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Book Review-‘ Mastermind of Dunkirk and D-Day: The vision of Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay’ by B. Izzard,

By Richard Harding

Writing a biography of Bertram Ramsay is never going to be easy. Ramsay played a vital role in the most significant amphibious operations in the European theatre during the Second World War. From Dunkirk in 1940 to the opening of the Scheldt in November 1944 Ramsay was a key directing and co-ordinating figure. At the […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘ Warship 2020’ by J. Jordan (ed.),

By Aidan Dodson

Had formal numbering not been dropped in 2016, this would be volume 42 of the annual Warship. It has long since become the premier English-language periodical for the history of warships of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, having long since implicitly shed its original remit of also embracing the fighting ships of the age of […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Great Britain, International Law, and the Evolution of Maritime Strategic Thought, 1856–1914’ by G. A. Frei

By Matthew S. Seligmann

Until relatively recently the vast majority of studies of the laws of war at sea in the run up to 1914 have focused principally on the question of belligerent rights and the extent to which the future combatants in this conflict, mindful of their expectations of prospective hostilities, had sought to enhance or limit these […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘A Man for All Oceans: Captain Joshua Slocum and the first solo voyage around the world’ by S. Grayson

By Frank Scott

Like many a schoolboy who was mad about sailing, I devoured Joshua Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World. Over half a century later this book has come along to show how cleverly he constructed his own legend, and how much of the man himself has remained an enigma. Stan Grayson is a fellow sailor, and […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Robert J. Walker: The history and archaeology of a U.S. Coast Survey steamship’ by J. P. Delgado and S. D. Nagiewicz

By Maddie Philips

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is generally known as an environmental monitoring agency which observes issues as diverse as fisheries manage- ment and severe weather. I will admit that before reading I was not familiar with the agency’s work in the preservation of shipwrecks and other historical maritime sites, nor its predecessor, and […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review-‘Chasing the ‘Bounty’: The voyages of the ‘Pandora’ and the ‘Matavy’’ by D. A. Maxton (ed.)

By James Walters

The story of the Bounty and its problematic ‘green grocery trip’ between 1787 and 1790, has long fascinated authors and historians. Over time, the truth behind the story has sadly become bogged down by a mixture of myth and fiction. The sheer number of plays, films, documentaries, radio programmes, books and news articles are almost […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review – ‘Kendall’s Longitude’ by J. Bendall

By Wolfgang Köberer

Chronometers were (and are) expensive instruments, which is the reason why so many of them are preserved and as such items that are one or even two centuries old can still be found in the market and at auctions. Many chronometers, therefore, took part in maritime activity from the third quarter of the eighteenth to […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review-‘ The Stirling Castle, a 70-gun Ship Lost in the Great Storm of 1703: Archaeological investigations 1979–2009 The Maritime Archaeology Monograph, series 4’ by J. Whitewright (ed.)

By Jack Pink

It is no small thing to cover 30 years of archaeological investigations in a single volume. The substantial changes to the management of shipwrecks and developments in archaeological methods make this feat all the more impressive. Despite that considerable time depth, this monograph collates all the relevant material from different field seasons and organisations to […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘ The Master Shipwright’s Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration navy’ by R. Endsor Osprey

By Paul Brown

nspired by a treatise in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library giving detailed dimensions for a Fourth Rate ship by the Deptford master shipwright John Shish, this is a profusely illustrated history of Restoration ship design and building, focused on the Tyger which was launched at Deptford in 1681. It was nominally a rebuild of the 1647 […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Notes:-New Research into the History, Theory and Practice of Naval Wargaming

By James W.E. Smith

It is largely overlooked today that naval war- gaming was a major contributing factor not only to the development of British naval thought but also to strategic theory. In academia and in government, naval wargaming has often been disregarded and its importance to the development of the art and theory of war neglected. It has […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Aboard a Rudderless Ship: Replacing stern rudders mid-voyage in the English and French navies, 1750–1850

By Anatauarii Leal-Tamarii & Emmanuel Nantet

The stern rudder presents a formidable challenge to the power of the sea. Already extant by the twelfth century in the Frisian region, it has long been compared with the quarter rudder of antiquity. Past scholarly studies have focused almost entirely on the reasons for its creation, ignoring the complex evolution of this steering system. […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review – ‘My Inestimable Friend: An account of the life of Rear-Admiral William Brown (1764–1814)’ by Thomas Malcomson

By Thomas Malcomson

The path of William Brown from captain’s servant to rear-admiral is the subject of this book, by retired surgeon Alastair R. Brown, William’s great-great grandson. This is a good story, fleshed out with an abundance of archival material. William Brown’s numerous interactions with some of the greatest naval officers of the era and his brushes […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Navies

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