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Note: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Interest in Maritime History and Ship Preservation

By Michael Leek

During my time lecturing at what was then Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (currently The Arts University Bournemouth), I was responsible, in 1976, for the research, design and development of a student-centred illustrated project on the SS Great Britain, 1845. The success of this project, supported by Richard Goold-Adams OBE, chairman of […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

The Clydeside Cabal: The influence of Lord Weir, Sir James Lithgow, and Sir Andrew Rae Duncan on naval and defence policy, around 1918–1940

By Christopher W. Miller

Lord Weir, Sir James Lithgow and Sir Andrew Rae Duncan were three close friends who grew up within a few miles of each other in Victorian Glasgow, and who went on to have uncommonly successful careers in engineering, shipbuilding, steel and finance. Despite occupying only footnotes in political histories, Weir, Lithgow and Duncan also were […] Read More

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

A Liverpool Shipping Line: Ocean Steam Ship Company Limited’s shipbuilding experience, 1962–1978

By Hugh Murphy & Ian Buxton

This article is based on a study, ‘Ocean’s Shipbuilding Experience’, undertaken in April 1976 and updated in January 1977 and January 1978, which investigated the company’s experience in ship construction in the UK and abroad. The investigation applied only to ships built for the Ocean Steam Ship Company and its principal associate companies, and vessels […] Read More

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

Driven Mad by the Sea Serpent: The strange case of Captain George Drevar

By C.G.M.Paxton

In 1881 George Drevar, a merchant captain who had survived a shipwreck in the Cape Verde Islands, was tried at the Old Bailey for libel and threatening the life of the Commissioner of Wreck, Henry Cadogan Rothery, in part because of a disagreement over the existence of the great sea serpent. This article explains the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Miscellaneous

The Fourth Duke of Portland’s Pantaloon (1831–1852): Private yacht, experimental ‘brig sloop of war’ and slave-ship hunter

By Eric J. Graham

The launch of the 323-ton private brig rigged yacht Pantaloon at Troon in 1831 for the Duke of Portland, marks the opening of the final and contentious ‘Symonds’ era in British wooden hull naval architecture. Designed for the duke by Captain William Symonds RN it was immediately acquired by the Royal Navy as a fast […] Read More

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

Some Considerations on the Causes of Mutiny Among Privateer Ships of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata, 1815–1821

By Agustín Daniel Desiderato

The United Provinces of the Río de la Plata used privateers during their war for independence against the Spanish crown. At first, this activity was limited to the River Plate, but in 1815 privateering became maritime, taking the offensive to the Spanish trade routes in the Atlantic and the Pacific. This way of waging war […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

The Monster from Elba: Napoleon’s escape reconsidered

By Evan Wilson

This article argues that historians have overlooked and underplayed a major British strategic error, namely that Napoleon’s escape from Elba in February 1815 was a preventable calamity that put the hard-won victory of the sixth coalition at risk. It had the potential to change the course of history because the allied victory at Waterloo was […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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

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