Author Results for Innes McCartney

Book Review-‘The Kaiser’s U-Boat Assault on America: Germany’s great war gamble in the First World War, by H. J. Koerver

By Innes McCartney

This book by Hans Joachim Koerver is a welcome new addition to histories of the first U-boat war. This is the author’s fifth book to examine aspects of this period. His first three were edited reprints of key Room 40/ NID (Naval Intelligence Division) documents housed at the National Archives, Kew. This included publication in […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy | Submarines

Book Review-‘War at Sea: A shipwrecked history from antiquity to the twentieth century’ by J. Delgado

By Innes McCartney

The author of this book has been a practising archaeologist for over 40 years. During that time he has been fortunate enough to have partaken in and reported on a very diverse range of maritime archaeology projects around the globe. He is an engaging fixture at conferences and has been for many years a long-standing […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review-‘Spoils of War: The fate of enemy fleets after the two World Wars’ by A. Dodson and S. Cant

By Innes McCartney

This most interesting new publication by Aidan Dodson and Serena Cant has been aimed at filling a long-noted gap in the histories of the fleets of the defeated nations of the First and Second World Wars after hostilities had ceased, describing the ultimate fates of the surrendered vessels by destruction and accident. It serves as […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | Post WW2
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Castaways of the Kriegsmarine’ by D. Nudd

By Innes McCartney

This book examines the survivors of five vessels of the Kriegsmarine as the British shifted them through the interrogation process after capture. All were sunk in late 1943 and early 1944, a period of intense activity for the naval team at Combined Services Detailed Intelligence Centre (CSDIC). Whereas the use of stool pigeons, secret recordings […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea

Book review – ‘Dive Scapa Flow; Dive Palau: The shipwrecks’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney

These two offerings by Rod Macdonald represent some of the best of the current crop of shipwreck guides for recreational divers. As a genre, this type of literature can be traced back to the dawn of sports diving in the middle of the last century. These books serve their market very well. Recreational divers seeking […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Book Review – ‘The Shipwreck Hunter: A lifetime of extraordinary discoveries on the ocean floor’ by Innes McCartney

By Innes McCartney

David Mearns will be well known to many readers as a shipwreck hunter with a very successful track record going back over three decades. The Shipwreck Hunter is an autobiographical account of Mearns’s fascinating life which focuses primarily on his work on just nine of his most famous shipwreck discoveries and investigations. From student of marine biology […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography

Book Review-‘Before the Battlecruiser: The big cruiser in the world’s navies 1865–1910’ by A. Dodson

By Innes McCartney

In a book which could at first sight be considered a detailed history of the armoured cruiser, it says much of the comprehensive nature of the author’s research that this type of warship is not mentioned in the title. In fact to have done so would have been inaccurate, because the book examines a broader […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

Book Review-‘Putting Cargoes Through: The US Navy at Gibraltar during the First World War 1917–1919’ by A. P. Niblack and J. B. Hattendorf (eds)

By Innes McCartney

Vice-Admiral Albert P. Niblack commanded the US naval base at Gibraltar and US naval forces in the western Mediterranean during the final year of the First World War, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. At some unknown point afterwards he wrote an account of the US Navy’s role at Gibraltar which was submitted […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics

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-‘Battleship Bismarck: A design and operational history’ by W. H. Garzke, R. O. Dulin and W. Jurens

By Innes McCartney

This lengthy and lavishly produced new history of the battleship Bismarck from construction to destruction has been written by three respected authors on the study of the ship. Garzke and Dulin are both career naval architects and Jurens is an engineer with a specialist interest in battle design and gunnery. Jurens has also been involved […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Shipbuilding & Design

The Archaeology of Second World War U-boat Losses in the English Channel and its Impact on the Historical Record

By Innes McCartney

This article examines how the archaeological record of 33 U-boats sunk in the English Channel during the Inshore Campaign, June 1944 to May 1945, compares with the assessment of U-boat destructions made by the Admiralty’s Anti U-boat Division (AUBD) in 1946. Comparison of the two shows an accuracy rate of 57 per cent across the […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | WW2
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Submarines

Articles The Archaeology of First World War U-boat Losses in the English Channel and its Impact on the Historical Record

By Innes McCartney

This article examines how the archaeological record of 35 known U-boats sunk in the English Channel in the First World War compares with the assessment of U-boat destructions made by the Admiralty’s Antisubmarine Division (ASD) in 1919. Comparison of the two shows that only 48 per cent of the 37 assessments were correct. This divergence […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | WW2
Subjects include: Archaeology | Navies | Submarines

Paying the Prize for the German Submarine War: U-boats destroyed and the Admiralty Prize Fund, 1919–1932

By Innes McCartney

This paper examines how the Admiralty paid prize money to the Royal Navy for the destruction of U-boats in the First World War. The research shows that the method by which it did so was distinct from the standard prize process, primarily because of secrecy surrounding the anti-U-boat effort. Prize payments were only made by […] Read More

Filed under: Interwar | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Submarines

The Battle of Jutland’s Heritage Under Threat: Commercial salvage on the shipwrecks as observed 2000 to 2016

By Innes McCartney

This paper presents the most recent ndings up to August 2016 of the extent to which the shipwrecks from the battle of Jutland have been exposed to salvage for metals. Commercial salvage of the wrecks is not new and archival research has traced salvage activity as far back as 1960. However over the last 15 […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies