Archive Results For: Popular Topics

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

Filed under: Popular Topics
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

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘Human Spatial Navigation’ by A. D. Ekstrom,H. J. Spiers, V. D. Bohbot, and R. S.Rosenbaum

By Lawrrence Rosen

How good are you at navigating? Not with a compass or sextant, but just with your own sense of direction and clues from your surround. Do we, like many other animal species – whether as a dominant trait in some individuals or as a vestigial whisper in others – have an innate directional finder that […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Battleship ‘Warspite’: Detailed in the original builders’ plans’ by R. Brown

By Michael Leek

The vast collection of ships draughts and other plans held by the National Maritime Museum (NMM) was first introduced to this reviewer by the late David Lyon in the 1960s. This was in the days when the excellent reading room of the Caird Library and draughtroom were open on Saturdays. During my early visits, David […] Read More

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

Book review – ‘Dive Scapa Flow; Dive Palau: The shipwrecks’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney

These two offerings by Rod Macdonald represent some of the best of the current crop of shipwreck guides for recreational divers. As a genre, this type of literature can be traced back to the dawn of sports diving in the middle of the last century. These books serve their market very well. Recreational divers seeking […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review – ‘The Shipwreck Hunter: A lifetime of extraordinary discoveries on the ocean floor’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney

David Mearns will be well known to many readers as a shipwreck hunter with a very successful track record going back over three decades. The Shipwreck Hunter is an autobiographical account of Mearns’s fascinating life which focuses primarily on his work on just nine of his most famous shipwreck discoveries and investigations. From student of marine biology […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography

Book Review-‘Sound of Hunger: One German family’s chronicle of the chivalry, politics, lies, murder and aftermath of war’ by C. Heal

By Eric C. Rust

Among the tsunami of publications commemorating the centennial of the First World War, Chris Heal’s broadly conceived reconstruction of the lives of two of the Kaiser’s U-boat commanders, the brothers Erich and Georg Gerth, occupies an unusual, if at times awkward, unbalanced and overstated place among recent writings on that theme. Heal describes himself as […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Brunels’s Ships and Boats’ by H. Doe

By Michael Leek

Having worked with both the late Dr Ewan Corlett and Richard Goold-Adams on the SS Great Britain during her restoration, including a paper for this journal on the ship’s original rig, this reviewer awaits with keen anticipation any new study that highlights the achievements of one of Britain’s finest civil engineers. However, this brief illustrated […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The War Against the Pirates: British and American suppression of Caribbean piracy in the early nineteenth century’ by B. Gough andC. Borras

By Benjamin Arnstrong

The recent rise in piracy studies has moved the history of maritime crime and oceanic security beyond the popular history or swashbuckling romantic tales of misunderstood men and women on the seven seas. Examinations of the economics of piracy, the motivations of individual sailors and captains, and how these actors related to the wider issues […] Read More

Filed under: Pirates | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review-‘The Portsmouth Dockyard Story: From 1212 to the present day’ by P. Brown

By Fred M. Walker

Advances in warship design over the last century are displayed on the covers of this excellent book. On the front, a photograph taken in 1913 shows the launch of the battleship Queen Elizabeth at the Dockyard, while on the back there is a superb view of her modern namesake, the new aircraft carrier on her […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review-‘The Royal Navy Day by Day (5th edn)’ by L. Phillips

By Derek Law

First published in 1979, this fifth edition, published seven years after the previous edition and again with Lieutenant Commander Lawrie Phillips as author, has been described by Admiral Sir Jonathon Band as ‘An essential work of reference and of inspiration throughout the Fleet’. Phillips himself is a distinguished naval historian of long standing. The book […] Read More

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Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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