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Book Review-‘‘Nemesis’: The first iron warship and her world’ byA. G. Marshall

By W. Mark Hamilton

Adrian Marshall’s ‘Nemesis’ makes a significant contribution not only to a history of this unique ship, but to the history of the nineteenth-century Asian world in which she sailed. Nemesis was the first of a generation of steam-powered ironclad vessels with watertight compartments. It was also the first iron vessel to round the Cape of […] Read More

Filed under: Opium Wars | East India Company
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Book Review-‘‘That Hamilton Woman’: Emma and Nelson’ by B. Gough

By Thomas Malcomson

That Hamilton Woman’: Emma and Nelson by Barry Gough is an extended essay on the famous romantic relationship between Emma Hamilton and Lord Nelson. Gough places the relationship in the context of women in the lives of sailors and the potentially important roles they played in officers’ careers. The book also provides the full text […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the ‘Halsewell’, East Indiaman, 1786’ by P. Browne

By Jaap R. Bruijn

One cannot pretend that East India Company commander Richard Peirce had a very interesting career. It was merely one of many. Much was and is still unknown about the man, even his year of birth and his early sea life. What made him well known to his contemporaries was his final voyage in 1786 when […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘A Low Set of Blackguards: The East India Company and its maritime service 1600–1834:volume 1, The Heroic Age 1600–1707’ by R. Woodman

By A. B. McLeod

The founding of the East India Company on the last day of 1600 showed the determination of London merchants to challenge the Dutch monopoly of the trade in spices. Hailed as the forerunner of a vast empire based on trade, writers such as Richard Hakluyt helped to arouse public support for the enterprise. Diplomacy dictated […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Early Ships and Seafaring: Water transport beyond Europe’ by S. McGrail

By Robert J.C. Mowat

The British tradition of ‘maritime ethnography’ (as developed by Hornell) has traditionally been the basis for the study of early and ‘primitive’ watercraft, and underlies this study, which is essentially an introductory account by its leading practitioner. This volume should prove valuable to both the general reader and the student of archaeology in general. Water […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Coal and Empire: The birth of energy security in industrial America’ by P. A. Shulman

By Stevan Gray

Peter A. Shulman begins his study of coal and the birth of American fuel security with an account of the meeting between Roosevelt and the Saudi king in 1945. He describes this meeting as ‘a kind of set piece in writings about the emerging post-war geopolitics of energy’ (p. 1). Yet, Schulman argues, although this […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘Voices from Jutland: A centenary commemoration’ by Simon Smith

By Simon Smith

Voices from Jutland is one of a number of books recently released to coincide with the centenary of the largest naval battle of the First World War. Crossley’s aim is to examine the strengths and weaknesses of both British and German navies and identify why the Royal Navy’s performance was disappointing. In order to do this […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Jutland
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

The Royal Navy’s Difficulties with Implementing Iron Water Tanks, about 1815 to 1840

By Andy Plumbly

It would appear logical to assume that the introduction of iron water tanks into the Royal Navy during and after the Napoleonic War facilitated better water quality by using containers that were cheaper and more reliable than wooden casks, provided accessible storage for the output from distillation plant and thereby enabled the abolition of the […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Navies

Book Review-‘Order and Disorder in the British Navy, 1793–1815: Control, resistance, flogging and hanging’ by T. Malcomson

By Richard Wilson

Despite the title, this book concentrates almost entirely on the War of 1812 as it took place on the American Atlantic seaboard, the Great Lakes, and the Caribbean. The 1797 mutinies at Spithead and the Nore spurred the Admiralty into enforcement of centralized and bureaucratic controls over the commanders of naval fleets and stations, some […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Prisoners of War at Dartmoor: American and French soldiers and sailors in an English prison during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812’ by T. James

By Janet Macdonald

Although not written with naval historians in mind, this book on the early days and inmates of Dartmoor Prison holds much of interest for them, relating both to the Napoleonic War and the War of 1812. The author was born near the prison and spent the last ten years of his working life there, producing […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | War of 1812 | Mutiny & Discipline
Subjects include: Administration

Book Review-‘Navires et construction navale au Moyen Âge’ by E. Rieth

By Benjamin W. D. Redding

Maritime archaeology has increased in popularity in recent years within both the public and academic spheres. Inspiring museums have been constructed to honour single shipwrecks such as those in Portsmouth and Stockholm. Meanwhile, university courses at Southampton and Exeter, to name just a few on the topic, indicate the value of the field. With this […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review – ‘The Yankee Expedition to Sebastopol: John Gowen and the raising of the Russian Black Sea fleet 1857–1862’ by Howard J. Fuller

By Howard J. Fuller

This is another self-published naval history by Chuck Veit, the last of which, A Dog Before a Soldier: Almost-lost Episodes in the U.S. Navy’s Civil War (2010), I treated rather unenthusiastically in my review in volume 99: 3 of the Mariner’s Mirror (2013). What an improvement this work is. Technically it is a direct follow-on to Raising Missouri: John Gowen and […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies

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