Author Results for Frank Scott

Book Review-‘Captain James Cook and the Search for Antarctica’ by J. C. Hamilton

By Frank Scott

James Cook Hamilton is a long-standing member of the Captain Cook Society, has published regularly in their journal and has made great use of the online Colonial Registers and Royal Navy Logbooks resource (CORRAL) to inspire this work. The voyages of Captain James Cook have generated a mountain of work, so any new author must […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Antarctic
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘A Man for All Oceans: Captain Joshua Slocum and the first solo voyage around the world’ by S. Grayson

By Frank Scott

Like many a schoolboy who was mad about sailing, I devoured Joshua Slocum’s Sailing Alone Around the World. Over half a century later this book has come along to show how cleverly he constructed his own legend, and how much of the man himself has remained an enigma. Stan Grayson is a fellow sailor, and […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography

Book Review – ‘Forty Years Master: A life in sail and steam’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

The title of this autobiography, Forty Years Master, sums up the dominating theme in Killman’s recollections: being in command of a merchant ship for four decades. This is also its structure, ship by ship, and the style, ‘authoritative’. The autobiographical text occupies 250 pages, and the remaining 100 pages are taken up the editorial team, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines

Book Review – ‘Coastal Patrol: Royal Navy Airship operations during the Great War 1914–1918’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

This is a niche topic, but the author, Brian J. Turpin, has a solid grounding in aviation technology, and does an excellent job in detailing the rapid wartime development of the Royal Navy’s non-rigid airship types, from the earliest Submarine Scouts, through to the Sea Scout Zeros and Coastals, and ending with the well-regarded North […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel
Subjects include: Naval Aviation

Book Review – ‘Around Cape Horn Once More: The story of the French clipper ship ‘Montebello’’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

This book centres on the life of the French barque Montebello (2,284 grt) from launch in October 1900 until it was wrecked in November 1906. The use of old postcards to illustrate places mentioned in the text works well, and the wreck photographs of the Montebello and Croisset are suitably poignant. However, the author, Paul Simpson, writes throughout […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Miscellaneous

Book Review -‘The Luckiest Thirteen: The forgotten story of the men of St Finbarr – a trawler crew’s battle in the Arctic’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

Brian W. Lavery has followed up The Headscarf Revolutionaries, his account of the ‘Hull Triple-Trawler Tragedy’ of 1968, with this story of an earlier Hull trawler tragedy. This time the vessel involved was one of the most modern in the fleet, a stern trawler that had revolutionized British fishing by allowing the entire catch to be […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘Trading by the Wind: Sea diaries 1919–1923’ by G. Wicksteed, edited by B. Tyler

By Frank Scott

Godfrey Wicksteed (1899–1997) came from a prominent dissenting family with Quaker connections, so it is no surprise that he became a conscientious objector in the First World War, though taking the option of enlisting in what was still the Merchant Service was not common. There his service was as deck boy and ordinary seaman with […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Biography

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-‘Viermastbark Kruzenshtern ex Padua: Eine deutsch-russische Dokumentation zur Technik- und Sozialgeschichte des Frachtseglers und Schulschiffs’ by T. Böttcher and C. HieberREview-‘

By Frank Scott

The four-masted barque Padua, launched in 1926, was not only the last of the Laeisz ‘Flying P-Liners’, she was the last cargo-carrying square rigger to be built anywhere. Padua was the epitome of ‘the industrial sailing ship’, which is why her photograph, in her present incarnation as the sail training ship Kruzenshtern, was chosen to […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review-‘Sons of Gentlemen in the Days of the ‘Titanic’: The adventures of Greeny, an apprentice in tall ships 1908 to 1912’ by T. B. Greenhalgh, ed. by P. Greenhalgh

By Frank Scott

I must confess that I have rather held back from the ebook world. Initially I was put off by the title of this one, but then decided that the low price made it sufficiently interesting for me to take the plunge. Apparently, the original draft was written by the old captain in about 1970, but […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘From Versailles to Mers El-Kebir: The promise of Anglo-French naval cooperation, 1919–40’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

This book is unusual in that its American author covers Anglo-French naval relations of this period from the French viewpoint. Moreover he specializes in French naval history, is at home in their archives, and has previously written a relevant (albeit controversial) biography, Darlan: Admiral and statesman of France. However, his attempt to cover all the twists […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Book Review-‘East Sails West: The voyage of the ‘Keying’, 1846–1855’ by Stephen Davie

By Frank Scott

n December 1846, a three-masted Chinese junk sailed from Hong Kong for London via the Cape of Good Hope. Considerable subterfuge had been necessary to obtain this vessel because neither foreign ownership nor export was officially permitted by the Chinese. However this did not deter those British investors who scented the chance of making money, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book Review-‘Frauen an Bord von Frachtsegelschiffen 1850 bis 1939’ by Ursula Feldkamp

By Frank Scott

In recent years quite a lot has been written about women and the sea, not only wives and children, but also those who broke barriers and served in the crew. The title of this book is slightly misleading, as it does not restrict itself to women afloat, but also covers how social developments impacted on […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book Review – ‘From Versailles to Mers El-Kebir: The promise of Anglo-French naval cooperation, 1919–40’ by Frank Scott

By Frank Scott

This book is unusual in that its American author (Professor Melton) covers Anglo-French naval relations of this period from the French viewpoint. Moreover he specializes in French naval history, is at home in their archives, and has previously written a relevant (albeit controversial) biography, Darlan: Admiral and statesman of France. However, his attempt to cover […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Book review-‘Abenteuer Salpeter: Gewinnung und Nutzung eines Rohstoffes aus der chilenischen Atacamawüste’ edited by L. U. Scholl and R. Slotta

By Frank Scott

Sodium nitrate, or saltpetre, was an essential component for explosives (gunpowder), and in the nineteenth century it became widely used as agricultural fertilizer, which made it even more important. The largest natural deposits turned out to be in the Atacama Desert region of South America, and the Nitrate trade from the Chilean loading ports to […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Man Who Discovered Antarctica: Edward Bransfield explained, the first man to find and chart the Antarctic mainland’ by S. Bransfield,

By Frank Scott

ntarctica is a bleak and desolate continent, and the surrounding ocean is equally hostile. Those who first explored and charted it in the early nineteenth century were risking their lives for little or no reward. Arctic explorers had their ‘Holy Grail’ quest, finding the fabled Northwest Passage, but down south the Cape Horn and Magellan […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘Zeit auf See: Chronometer und ihre Schöpfer, High-Tech aus drei Jahrhunderten’ by Albrecht Sauer (translated by Paul McColgan)

By Frank Scott

This book was published to accompany an exhibition in the excellent Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven, and judging from the contents it is one that I am very sorry to have missed. Undoubtedly its main value lies in its numerous high-quality illustrations, which are fascinating as they cover not merely completed chronometers, but all the parts involved, […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Science & Exploration

Book Review – ‘Voyage to Jamestown: Practical navigation in the age of discovery’ by Robert D. Hicks

By Frank Scott

The central idea for this book is to construct a composite fictional voyage from England to the New World Colony of Jamestown in 1611, and by means of this device to bring together material from the rarely read voyage narratives of that era. This is an undoubtedly interesting concept which involves serious scholarship. At its […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Early Modern
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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

Dorothea Duff: Female seafaring pioneer or serial fantasist?

By Frank Scott

This short note explores the life and alleged sea faring adventures of Dorothea Duff in the early 20th century.  The author suggests that contrary to Duff’s claims of having served before the mast on two square riggers sailing from Australia to the UK, the evidence suggests she actually travelled as a passenger. The author also […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

The Stump-Topgallant or Jubilee Rig: Realities and misconceptions

By Frank Scott

An account of the different ways in which the masters of sailing ships attempted to make them more economical by dispensing with lofty sail plans. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Obituary: Richard Hill (1929-2017)

By Frank Scott

The contribution of Richard Hill to the navy and naval affairs. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

Note: Ballast Logs

By Frank Scott

A discussion of the use of ‘ballast logs’ to stabilise commercial sailing ships as they unloaded their cargo Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Fact and fiction: What happened at Pabellon de Pica and Huanillos on 9 May 1877?

By Frank Scott

A careful unpicking of the fact and fiction behind the ‘eyewitness’ account of the tsunami. Read More

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

The Bentinck Boom: its history and probable misattribution

By Frank Scott

The Bentinck boom was a common labour-saving feature in Greenland whalers and British coastal craft in the nineteenth century, notably the collier brigs. Its design, advantages and limitations are all discussed, as is its interesting etymology, and the probability that its invention has been incorrectly attributed to Captain John Bentinck RN as a result of […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

Note: Fact and Fiction: What happened at Pabellón de Pica and Huanillos on 9 May 1877?

By Frank Scott

The striking eyewitness accounts of shipwreck are examined and the truth separated from the very good story. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

An Assessment of Voyage Memoirs of the Erikson Era

By Frank Scott

The many Erikson voyage memoirs are assessed as a group to establish their value to the historian, and their limits. The cultural differences between the Anglophone ‘adventurer’ trainees, and the Ålander/Finnish professional trainees and crew are illuminated, along with working conditions, training, and the experiences of the few women. Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

The Austin Farrar Memorial Article 2012: Technology and the Four-masted Commercial Sailing Ship 1875-1950

By Frank Scott

Four-masted barques were the workhorses of the last days of commercial sail. This article considers how different they were from their predecessors, and how their development included a final boom in square rig shipbuilding. It also discusses the degree to which they benefited, or not, from technical developments in the maritime world. Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

The Mariner’s Mirror and the Sailing Ship: a Marriage Made in Heaven?

By Frank Scott

This article considers how much space the Mariner’s Mirror has devoted since its inception a century ago to articles, notes, queries and answers, concerning sailing ships and their history. It shows that in its early days this was unfashionable, particularly the study of mediaeval shipping, and the recording of indigenous craft. By contrast it notes […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Robert Forbes and Frederic Howes and the Evolution of the Double Topsail

By Frank Scott

in the mid-19th century two American Captains, Robert Forbes and Frederic Howes produced plans for sailing ship rigs that involves splitting the single topsail into two more easily handled smaller sails, lower and upper topsails. Theauthor sets out to clarify the exact nature of the rigs proposed by Forbes and Howes and to explain why […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Speed, Navigational Accuracy and the ‘ship log’

By Frank Scott

This note explains the theory and practice of using a ‘ship log’ to calculate speed and distance run. The first original English contribution to the mariner’s art, the sand-glass timer, hand-reel and weighted logline were used from the time of the Mary Rose to the record breaking clipper Lightning. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship