Archive for Items Categorized 'Maritime', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Russian Warships in the Age of Sail 1696–1860

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.

The Lancaster and the Tirpitz

by Tony Iveson & Brian Milton

The subtitle calls only the bomber “legendary” but not the battleship? A good and necessary book but a bit one-sided.

P&O: Across the Oceans, Across the Years

by Ruth Artmonsky and Susie Cox 

After 175 years of plying the seas, there’s a story to be had. From paddle steamers hauling mail to today’s cruise ships, P&O made the world a smaller place. This fantastically well illustrated book will absorb you.

The Battleship Holiday: The Naval Treaties and Capital Ship Design

by Robert C. Stern

Battleship-building may have been forced to take a ten-year holiday in the 1920s but thinking and designing continued anyway, and the next generation of capital ship turned a new page. This excellent book describes the implications of treaties on technical developments.

Fighting the Great War at Sea: Strategy, Tactics and Technology

by Norman Friedman

A highly analytical examination of an aspect of WW I that gets overlooked a lot: naval activities. In a way, trade, and therefore the sea, was both a root cause and then an ongoing strategic goal in the war.


by Claudio Cambon

A “meditation” in words and images on matters far greater than the scrapping of a ship with all its human and environmental hardship. It is enriching, articulate, has a point of view, and is beautifully photographed.

Ships For All Nations

by Ian Johnston

Among the hundreds of ships built by this firm are some of the most famous vessels in maritime history, and this is now the third but surely not last book to dip into the many thousands of photos taken here over the centuries.

A Shipyard at War

by Ian Johnston

“Clydebuilt” became an industry benchmark of quality and many of the yards on the Bonnie River Clyde became household names all over the world. This excellent book tells the story of four pivotal years in the history of one of the most famous shipyards.

Frontiers – A Colonial Dynasty

by Simon Best

New Zealand, that most remote of British colonies. From whalers to Rolls-Royces to two airmen of Maori descent lying buried together on a hilltop in England, this book covers four generations.

The American Clipper Ship, 1845–1920

by Glenn A. Knoblock

“All the tea in China”—that’s a main reason the world needed express ships favoring speed over cargo volume to cross the seas at a “good clip.” The narrow, yacht-like sailing ships and a cutthroat business full of human drama are covered here in engaging form.

Anton Romako: Admiral Tegetthoff in the Naval Battle of Lissa

Agnes Husslein-Arco (editor)

Take one look a the cover, consider the time—1880s—and you know there’s a story here. Why was it painted in this modern style, what is it even about, and why did Emperor Franz Josef buy it?

Heritage of the Sea: Famous Preserved Ships Around the UK

by Peter C. Smith

Where are they now, the ships that embodied Britain’s proud tradition as a great sea-faring nation? Are they national treasurers or scrap metal?