Archive Results For: North Sea

Documentation of Working Sailing Craft in the British Isles in the 1930s

By P.A.B. Thomson

This lecture describes the role of the Society in the project to document working smiling craft on the British Isles during the early decades of the twentieth century. Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

‘Bednelfysch and Iseland Fish’: Continuity in the Pre-Industrial Sea Fishery of North Northumberland, 1300-1950

By Adrian G. Osler and Katrina Porteous

Article examines the record of types, amounts, costs and dates of fish purchased for Durham Priory according to Cellarer’s Account Rolls over 12 months 1333-4 and states that they compare closely to records of 1480-81. Examines records of the cells of Holy Island and Farne 1350-1550 and assesses types of fish caught in artisan fisheries […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Technological Advance and Innovation: the Diffusion of the Early Steamship in the United Kingdom, 1812-34

By John Armstrong and David Williams

Traditional historiography presents the emergence of steamships and steam navigation as slow and drawn out. Armstrong and Williams challenge this idea, arguing instead for the rapid and widespread diffusion of steamships around Britain in the immediate aftermath of its innovation in the early nineteenth century. Accounts from contemporaries, and the statistical evidence comprised from parliamentary […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

North Sea and Baltic Convoy 1793–1814: as Experienced by Merchant Masters Employed by Michael Henley & Son

By John Barney

Letters to Michael Henley & Son from their ship’s masters provided a source of material for the views and opinions of the convoy systems put in place with the Convoy Act of 1798 during the French wars. The information ranges from ships engaged in commercial trade, to ships used by the Transport Service and their […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Baltic | North Sea | French Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

Note: A Maritime Snapshot of a Rural Port in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

By Michael Stammers

A study of the maritime elements ‘beyond the dock wall’ in the rural port of Wells-next-the-Sea, covering location and layout, population, leading citizens, occupational structure and investment in shipping. Early 19th century prosperity declined in the face of technological and trading changes, resulting in the loss of local ship-building and ship owning. Read More

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

Document: Lieutenant J.H.E. Hill’s Account of the Shipwreck of the Valke, 10 November 1799

By courtesy of Jane Knight

The letter was written by Hill of the 23rd Regiment of Welch Fusiliers to the Duke of York, Commander-in-Chief of the expeditionary force to Den Helder. The account of the voyage of the Dutch frigate Valke gives a vivid record of a shipwreck in winter in the middle of the night in the cold, grey […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | French Revolution | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

The Society Annual Lecture 2008: The Sea and British National Identity

By Brian Lavery

The author reflects on the sea and the British national identity by considering the two most recent occasions when Britain was threatened with invasion, by Napoleon and Hitler, dispelling some of the myths and drawing certain conclusions, including his belief that survival has imbued the British with a lasting self-respect. The author seems less concerned […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | English Channel | North Sea | WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Health and Safety in the British Deep-Sea Trawl Fisheries in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

By Susan Capes and Robb Robinson

The paper makes comparisons between the working conditions for those working in deep sea trawlers especially apprentices in the late nineteenth century and the second half of the twentieth century. In the earlier period sailing smacks made up the majority of the fleet especially at Hull and Grimsby. Apprentices were used as crewmen and many […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

Document: Queen Elizabeth’s Instruction to Admiral Howard, 20 December 1587

By courtesy of Geoffrey Parker

An introduction to this transcript of the original instruction written by Queen Elizabeth I, provides a brief review of interpretations of the document and raises concerns how it has been misinterpreted, as the whole document was not read and reviewed. The document shows Elizabeth’s understanding of the need to have flexibility of approach to maritime […] Read More

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

The Society Lecture 2006: The Battleship is Dead, Long Live the Battleship! H.M.S. Dreadnaught and the Limits of Technological Innovation

By Eric Grove

  HMS Dreadnaught, laid down on 2 October 1905, was the first armoured ship with an all-big gun armament.   She was the logical outcome of many years of steady development in ship and engine design, hastened by rapid development in gunnery and fired by the drive and imagination of Admiral Sir John Fisher, the First […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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