Archive Results For: Baltic

Book Review-‘Springboard to Victory: Great Yarmouth and the Royal Navy’s dominance in the North Sea and the Baltic during the French Wars 1793–1815’ by D. Higgins,

By Bob Sutcliffe

Great Yarmouth is best known for being a seaside resort and earlier as one of the country’s leading herring fisheries ports, but what has been largely forgotten is that during the French Revolutionary War (1792–1802) and the Napoleonic Wars (1803–15) it was the main support base for naval operations in the North and Baltic seas […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | North Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Russian Baltic Fleet in the Time of War and Revolution 1914–1918’ by S. N. Timirev (trs S. Ellis)

By Paul Brown

The First World War was a turbulent time for the Russian navy, rebuilding after the humiliation of the Russo-Japanese war of 1904–5, engaging with the German navy which was supporting the advance of troops into the imperial Russian territories of Lithuania and Latvia, and finally being debilitated by the effects of the 1917 revolution. A […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | WW1
Subjects include: Biography | Navies

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

‘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

The Schlüsselfeld Ship Model of 1503

By Maik-Jens Springmann

The use of table decorations in the form of ship models, known as nefs, became a way of demonstrating prestige among the elite merchant class of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. One of the most impressive and important of these centrepieces is the so-called Schlüsselfeld model made in 1503 for Wilhelm Schlüsselfeld (1483–1549), head of […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Models & Figureheads

Book Review-‘Freeing the Baltic’ by G. Bennett

By Steven Balbirnie

The author, Captain Geoffrey Bennett (1908–1983), served briefly as Britain’s naval attaché to Moscow after Stalin’s death in 1953. He published a number of naval histories upon his retirement, including studies of the First World War battles of Coronel and Jutland. This is the third edition of this book, which was originally published under the […] Read More

Filed under: Russian Revolution | Baltic | WW1
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The British Navy in the Baltic ‘by J. D. Grainger

By Samuel McLean

The British Navy in the Baltic is the latest from John Grainger, author of such books as the Dictionary of Naval Battles and The First Pacific War: Britain and Russia, 1854−1856, also from Boydell and Brewer. The book was written with the support of the Swedish Society for Maritime History, and is part of their […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Note: The Complements of Four Dutch Ships Taken at the Texel in 1799

By Nicholas Blake

In 1799 an Anglo-Russian expedition under the overall command of Admiral Duncan sailed for Holland to land on the Helder and take possession of the fleet of the Batavian Republic in the Texel in the name of the Prince of Orange, and to provoke or encourage an uprising against the French occupiers. The land part […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Baltic | French Revolution
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Neutral Waters? British Diplomacy of Force in the Canary Islands at the Start of the First World War

By Javier Ponce

At the beginning of the First World War, Britain had to confront a phenomenal challenge. Faced with the indisputable British naval hegemony, Germany launched the cruiser warfare, using armed merchant ships as auxiliary cruisers, as its first offensive weapon in the economic war, attacking trade from the South Atlantic, through which much of the British […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | WW1 | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Figureheads and Symbolism Between the Medieval and the Modern: The ship Griffin or Gribshunden, one of the last Sea Serpents?

By Niklas Eriksson

The Griffin or, as it was sometimes called, Gribshunden (griffin hound) was a ship that belonged to the Danish–Norwegian King Hans. The ship sank in 1495 and was one of the largest and most modern warships of its day. In 2015 a peculiar figurehead carving was raised from the wreck. It is shaped like a beast swallowing a man […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | High Middle Ages | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

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