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Maritime Exploration in the Age of Discovery, 1415-1800

   This book by Ronald Love is representing a remarkably useful survey of the European expansion and exploration that took place during the early modern historical period and thorough examination of this development. The text contained in this volume combines the factual historical information with the analysis and interpretation; as a result, the book become very informative, easy- and interesting to read. Apart from the main text, there are lots of supplementary information included in the publication, for example biographical profiles, excerpts fro the important historical documents, and even the glossary. For sure, students and all people with the interest in the naval history will definitely find this book very useful when searching for the information or conducting researches on the maritime exploration. The author has described the early Portuguese expeditions that were taken along the coast of Africa; in addition, he also addressed the discovery of Americas by Spanish mariners, exploration of the Pacific, and the expeditions made to search for a northern marine passage to China. The narrative chapters of the book will guide the readers from the exploration of Mongol Empire by Marco Polo to Magellan's travel around the globe and all other historically important events. This is a treasure for any naval history enthusiast.

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His Majesty's Bark Endeavour

   This nice historical book has been prepared by the recognized and professional naval historian Antonia MacArthur, who is mainly specializing in the restoration and replication of the most famous vessels of the past. The publication tells the readers the captivating real story of this vessels and ninety-four people who made that remarkable voyage. The author has researched the story of the HM Endeavour in detail and illustrated the texts with numerous contemporary paintings, adding the nautical charts and relevant drawings and sketches; moreover, mote that there are many photos of the replica ship. As we said, this book describes not only the famous bark but also pays much attention to the people who sailed. The author has did her best trying to highlight the whole excitement of discovery to new geographical areas and new people, new animals and plants. Many interesting extracts taken from the original shipboard logs and records have also been included in the book. That is why we are pretty sure that this publication will present interest not only to the professional maritime historians but in fact to anyone with the interest in the naval history, famous marine ships of the past times, sea voyages made centuries ago, sea adventures, geographic discoveries and everything else related to the sea and the ship.

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Seamanship in the Age of Sail

   The popularity of the sea romances by С S Forester, Dudley Pope, Alexander Kent, Patrick O'Brian and so on, indicates that many people are fascinated by the story of the 'wooden walls' and the men who sailed them. Reading these talcs may prompt one to wonder about the exact manner in which things were managed aboard the old sailing man-of-war. How exactly was the anchor weighed, how was sail trimmed to best advantage, how did one heave to, and so on? A good deal of information about this sort of thing is to be found in the textbooks used by the young gentlemen who attended the naval schools in the 1800s, the most systematic and comprehensive accounts being in languages other than English. Seamanship was, and is, for the most part a practical subject, learnt primarily by doing rather than reading, and there was no overwhelming need to commit everything to paper. These accounts were written to complement rather than supplant practical instruction, and some technical points which are skated over because they were self-evident at the time, are often quite obscure to the modern reader. There are, moreover, formidable problems with some technical terms, since not all are to be found in the modern standard dictionaries. Initially, struggling with the blurred Gothic characters of a page of archaic Swedish, was like trying to decipher a passage in Minoan Linear B. Gradually, however, I was able to get things pretty well sorted out and reading through this material became relatively straightforward...

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The World Wonder'd - What Really Happened Off Samar

   This publication contains the detailed analysis of the primary documentation from both the USN and Japanese on the famous naval Battle off Samar on October 25, 1944. It is the great work and the must have book for naval historians. The author llos at the action of that battle in a very detailed method and the text is supplemented with so many historical photographs. The chronological analysis performed within this work is very accurate and is not just the evaluation of the battle but rather a minute-by-minute description of the events that took place in the couse of the battle. The book shall be treated as the essential reading not only for naval historians but for everyone interesned in battleship combats of the past.

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Sail & Steam - A Century of Maritime Enterprise, 1840-1935

   Adressing a meeting of the British Association in April 1891, the veteran traveller and photographer John L A Thomson gave a ringing declaration of faith in the importance of photography as a recorder of history's onward march. Looking hack on the great figures of history, he bemoaned the lack of accurate images of their features and the world in which they lived. But at last technology had caught up with the great feats of the human spirit, and at tin-high noon of Victorian endeavour photography was on hand to bear witness to the inexorable surge of achievement: 'We are now making history, and the sun picture supplies a means of passing down a record of what we are, and what we have achieved in this nineteenth century of our progress.' The art and science of photography was half a century old when Thomson made these remarks and the industrial nations of the world were climbing towards a peak of maritime and economic expansion. In the minds of men like Thomson, the camera's impartial eye, guided and controlled by the skill and discrimination of the photographer, would serve to document this growth, the industries and triumphs, the men of mark and a civilizing mission to the world at large.

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Outlaws of the Atlantic - Sailors, Pirates and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail

   The Outlaws of the Atlantic is one of the most popular publications on the naval history touching so dramatic world of the maritime adventures. Written by the award-winning naval historian, the book literally turns the marine industry upside down - it shows the history from the viewpoint of commoners - pirates, sailors, slaves and other outlaws of the sea from late XVII to the early XIX century. With a keen eye for these characters, the author shows how the maritime actors shaped the history. The reader will know how merchant sailors organize, inspired and maintained the democratic structures both outside and within the laws at the time. It all resulted in the book exloring the maritime history "from below".

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The Lusitania

   The Old Head of Kinsale is a steep and rocky promontory which juts aggressively into the Atlantic from the southwest coast of Ireland. On its crest are a lighthouse, a coast guard station and the ruins of an early Celtic settlement. For two thousand years it has been a vantage point for those on shore and a familiar and essential landmark to those at sea. Behind it lies a deep and secure harbor, once the shelter of Spanish and English fleets, and the town of Kinsale, today a sleepy fishing port swollen each summer by the tourist and the yachtsman. There is little to do but talk, and any conversation eventually turns to the Lusitania torpedoed nearby on May 7, 1915, with the loss of 1,201 lives. There is a Lusitania bar, a Lusitania grill and the inevitable Lusitania souvenirs. Equally inevitable is the Lusitania legend that the great liner was loaded with bullion which is there for the taking for anyone sufficiently rich and determined to risk diving three hundred feet to the granite and current-swept bottom of the Atlantic twelve miles south and two points west of the Old Head...

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Midget Submarine Commander - The Life of Godfrey Place VC

   This book is a very good one for the naval history enthusiasts who will definitely enjoy the story of on of the most remarkable Naval Officers in the history served in th Submarine Service. The author of this publication has a lifelong interest in the naval history and the VC (Victoria Cross) in particular - he worked with the Royal Navy for a long time and wrote/contributed in a number of maritime books and publications - he was so fortunate to have the opportunity to research the naval life of Rear Admiral Godfrey Place VC - in this book he starts as the Lieutenant in command of X7 submarine...

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Pocket Battleships of the Deutschland - Warships of the Kriegsmarine

   The book will be very interesting to people wishing to know a bit more about the German Navy warships of the Worls War II period. The authors included the information on three most popular ships of that time - Deutchlans, Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee - they were termed Panzerschiffe (it meant "armored ships") by the Germans. The publication covers armour and armament, machinery items, refits, scale plans, fire control and radar equipment, and some other data.

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Farewell to Steam

   The invention of the steam engine was definitely one of the most siginificant events in the development of modern civilization; its impact on the course of North American history alone was as direct and powerful as its own mechanical action. This creation is one of the simplest and, at the same time, most beautiful power mechanisms that man has ever devised; to me all other machines pale by comparison. This is an engine with a number of cylinders with a piston travels straight back and forth inside each of the cylinders, i.e. "reciprocating". Steam, being admitted and exhausted alternately at both ends of the piston stroke, pushes the piston forward and back, making each stroke a power stroke—a unique feature of the reciprocating engine. It means that the force is transmitted directly from the piston to either a wheel or a crankshaft by a system of rods and cranks, creating a sublime precision of movement. The fact that there are no gears or transmission makes this the only engine with equal power both in forward and in reverse, and enables it to move anything so long as there is enough steam to push the piston.

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Europe and the Maritime World - A Twentieth-Century History

   This book written by the Professor Michael B. Miller offers readers completely new framework for understanding globalization process which took place over the past century. The author shows how the maritime infrastructure of Europe made modern consumer and production possible, through a highly detailed analysis of the maritime ports, shipping and trading companies operating worldwide. In his publication, the author also did his best to explain how and why the ability to manage the logistics was affecting the outcome of both world wars. The publication will give reader a truly superb account of the European maritime history as well as the one of globalization, it may be treated as the very valuable addition to the scholarship on this subject as it is full of the information and debate...

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Destroyers At Normandy - Naval Gunfire Support at Omaha Beach

   The historical work by William Kirkland dedicated to the events at Omaha Beach with the intention of the author to show the relationship between the soldiers of I and 29th Divisions and DESRON 18 - the history showed how that relationship did help make victory possible at this landing. Brief contents of the book: Foreword - Preface - Prologue - Ships and Men - Desron 18 and Overlord; Assault in the Morning; Breakout in the Afternoo; The Days that Followed; The End of the Line; Ex Scientia Tridens - References.

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The Line of Battle - The Sailing Warship 1650-1840

   This work by Robert Gardiner and Brian Lavery is fully dedicated to the history of the sailing warships in the period stated on the frontpage. It belongs to the very popular Conway's History of the Ship series and will be of great use for people interested in the naval history and the warships of the past. The book contains excellent illustrations and so many drawings, photographs and tables providing detailed information and will serve as the good reference source for enthusiasts. In addition to the main fourteen chapters, the publication also contains the Glossary for easier understanding of the terminology.

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Preparing for Blockade 1885-1914 - Naval Contingency for Economic Warfare

   HMS Crescent was the flagship of Rear Admiral Dudley Rawson Stratford de Chair, CB, MVO, commanding the 10th Cruiser Squadron, the 'Northern Patrol'. whose task was to prevent the passage of enemy warships and merchant shipping between Iceland and the north of Scotland, and to intercept contraband on board neutrals. This extract from an official account of the events of 11 November 1914 described how the sea conditions west of Shetland forced the Squadron to heave-to. HMS Edgar was also damaged, besides losing a seaman overboard. De Chair gave an extended and more graphic description of this event in a posthumous memoir. Crescent was a protected cruiser, completed at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1893, with her 'sister' ship. Royal Arthur Crescent displaced 7.700 tons: she was 387 feet long, with a beam of 60 2/3 feet, and she had three-cylinder, triple-expansion engines which developed 12.000 horse power and 19 1/2 knots. She was aimed with one 9.2-inch, and twelve б-inch 21ms with others of smaller calibre, and two 18-inch toipedo tubes. Her complement was 520-550 officers and men. The other members of the 10th CS. the eponymous Edgar. Endytnion. Grafton and Theseus, were of similar vintage and design, but with two 9.2-inch and ten 6-inch guns. One, Hawke, was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by U-9 on 15 October with the loss of 560 lives...

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Black Flag - The Surrender of Germany's U-Boat Forces 1945

   The book by Lawrence Paterson is the another attempt to shed the light on the history of german submarine operations during the World War Two. It starts with the glossary and comparative rank table followed by eight chapters - May 1945 - Surrender at Sea - To the Victor the Spoils - Surrender on Land and The End in France - Military Justice - Captivity - and the last one - Burial at Sea... There are three appendixes at the end of the publication providing some additional historical information on the u-boats of the past...

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Barrow-In-Furness In the Great War

   This book by Ruth Mansergh will tell readers about the great importance of Barrow's output of war materials to the Great War effort; it also includes some information on the history of the town... Industrial towns He on the coastal lowland to the west and south-west of the high fells of the Lake District. Not all of them are ugly, nor were their builders entirely lacking in vision. Leaving the beaten track behind, we will discover, commemorate and reflect on the impact of Great War on the relatively isolated, planned town of Barrow-in-Fumess. The town was originally situated within the county of Lancashire and until 1780 it was a hamlet, consisting of just five farmhouses. Germany invaded Belgium, Britain's ally, on 4 August 1914, forcing Britain to declare war in support of vulnerable Belgium. War had come to Barrow and the town's docks, airship sheds and other sensitive areas were immediately placed out of bounds to casual visitors...

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A Shipyard at War - Unseen Photographs from John Browns, Clydebank 1914-1918

   In his world famous publication, the author, Ian Johnston, presents the perfect collection of stunning shipyard photographs, most of which never published before. The Clydebank ship construction yard, although known mostly for capital vessels and large liners, did build a vast range of ships in the period 1914-1920. This book includes two hundred images intended to depict in really unprecedented detail every aspect of the shipyard's output, from Aquitania (1914) to Enterprise (1920). These images chronicle the impact of the war to the working conditions in the shipyard, exspecially in the introduction of woment to the workforce...

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The Life and Times of a Merchant Sailor - The Archaeology and History of the Norwegian Ship Catharine

   Stroll along the white sands of Santa Rosa Island on Florida's Panhandle, gaze out to the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, then close your eyes and imagine this scene: at daybreak the storm has abated, but heavy seas still pound the beach... . In his book the author, Jason Burns, used the very wide assortment of historical data along with the results of various archaeological surveys in order to tell readers the story of the shipwreck happened to a XIX-century merchant vessel "Catharine" not far from Pensacola, Florida. He offers a very interesting reading, well written and researched.

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Victory in the Pacific 1945

   Here is the final volume of Admiral Morison's monumental work on the naval history. The book consists of three big chapters - Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Miscellaneous Operations. The text part is supplemented with numerous illustrations. The maps and charts are also provided in the publication in order to help reader better understand the operations that took place during the World War Two campaigns. This book will definitely serve as a perfect source of knowledge and will be of great interest for anyone who like the naval history, warships of the past etc.

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British & American Clippers

   Throughout the history of maritime enterprise and achievement, few ships have ever excited so much interest as the clippers, even though they existed for a comparatively short period of time. In both the United States and Great Britain there was a great surge of interest and enthusiasm in the design, construction and performance of the clippers which were of a type unique in the annals of the sea. Never before had shipbuilders been in such a hurry to construct large ocean-going ships to sail at maximum speed, and this was particularly true of America. Here the clippers were for the most part intended to transport eager prospectors to the land of gold in California, and this necessitated a battle with the elements in the storm-swept oceans «round Cape Horn. The gold rush frenzy, as far as cfapper ship building was concerned, lasted in the United States from 1849 to 1854, although the performance of the clippers continued to be studied avidly. Unfortunately, the years of the American Civil War terminated all this. In Great Britain the picture was slightly different, because fold was discovered in Australia three years later than in California, and clippers sailing from Britain did not have to contend against the fierce westerlies off Cape Horn on their outward passage. So the clipper ship era of the mo countries overlapped in the 1850s, and thereafter the China tea trade produced a fine selection of clippers, a sprinkling of which were of the 'extreme' category. However, this second clipper ship boom was brought to a sudden close in 1869 by the opening of the Suez Canal, which forced down freight rates for sailing ships to ruinously low levels, and as a result the construction of clippers ceased.

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Attack at Dawn - Reliving the First Battle of Narvik in World War Two

   This book is not intended to mislead readers into thinking it is a serious work of naval history. I leave that to those with far more professional abilities than I would claim to have. However. I believe it should be considered as being the first definitive record of accounts from those who were actually involved in the First British Battle of Narvik. It comprises their own experiences regarding how they managed to survive after the battle and also escape capture by the enemy. I cannot vouch that all the accounts are fully factual although from the sheer volume that I have been able to gather, there must be a lot of truth. However, I can definitely confirm the crew members of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla were there and during the ensuing years were still able to describe what they had witnessed. In addition. I have to accept that the information that has been provided by the crew members' families and friends, passed on either verbally or recorded on paper or tape, is indeed true and correct.

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Atlantic - Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

   A big ocean—and the Atlantic is a very big ocean indeed—has the appearance of a settled permanence. Stand anywhere beside it. and stare across its swells toward the distant horizon, and you are swiftly lulled into the belief that it has been there forever. All who like the sea - and surely there can be precious few who do not - have a favored place in which to stand and stare: for me it has long been the Faroe Islands, up in the far north Atlantic, where all is cold and wet and bleak. In its own challenging way it is entirely beautiful. Eighteen islands, each one a sliver of black basalt frosted with gale-blown salt grass and tilted up alarmingly from east to west, make up this Atlantic outpost of the Kingdom of Denmark. Fifty-odd thousand Faroese fishermen and sheep farmers cling there in ancient and determined remoteness, like the Vikings from whom they descend and whose vestiges of language they still speak. Rain, wind, and fog mark out these islanders' days - although from time to time, and on almost every afternoon in high summer, the mists suddenly swirl away and are replaced by a sky of a clarity and blue brilliance that seems to be known only in the world's high latitudes. It was on just a day like this that I chose to sail, across a lumpy and capricious sea. to the westernmost member of the archipelago, the island of Mykines. It is an island much favored by artists, who come for its wild solitude and its total subordination to the nature that so entirely surrounds it. And going there left a deep impression: in all my wanderings around the Atlantic. I can think of no place that ever gave me so great an impression of perching on the world's edge, no better place to absorb and begin to comprehend the awful majesty of this enormous ocean.

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The Ship that Wouldnt Die - The Saga of the USS Neosho - A World War II Story of Courage and Survival at Sea

   The best-selling and award-winng author of this very interesting work on naval history, Don Keith, is not actually the technical historian, but he is a perfect storyteller. That is the reason why this book would not be the best choice for the serious students of history and experts in this field; however, it will definitely serve as the excellent easy reading for everyone wishing to get a feel for the bravery of the sailors of the World War Two - the book is written in a crisp style that will put the reader in the middle of the story but will not resort to fake sentimentality.

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The Roman Navy - Ships, Men and Warfare 350BC-AD475

   The Roman Navy or, more accurately, the naval forces of the Roman state, is more often than not consigned to little more than a couple of paragraphs in many accounts of Roman military endeavour. In fact, it was for over 800 years an integral part of the armed forces of that Roman state and became the world's first ;super-power: navy. It was the instrument by which Rome achieved domination of the western Mediterranean, which enabled her expansion into the lands surrounding it and the foundation of her empire; it was naval forces that enabled the Romans to intervene and eventually to dominate the Eastern Mediterranean and the lands of the near east. It was a naval campaign and a sea battle that established and secured power for the first of the emperors of Rome; it was the navy's domination that enabled trade and the economy of the empire to grow and to flourish, free from the scourge of piracy and to an extent not equalled until the twentieth century. Finally, it was the loss of that domination that was a vital factor in the disintegration and ending of the Western Roman Empire. Cicero's dictum that 'The master of the sea must inevitably be master of the empire' has proved to be true in every Europe-wide war since. At its height, during the Punic Wars, the navy accounted for fully a third of the total Roman military effort and during imperial times it averaged rather more than a tenth of it...

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The Gondola Philadelphia & the Battle of Lake Champlain

   This publication will tell readers about one of the veterans of the American Revolutionary War, namely the Continental gondola Philadelphia, which is the oldest intact warships, being currently on display in North America. It was recovered from the bottom of Lake Champlain in 1935. The ship was fifty-four foot long and armed with three cannon and eight swivel guns. In the sixty-four years since her recovery, no one has produced any analysis of this vessel or the associated artifacts. In his work, archaeologist John Bratten details the history, construction, tools, armament, utensils, personal items, and rigging elements of this famous gunboat, taking advantage of contemporary records in order to describe the ship's artifacts...

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