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Book Review-‘Seaforth World Naval Review 2020’ by C. Waters (ed.)

By Eric Grove

For over ten years Seaforth, the thriving maritime dimension of Pen and Sword of Barnsley, have published an annual review of naval developments. This is the latest edition published at the end of 2019. The book begins with an editor’s introduction, followed by regional reviews, of, respectively, North and South America; Asia and the Pacific; […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Black Swan Class Sloops: Detailed in the original builder’s plans’ by L. Brown

By David Andrews

This is a beautifully produced book, the sixth in the series by Seaforth Publishing of significant warships of the first half of the last century. All the earlier books by different authors could be said to be of major warships (from the famous HMS Warspite, of Jutland and Second World War fame, to the German […] Read More

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Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Hard Down! Hard Down! The life and times of Captain John Isbester from Shetland’ by J. Isbester

By Tom Muir

‘I suddenly heard a loud roaring sound of wind – the captain at the same moment, looked up . . . The next instant he made one bound out of the cabin, ran up on deck, and shouted “Hard down! Hard down!” ’ The life of a sailing ship master in the late nineteenth and […] Read More

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Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Catastrophe at Spithead: The sinking of the ‘Royal George’’ by H. L. Rubinstein

By John M. Bingeman

Hilary Rubinstein’s in-depth research has successfully collated all the relevant information to explain why the 100-gun Royal George should have foundered on 29 August 1782 while at anchor between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Certainly, to the many witnesses it was beyond belief that she could just disappear with only her mast visible in […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘Neptune’s Laboratory: Fantasy, fear and science at sea’ by A. Adler

By Michael Roberts

In five comprehensively researched chapters, Neptune’s Laboratory manages to provide a detailed account on the development of ocean science as a unique and highly complex discipline, coupled with an intriguing and thought-provoking insight into humanity’s developing relationship with the marine environment. The book provides succinct yet detailed accounts on how individual pioneering research efforts, initially […] Read More

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Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Whales’ Bones of Africa and Asia (with addenda to Whales’ Bones of the Nordic Countries, Central and Eastern Europe)’ by N. Redman

By Arthur G. Credland

This is the eighth and final volume in a series begun in 2004 with an account of bones from the British Isles, and completes a gazetteer of the seven continents, plus an additional publication recording the peregrinations of the Oostende whale (2015). These works comprise an invaluable record of surviving whalebone arches, furniture and a […] Read More

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Subjects include: Archaeology | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘War at Sea: A shipwrecked history from antiquity to the twentieth century’ by J. Delgado

By Innes McCartney

The author of this book has been a practising archaeologist for over 40 years. During that time he has been fortunate enough to have partaken in and reported on a very diverse range of maritime archaeology projects around the globe. He is an engaging fixture at conferences and has been for many years a long-standing […] Read More

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Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review: ‘A Cromwellian Warship Wrecked Off Duart Castle, Mull Scotland, in 1653’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

In recent years, Armada wrecks, East Indiamen and others of less clear historical context have been investigated by excavation alongside the (putative) Swan (1653) and the Dartmouth (1690) which stranded on opposite sides in the eastern entrance to the Sound of Mull. The principal credit for this major development in Scottish, maritime and post-medieval archaeology falls to the author […] Read More

Filed under: Location | English Civil War | Irish Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Book Review-‘A Furious Sky: The five-hundred-year history of America’s hurricanes’ by E. J. Dolin

By Ian R. Stone

This book is exactly what it purports to be: a straightforward and popular account of the effects of the various large hurricanes that have impacted on the United States over the last 500 years and of the various characters, often seeming to be somewhat larger than life, who were involved in actions during them, in […] Read More

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Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘The Boundless Sea: A human history of the oceans’ by D. Abulafia

By Richard Channon

t was announced as this review was being written that The Boundless Sea has won the 2020 Wolfson Prize, which is regarded as the United Kingdom’s most prestigious history prize, for ‘excellence in research with readability’. The Wolfson judges have summarized this book as ‘history on the grandest scale, and from a bracingly different perspective’. […] Read More

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Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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