Archive Results For: North Sea

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

The Liberty and the London: Fishing for guns, 1650–1665

By David Cressey

Little has been written about the history of English underwater salvage in the mid-seventeenth century. The navy of the 1650s and the 1660s needed divers and salvagers for their expanded operations, especially during wars against the Dutch. Ships sunk deep at sea were irretrievable, but vessels lost near shore in tidal waters could yield recoverable […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review- ‘Stormflod 1825’ by B. Poulsen

By Martin Bellamy

The Limfjord is Denmark’s largest fjord and separates the northern tip of Jutland from the rest of the country. This shallow waterway is 180 kilometres long and prior to 1825 it had access to the open sea only through an outlet to the Kattegat on its eastern side. In February 1825, a major North Sea […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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-‘North Sea War 1914–1919’ by R. Malster

By Eric C. Rust

The title of this book is somewhat misleading because readers, expecting perhaps another account of the clashes of the British and German battle fleets or a far-ranging analysis of how naval and air operations in the North Sea theatre influenced the outcome of the First World War, will feel disappointed. Instead Robert Malster, author of […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | North Sea
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull triple-trawler disaster’ by Brian W. Lavery

By Frank Scott

Perhaps the first thing that needs to be made clear is that Brian W. Lavery is a former journalist who has made Hull his adopted city, and he should not be confused with the well-known maritime historian Brian Lavery. The ‘Hull Triple-Trawler Tragedy’ was the loss of three Hull based deep-water trawlers, the Kingston Peridot, […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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

‘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 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

Book Review-‘Heligoland: Britain, Germany, and the struggle for the North Sea’ by J. Rüger

By W. Mark Hamilton

Author Jan Rüger has written a masterful history of a ‘rock’ in the North Sea, and in the process provided his readers with a fascinating account of Anglo-German relations. The ‘rock’ in question is the island of Heligoland, and in the author’s words it’s ‘an apt location from where to rethink the Anglo-German past’. Heligoland […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | WW2 | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

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