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Book Review-‘Cinnnamon and Elephants: Sri Lanka and the Netherlands from 1600’ by L. Wagenaar

By Guido vun Meersbergen

th Asia, Africa, and South America commissioned by the Rijksmuseum. Cinnamon and Elephants documents the fascinating story of the Dutch East India Company’s presence in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as well as its nineteenth-century aftermath. The volume is as much an accessible and up-to-date overview of the VOC’s commercial, diplomatic, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Legends in Sail’ by Olaf T. Engvig

By James P. Delgardo

Olaf Engvig is well known in maritime circles and his books, like his research, are solid, classic and prized. His latest Legends in Sail adds to his growing bibliography with yet another book done well. Based on his earlier Norwegian-published Legendariske Skuter, Legends in Sail is a rewritten and redesigned version of the earlier work. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review-‘R.H.N.S. ‘Averof’: Thunder in the Aegean’ by J. Carr

By Richard Dunley

It is fair to say that early twentieth century Greek naval history is a rather niche field, in the Anglophone historiography at least. Attention has naturally focused on the major navies of Britain, Germany and to a lesser extent the United States. Even those historians who have ventured further afield to consider developments in the […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Mediterranean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Book Review-‘NAVIS 5: Atti del II convegno nazionale di Archeologia Storia ed Etnologia Navale, Cesenatico, Museo della Marineria (13–14 Aprile 2012)’ by A. Asta, G. Caniato, D. Gnola, and S. Medas

By Francesco Tiboni

This book is the fifth issue of NAVIS, the journal founded some decades ago and edited by the Italian Institute of Nautical Archaeology, History and Ethnology (ISTIAEN). It contains the Proceedings of the Second Italian Congress of Nautical Archaeology, History and Ethnology, held at the Museo della Marineria in Cesenatico in 2012. Edited by four […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Dunkirk Little Ships’ by N. Sharpook

By Derek Law

The Association of Dunkirk Little Ships was formed soon after the twenty-fifth anniversary of Operation Dynamo, at the instigation of Raymond Baxter, when some 43 of the little ships sailed back to France as part of the commemoration of the evacuation. This volume of almost 200 pictures is published to coincide with the seventy-fifth anniversary […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Last Voyage’ by P. U. Jepsen

By Daniel Pascoe

The Last Voyage is essentially about two Royal Navy ships of the line, HMS St George and HMS Defence, which were wrecked on the west coast of Jutland on Christmas Eve, 1811. It is, however, much more than the title suggests. For those less familiar with these ships and the period, Palle Uhd Jepsen also […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Jutland
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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

The Evolution of Sail Training from the Nineteenth Century to the 1980s

By Frank Scott

This article considers sail training over a period of some 150 years, starting with its early nineteenth-century origins. It takes the first Tall Ships’ Race in 1956 as a key point, using the races as barometer thereafter for progress up to the 1980s, by which time the upward trend towards becoming global was well established. […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Dummett Freighter: A nineteenth-century log sailing canoe from northeastern Florida

By Thomas Briggs

This article provides a comparative physical and cultural study of a cypress log sailing canoe and the plantation culture of nineteenth-century north-eastern Florida that created it. The author makes the argument that this and other vessels of similar construction represent a typology of log boat construction that was limited to Florida’s north-east during the mid- […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | American Civil War | Nineteenth Century | Caribbean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Pitch, Paint, Varnish and the Changing Colour Schemes of Royal Navy Warships, 1775–1815: A summary of existing knowledge

By Brian Vale

It is a long-standing assumption that the colour scheme of British warships between 1775 and 1815 changed from yellow hulls, through the yellow and black Nelson chequer to the ubiquitous black and white; while the interiors and bulwarks were first painted red, then yellow ochre, then a range of light colours including green. In the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

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