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Note: Eight Weeks in the Bristol Channel, 1947

By Peter Thompson

The following account of the fortunes of the Braunton trading ketch Agnes in the brutal winter of 1947 complements the overview, published in The Mariner’s Mirror, of how the Bristol Channel coastwise trade worked through the 15 years that followed the end of the second world war.1 It was compiled by the then mate of […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

Book Review-‘Taranto and Naval Air Warfare in the Mediterranean, 1940–1945’ by D. Hobbs

By David Bowen

During the Second World War the Mediterranean remained a strategic lifeline between Britain and the Suez Canal, and thence the oil fields of the Middle East and the resources and manpower of the British Empire. Yet in 1940 it presented a formidable obstacle; from the British base at Gibraltar to its base in Malta was […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation

Book Review-‘Warship Builders: An industrial history of naval shipbuilding, 1922–1945’ by T. Heinrich

By Evan Mawdsley

This wide-ranging book straddles a range of topics. It will be useful to informed general readers interested in warships and shipbuilding, as well as to economic historians considering the role of the state in wartime. The title (and subtitle) might have been more specific, as much the largest part of the book is about American […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review-‘Warships After London: The end of the treaty era in the five major fleets, 1930–1936’ by J. Jordan

By Christopher W. Miller

Warships After London, John Jordan’s follow-up to 2011’s excellent Warships After Washington, aims to continue the story of naval fleet developments into the 1930s, and more specifically to cover the crucial years of the London Treaty of April 1930. This book, perhaps even more so than its predecessor, captures a period of rapid technological change. […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars: Admiral of the Fleet Lord Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover GCB KCVO CMG DSO’ by J. Crossley

By Derek Law

This is the first biography of Roger Keyes for some decades and fills a surprising gap in the literature. Keyes had a hugely successful career and was an archetypal son of the British Empire. Born in India in 1872, where his father was commander of the Punjab Frontier Force, he was one of nine children. […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘The Russian Baltic Fleet in the Time of War and Revolution 1914–1918’ by S. N. Timirev (trs S. Ellis)

By Paul Brown

The First World War was a turbulent time for the Russian navy, rebuilding after the humiliation of the Russo-Japanese war of 1904–5, engaging with the German navy which was supporting the advance of troops into the imperial Russian territories of Lithuania and Latvia, and finally being debilitated by the effects of the 1917 revolution. A […] Read More

Filed under: Baltic | WW1
Subjects include: Biography | Navies

Book Review-‘The Kaiser’s U-Boat Assault on America: Germany’s great war gamble in the First World War, by H. J. Koerver

By Innes McCartney

This book by Hans Joachim Koerver is a welcome new addition to histories of the first U-boat war. This is the author’s fifth book to examine aspects of this period. His first three were edited reprints of key Room 40/ NID (Naval Intelligence Division) documents housed at the National Archives, Kew. This included publication in […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy | Submarines

Book Review-‘One of Howard’s: The life and times of John Howard, Maldon shipwright 1849–1915 and a history of shipbuilding in Maldon, by D. Patient,

By Bill Jones

On 30 April 1859, the Illustrated London News commented that ‘there is not much room for the exhibition of naval architecture in a sailing barge’. This was a common perception of vessels which were built as load-carrying workhorses for short sea and river transport, and which were an everyday sight, often in large numbers, in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Britain and the Ocean Road: Shipwrecks and people, 1297–1825’ by I. Friel, Pen

By Jack Pink

Britain’s maritime history is often studied by looking at events on the large scale. Friel’s book does something different. This book tells the individual stories of eight different ships, through which we can get a snapshot of events spanning just over 500 years. This is the first of two volumes employing this approach, with the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Captain James Cook and the Search for Antarctica’ by J. C. Hamilton

By Frank Scott

James Cook Hamilton is a long-standing member of the Captain Cook Society, has published regularly in their journal and has made great use of the online Colonial Registers and Royal Navy Logbooks resource (CORRAL) to inspire this work. The voyages of Captain James Cook have generated a mountain of work, so any new author must […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Antarctic
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘The Company Fortress: Military engineering and the Dutch East India Company in South Asia, 1638–1795, by E. Odegard

By Andrew Lambert

Dutch rule in Asia in the era of the Dutch East India Company (VoC) was sustained by fortified ports and strategic locations, supported with small armies moved by sea to enhance the defences. The failure of any one element in this strategy would bring down the rest. The VoC was a major economic and political […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Eighty Years War: From revolt to regular war, 1568–1648’ by P. Groen (lead ed.), O. van Nimwegen, R. Prud’homme van Reine, L. Sicking and A. van Vliet

By Andrew Lambert

This outstanding contribution integrates scholarship across many fields to address an obvious question: how did the Dutch rebels create the most dynamic state in western Europe while waging a war of independence against the Spanish empire, the military colossus of the age, and what role did war play in that process? It launches a six-volume […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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