Author Results for Michael Leek

Book Review-‘Battleship ‘Warspite’: Detailed in the original builders’ plans’ by R. Brown

By Michael Leek

The vast collection of ships draughts and other plans held by the National Maritime Museum (NMM) was first introduced to this reviewer by the late David Lyon in the 1960s. This was in the days when the excellent reading room of the Caird Library and draughtroom were open on Saturdays. During my early visits, David […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Brunels’s Ships and Boats’ by H. Doe

By Michael Leek

Having worked with both the late Dr Ewan Corlett and Richard Goold-Adams on the SS Great Britain during her restoration, including a paper for this journal on the ship’s original rig, this reviewer awaits with keen anticipation any new study that highlights the achievements of one of Britain’s finest civil engineers. However, this brief illustrated […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Ye Mary Fortune: A ship of Henry VII 1490 AD at Pembroke Castle’ by D. James

By Michael Leek

Advances in warship design over the last century are displayed on the covers of this excellent book. On the front, a photograph taken in 1913 shows the launch of the battleship Queen Elizabeth at the Dockyard, while on the back there is a superb view of her modern namesake, the new aircraft carrier on her […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

Book Review – ’36 Hours: Jutland 1916: The battle that won the war’ by Michael Leek

By Michael Leek

The significance – and continuing controversy – of the battle of Jutland (known as Skagerrakschlacht in Germany) in the history of both the Royal Navy and the Kaiserliche Marine means it was inevitable that the hundredth anniversary would be recognized through more than a few publications. That the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | North Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Naval Aviation | Navies

Book Review – ‘Shemaron: A beautiful endeavour’ by Michael Leek

By Michael Leek

As important as the fishing industry has been to Britain, there have been few comprehensive and detailed studies that examine the development of boats after the introduction of steam and diesel. This includes ring net boats. The literature is woefully small and this new book, and this account of the restoration of a ring net […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘The Life and Ship Models of Norman Ough’ by A. Roach

By Michael Leek

In contrast to marine artists, ship model builders, be they amateur or professional, are rarely acknowledged for the undoubted skills many possess. Considering the number from various countries who have made a name for themselves – albeit a name acknowledged primarily by those who practice or study the craft – and whose work resides in […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Biography | Ship Models & Figureheads

Book Review-‘Crail and its Fisheries: 1550–1600’ by T. Riis

By Michael Leek

The study of Scottish fisheries is frequented by publications that often tend to be ‘populist’ in nature. This is not a criticism, as without such works we would be so much the poorer in our knowledge of an important part of Scottish and, indeed, British maritime history. However, in the wider public domain there are […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors
Subjects include: Whaling & Fishing

Book Review-‘The Sloop of War, 1650–1763’ by Ian McLaughlin

By Michael Leek

Research into the technical development of sailing ships of war has seen a significant increase in recent decades, led by the excellent in-depth monographs from the likes of Jean Boudriot in France (although nothing comparable to these has been published on British or American vessels, even though the expertise exists). However, prior to the significant […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Warships of the Great War Era: A history in ship models’ by David Hobbs/The Ship of the Line: A history in ship models’ by Brian Lavery

By Michael Leek

When this series started with The Sailing Frigate, published in 2012, it was expected to form as comprehensive a record as possible of the extensive and unrivalled collection of ship models held by the National Maritime Museum (NMM), most of which have never been on public display and, because of current and possibly questionable museum […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

Book Review-‘Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail: Races and rivalries on the nineteenth century high seas’ by S. Jefferson

By Michael Leek

There is nothing wrong with so-called ‘popular history’. Indeed there is a number of historians who have demonstrated that it is possible to write for a wider, non-specialized readership without compromising their academic credentials. A. J. P. Taylor and Robert K. Massie come readily to mind. Within maritime history, and the history of twentieth century […] Read More

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

Book Reviw-‘Glasgow Museums: The ship models, a history and complete illustrated catalogue’ by E. Malcolm and M. R. Harrison

By Michael Leek

It was the internationally renowned ship model maker, the late Donald McNarry, who wrote, in 1975, ‘Ship models are useless things and their only virtue lies in the accuracy and realism with which they depict the prototype in such a way as to give lasting pleasure to the beholder.’ Having corresponded with McNarry, and being […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads

Book Review-‘Painting War: George Plante’s combat art in World War II ‘by K. Broome Williams

By Michael Leek

The concept of ‘official’ war artists making visual records and interpretations of naval and military battles can be said to have started with Van de Velde the Elder, along with one or two of his English contemporaries. Van de Velde was initially the official artist of the Dutch navy and was, for example, present during […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Art & Music

Book Review – ‘Mit Kurs auf Charleston, S.C.: Kapitän Heinrich Wieting und die deutsche Auswanderung nach South Carolina im 19. Jahrhundert’ by Andrea Mehrländer

By Michael Leek

There is an apparent tendency or trend for some national museums to focus less on their role as centres for the understanding of history, culture and knowledge, but increasingly on catering for generations with limited attention spans. This is often reflected in what is sold through museum shops, with the lowest common denominator prevailing; an […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘The 1607 Popham Colony’s Pinnace Virginia: An in-context design of Maine’s first ship’ by John W. Bradford

By Michael Leek

At first glance this book promised much. However, it is a disappointment. The first question, which remains unanswered, is what is meant by ‘in-context design’? The level of technical detail, especially relating to wooden ship construction and lofting tables, etc., suggests the book is not intended for a general readership of maritime history, yet regardless […] Read More

Filed under: Early Modern
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

A Reappraisal of the Life and Work of Basil Lubbock

By Michael Leek

Basil Lubbock was a pioneering author and maritime historian who laid the foundations for the study of merchant sailing ships. His knowledge was based on practical experience as a seafarer under sail, extensive archival research and discussions with seamen and sailing ship managers. This article reassesses his life as an adventurer, seaman, soldier, yachtsman and […] Read More

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