Archive Results For: Popular Topics

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

Book Review – ‘Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570–1740’ by Johan Francke

By Johan Francke

The Navigation Act of 1696 made provision for more Vice-Admiralty Courts in America. This resulted simultaneously in the objection of local councils and mutual accusations of piracy amongst them. When Parliament introduced the Act for the More Effectual Suppression of Piracy in 1700, the tide definitively turned and what had been tolerated by officials for […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century | Other (Early Modern) | Pirates | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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

Filed under: Popular Topics
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

Filed under: Popular Topics
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

Filed under: Popular Topics
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

Filed under: Popular Topics
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

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology

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