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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:-‘The German High Seas Fleet, 1914–1918: The Kaiser’s challenge to the Royal Navy’ by A. Konstam

By Eric C. Rust

At first glance this work, the second instalment in a series called Fleets, resembles a miniature coffee-table book with its lush layout and oversized illustrations on glossy paper. Closer analysis, however, reveals it to be a concise yet highly competent and for the most part well-balanced introduction to Germany’s Hochseeflotte of capital ships in the […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Navies

Book review:-‘The Fabulous Flotilla: Scotland’s adventure on the rivers of Burma’ by P. Strachan

By Martin Bellamy

The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was one of the world’s largest shipping companies, with well over a thousand craft in its fleet list and operating about 650 vessels at its height in the 1930s. The company was established in 1865 when a small number of government steamers were sold to a consortium consisting of a Scottish […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book review:-‘T. A. & C. H. Walker: Shipbuilders, railway and civil engineering contractors; from Sudbrook to South America’ by R. Clammer

By Roy Fenton

Thomas Walker and his son-in-law, Charles Hay Walker, were civil engineering contractors originally involved in railway projects, but who progressed to taking on massive contracts for docks and waterways. They were responsible for harbour works in Avonmouth, Barry, Bermuda, Buenos Aires, Penarth, Preston, Rio de Janeiro and also for much of the work on one […] Read More

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

Book review:-‘The Magnetism of Antarctica: The Ross expedition 1839–1843’ by J. Knigh

By Máire MacNeill

Erebus and Terror are two of the most famous ship names in maritime history, and their final, ill-fated voyage into the Arctic ice for the 1845 Franklin expedition has been paid tribute to in novels, travelogues, songs and television shows. However, many readers will be less familiar with the ships’ earlier histories, in which they […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book review:-‘Sons of the Waves: The common sailor in the heroic age of sail, 1740–1840’ by S. Taylo

By Michael Leek

The publisher’s blurb on the inside flap of the dust jacket of this book states, Naval history in the age of sail is full of the deeds of masters and commanders – officers like Horatio Nelson and Thomas Cochrane – but has given little voice to plain ‘illiterate’ seamen. Now, for the first time, celebrated […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book review:-‘Lame Captains and Left-handed Admirals: Amputee officers in Nelson’s nav’y by T. Michals

By Sara Caputo

In Lame Captains and Left-handed Admirals, Teresa Michals presents a cultural history of amputation among naval officers of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, principally based on a detailed biographical discussion of four individuals, James Alexander Gordon, Watkin Owen Pell, Michael Seymour and Horatio Nelson. A further cast of about two dozen amputee officers makes […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book review:-‘Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution’ by E. J. Dolin

By Brandon Tomblin

Eric Jay Dolin’s new book is one of the rare books that should, in fact, be judged by its cover. The title leaves no doubt as to the book’s subject, and the graphic displays a small Royal Navy ship and an American flagged vessel blasting away at each other, teasing the reader with the promise […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812 | American Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book review:-‘Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia’ by D. Graeber,

By Jean-Marc Hill

At its most fundamental, Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia is a work that raises more questions than it answers, but in doing so, provocatively broadens academic debate on the Enlightenment. As the late David Graeber claims in the preface, Pirate Enlightenment is far from definitive, but it is a thought-provoking and ambitious contribution to […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Miscellaneous | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book review:-‘The ‘Wager’: A tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder’ by D. Grann, Simon & Schuster

By Callum Easton

In his latest book David Grann reminds us, in compelling and emotive style, of the many reasons why humanity’s relationship with the sea continues to fascinate. The spaces are vast, the unforgiving forces of nature are on full display, and our human frailties drive events. With each successive chapter, the sea appears more unforgiving, the […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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