Archive Results For: Other (Nineteenth C)

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

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 Great and Rising Nation: Naval exploration and global empire in the early US Republic’ by M. A. Verney,

By W. Mark Hamilton

A Great and Rising Nation is part of the University of Chicago Press Series American Beginnings, 1500–1900. Each of its six chapters relates to US naval expeditions during the first half of the nineteenth century. Contrary to strong and established historical tradition, Michael A. Verney contends that the new United States emerged as a global […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

‘Sharp like cut iron’: Albrecht von Stosch and the beginning of naval wargaming in the German navy

By Jorit Wintjes

The Seekriegsspiel, a naval version of the Prussian Kriegsspiel, was officially introduced to the German navy in 1876 by the then chief of the German admiralty, Albrecht von Stosch. Intended as an instrument to professionalize the navy’s officers’ corps, it was used not only as an educational but also an analytical instrument; right up to […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Gallant Officers and Benevolent Men: Royal Navy officers, voluntarism and the launch of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society in the early Victorian era

By Cathryn Pearce

This article examines the relatively unexplored relationship between Royal Navy flag and commissioned officers and shore-based secular and civic voluntary societies in the early Victorian period using the case study of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society. Portrayed in the literature as heroes and objectivized symbols of the glory of nation, naval officers […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

Book Review:- ‘The Petrol Navy: British, American and other motor boats at war 1914–1920’ by S. R. Dunn

By David Bowen

Think of motorboats at war in the twentieth century and most of us would visualize the exploits and characteristics of the E-boats, motor torpedo boats (MTBs), and patrol torpedo boats (PTs) of the Second World War. It is therefore surprising to discover that these in fact had their genesis in the petrol-powered fast and light […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Weapons

Under Five Flags: Miguirditch Gumuchdjian, an Armenian shipowner of Constantinople and London 1900–1932

By Roger Dence

The shipping interests of Miguirditch Gumuchdjian stemmed from a coal enterprise established in Constantinople in the mid-1890s. A local business partnership operating as coal-mine proprietors and ship owners acquired its first vessel around 1900. From 1902 Gumuchdjian focused on coal importing and shipping, further vessels being acquired or managed under different flags between 1910 and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

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