Archive Results For: Irish Sea

Lieutenant Thomas Evans, Mr George Thomas and the survey of Liverpool

By Michael Barritt

Controversy over surveys of Liverpool and its approaches made by Lieutenant Thomas Evans and Mr George Thomas unfolded during the period when Captain Thomas Hurd, second Hydrographer to the Board of Admiralty, was urging the establishment of the specialist cadre which would evolve into the Royal Naval Surveying Service. His representations were made in an […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

Did Steam Make Shipping Safer? Evidence from the British Coastal Bulk Trades

By Roy Fenton

The transition from sail to steam had more profound effects than any other development in the recorded history of merchant shipping. In combination with iron and steel hulls, steam power enabled ships to become larger, more reliable and more efficient, with far reaching effects on the shipping industry and world trade. But the question has […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

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- ‘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

Book Review – ‘Inside the Illicit Economy: Reconstructing the smugglers’ trade of sixteenth century Bristol’ by Evan T. Jones

By Claire Jowitt

As a literary critic and cultural historian, rather than an economic historian, and as a reader that likes to be told stories, especially ripping good yarns, I approached reviewing Evan Jones’ detailed account of the ‘business’ of smuggling in sixteenth-century Bristol with some trepidation. Inside the Illicit Economy is not a ‘romantic’ account of smuggling, but […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | Early Modern | Irish Sea | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The Maritime Landscape of Roman Britain: Water transport on the coasts and rivers of Britannia’ by James Ellis Jones

By Jorit Wintjes

Water transport was an important part both of Roman army logistics and of the civil economy of Roman Britain. Given that Britain was an island, and one not only with many accessible shore areas, but also with rivers allowing access far inland, this appears to be rather self-evident. Yet even so, water transport has not […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | English Channel | Irish Sea | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review – ‘Cornish Wrecking 1700–1860: Reality and popular myth’ by Cathryn Pearce

By Philip Payton

In recent years the ranks of maritime historians have been swollen by a new generation of scholars anxious to expand the discipline’s purview by moving beyond traditional areas such as trade, shipbuilding and technical development, to embrace innovative aspects of social, cultural, literary and even legal history. Foremost among these academics is Pearce, whose recent Cornish […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Irish Sea | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Roles of the Sea in Medieval England’ by Richard Gorski (ed.)

By Maryanne Kowaleski

Most of the eight essays in this volume originated at a 2008 conference in Rye on ‘Medieval Seas.’ Four of the essays are on English naval history, which has also been the theme of three other recently published Boydell volumes. This feature indicates the quickening pace of work in the field. Gorski’s helpful introduction summarizes […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Medieval | North Sea | Irish Sea
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The Royal Navy and the German Threat 1901–1914: Admiralty plans to protect British trade in a war against Germany’ by Matthew S. Seligmann

By Oliver Walton

The history of British naval policy at the start of the twentieth century has been keenly contested in recent years; Matthew Seligmann’s contribution to the debate takes its courage from close examination of the archival source on an aspect which has been largely neglected by previous scholarly efforts: the Admiralty’s engagement with the challenge of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1 | English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Strategy & Diplomacy

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