Author Results for Martin Bellamy

Review : ‘The Ship Asunder: A maritime history of Britain in eleven vessels’ by T. Nancolla

By Martin Bellamy

In recent years the non-fiction market has been dominated by books of lists of objects. Neil MacGregor, when director of the British Museum, set the trend with A History of the World in 100 Objects (2010) and this has spawned no end of imitators and homages. You can now have, from a quick scan of […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review: ‘Shipbuilding in the United Kingdom: A history of the British Shipbuilders Corporation’ by H. Murphy, Routledge

By Martin Bellamy

When I was studying naval architecture in Newcastle I used to pass by Benton House, headquarters of British Shipbuilders, just about every day. As a young student I used to look in awe at what I thought was the lodestar of shipbuilding in the UK. I imagined men hard at work, with their sleeves rolled […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review- ‘Leith-built Ships, vol. 1, They Once Were Shipbuilders’ by R. O. Neish

By Martin Bellamy

I had high hopes for this book. The important shipbuilding industry of Leith has long needed a comprehensive history. There is a great heritage of distinguished shipbuilders such as Menzies & Co. who built the transatlantic pioneer Sirius, Ramage and Ferguson who built the ill-fated København, and Henry Robb who carried on the shipbuilding tradition […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review- ‘Stormflod 1825’ by B. Poulsen

By Martin Bellamy

The Limfjord is Denmark’s largest fjord and separates the northern tip of Jutland from the rest of the country. This shallow waterway is 180 kilometres long and prior to 1825 it had access to the open sea only through an outlet to the Kattegat on its eastern side. In February 1825, a major North Sea […] Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review-‘The United States Merchant Marine in WorldWar I: Ships, crews, shipbuilders and operators’ by G. H. Williams

By Martin Bellamy

This book aims to provide the first complete overview of the American Merchant Marine in the First World War. The author has drawn on contemporary newspapers, magazines, trade publications and official records to trace the history of how America responded as a neutral power in trading through a war zone and then the official response […] Read More

Filed under: WW1
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Book Review-‘Recollections of an Unsuccessful Seaman’ by L. Noake, (ed.) D. Creamer

By Martin Bellamy

Len Noake (1887–1929) was a seaman. He trained aboard HMS Conway and then began a 20-year career in the mercantile marine serving aboard deep sea and coasting vessels in a variety of roles from quartermaster to first officer. In his dying days he wrote his memoirs in the form of a 235-page journal illustrated with […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines

Book Review-‘Steamers at War: The story of the Clyde steamers in the Second World War’ by P. G. Herriot

By Martin Bellamy

Clyde steamers have had a loyal and avid following among enthusiasts and a great deal of research has been carried out and published by the members of the Clyde River Steamer Club. Until now, however, there has not been a publication that focuses on the steamers’ service during the Second World War. The research that […] Read More

Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

Book Review-‘British Shipbuilding,1500–2010: A history’ by Anthony Slaven

By Martin Bellamy

First let us do away with the conceptual problem with this book. Although its title suggests it is a survey of over 500 years of British shipbuilding, the first 200 years are dealt with in the first four pages and the eighteenth century is done and dusted by page 15. This perhaps suggests a book […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Crossing the Bar: An oral history of the British shipbuilding, ship repairing and marine engine building industries in the age of decline 1956–1990’ by A. Slaven and H. Murphy (eds)

By Martin Bellamy

Slaven and Murphy’s Crossing the Bar makes available for the first time the extraordinary resource of 60 oral histories of leaders in the shipbuilding and associated industries that were made in the early 1990s. The recordings were made during a three-year project at the Centre for Business History at the University of Glasgow and funded […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review-‘Dead Wake: The last crossing of the ‘Lusitania’by Erik Larson/Wilful Murder: The sinking of the ‘Lusitania’by Diana Preston/A Higher Form of Killing’ by Diana Preston/Lusitania’: An illustrated biography’by J. Kent Layton

By Martin Bellamy

A disaster always draws a crowd. As with the Titanic centenary in 2012, which saw a veritable plethora of Titanic-related books, both good and bad, the centenary of the sinking of Lusitania is also causing something of a publishing explosion. This includes a number of reissued centenary editions as well as some new works. The […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | WW1
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft

Note: The Port of Glasgow

By Martin Bellamy

A number of photographs showing the river and port of Glasgow have been discovered in the Museum. Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Art & Music | Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines

Note: Unravelling the Mystery of the Comet Engine

By Martin Bellamy

The Comet was the first commercial steamship in Europe, and this gives the evidence for the engine used. Read More

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

Note: Unravelling the Mystery of the Comet Engine

By Martin Bellamy

The succession of engines fitted to the first commercial steamship in Europe. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

A Ludicrous Travesty? James R. Napier and the Lancefield

By Martin Bellamy

When James R. Napier’s shipyard failed in 1861 he was left with the small steamer Lancefield, which he had built to a novel design on his own account. After failing to find a buyer he established a marginally profitable service from Ardrossan to Belfast, but came up against the might of the Glasgow & South Western […] Read More

Filed under: Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Financing the Preservation of Historic Ships: should the UK Taxpayer Pay? An Overview of Past, Present and Future Policy

By Martin Bellamy

Historic ships help to define our national pride and represent our glorious traditions. A survey of ship preservation in the UK reveals a mixed story with successes and failures. Attempts to create a coherent policy on preserving ships have suffered setbacks. Tables set out the distribution of public funds to ship preservation projects. The age-old […] Read More

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

Note: English Master Shipwrights to the Danish Crown 1570-1680

By Martin Bellamy

Following the article in MM 1997/3, this corrects the succession of English shipwrights employed by the Danish-Norwegian crowns. Read More

Filed under: North Sea | Other (Early Modern)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

P.S. Caledonia: Denmark’s First Steamship

By Martin Bellamy

Launched at Port Glasgow in 1815, Caledonia went into passenger service on the west coast then on the Thames. James Watt replaced the machinery prior to sailing her up the Rhine, where stronger currents required further modifications to the paddles. In 1818 permission was obtained to operate a service between Copenhagen and Kiel. In 1830 […] Read More

Filed under: Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design