Archive Results For: Other (Eighteenth C)

Book Review-‘Maskelyne Astronomer Royal’ by R. Higgitt (ed.)

By Nicolàs de Hilster

A scientific self-inflicted injury is the best way to describe how the reputation of the fifth Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne (1732–1811), has been portrayed since the last century. Thanks to Dava Sobel’s 1995 book Longitude: The true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time and the forthcoming film […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘The Captain and “the Cannibal”: An epic story of exploration, kidnapping, and the Broadway stage’ by J. Fairhead

By Katherine Parker

British audiences tend to associate European-Pacific interaction with Captain Cook, but the United States have a different historical relationship with the region, one centred on aggressive late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century commercial and imperial expansion. Such a relationship was recently outlined by David Igler in The Great Ocean: Pacific worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Built on Scilly: The history of shipbuilding on the Isles of Scilly between 1774 & 1891’ by R. Larn and R. Banfield

By Fred Hocker

The Isles of Scilly, at the extreme western end of the English Channel (or the first landfall for eastbound vessels in the Western Approaches), have a rich maritime history as a navigational landmark and harbour of refuge. For a brief period of little more than a century, the islands had a small shipbuilding industry centred […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Liverpool: A history of ‘The Great Port’’ by A. Jarvis

By Malcolm Tull

Adrian Jarvis’s book traces the history of Liverpool, one of Britain’s major ports, from the seventeenth century to the early 1970s. While some may quibble with his description of Liverpool as ‘The Great Port’ there is no doubt about its leading position in the historical hierarchy of British ports. The history of the port is, […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review-‘The Wager Disaster: Mayhem, mutiny and murder in the South Seas’ by C. H. Layman

By Katherine Parker

In this engaging book Rear Admiral C. H. Layman brings his naval erudition and years of research to bear on one of the most fascinating and macabre episodes in all of maritime history: the Wager disaster. Layman brings primary sources, contemporary accounts, modern experts and his own editing skills together to offer a carefully curated […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Youth, Heroism and War Propaganda: Britain and the young maritime hero, 1745–1820’ by D. A. B. Ronald

By Isaac Land

This book examines the life, times, and broader context of the Naval Chronicle, a periodical founded by the naval chaplain James Stanier Clarke in 1799. The Chronicle would ‘enable the public to form a more correct and enlarged idea of the profession’ (p. 91), rebut misinformation circulating about the navy in the newspapers (p. 94), […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Myth of the Press Gang: Volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century, by J. R. Dancy

By Erica Charters

Impressment in the eighteenth-century Royal Navy has long been controversial. Forcing British subjects to serve as sailors during wartime seemed paradoxical for a nation that prided itself on individual liberty and considered its navy as a bulwark against the tyranny of Continental absolutism. Historians have cited contemporary debates – found in literary, legal, and political […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Last Voyage’ by P. U. Jepsen

By Daniel Pascoe

The Last Voyage is essentially about two Royal Navy ships of the line, HMS St George and HMS Defence, which were wrecked on the west coast of Jutland on Christmas Eve, 1811. It is, however, much more than the title suggests. For those less familiar with these ships and the period, Palle Uhd Jepsen also […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Jutland
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Shetland and the Greenland Whaling’ by A. Duncan,

By Arthur G. Credland

This impressive volume is a significant addition to our knowledge of the Arctic whaling trade and shows the vital importance of the islanders to its successful prosecution. Equally the income from the hire of seamen, and the money earned each voyage became essential to the local economy. Initially the men, crofters who were part-time farmers […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘London and the Whaling Trade by’ C. Ellmers and C. Payton

By Arthur G. Credland

This volume, the proceedings of a Docklands History Group Symposium held at the Museum of London in March 2013, brings us up to date with the state of knowledge of the London whaling trade. There is a surprising lack of surviving log books of the whale fisheries from the metropolis both to Greenland and the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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