straightforward narrative of Britain’s rapid conquest of the Cape of Good Hope and the ‘hare-brained’ attack on Buenos Aires shortly after (p. ix). In keeping with his books on the ancient Parthians, Britain’s fight against Vichy France, and early twentieth-century Syria, […] Read More

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

The Determination of the Ship’s Speed in History and the Earliest Discussion of the ‘Dutchman’s Log’

By Wolfgang Köberer

Early mariners did not have the means to ascertain their exact position once they were out of sight of land for some time. But, contrary to an assumption long nurtured, early mariners did not usually ‘hug the coast’. In Roman times the Mediterranean mariners had to cross the basins of that sea to carry goods, […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

A Shipbuilder’s Letters to Shipowners: William Pickersgill & Sons 1903–1907

By Ian Buxton

The shipbuilder William Pickersgill & Sons of Sunderland focused on building dry cargo ships for British shipowners, particularly from Liverpool. Some insights into that market early in the twentieth century are provided by the out letter volume from 1903 to 1907 written by one of the partners, Frederick Pickersgill, He combined the roles of what […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Administration | Shipbuilding & Design

‘We Do Not Want to Be Too Hard on the Norwegians’: Sterling balances and rebuilding the Norwegian merchant shipping fleet, 1945–1950

By Hugh Murphy

This article looks at Anglo-Norwegian financial relations in the crucial five years after 1945. Norway lost half of her merchant fleet and had accumulated substantial sterling balances during the war through insurance claims from ships sunk in British and Allied service, and from freights carried. Given Britain’s position as banker to the sterling area and […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | North Sea
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

Thomas Cave Childs: Pioneer chaplain to female emigrants and the Missions to Seamen

By Robert W. H. Miller

Thomas Cave Childs (1819–67), a vicar in the worst part of Devonport, was a pioneer in the welfare of female emigrants and was involved in the foundation of the Missions to Seamen. Childs, the real link with the remnants of John Ashley’s missionary work with seafarers, was the catalyst which brought W. H. G. Kingston […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

The Ronas Voe Incident, 1674

By Frank L. Fox

The last organized sea operation of the Third Anglo-Dutch War was an expedition by the British navy to capture a Dutch East Indiaman lying in a Shetland harbour disabled by storm damage and grounding. This little-known action was conceived, planned and carried out entirely after King Charles II had publicly accepted a treaty with the […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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