Archive Results For: North Sea

Book review:-‘The Sinking of the Blücher: The battle of the Drøback Narrows April 1940’ by G. Haarr and J. Melien

By David Bowen

In the darkness of the early hours of Tuesday, 9 April 1940 Germany launched Operation Weserübung, its surprise invasion of Norway. Necessarily the German navy was supported by air and airborne operations. These naval forces were divided into six units tasked with the infiltration of their army at different sections of 1,000 miles of coast […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Weapons

Book Review:- ‘Boatlines: Scottish craft of sea, coast and canal’ by I. Stephen

By Marc Chivers

It is easy to forget in today’s road-based society that, until recent times, the transportation of goods and people went coastwise. As we all know, the seaward facing coastal communities which make up the fringe of the United Kingdom built and used boats that suited their purposes for transportation of people, goods, subsistence fishing, commercial […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review:- ‘Armada: The Spanish enterprise and England’s deliverance in 1588’ by C. Martin and G. Parker

By Catherine Scheybeler

This new edition, ‘fully revised and substantially expanded’, is over double the size of its precursor, The Spanish Armada (1988, revised 1998), and all the better for it despite the original already being a masterly work. It is a thorough, nuanced and balanced investigation of Philip II of Spain’s unsuccessful attempt to invade England in […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | The Armada
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Review: ‘Samuel Pepys and the Strange Wrecking of the ‘Gloucester’: A true Restoration tragedy’ by N. Pickford,

By David Bowen

The North Sea is a shallow but unforgiving sea, susceptible to violent and unpredictable weather, poor visibility, and beset with shifting shallows, nowhere more so than the vicinity of the North Norfolk Sandbanks and particularly the inner two called the Leman and the Ower. Dawn on 6 May 1682 revealed this sea at its worst, […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

The Shipping Interests of the Beckwith Family of Colchester, 1816–1919

By Ian Beckwith withh John Collins

This article endeavours to construct the history of the Beckwith family and their various partners in a shipping business which, in various forms, operated out of the port of Colchester from 1816 to 1919. The family’s interests began with Joseph Beckwith, a master mariner on the coastal trade. Through his connections with shipowners, his sons […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines

The Marstrand Cannon: The earliest evidence of shipboard artillery in Europe?

By Staffan von Arbin, Kay Douglas Smith & Tobias B. Skowronek

Current knowledge concerning the introduction of shipboard artillery in Europe is limited. A small, muzzle-loading cast copper-alloy gun recovered off Marstrand on the west coast of Sweden may, however, provide some important leads regarding this development. Radiocarbon analysis of a piece of cloth from the powder chamber, possibly the remains of a cartouche, suggests a […] Read More

Filed under: Early Middle Ages | North Sea
Subjects include: Archaeology | Weapons

In Search of ‘Privileged Traders and Sly Foxes’: The Danish navy’s operations in the North Atlantic in the eighteenth century

By Søren Nørby & Jakob Seerup

In November 1740 a letter arrived in Copenhagen from the Danish naval cadet Hans Hendrik Eller who was clearly frustrated about being held by the Dutch authorities in an Amsterdam prison. Eller gave a thorough account of how he and his crew had suffered a grave injustice and were now unlawfully imprisoned. He ended his […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review: ‘Years of Endurance: Life aboard the battlecruiser ‘Tiger’ 1914–16’ by J. R. Muir

By David Bowen

The voice of the author speaks to us across nearly a century as he recounts his previous naval service during the First World War as a medical officer, principally his two years on the battlecruiser HMS Tiger where he experienced first-hand the Dogger Bank action in 1915 and the Jutland battle in 1916. This new […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Bloody Orkney? A comparison of the perceptions held by sailors and the reality of leisure and recreational opportunities at Scapa Flow during the First World War

By Ian Watson

Abstract Scapa Flow became the primary naval base for the main Royal Navy fleet during the First World War. The ‘newness’ of Scapa as a naval base meant that it lacked any of the leisure and recreational opportunities that the ‘home’ naval ports, such as Portsmouth, offered. This led to Scapa gaining a reputation as […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea

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

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