The Mariners Mirror Archive

Book Review-‘Seaforth World Naval Review 2020’ by C. Waters (ed.)

By Eric Grove

For over ten years Seaforth, the thriving maritime dimension of Pen and Sword of Barnsley, have published an annual review of naval developments. This is the latest edition published at the end of 2019. The book begins with an editor’s introduction, followed by regional reviews, of, respectively, North and South America; Asia and the Pacific; […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Jimmy Reid: A Clyde-built man’ by W. W. J. Knox and A. McKinlay

By Fred M. Walker

n studying the history of the Clyde, one is amazed at the numbers of the ‘great and the good’ who enabled this river to produce more than 30,000 ships in a mere 200 years. This list encompasses naval architects, marine engineers and shipbuilders – most with academic training and some others who had worked their […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘British Town Class Cruisers: Design, development and performance, Southampton and Belfast classes’ by C. Waters

By Aidan Dodson

Between 1937 and 1939 the Royal Navy commissioned ten cruisers armed with a dozen 6-inch guns and named after British cities. Originally to be named after mythological beings and dubbed the Minotaur class, they then became the Southampton and ‘Improved Southampton’/Belfast classes but, especially after the loss of the name-ship, have regularly been dubbed the […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Anatomy of the Ship: The battleship USS ‘Iowa’’ by S. Draminski

By David Bowen

Commissioned in 1943, the United States Ship Iowa was the lead ship of a class of six that were destined to be the very last US battleships; indeed only four of the class were subsequently built. Formidably armed, well armoured and handsome, they were the fastest battleships ever built, with a maximum speed of 33 […] Read More

Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘The Longest Campaign: Britain’s maritime struggle in the Atlantic and northwest Europe, 1939–1945’ by B. E. Walter

By Derek Law

Brian Walter is a retired army officer and has researched military history for many years. His new history takes a rather different approach to the already huge literature on the Royal Navy’s war against Germany. It employs a conventional chronological structure but is rather more than a straightforward history of events. It is full of […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘Black Swan Class Sloops: Detailed in the original builder’s plans’ by L. Brown

By David Andrews

This is a beautifully produced book, the sixth in the series by Seaforth Publishing of significant warships of the first half of the last century. All the earlier books by different authors could be said to be of major warships (from the famous HMS Warspite, of Jutland and Second World War fame, to the German […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Sighted Sub – Sank Same: The United States Navy’s air campaign against the U-boat’ by A. C. Care

By David Hobbs

The Battle of the Atlantic has been the focus of attention for many historians and the subject’s historiography is a wide and complex one. The International Naval Conference held in Liverpool in 1993 to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle’s turning point in favour of the Allies was probably the largest assembly of historians […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

Book Review-‘Hard Down! Hard Down! The life and times of Captain John Isbester from Shetland’ by J. Isbester

By Tom Muir

‘I suddenly heard a loud roaring sound of wind – the captain at the same moment, looked up . . . The next instant he made one bound out of the cabin, ran up on deck, and shouted “Hard down! Hard down!” ’ The life of a sailing ship master in the late nineteenth and […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review-‘British Dockyards in the First World War: Transactions of the Naval Dockyards Society Volume 12’ by P. MacDougall (ed.)

By Andy Brockman

In his post-war study of the First World War, The World In Crisis (vol. 1, 1911–14) the former First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, observed drily that during the ‘naval scare’ of 1909, ‘The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight.’ This was a response to […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review-‘The Cod Hunters’ by J. Goodlad

By Tom Muir

This book tells an extraordinary tale of nineteenth-century social life in the North Atlantic, the hardships and triumphs of ordinary people. Cod fishing was seen as being a particularly hard job, and with good reason. It was not a hollow boast that the ‘cod hunters’ were dubbed ‘iron men in wooden boats’. The cod fisheries […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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