Archive Results For: Pacific

Book Review:- ‘The Bounty and Beyond: A textual and bibliographical investigation of William Bligh’s journals of the first breadfruit expedition’ by J. A. Fish

By Callum Easton

John A. Fish has completed a painstaking work of scholarship that overcomes a distance of over 10,000 miles. This is because since 1902 two of the most significant primary sources for our understanding of the Bounty voyage have been half a world apart, with Captain William Bligh’s Official Journal held in The National Archives in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review:- ‘Tsushima, Japan’s Trafalgar: The voyage of the condemned fleet to the Straits of Korea’ by P. Thorn

By Andrew Choong Han Lin

The year 2022 seems to have been a very good one for books relating to the battle of Tsushima. This reviewer had the pleasure of reviewing Rotem Kowner’s excellent if compact treatment of the subject a few months ago, and having the opportunity to do the same for Phil Thorne’s imposing work on the same […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review:- ‘The British Navy in Eastern Waters: The Indian and Pacific Oceans’ by J. D. Grainger

By Andrew Lambert

This ambitious overview of British naval activity ‘East of Suez’ since 1600 integrates a wide range of existing research, providing a base line for future studies. Grainger emphasizes the failure of existing British and Indian focused research to address the complex development of British regional power from maritime, economic, terrestrial and political perspectives. At sea […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Solving the Oneida Question: Anglo-American relations during a public outcry

By Matthew McLin

n 24 January 1870 USS Oneida sank when, sailing out of Tokyo Bay, it collided with the British ship Bombay, which failed to stop and render aid, leading to the deaths of 115 American sailors. This article compares the public reaction of the Anglo-American press with the internal conversations in both nations’ governments. It will […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Review: ‘Chasing the Bounty: The voyages of the ‘Pandora’ and ‘Matavy’ ‘ by D. A. Maxton (ed.)

By Callum Easton

In this lively and engaging book, Donald A. Maxton draws welcome attention to the oft-forgotten postscript to the infamous Bounty mutiny and clearly conveys that, in terms of drama, peril, and human endurance, the ordeal of the men of the Pandora and Matavy rivals anything faced by Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian, or their shipmates. The […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Biography

Navalism and Imperial Culture in Spain: The origins and celebration of the Chincha Islands War (1834–1868)

By Rodrigo Escribano Roca and Pablo Andrés Guerrero Oñate

The article examines how the Chincha Islands War led to the consolidation and socialization of Spanish navalism, understood as a language of legitimacy that sought the regeneration of the monarchy through the identification of its citizens with the Real Armada and the consolidation of the latter as a modern instrument of imperial power and international […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Review: ‘To the Java Sea: Selections from the diary, reports, and letters of Henry E. Eccles, 1940–1942’ by J. B. Hattendorf and P. Boyer (eds)

By Professor Evan Mawdsley

.. When Commander Henry E. Eccles finally reached the safety of Melbourne in March 1942 he wrote to his wife, My head is so stuffed with experiences and stories that I haven’t tried to write them down. It may be that I shall have the chance to put them into orderly form; if I do, […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Weapons

Book Review: ‘Tsushima’ by R. Kowner

By Andrew Choong Han Lin

It is often said that good things come in small packages, and in the case of Tsushima by Professor Rotem Kowner this is the literal truth. The battle of Tsushima, fought on 27 May 1905 was the last great naval battle of the Russo-Japanese War. It saw the final defeat of Russia’s efforts to reverse […] Read More

Filed under: Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review :- ‘Navigating by the Southern Cross: A history of the European discovery and exploration of Australia’ by K. Morgan, Bloomsbury

By Wolfgang Köberer

One cannot say that the ‘History of the European Discovery and Exploration of Australia’, as the subtitle of this book aptly reads, is an unploughed field. The author himself points this out in his references to Wood’s Discovery of Australia (1969) and Pearson’s Great Southern Lands (2005) – and one might add Perry’s The Discovery […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy

New Light on the Survivors of the Vergulde Draak, a VOC Ship Wrecked on the Australian Coast (1656)

By Leigh T. I. Penman

This article introduces a document from the Amsterdam City Archive which sheds new light on the fate of the Vergulde Draak, or Gilt Dragon, a United Dutch East India Company (VOC) ship wrecked off Australia’s west coast in 1656. The document identifies one of the survivors of the wreck who made it on to the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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