Archive Results For: Other (Twentieth C)

Book Review-‘Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Volume 1 ofa biographical dictionary of the twentieth century Royal Navy’ by Alastair Wilso

By Andrew Lambert

In this essential work of reference Alistair Wilson has provided students of the twentieth-century Royal Navy with a systematic and thorough guide to the careers of 336 full admirals and admirals of the fleet of the twentieth century. This is the first instalment of a five-volume work projected to stretch down to lieutenant commanders and […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Crossing the Bar: An oral history of the British shipbuilding, ship repairing and marine engine building industries in the age of decline 1956–1990’ by A. Slaven and H. Murphy (eds)

By Martin Bellamy

Slaven and Murphy’s Crossing the Bar makes available for the first time the extraordinary resource of 60 oral histories of leaders in the shipbuilding and associated industries that were made in the early 1990s. The recordings were made during a three-year project at the Centre for Business History at the University of Glasgow and funded […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Down Amongst the Black Gang: The world and workplace of RMS ‘Titanic’ ’s stokers’ by R. P. Kerbrech

By Peter Goodwin

Subjectively the Titanic remains a much hackneyed travesty of maritime disaster research. However, this book is delightfully refreshing, and singularly conjures up the below decks world of the engineers who drove the palatial leviathan ships that plied the Atlantic run. The study is well written, and you can feel and smell the grime, dust and […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review-‘Kipling and the Sea: Voyages and discoveries from North Atlantic to South Pacificby’ A. Lycett (ed.)

By Nigle Rigby

Rudyard Kipling is probably best known today as the poet of empire, and more particularly as the poet of British India, through novels and stories like Kim (1901) and The Man Who Would Be King (1888), poems in the vein of ‘Gunga Din’ (published in the 1892 collection, Barrack-Room Ballads) and children’s collections such as […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Biography

Book Review-‘Crisis in the Mediterranean: Naval competition and Great Power politics, 1904−1914’ by J. J. Hendrickson

By David Morgan-Owen

All too often naval historians of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been guilty of focusing upon developments in Europe’s northern waters. In many ways this is an understandable trend; the temptation to focus upon the Anglo-German naval arms race, which has become emblematic of the growing tensions between Britain and Germany in the […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘A Sailor’s Life: The life and times of John Short of Watchet, 1839−1933’ by T. Brown

By David Jenkins

This is a fascinating account of the (remarkably long) life of the Watchet-born seafarer John Short, also known by his nickname of ‘Yankee Jack’. In many ways, there was nothing particularly unusual about his life, in that it followed a pattern of going to sea followed by thousands of young men born and brought up […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Biography

Book Review-‘Merchant Seamen’s Health 1860−1960: Medicine, technology, shipowners and the state in Britain’ by T. Carter

By Kevin Brown

While many historians have focused on matters relating to health in the Royal Navy, less attention has been paid to the equally important subject of the history of medical care for merchant seamen. This reflects the comparative lack of interest in merchant seamen compared with the iconic status accorded to the Royal Navy since Trafalgar […] Read More

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

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 Beachman’s Coast: Suffolk coastal communities and their boats’ by R. Simper

By Cathryn Pearce

Ostensibly this book is about the demise of the beachmen of Suffolk and their work boats, mainly open yawls, smacks and galleys, which Robert Simper argues needs to be included in the better-known story of the decline of the North Sea fishery (p. 5). Beachmen were traditionally fishermen who worked from the sandy beaches of […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘A Two-edged Sword: The navy as an instrument of Canadian foreign policy’ by N. Tracy

By Geoffery Till

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has always been interestingly distinctive in having to deal with two different and sometimes competing contextual imperatives. First, it is what analysts have generally regarded as a ‘medium’ navy, and so has found it particularly difficult to generate sufficient economies of scale in platforms and personnel to help it bridge […] Read More

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

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