Archive Results For: Popular Topics

Book Review – ‘New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected papers from the Sixteenth Naval History Symposium Held at the United States Naval Academy, 10–11 September 2009’ by Craig C. Felker and Marcus O. Jones (eds)

By Raymond W. Westphal Jr

For over 40 years naval scholars and graduate students have gathered at the US Naval Academy with the specific aim of strengthening the collective knowledge of naval history by sharing new findings, challenging existing scholarship and giving budding scholars an opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to their brethren. Over the course of the […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review – ‘The Conquest of the Ocean: The illustrated history of seafaring’ by Brian Lavery

By Andrew Lambert

Mass-market maritime history can be something akin to a minefield, ranging between lightly written overviews lacking depth or insight and worthy tomes of reference that defy the reader to enjoy the journey. Brian Lavery’s latest book navigates elegantly between these twin hazards, using 67 distinct episodes, from Polynesian navigators and the Viking discovery of Newfoundland […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Titanic: A fresh look at the evidence by a former Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents’ by John Lang

By David Gleicher

For readers beginning to be interested in the events of Titanic – presented without the trace of either a literary or antiquarian purpose (just the facts ma’am, just the facts) – they could do much worse than John Lang’s book, though it certainly has its flaws. In a lengthy preface Lang spells out a central conceit […] Read More

Filed under: Location | Atlantic | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Book Review – ‘Dugway-Trouin: armateur malouin, Corsaires Brestois’ by Jean-Yves Nerzic

By H.J.K. Jenkins

Admiral Nerzic’s book carries a commendatory preface by Professor Michel Verge-Franceschi of the Academie de marine. This same preface includes witty comments regarding Nerzic’s family relationship to the renowned Rene Duguay-Trouin, and the author’s historical studies at a high level. Duguay-Trouin is a substantial publication dealing with an aspect of French maritime history which compels attention, both […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review-‘Warships of the Great War Era: A history in ship models’ by David Hobbs/The Ship of the Line: A history in ship models’ by Brian Lavery

By Michael Leek

When this series started with The Sailing Frigate, published in 2012, it was expected to form as comprehensive a record as possible of the extensive and unrivalled collection of ship models held by the National Maritime Museum (NMM), most of which have never been on public display and, because of current and possibly questionable museum […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

Book Review-‘Merchant Seamen’s Health 1860−1960: Medicine, technology, shipowners and the state in Britain’ by T. Carter

By Kevin Brown

While many historians have focused on matters relating to health in the Royal Navy, less attention has been paid to the equally important subject of the history of medical care for merchant seamen. This reflects the comparative lack of interest in merchant seamen compared with the iconic status accorded to the Royal Navy since Trafalgar […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Health at Sea
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Book Review-‘The Wager Disaster: Mayhem, mutiny and murder in the South Seas’ by C. H. Layman

By Katherine Parker

In this engaging book Rear Admiral C. H. Layman brings his naval erudition and years of research to bear on one of the most fascinating and macabre episodes in all of maritime history: the Wager disaster. Layman brings primary sources, contemporary accounts, modern experts and his own editing skills together to offer a carefully curated […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘The Myth of the Press Gang: Volunteers, impressment and the naval manpower problem in the late eighteenth century, by J. R. Dancy

By Erica Charters

Impressment in the eighteenth-century Royal Navy has long been controversial. Forcing British subjects to serve as sailors during wartime seemed paradoxical for a nation that prided itself on individual liberty and considered its navy as a bulwark against the tyranny of Continental absolutism. Historians have cited contemporary debates – found in literary, legal, and political […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Press Gangs
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Naval Resistance to Britain’s Growing Power in India 1660–1800: The saffron banner and the Tiger of Mysore’ by P. MacDougal

By Sohinee Basak

This book outlines the naval activities of some of the Indian states, specially those under the saffron banner of the Marathas and the leadership of Tipu Sultan, the ‘Tiger of Mysore’. Deviating from the common belief that the Indian states lacked naval awareness, the author shows the rise of Indian indigenous navies and tries to […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘The Last Voyage’ by P. U. Jepsen

By Daniel Pascoe

The Last Voyage is essentially about two Royal Navy ships of the line, HMS St George and HMS Defence, which were wrecked on the west coast of Jutland on Christmas Eve, 1811. It is, however, much more than the title suggests. For those less familiar with these ships and the period, Palle Uhd Jepsen also […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Jutland
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Piracy in the Early Modern Era: An anthology of sources’ by K. Lane and A. Bialuschewski

By Claire Jowitt

Pirates and piracy are perennially popular topics at all levels of student and school curricula, and among the general public alike. But they are also romanticized and poorly understood subjects. As a result, a well-selected, affordably priced anthology of sources and documents on these issues, and about important individuals, dating to piracy’s first global age […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern | Pirates
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Reviw-‘Glasgow Museums: The ship models, a history and complete illustrated catalogue’ by E. Malcolm and M. R. Harrison

By Michael Leek

It was the internationally renowned ship model maker, the late Donald McNarry, who wrote, in 1975, ‘Ship models are useless things and their only virtue lies in the accuracy and realism with which they depict the prototype in such a way as to give lasting pleasure to the beholder.’ Having corresponded with McNarry, and being […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

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