Author Results for Robert J. C. Mowat

Book Review – ‘The Battleship Holiday: The naval treaties and capital ship design’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

This is a book which belies its title, and is much the better for doing so. The successive treaties that define the title enter the narrative late (p. 87) and leave it early (p. 188) but are discussed in commendable detail. The complex interplay of personalities, national objectives and priorities, economic limitations and developing technologies […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | North Sea | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘Pudding Pan: A Roman shipwreck and its cargo in context’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

The ‘Pudding Pan wreck’ discovery is of extreme significance in the development of British archaeology, both general and maritime, but remains little understood. This comprehensive and authoritative re-publication of the scattered evidence by Michael Walsh is long overdue, but leaves its significance unclear. Essentially, the ‘discovery’ refers to the repeated recovery of intact vessels of […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | North Sea | Eighteenth Century | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Archaeology

Book Review: ‘A Cromwellian Warship Wrecked Off Duart Castle, Mull Scotland, in 1653’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

In recent years, Armada wrecks, East Indiamen and others of less clear historical context have been investigated by excavation alongside the (putative) Swan (1653) and the Dartmouth (1690) which stranded on opposite sides in the eastern entrance to the Sound of Mull. The principal credit for this major development in Scottish, maritime and post-medieval archaeology falls to the author […] Read More

Filed under: Location | English Civil War | Irish Sea | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies

Book Review – ‘’Formidable’: A true story of disaster and courage’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

In the opening hours of 1915 the pre-Dreadnought battleship HMS Formidable was lost to torpedo attacks by the German submarine U-24 while off Portland Bill. A clear parallel to the loss of HMS Royal Oak 24 years later, it is of comparable significance. The sinking, however, has apparently not previously been the subject of specific scholarly study, but this book does […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Submarines

Book Review – ‘Searching for the Finmen: An unplanned journey in homage to the kayak and its Inuit masters’ by Norman Rogers

By Robert J. C. Mowat

This is an unusual and engaging book. The author is, to use a term he applies to another, a ‘kayakophile’, who investigated the development and characteristics of the kayak during prolonged recovery from a debilitating medical condition. Successful completion (in 2006) of the Devizes to Westminster canoe race happily marks the simultaneous achievement of both […] Read More

Filed under: Popular Topics
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘The Last Big Gun: At war and at sea with HMS ‘Belfast’’ by Robert J. C. Mowat

By Robert J. C. Mowat

The paramount significance of the light cruiser and its development within the Royal Navy of the later nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth centuries has long been recognized, both in academic and popular publications, and in the exemplary preservation and display (by the Imperial War Museum) of HMS Belfast in the Pool of London. This fine book […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | North Sea | Pacific
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Book Review – ‘The Fighting Temeraire: Legend of Trafalgar’; ‘The Admiral Benbow: The life and times of a naval legend’; ‘The Glorious First of June: Fleet battle in the age of terror’ by Sam Willis

By Robert J. C. Mowat

The ‘Great Age’ of the sailing warship has received such detailed study that is difficult to believe there is more to be said on the subject. Many (possibly most) Mariner’s Mirror readers will emphatically doubt this view, and these books will justify their view. Taken together the Hearts of Oak trilogy aims to examine ‘three of the most […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Miscellaneous | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design