Archive Results For: Other (Early Modern)

Where is the Ship Which From the Ceiling Hung?’ Ghost Ships: The ship models missing from Scotland’s churches

By Meredith Greiling

A recent survey of the surviving ship models in Scottish churches has identified an interesting chronological gap, an absence which has created the impression that ship models in Scotland’s churches are a nineteenth-century phenomenon. Existing older models from the seventeenth century have been dismissed as anomalies harking back to pre-Reformation votive offerings washed away in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

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-‘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-‘ Sovereign of the Seas 1637: A reconstruction of the most powerful warship of its day’ by J. McKay

By Andrew Lambert

This elegant book anatomizes a famous ship, combining original scholarship and expert draughting to provide unprecedented access to the structure, art and power of a Stuart icon that established a new standard type. King Charles I ordered the Sovereign of the Seas in 1634 to transcend existing prestige warships, including those of his uncle, King […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Tussen honger en zwaard. Nederlands Atlantische rijk in de zeventiende eeuw ‘ by W. Klooster

By Gijs Rommelse

In the Netherlands, in common with other Western countries, the colonial past has during the last ten years become the subject of an emotionally charged and strongly polarizing debate. More than the historical facts and developments themselves, their significance for present and future generations has become the most important element of the discussions. This has […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Van de Velde & Son, Marine Painters: The firm of Willem van de Velde the Elder and Willem van de Velde the Younger, 1640–1707’ by R. Daalder, translated by M. Hoyle

By Ron Brand

Britain’s most famous marine painter, William Turner, sighed at the sight of an eighteenth-century print of a painting by Willem van de Velde the Younger: ‘This made me a painter!’ For obvious reasons, this frequently cited anecdote is mentioned in the book Van de Velde & Son, Marine Painters, because both the Van de Veldes, […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘A Low Set of Blackguards: The East India Company and its maritime service 1600–1834:volume 1, The Heroic Age 1600–1707’ by R. Woodman

By A. B. McLeod

The founding of the East India Company on the last day of 1600 showed the determination of London merchants to challenge the Dutch monopoly of the trade in spices. Hailed as the forerunner of a vast empire based on trade, writers such as Richard Hakluyt helped to arouse public support for the enterprise. Diplomacy dictated […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Voyages of Adriaan van Berkel to Guiana: Amerindian-Dutch relationships in 17th-century Guyana’ edited by M. van den Bel, L. Hulsman and L. Wagenaar

By Mark Meuwese

In 1695 the Amsterdam bookseller Johan ten Hoorn published a curious book. Entitled American Voyages to River Berbice and Surinam, the book contains the recollections of the voyages made by the Dutchman Adriaan van Berkel to the Dutch colonies of Berbice and Surinam on the ‘Wild Coast of South America’ in the early 1670s and […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Cinnnamon and Elephants: Sri Lanka and the Netherlands from 1600’ by L. Wagenaar

By Guido vun Meersbergen

th Asia, Africa, and South America commissioned by the Rijksmuseum. Cinnamon and Elephants documents the fascinating story of the Dutch East India Company’s presence in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as its nineteenth-century aftermath. The volume is as much an accessible and up-to-date overview of the VOC’s commercial, diplomatic, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Chasing a Dream: The exploration of the Imaginary Pacific’ by J. Dunmore

By Bill Jones

John Dunmore has impeccable credentials for authorship of this volume. A prolific author of over 30 volumes, including biographies and journals of significant Pacific explorers such as Jean-Francois de La Perouse, Jean-Francois de Surville and Louis de Bougainville, and the recipient of many awards including the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to French scholarship, he […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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