Archive for Items Categorized 'Maritime', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.
by William H. Miller
From the grand ships of the storied lines to mail boats bound for Africa this little book offers a good, basic, nicely illustrated introduction to the topic.
by William Burney (Editor)
First published in 1769 this fourth edition is the go-to book for the sum total of the naval knowledge and practice of the era of the Napoleonic Wars.
by Rorke Bryan
“Getting there is half the fun”—not in this case. And when and if you do, fun takes a back seat to survival. And then you have to make it back out. Tragedies and triumphs. This book will make you shudder, and not just because it’s about the cold.
by Peter Kirsch
A fireship doesn’t put out fires, it starts them. This profusely illustrated book is the first to examine the role of this device, from antiquity to the early nineteenth century.
by Christopher Deakes & Tom Stanley
Relive a distinctive era in the history of transportation by, literally, sneaking a peek over peoples’ shoulders into their letters home or “notes to self.”
by Ranulf Rayner
Lovely paintings of that crucial event, that exact moment on which a race may have turned are accompanied by a lively history of the men and their “ladies” (the boats!) that vied for the “Auld Mug” over the last 150 years.
by Marcus Faulkner
Every time you watch a movie or read a book about WWII naval engagements, this book should be in reach. Without it you’d have no real sense for space, distance, scale, and even time because movement on the open sea does not exactly happen at warp speed.
by Roger Branfill-Cook
Ships sink when they have a hole in them. How to put that hole into a ship, well, that’s not as easy as you might think. This very readable book offers a look into a world we rarely think about.
by Andrew Peters
Such intricate work on a seagoing vessel that gets banged around and shot at and all the while needs to make a “statement” about power and influence and religion and worldviews. This is political art as much as Advanced Woodworking.
by Marek Krzysztalowicz
Never given subs a second thought? Using Germany’s WW II workhorse as an example this thorough book shows how they work and what it’s like to sail and live on one—and how the FBI in Long Island managed to arrest a crew and another ended up in the Tower of London!
by Ian Johnston
This storied shipyard built five of the Royal Navy’s thirteen battlecruisers and not only had the foresight to document their work photographically but to hold on to the photos for decades—which is why a hundred years later this excellent book is possible.
Design, Construction, Careers and Fates
by Tredrea & Sozaev
Britannia may have ruled the waves although at the time Scottish poet and playwright James Thomson wrote his poem Rule, Britannia! in 1740 it was meant as an exhortation, something to aspire to, not a statement of fact.