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Disobedient Officers in the Royal Navy, about 1680–1720

By Patrick Schmidt

Studies on indiscipline and unrest aboard ship during the Age of Sail so far have mostly focused on the norm-violating behaviours of common seamen. This article, by contrast, investigates acts of insubordination committed by warrant and commissioned officers in the Royal Navy, using courts martial records as sources. It traces the contours of that historical […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

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

A Cargo of Slaves? Demosthenes 34.10

By David M. Lewis

Existing studies of the ancient Greek slave trade lack detailed evidence for a key link in the supply chain. The geographical origins of non-Greek slaves are well known, as are the various destinations to which they were trafficked; as yet, however, little is known about their transport by sea. This article shows that a key […] Read More

Filed under: Prehistory | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review-‘Hitler’s Attack U-boats: The Kriegsmarine’s WWII Submarine Strike Force’ by J. P. Mallmann Showell,

By Duncan Connors

In 1986 economic historian Corelli Barnet promoted a hypothesis that the German economy was far stronger during the Second World War than appearances may suggest. While evidence does not back this up, German submarine production was, due in no small part to the organizational skills of Albert Speer and to the system of distributed manufacturing […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review-‘Historic Ship Models of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Kriegstein Collection’ by A. and H. Kriegstein

By Michael Leek

In 2007 SeaWatchBooks, from Oregon, USA, published 17th and 18th Century Ship Models – from the Kriegstein Collection, by the brothers Arnold and Henry Kriegstein. A second revised and expanded edition was published in 2010. These books were effectively a detailed catalogue of a unique and very important private North American collection of models, primarily […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern | Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

Book Review-‘Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-century British marine painting’ by E. Hughes (ed.),

By Michael Leek

This is undoubtedly a beautifully designed and produced book. The quality of production compliments the subject. The publisher deserves credit for the investment, which is very much on a par with some of the best art history books published on more ‘popular’ subjects. Furthermore, the range and diversity of selected images from the eighteenth century […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review-‘Total Undersea War: The evolutionary role of the snorkel in Dönitz’s U-boat fleet 1944–1945’ by A. S. Hamilton

By Derek G. Law

This is a well-produced and hefty – in all senses – book which gives a detailed technical account of the development of the snorkel and argues persuasively that it was a revolutionary technology whose impact in the closing period of the Second World War has been denied or overlooked by historians. Hamilton is a previously […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review-‘British Naval Intelligence Through the Twentieth Century’ by A. Boyd

By David Bowen

This book comes off the press with a fanfare of praise from leading historians. Its publication is quite simply a major event. It will single-handedly stimulate our greater interest and deeper understanding of naval events of the last century. It will inform the serious study of the academic, yet reward and delight a wider readership.. Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2 | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The War Lords and the Gallipoli Disaster: How globalized trade led Britain to its worst defeat of the First World War’ by N. A. Lambert,

By Matthew S. Seligmann

The declared aim of this book is to advance a new and explicitly revisionist analysis of the genesis of the Gallipoli campaign, the un-successful 1915 Allied assault, exclusively naval at first but subsequently also amphibious, on the narrow straits connecting the Medi-terranean to the Black Sea. This is not an under-researched area, a fact that […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Administration | Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

From Rustic Fishing Boats to Steel Trawlers: The development of fishing vessels on the west coast of Sweden, 1850–1980

By Lennart Bornmalm & Lennart Bornmalm

The article describes the development of the design and construction of fishing vessels on the Swedish west coast. This was initially locally based and gradually turned into a general international design similar for vessels of northern Europe. The article presents the major steps in this development. Local fishing boat design lasted until at least the […] Read More

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

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