The Mariners Mirror Archive

Book Review:- ‘Warship 2023’ by J. Jordan (ed.)

By Derek G. Law

Warship began its long life as a quarterly journal in 1977 and became an annual hardback publication in 1979. Since 2004 it has been edited by John Jordan and has steadily produced a broad and eclectic mix of articles on the design, development, and fate of combat ships from a huge range of authors. This […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review:- ‘Square-rigger Sunset: The passages of the four- and five-masted ships and barques by’ D. Clement, Dina Clement and the South West Maritime History Society

By Frank Scott

In July 2023 the four-masted barque BAP (Buque Armada Peruana) Uníon, the Peruvian naval sail training ship, started a year-long round the world voyage to ‘show the flag’, so it seems an appropriate time to review a new book on four- and five-masted square-riggers. This book and the associated digital-only flash-drive material, represents a labour […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review:- ‘Maritime Men of the Asia–Pacific: True-blue internationals navigating labour rights, 1906–2006’ by D. Kirkby, L. A. Monk and D. Ostapenko

By Matteo Barbano

Diane Kirkby’s latest work, co-authored with Lee-Ann Monk and Dmytro Ostapenko, represents the remarkable outcome of research collaboration between La Trobe University and the Maritime Union of Australia (merged into the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union in 2018). The book delves into the evolution of maritime labour internationalist activism across the vast expanse […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

Book Review:- ‘The Arctic Journal of Captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, R. A., The Naturalist in H. M. S. ‘Alert’, 1875–1876’ by T. H. Levere (ed.)

By Russell A. Potter

The Hakluyt Society continues its long-running series of volumes of exploration narratives with this fine edition of Henry Feilden’s journal, written while he was aboard HMS Alert on the British Arctic Expedition commanded by George Strong Nares from 1875 to 1876. The Nares Expedition, as it is commonly known, was hampered to a degree by […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review:- ‘A Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War: Joannes Wyllie of the steamer ‘Ad-Vance’’ by J. F. Messner

By Jonathan W. White

On 31 January 1864 Catherine Edmondston of North Carolina wrote in her diary, ‘The Advance is again in safely with a valuable cargo, run in in the teeth of the Blockaders. This is our N C vessel & Capt Crossan deserves well of the State for his boldness & skill in so often bearding the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War
Subjects include: Biography | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

Book Review:- ‘A Great and Rising Nation: Naval exploration and global empire in the early US Republic’ by M. A. Verney,

By W. Mark Hamilton

A Great and Rising Nation is part of the University of Chicago Press Series American Beginnings, 1500–1900. Each of its six chapters relates to US naval expeditions during the first half of the nineteenth century. Contrary to strong and established historical tradition, Michael A. Verney contends that the new United States emerged as a global […] Read More

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

Book Review:- ‘Tempest: The Royal Navy and the age of revolutions’ by J. Davey

By Niklas Frykman

James Davey’s new book is a fascinating experiment in form versus function. Superficially, it looks like yet another general history of Nelson’s navy, with stirring descriptions of the war at sea, diagrams of all the key battles sprinkled throughout, and a narrative that wears its considerable learning lightly, never taxing the reader’s attention with extensive […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review:- ‘The Bounty and Beyond: A textual and bibliographical investigation of William Bligh’s journals of the first breadfruit expedition’ by J. A. Fish

By Callum Easton

John A. Fish has completed a painstaking work of scholarship that overcomes a distance of over 10,000 miles. This is because since 1902 two of the most significant primary sources for our understanding of the Bounty voyage have been half a world apart, with Captain William Bligh’s Official Journal held in The National Archives in […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review:- ‘War, Trade and the State: Anglo-Dutch conflict 1652–89’ by D. Omrod and G. Rommelse (eds)

By Basil Bowdler

The last decade has seen a renewed interest in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the late seventeenth century. David Ormrod and Gijs Rommelse’s edited collection was borne out of the two conferences which commemorated the 350th anniversary of the Dutch raid on the Medway; unfortunately, the same anniversary of the ‘Disaster Year’ of 1672, and the […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review:- ‘The Route to European Hegemony: India’s intra-Asian trade in the early modern period (sixteenth to eighteenth centuries)’ by R. Maloni, Manohar

By Mir Kamruzzaman Chowdhary

The Indian Ocean was the centre of the first sophisticated commercial and maritime activities. From antiquity, India enjoyed commercial links with Southeast Asian countries through Indian Ocean networks. While in recent decades there has been a plethora of books about the Indian Ocean and its trade, often concentrating on the earlier periods, these works are […] Read More

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

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