Archive Results For: Shipwrecks

Book review:-‘Rock Lighthouses of Britain and Ireland’ by C. Nicholson

By Elinor DeWire

Who is not fascinated by lighthouses? Their styles and stories of storms, shipwrecks, rescues and hauntings beguile us. Christopher Nicholson’s Rock Lighthouses of Britain and Ireland, first published in 1983 and now in its third edition, covers all these and has kept pace with new information and technological changes in the lighthouse service… Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard

Book review:-‘Shipwreck Narratives: Out of our depth’ by M. Titlestad

By Nadia-Terese Laguna Franks

Michael Titlestad’s Shipwreck Narratives: Out of our Depth grapples with the shipwreck as a prevalent metaphor used to express destruction within the human experience, as well as a cultural touchstone against which debates concerning morality, social evolution, and political propaganda can be projected. This exploration is contained within a larger, more personal framing device, for […] Read More

Filed under: Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book review:-‘Olympic, Titanic, Britannic: The anatomy and evolution of the Olympic class’ by S. Mills

By Faye Hammill

Simon Mills is the owner of the Britannic. He purchased the British government’s title to the wreck in 1996 and has been exploring and researching it ever since. The Britannic is the largest liner on the seabed, since the tonnage of the ship was slightly higher than that of her sister ship Titanic. Yet when […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Book review:-‘The ‘Wager’: A tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder’ by D. Grann, Simon & Schuster

By Callum Easton

In his latest book David Grann reminds us, in compelling and emotive style, of the many reasons why humanity’s relationship with the sea continues to fascinate. The spaces are vast, the unforgiving forces of nature are on full display, and our human frailties drive events. With each successive chapter, the sea appears more unforgiving, the […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Solving the Oneida Question: Anglo-American relations during a public outcry

By Matthew McLin

n 24 January 1870 USS Oneida sank when, sailing out of Tokyo Bay, it collided with the British ship Bombay, which failed to stop and render aid, leading to the deaths of 115 American sailors. This article compares the public reaction of the Anglo-American press with the internal conversations in both nations’ governments. It will […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

From Old Cannon to Iron Pigs: The introduction of Kentledge ballast in the early modern French navy

By Emmanual Nantet and Guillaume Martins

The introduction of iron pigs, or kentledge, was a significant change in the ballasting of warships that heavily impacted early modern naval logistics. A close examination of printed sources and excavation reports of seven shipwrecks demonstrates the French navy’s progressive adaptation of kentledge as ballast around 1759 to 1830. Following British use, iron pigs replaced […] Read More

Filed under: Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Review: ‘Out of the Depths: A history of shipwrecks’ by A. G. Jamieson

By David Bowen

It is estimated that there have been 3 million shipwrecks spanning a period of 4,000 years, and that only 1 per cent have been discovered, mostly over the last 60 years. Can this author, or any author indeed, relate ‘their significance and … the developments over the last sixty years that have made detailed study of those … shipwrecks […] Read More

Filed under: Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Science & Exploration

Review: ‘Samuel Pepys and the Strange Wrecking of the ‘Gloucester’: A true Restoration tragedy’ by N. Pickford,

By David Bowen

The North Sea is a shallow but unforgiving sea, susceptible to violent and unpredictable weather, poor visibility, and beset with shifting shallows, nowhere more so than the vicinity of the North Norfolk Sandbanks and particularly the inner two called the Leman and the Ower. Dawn on 6 May 1682 revealed this sea at its worst, […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Review : ‘Echoes from the Deep: Inventorising shipwrecks at the national scale by the application of marine geophysics and the historical text’ by I. McCartney

By Andy Brockman

The new book by Innes McCartney describing the seabed survey project he led with Bangor University in the Irish Sea marks an important waypoint reached in the practice of archaeology at sea. More particularly it is part of a technological journey, which in England at least, can be said to have begun with pioneers like […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology

The Wreck of HMS Sceptre and the Danish warship Oldenborg in Table Bay on 5 November 1799

By Søren Nørby

During a hurricane off Cape Town on 5 November 1799, the Royal Navy ship of the line HMS Sceptre was driven ashore and wrecked with the loss more than two-thirds of its crew. Just a few hundred metres from where Sceptre was lost, lay the Danish ship of the line Oldenborg. The two 64-gun ships […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Lifesaving & Coastguard

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