The Mariners Mirror Archive

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

Book Review-‘Whales’ Bones of Africa and Asia (with addenda to Whales’ Bones of the Nordic Countries, Central and Eastern Europe)’ by N. Redman

By Arthur G. Credland

This is the eighth and final volume in a series begun in 2004 with an account of bones from the British Isles, and completes a gazetteer of the seven continents, plus an additional publication recording the peregrinations of the Oostende whale (2015). These works comprise an invaluable record of surviving whalebone arches, furniture and a […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Pearls, People, and Power: Pearling and Indian Ocean worlds’ by P. Machado, S. Mullins, and J. Christensen (eds)

By Markus Vink

Although the history of pearling goes back at least 7,000 years, it was not until the late eighteenth century that the fishery began to exert a stronger formative role through the interplay of local and regional political conditions and increasing engagement with the world’s markets and rising pearl prices. The transformative period of the global […] Read More

Filed under: Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Fisherman, the Fishing Industry and the Great War at Sea’ by R. Robinson

By Innes McCartney

In this ambitious new history of the British fishing industry during the First World War and its aftermath, Robb Robinson has produced an all-encompassing single volume addressing the myriad of roles to which it was employed during the conflict. As the author is keen to point out, the 39,000 fishermen and 3,000 fishing vessels which […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-O’er the Wide and Tractless Sea: Original art of the Yankee whale hunt’ by M. P. Dyer

By Arthur G. Credland

This volume hints at the riches of the collections in the New Bedford Museum, which incorporating those of the former Kendall Whaling Museum, Boston, has a remarkably comprehensive coverage of whaling images and artefacts. Though of course the bulk of the material concerns the American whale fishery, including an outstanding array of scrimshaw work, it […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Art & Music | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull triple-trawler disaster’ by Brian W. Lavery

By Frank Scott

Perhaps the first thing that needs to be made clear is that Brian W. Lavery is a former journalist who has made Hull his adopted city, and he should not be confused with the well-known maritime historian Brian Lavery. The ‘Hull Triple-Trawler Tragedy’ was the loss of three Hull based deep-water trawlers, the Kingston Peridot, […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Whales’ Bones of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands’ by N. Redman

By Arthur G. Credland

This is the sixth volume (not including a supplementary volume and a monograph on the Ostend whale) contributing towards fulfilling the author’s aim to catalogue cetacean remains around the globe. There are two more volumes in preparation, one for the Americas and one for Africa and Asia, which will complete the series. Many of the […] Read More

Filed under: Pacific
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Whale Factory Ships and Modern Whaling 1881–2016’ by I. Hart

By Arthur G. Credland

The author of this book has already written two important works on the Antarctic whale fisheries and this volume provides an overview of factory whaling, both north and south. A lengthy historical introduction gives us details of the Norwegian pioneers of modern whaling, individuals such as Svend Foyn and C. A. Larsen. Starting with makeshift […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Crail and its Fisheries: 1550–1600’ by T. Riis

By Michael Leek

The study of Scottish fisheries is frequented by publications that often tend to be ‘populist’ in nature. This is not a criticism, as without such works we would be so much the poorer in our knowledge of an important part of Scottish and, indeed, British maritime history. However, in the wider public domain there are […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Scottish Arctic Whaling’ by C. W. Sanger

By Arthur G. Credland

Sanger has published extensively on the subject of whaling and sealing and this volume shows an author in complete command of his sources. Utilizing diaries, logs and records of catches he gives us a narrative which reveals the hazards of the northern fishery, with frostbite, scurvy and death being a constant threat. With tremendous skill, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Arctic
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

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