Archive Results For: Nineteenth Century

Book review:-‘The Fabulous Flotilla: Scotland’s adventure on the rivers of Burma’ by P. Strachan

By Martin Bellamy

The Irrawaddy Flotilla Company was one of the world’s largest shipping companies, with well over a thousand craft in its fleet list and operating about 650 vessels at its height in the 1930s. The company was established in 1865 when a small number of government steamers were sold to a consortium consisting of a Scottish […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book review:-‘T. A. & C. H. Walker: Shipbuilders, railway and civil engineering contractors; from Sudbrook to South America’ by R. Clammer

By Roy Fenton

Thomas Walker and his son-in-law, Charles Hay Walker, were civil engineering contractors originally involved in railway projects, but who progressed to taking on massive contracts for docks and waterways. They were responsible for harbour works in Avonmouth, Barry, Bermuda, Buenos Aires, Penarth, Preston, Rio de Janeiro and also for much of the work on one […] Read More

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

Book review:-‘The Magnetism of Antarctica: The Ross expedition 1839–1843’ by J. Knigh

By Máire MacNeill

Erebus and Terror are two of the most famous ship names in maritime history, and their final, ill-fated voyage into the Arctic ice for the 1845 Franklin expedition has been paid tribute to in novels, travelogues, songs and television shows. However, many readers will be less familiar with the ships’ earlier histories, in which they […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book review:-‘Sons of the Waves: The common sailor in the heroic age of sail, 1740–1840’ by S. Taylo

By Michael Leek

The publisher’s blurb on the inside flap of the dust jacket of this book states, Naval history in the age of sail is full of the deeds of masters and commanders – officers like Horatio Nelson and Thomas Cochrane – but has given little voice to plain ‘illiterate’ seamen. Now, for the first time, celebrated […] Read More

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

Book review:-‘Lame Captains and Left-handed Admirals: Amputee officers in Nelson’s nav’y by T. Michals

By Sara Caputo

In Lame Captains and Left-handed Admirals, Teresa Michals presents a cultural history of amputation among naval officers of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, principally based on a detailed biographical discussion of four individuals, James Alexander Gordon, Watkin Owen Pell, Michael Seymour and Horatio Nelson. A further cast of about two dozen amputee officers makes […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book review:-‘Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution’ by E. J. Dolin

By Brandon Tomblin

Eric Jay Dolin’s new book is one of the rare books that should, in fact, be judged by its cover. The title leaves no doubt as to the book’s subject, and the graphic displays a small Royal Navy ship and an American flagged vessel blasting away at each other, teasing the reader with the promise […] Read More

Filed under: War of 1812 | American Revolution
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy

Note;-Building Sailing Ships during a Shipping Slump

By Ian Buxton

A dearth of steamship new-building orders resulted from the freight market slump of 1884. But one Clyde shipbuilder was not short of work, Robert Duncan of Port Glasgow, because he offered sailing ships at cut prices with early delivery. Between April 1884 and March 1885, he took orders for nine, all from local shipowners (). […] Read More

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

‘We Are Making No Sailors’: Apprenticeship and the British mercantile marine 1840–1914

By Martin Wilcox

For more than a century and a half, apprenticeship was of fundamental importance to the recruitment and training of British seafarers. From the introduction of compulsory apprenticeship in 1703, through the removal of compulsion in 1850 and up to the outbreak of the First World War, tens of thousands of boys and young men served […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Navies

Book Review:- ‘The Arctic Journal of Captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A., The Naturalist in H. M. S. ‘Alert’, 1875–1876’ by T. H. Levere (ed.)

By Russell A. Potter

The Hakluyt Society continues its long-running series of volumes of exploration narratives with this fine edition of Henry Feilden’s journal, written while he was aboard HMS Alert on the British Arctic Expedition commanded by George Strong Nares from 1875 to 1876. The Nares Expedition, as it is commonly known, was hampered to a degree by […] Read More

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

Book Review:- ‘A Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War: Joannes Wyllie of the steamer ‘Ad-Vance’’ by J. F. Messner

By Jonathan W. White

On 31 January 1864 Catherine Edmondston of North Carolina wrote in her diary, ‘The Advance is again in safely with a valuable cargo, run in in the teeth of the Blockaders. This is our N C vessel & Capt Crossan deserves well of the State for his boldness & skill in so often bearding the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War
Subjects include: Biography | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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