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Book Review-‘Jimmy Reid: A Clyde-built man’ by W. W. J. Knox and A. McKinlay

By Fred M. Walker

n studying the history of the Clyde, one is amazed at the numbers of the ‘great and the good’ who enabled this river to produce more than 30,000 ships in a mere 200 years. This list encompasses naval architects, marine engineers and shipbuilders – most with academic training and some others who had worked their […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘British Town Class Cruisers: Design, development and performance, Southampton and Belfast classes’ by C. Waters

By Aidan Dodson

Between 1937 and 1939 the Royal Navy commissioned ten cruisers armed with a dozen 6-inch guns and named after British cities. Originally to be named after mythological beings and dubbed the Minotaur class, they then became the Southampton and ‘Improved Southampton’/Belfast classes but, especially after the loss of the name-ship, have regularly been dubbed the […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Anatomy of the Ship: The battleship USS ‘Iowa’’ by S. Draminski

By David Bowen

Commissioned in 1943, the United States Ship Iowa was the lead ship of a class of six that were destined to be the very last US battleships; indeed only four of the class were subsequently built. Formidably armed, well armoured and handsome, they were the fastest battleships ever built, with a maximum speed of 33 […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘The Longest Campaign: Britain’s maritime struggle in the Atlantic and northwest Europe, 1939–1945’ by B. E. Walter

By Derek Law

Brian Walter is a retired army officer and has researched military history for many years. His new history takes a rather different approach to the already huge literature on the Royal Navy’s war against Germany. It employs a conventional chronological structure but is rather more than a straightforward history of events. It is full of […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘British Dockyards in the First World War: Transactions of the Naval Dockyards Society Volume 12’ by P. MacDougall (ed.)

By Andy Brockman

In his post-war study of the First World War, The World In Crisis (vol. 1, 1911–14) the former First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, observed drily that during the ‘naval scare’ of 1909, ‘The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight.’ This was a response to […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review-‘Roger of Lauria (c. 1250–1305), Admiral of Admirals’ by C. D. Stanton

By Susan Rose

Roger of Lauria, the commander of the galley fleets of the Kingdom of Aragon in the last years of the thirteenth century, was portrayed as a great hero by many contemporary chroniclers of his exploits. He has also been much lauded by modern historians writing on the naval aspects of the War of the Sicilian […] Read More

Filed under: Late Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review: ‘Squadron: Ending the African slave trade’ by Clifford J. Pereira

By Clifford J. Pereira

It is refreshing to read an abolitionary narrative that is not focused on the Atlantic, but instead on the much older and longer-lasting Indian Ocean trade in enslaved Africans. Author John Broich takes an interesting though challenging angle, preferring to anchor the narrative around four personalities: Leopold Heath, George Sulivan, Edward Meara and Philip Colomb. […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

Book Review: ‘British Shipping in the Mediterranean During the Napoleonic Wars: The untold story of a successful adaptation’ by Thomas Malcomson

By Thomas Malcomson

The fourth volume in Brill’s Studies in Maritime History is provided by Katerina Galani. Her study of British merchant shipping in the Mediterranean, between 1770 and 1815, pushes aside elements of our earlier understanding of the growth, organizational development, and the influence of war in this landlocked sea. Though focusing on British merchant trade, the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Mediterranean | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies

Book Review: ‘Strange Vernaculars: How eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English’ by Bill Jones

By Bill Jones

English in the eighteenth century was being invaded by ‘alien’ languages and dialects, and it is these which Janet Sorensen analyses in Strange Vernaculars. She focuses on three ‘languages’ in her study: the ‘cant’ of the criminal underworld, the provincial dialects of, especially, the labouring classes, and finally the ‘nautical jargon’ of sailors. It is […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

Book Review: ‘A Cromwellian Warship Wrecked Off Duart Castle, Mull Scotland, in 1653’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

In recent years, Armada wrecks, East Indiamen and others of less clear historical context have been investigated by excavation alongside the (putative) Swan (1653) and the Dartmouth (1690) which stranded on opposite sides in the eastern entrance to the Sound of Mull. The principal credit for this major development in Scottish, maritime and post-medieval archaeology falls to the author […] Read More

Filed under: Location | English Civil War | Irish Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

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