Archive Results For: Shipwrecks

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

Book Review-‘Breaking Seas, Broken Ships: People, shipwrecks and Britain 1854–2007’ by I. Friel,

By Innes McCartney

This new book by Ian Friel is a follow-on from his earlier Britain and the Ocean Road, which through eight chapters loosely based around shipwrecks explored Britain’s maritime history up to 1825. This new volume continues the same thread up to the modern day. Readers familiar with Britain and the Ocean Road will instantly recognize […] Read More

Filed under: Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

Notes:Pieter Adriaensz Blanckert: Another survivor of the Liefde’s voyage to Japan

By Gabor Szommer

When the arrival of the first Dutch ship in Japan, the Liefde, in 1600 is examined in the historical literature, one survivor tends to overshadow the rest of the crew, William Adams. Although information about Adams’s early years is very limited, new books about him are published regularly, adding little, if anything, to our knowledge […] Read More

Filed under: Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘Britain and the Ocean Road: Shipwrecks and people, 1297–1825’ by I. Friel, Pen

By Jack Pink

Britain’s maritime history is often studied by looking at events on the large scale. Friel’s book does something different. This book tells the individual stories of eight different ships, through which we can get a snapshot of events spanning just over 500 years. This is the first of two volumes employing this approach, with the […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review-‘Catastrophe at Spithead: The sinking of the ‘Royal George’’ by H. L. Rubinstein

By John M. Bingeman

Hilary Rubinstein’s in-depth research has successfully collated all the relevant information to explain why the 100-gun Royal George should have foundered on 29 August 1782 while at anchor between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Certainly, to the many witnesses it was beyond belief that she could just disappear with only her mast visible in […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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 – ‘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-‘1545: Who sank the ‘Mary Rose’? ‘by P. Marsden

By Fred Hocker

One of the questions asked of any shipwreck, whether a recent tragedy or an archaeological find, is why it did sink? Very often the real question being asked is, who is at fault? Modern accident investigation techniques focus on identifying all of the contributing factors to an air crash or ship sinking, such as technical […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet: From mutiny to Scapa Flow’ by N. Jellico

By Eric Grove

Nicholas Jellicoe is the grandson of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Jellicoe. Over the last few years he has thrown himself with great enthusiasm into the naval history of the First World War and his grandfather’s major role in it. I met him in Blackpool eight years ago to give him advice on launching his […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Navies

The Final Weeks of Service and Wreck of PS Comet, 1820

By Tony Dalton

PS Comet, Europe’s first commercial steamship, launched in 1812, was rebuilt to new dimensions in 1819 with improved machinery, and wrecked in 1820. These facts are known, but not very much accurate detail exists about its wrecking. Many books and articles on the Comet repeat the same basic information, in some cases with minor variations and ambiguities which […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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