Archive Results For: Irish Sea

Book Review – ‘The New Coastal History: Cultural and environmental perspectives from Scotland and beyond’ by Jamin Wells

By Jamin Wells

Our coasts matter. They are among the most populated, sought after, contested, and dynamic landscapes in the world. They are also among the least understood, at least by historians. The 17 essays in David Worthington’s tightly edited volume, begin to fill this gap in the scholarship while making an impassioned case for readers to ‘accept […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Period | North Sea | Irish Sea | Eighteenth Century | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Liverpool Docks: A short history’ by Martin Bellamy

By Martin Bellamy

Much has been written on Liverpool’s docks in recent years, particularly through the ground- breaking work of Adrian Jarvis. A welcome addition to this would be a short publicly accessible survey that provided non-specialist readers with a useful introduction. I think that was the intention of this new book (by David Paul). A recent trip […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Eighteenth Century | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review: ‘A Cromwellian Warship Wrecked Off Duart Castle, Mull Scotland, in 1653’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

In recent years, Armada wrecks, East Indiamen and others of less clear historical context have been investigated by excavation alongside the (putative) Swan (1653) and the Dartmouth (1690) which stranded on opposite sides in the eastern entrance to the Sound of Mull. The principal credit for this major development in Scottish, maritime and post-medieval archaeology falls to the author […] Read More

Filed under: Location | English Civil War | Irish Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Book Review – ‘I Hope to Have a Good Passage: The business letters of Captain Daniel Jenkins, 1902–11’ by J. D. Davies

By J. D. Davies

David Jenkins, the former principal curator of the transport collections at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, has done a splendid job of editing this remarkable collection of documents, and placing them before a wider audience. Daniel Jenkins (1871–1922; apparently no relation of the editor) was born in the village of Aberporth on Cardigan Bay, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Book Review – ‘The Sea in History: The modern world’ by Steven Gray

By Steven Gray

This tome forms a substantial finale to the four volume Sea in History series, a result of the huge Oceanides project. It is an 848-page behemoth, with a contributor list that reads like a who’s who of modern naval history, and indeed beyond the field. It is therefore appropriate that the volume is edited by a scholar as distinguished […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Nineteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Far Distant Ships: The blockade of Brest, 1793–1815’ by Thomas Malcomson

By Thomas Malcomson

Quintin Barry’s book the different approaches used by the British of blockading the Atlantic ports of France and its allies during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The contents cover an area from Cadiz in the south to the Texel in the north, and west to Ireland. It provides a good introduction to the challenges […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘Stephen of Linthouse: A shipbuilding memoir 1950–1983’ by Martin Bellamy

By Martin Bellamy

Stephen of Linthouse is one of the great names of Clyde shipbuilding. The yard is famous for the long line of excellent ships that it produced, including tea clippers, passenger liners and warships. The firm of Alexander Stephen & Sons was established in 1750 and was led by a succession of dynamic, talented and, at […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘The Last Big Gun: At war and at sea with HMS ‘Belfast’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J.C. Mowat

The paramount significance of the light cruiser and its development within the Royal Navy of the later nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth centuries has long been recognized, both in academic and popular publications, and in the exemplary preservation and display (by the Imperial War Museum) of HMS Belfast in the Pool of London. This fine book well […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Book Review – ‘Ireland and the War at Sea 1641–1653’ by Elaine Murphy

By John C. Appleby

As Elaine Murphy notes in this study, naval affairs are a relatively neglected topic in early modern Irish historiography. In part this may be due to the scattered, fragmentary nature of the surviving evidence, but it is also the product of a well-established tradition of naval history that concentrates on grand strategy, battles and fleets […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Civil War | Early Modern | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Miscellaneous | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Liverpool: A history of ‘The Great Port’’ by A. Jarvis

By Malcolm Tull

Adrian Jarvis’s book traces the history of Liverpool, one of Britain’s major ports, from the seventeenth century to the early 1970s. While some may quibble with his description of Liverpool as ‘The Great Port’ there is no doubt about its leading position in the historical hierarchy of British ports. The history of the port is, […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review – ‘The Ships that Came to Manchester: From the Mersey and Weaver sailing flat to the mighty container ship’ by Roy Fenton

By Roy Fenton

Next article Those visionaries who wanted to turn Manchester into a sea port had two major struggles. The first was to overcome the fierce resistance of Liverpool and other interests in order to obtain a parliamentary bill to construct a ship canal. The second was to persuade reluctant shipping lines to use the canal which had […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review- ‘Britain’s Last Invasion: The battle of Fishguard 1797’ by P. Carridice

By Richard Harding

Invasions from the sea take many forms. From small raids in pursuit of plunder and destruction to major mechanized armies fulfilling the strategic potential of sea power. Most can be assumed to be undertaken with a clear understanding of the relationship between their means and their objective. Seldom are huge risks taken with lives and […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Irish Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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