Author Results for Katherine Parker

Book Review-‘Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks and the shipboard artists of Cook and Flinders’ by J. Taylor

By Katherine Parker

Taylor’s book comes just as institutions, societies and governments are beginning the decade-long process of commemorating the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific. On 25 August 1768 Cook set out in the Endeavour to view the transit of Venus and search for the unknown southern continent in the South Seas. […] Read More

Filed under: James Cook | Pacific
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review-‘From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains: 250 years of women at sea by’ J. Stanley

By Katherine Parker

With the integration of women in the active-duty Royal Navy in the early 1990s, it seemed the UK had finally gained gender equity in the maritime workplace. Not so, concludes Jo Stanley in From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains: 250 Years of Women at Sea. Stanley finds that progress for women in the merchant navy and […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Savage Shore: Extraordinary stories of survival and tragedy from the early voyages of discovery’ by G. Seal

By Katherine Parker

In 1616 the Eendracht, commanded by Dirk Hartog, landed on an island in Western Australia, the first known Dutch ship to contact the western side of the continent. Hartog ordered a pewter plate to be mounted on a post, chronicling his presence. Eighty years later another Dutchman, Willem de Vlamingh, recovered Hartog’s plate and replaced […] Read More

Filed under: Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘Naval Leadership in the Atlantic World: The age of reform and revolution, 1700–1850ed.’ by R. Harding and A. Guimera

By Katherine Parker

What is naval leadership? For too long, this collection argues, the answer has been implicit for naval historians, a maritime equivalent of ‘we know it when we see it.’ Implicit assumption, however, denies the economic, social, cultural and political factors which all affect how a society defines leadership at any one point in time. In […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘The Captain and “the Cannibal”: An epic story of exploration, kidnapping, and the Broadway stage’ by J. Fairhead

By Katherine Parker

British audiences tend to associate European-Pacific interaction with Captain Cook, but the United States have a different historical relationship with the region, one centred on aggressive late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century commercial and imperial expansion. Such a relationship was recently outlined by David Igler in The Great Ocean: Pacific worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘The Wager Disaster: Mayhem, mutiny and murder in the South Seas’ by C. H. Layman

By Katherine Parker

In this engaging book Rear Admiral C. H. Layman brings his naval erudition and years of research to bear on one of the most fascinating and macabre episodes in all of maritime history: the Wager disaster. Layman brings primary sources, contemporary accounts, modern experts and his own editing skills together to offer a carefully curated […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Archaeology | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration