Archive Results For: Other (Twentieth C)

Was Arthur Ransome’s John Walker a Competent Seaman?

By Mike Bender

This note explores the competence of Arthur Ransome’s blundering boy sailor John Walker, in We Didn’t Mean To Go Sea, one of the books of the Swallows and Amazon‘s series, and draws parallels with the authors own life.  In We Didn’t Mean To Go Sea, John Walker negotiates a difficult passage from Harwich to Flushing, thereby entering the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Leisure & Small Craft | Ship Handling & Seamanship

How to Defend the Turkish Straits Against the Russians: A century-long ‘Eastern Question’ in British defence planning, 1815–1914

By Gültekin Yıldız

The integrity of the Ottoman Empire was a fundamental concern in nineteenth-century European politics, often referred to as ‘the Eastern Question’. The main military aspect of this question was how Istanbul and the Turkish Straits, namely the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, could be defended against a probable Russian attack by land, sea or both. The […] Read More

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

Note: The Promotion of David Beatty to Rear-Admiral

By Henrikki Tikkanen

An interpretive reading by a management and organizational history scholar of what kind of forces were at play behind the exceptional promotion of David Beatty to rear-admiral on 1 January 1910.  This note aims to provide more nuanced considerations both of the question of why Beatty was promoted and to a lesser extent of who were the […] Read More

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

Obituary: Ray Ernest Sutcliffe (1940-2018)

By Hugh Murphy

The wide and varied interests of a pioneer of the filming of maritime archaeology. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Obituary: Lewis Ross Fischer (1946-2018)

By Hugh Murphy

The  considerable contribution to maritime history. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Note: War Course Attendance at Greenwich from 1900 to 1904

By Simon Harley

A ‘war course’ was taught to naval officers at Greenwich from 1900 to 1914, and this note lists the officers who attended between 1900 and 1904. Read More

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

Linguistic Facts as a Reflection of Changes in Seafaring: Is a ship still a ‘she’?

By Milena Dževerdanović-Pejović

Linguistic facts reflect a lot about the world. There is an inherent linguistic and pragmatic belief that ships are feminine. The fact that the third-person pronoun ‘she’ is used when reference is made to a ship has become an unquestionable language fact in seafaring. Yet changes in the modern world and shipping, which has been […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Obituary: Countess Mountbatten of Burma CD, DL (1924-2017)

By Hugh Murphy

The contribution of the Countess Mountbatten of Burma and her family to the Society. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Obituary: John Pennington Bethell (1925-2017)

By John M. Bingeman

The contribution of John Bethell to research through a long and varied career. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Obituary: Richard Hill (1929-2017)

By Frank Scott

The contribution of Richard Hill to the navy and naval affairs. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

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