Archive Results For: Other (Eighteenth C)

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

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

The Wreck of HMS Sceptre and the Danish warship Oldenborg in Table Bay on 5 November 1799

By Søren Nørby

During a hurricane off Cape Town on 5 November 1799, the Royal Navy ship of the line HMS Sceptre was driven ashore and wrecked with the loss more than two-thirds of its crew. Just a few hundred metres from where Sceptre was lost, lay the Danish ship of the line Oldenborg. The two 64-gun ships […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard

Book Review-‘Science, Utility and British Naval Technology 1793-1815: Samuel Bentham and the royal dockyards’ by R. Morriss,

By Andrew Lambert

This essential book follows Roger Morriss’s Science, Utility and Maritime Power: Samuel Bentham in Russia, 1779–1791 of 2015, also reviewed in this journal, and his pioneering study The Royal Dockyards during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars of 1983. It should be read in the context of major work on the physical development of the dockyards […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards

Note: George Camocke’s 1718 Proposal of a Jacobite–Pirate Alliance

By Harry M. Lewis

Following Marcus Rediker noting a curious link between Jacobitism and the ‘Golden Age’ of Caribbean piracy, many works in the past decade have drawn attention to a proposal by George Camocke in 1718 to ally the Jacobites in Europe with the pirates in the Bahama islands in support of the exiled Stuart monarchy.1 The plan, […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Captain James Cook and the Search for Antarctica’ by J. C. Hamilton

By Frank Scott

James Cook Hamilton is a long-standing member of the Captain Cook Society, has published regularly in their journal and has made great use of the online Colonial Registers and Royal Navy Logbooks resource (CORRAL) to inspire this work. The voyages of Captain James Cook have generated a mountain of work, so any new author must […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Antarctic
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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-‘Chasing the ‘Bounty’: The voyages of the ‘Pandora’ and the ‘Matavy’’ by D. A. Maxton (ed.)

By James Walters

The story of the Bounty and its problematic ‘green grocery trip’ between 1787 and 1790, has long fascinated authors and historians. Over time, the truth behind the story has sadly become bogged down by a mixture of myth and fiction. The sheer number of plays, films, documentaries, radio programmes, books and news articles are almost […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘This Noble Ship and Others’ by J. M. Anderson,

By Jan Drent

The demand for shipping was growing at a rate of 4.2 per cent per year in the second half of the nineteenth century as long-haul trades developed to move grain, wool and other textiles and coal between the Britain, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. It was also an era of steady improvement in vessel types […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains: 250 years of women at sea by’ J. Stanley

By Katherine Parker

With the integration of women in the active-duty Royal Navy in the early 1990s, it seemed the UK had finally gained gender equity in the maritime workplace. Not so, concludes Jo Stanley in From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains: 250 Years of Women at Sea. Stanley finds that progress for women in the merchant navy and […] Read More

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

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