Archive Results For: Popular Topics

Book Review-‘Home Squadron: The US Navy on the North Atlantic Station’ by James C. Rentfrow

By Harold N. Boyer

The period between the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and the Spanish–American War in 1898 represented a complete paradigm shift in American gunnery, naval shipbuilding and tactics. Rentfrow, a permanent professor at the US Naval Academy, has written a history of the years 1874 to 1897, concentrating on the North Atlantic Station […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | American Civil War | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review – ‘From Empire to Nation: Art, history and the visualization of maritime Britain 1768–1829’ by James Davey

By James Davey

The second half of the eighteenth century saw the zenith of British imperialism, and Britain’s rise to maritime supremacy. This period also witnessed the emergence of ‘national art’, as seen through the creation of the Royal Academy, the remarkable production of visual culture, and the vast outpouring of writings that cemented public interest in its […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

Book Review – ‘Shipwreck and Survival in Oman, 1763: The fate of the ‘Amstelveen’ and thirty castaways on the south coast of Arabia’ by Guido van Meersbergen

By Guido van Meersbergen

This attractively produced volume tells the story of the demise of the Dutch East Indiaman Amstelveen on the coast of Oman in August 1763, and the subsequent trek through the Arabian Desert by a band of 30 survivors. It is based on the eyewitness account by the only officer to survive the shipwreck, third mate Cornelis Eyks. […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Indian Ocean | Shipwrecks | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘Victory: From fighting the Armada to Trafalgar and beyond’ by Iain Ballantyne/Nelson Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy and the British people, 1688–1815 by Quintin Colville and James Davey (eds)and Jonathan Eastlan

By Martin Robson

Both of these books have one fundamental thing in common: at their heart they deal with real objects, living heritage, which readers can see for themselves either by visiting HMS Victory in Portsmouth or the long-term exhibition entitled Nelson, Navy and Nation at the National Maritime Museum (NMM). In that sense their apparent audience is […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | The Armada | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Ports, Piracy and Maritime War: Piracy in the English Channel and the Atlantic, c. 1280– c. 1330’ by Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm

By H.J.K.Jenkins

Expressed in a perhaps surprising manner within a scholarly publication, the author’s preface to this book opens thus: ‘I have never been a big fan of pirates.’ Some readers may feel that a strand of surprise threads its way throughout the subsequent pages, published as part of a Brill series that involves various aspects of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Late Middle Ages | English Channel | Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review-’21st Century Mahan: Sound Military Considerations for the Modern Era’ by B. F. Armstrong

By J.J.Widen

The American admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan is widely considered a classical thinker of seapower. Together with Julian S. Corbett and Philip H. Colomb, he embodies the so-called ‘golden age’ of naval thinking in the decades that preceded the First World War. While Colomb has been all but forgotten by contemporary readers of naval affairs, some […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Administration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Down Amongst the Black Gang: The world and workplace of RMS ‘Titanic’ ’s stokers’ by R. P. Kerbrech

By Peter Goodwin

Subjectively the Titanic remains a much hackneyed travesty of maritime disaster research. However, this book is delightfully refreshing, and singularly conjures up the below decks world of the engineers who drove the palatial leviathan ships that plied the Atlantic run. The study is well written, and you can feel and smell the grime, dust and […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review-‘Tropic Suns: Seadogs aboard an English galleon’ by J. S. Dean

By John Ratcliffe

Drake, Hawkins, Raleigh and their ilk continue to stir the imaginations of academic and popular historians alike, despite the often scant evidence on which their voyages can be reconstructed. Here Professor James Seay Dean attempts to convey the realities of life during Tudor and Jacobean expeditions to the West Indies, emphasizing that spoiled provisions, scurvy […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Francis Drake | Health at Sea | Caribbean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review-‘Innocent on the ‘Bounty’: The court-martial and pardon of Midshipman Peter Heywood, in letters’ by D. A. Maxton and R. E. Du Rietz (eds)

By Grahame Aldous

It is the ambiguity of the characters and their behaviour that gives the story of the mutiny on the Bounty such great, undiminishing interest. The various parties do not easily divide into right and wrong, good and bad, and attempts to do so, whether in fictional or partial contemporary accounts, need to be treated with […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘NAVIS 5: Atti del II convegno nazionale di Archeologia Storia ed Etnologia Navale, Cesenatico, Museo della Marineria (13–14 Aprile 2012)’ by A. Asta, G. Caniato, D. Gnola, and S. Medas

By Francesco Tiboni

This book is the fifth issue of NAVIS, the journal founded some decades ago and edited by the Italian Institute of Nautical Archaeology, History and Ethnology (ISTIAEN). It contains the Proceedings of the Second Italian Congress of Nautical Archaeology, History and Ethnology, held at the Museo della Marineria in Cesenatico in 2012. Edited by four […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘Searching for the Finmen: An unplanned journey in homage to the kayak and its Inuit masters’ by Norman Rogers

By Robert J. C. Mowat

This is an unusual and engaging book. The author is, to use a term he applies to another, a ‘kayakophile’, who investigated the development and characteristics of the kayak during prolonged recovery from a debilitating medical condition. Successful completion (in 2006) of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race happily marks the simultaneous achievement of both […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Elizabeth’s Sea Dogs: How the English became the scourge of the seas’ by Hugh Bicheno

By Cheryl Fury

In many ways the popular opinions about Queen Elizabeth I’s leading maritime commanders have not changed in many decades. Men like Sir Francis Drake and his ilk are credited with the successful naval defence of England. When they sailed as privateers, their unscrupulous plundering of the mighty Spanish empire is seen as patriotic. Despite some […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | The Armada | Early Modern
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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