Archive Results For: Other (Twentieth C)

Book Review-‘Jimmy Reid: A Clyde-built man’ by W. W. J. Knox and A. McKinlay

By Fred M. Walker

n studying the history of the Clyde, one is amazed at the numbers of the ‘great and the good’ who enabled this river to produce more than 30,000 ships in a mere 200 years. This list encompasses naval architects, marine engineers and shipbuilders – most with academic training and some others who had worked their […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Battle of Tsushima’ by P. Carradice,

By Andrew Choong Han Lin

This book aims to offer a fresh perspective on the famous naval battle which took place between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Imperial Russian Navy in May 1905. However, for various reasons the book falls short of this goal and unfortunately adds little, if anything, to the existing body of published literature on the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review-‘Ships of the Chester River: Shipbuilding on the Dee from Chester to the Point of Ayr 1800–1942’ by R. Martin

By Fred M. Walker

This is a detailed and well-researched analysis of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century shipbuilding on the River Dee at Chester and at small ports on the western bank of the Dee Estuary. These ports are all in the former Welsh county of Flintshire, now merged into Clwyd. Ship construction flourished here in six or seven different […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Britain’s Island Fortresses: Defence of the empire 1756–1956’ by [W.] Clements

By Andy Brockman

The so called ‘castle doctrine’ was put perhaps most famously by the great English jurist Sir Edward Coke when he wrote in a legal opinion of 1604, ‘the house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence as for his repose.’ Coke’s comment […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Archaeology | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Learning War: The evolution of fighting doctrine in the US Navy, 1898–1945’ by T. Hone

By Derek G. Law

Trent Hone is an established author with several published works on the development of the modern US Navy (USN). This new book brings fresh and original lateral thinking on how the USN faced the challenges of learning how to fight, particularly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The traditional view of how the USN […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Greenwich and its Lost Hospitals: Havens of maritime welfare’ by G. C. Cook

By Brian Vale

Professor Cook is a distinguished physician with international experience. Since 2002, he has served as honorary archivist to the Seamen’s Hospital Society (SHS), and it is in this appointment that the genesis of this book lies. The SHS was a charitable institution founded in 1821 to provide medical services to seamen. It operated from three […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Before the Battlecruiser: The big cruiser in the world’s navies 1865–1910’ by A. Dodson

By Innes McCartney

In a book which could at first sight be considered a detailed history of the armoured cruiser, it says much of the comprehensive nature of the author’s research that this type of warship is not mentioned in the title. In fact to have done so would have been inaccurate, because the book examines a broader […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy, China Station: 1861–1941’ by J. Parkinson

By Howard J. Fuller

Subtitled ‘A History as seen through the careers of the Commanders in Chief’, this important new work notes that it was not until April 1864 that China was noted for the first time as a separate station from its prior connection to East India. By then Britain had fought and won its two ‘Opium’ wars […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘I Hope to Have a Good Passage: The business letters of Captain Daniel Jenkins, 1902–11’ by J. D. Davies

By J. D. Davies

David Jenkins, the former principal curator of the transport collections at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, has done a splendid job of editing this remarkable collection of documents, and placing them before a wider audience. Daniel Jenkins (1871–1922; apparently no relation of the editor) was born in the village of Aberporth on Cardigan Bay, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Irish Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Biography | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

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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