Naval History

30.03.2022
MAYDAY

The maritime industry is a very tough one, and the profession of mariner traditionally required courage. As we all know, the sad truth is that there are more than thousand maritime disasters occurring every year only in the British waters. So, you can imagine the scale of the problem and understand that something shall be done to improve the situation and reduce the human losses to the absolute minimum.

Nicholas faith, who is the author of this nice title, has explored the maritime safety in the twentieth century trying to find out the real causes of the two disasters, that are on the list of the most tragic maritime disasters of the century, namely the sinking of the “Estonia” ferry in 1994, and the loss of the “Herald of Free Enterprise” which occurred eight years earlier. What happened that caused these tragedies and how could they be prevented?

Why the number of the human losses was so incredibly high in both cases? What were the main lessons learned? In his publication, Nicholas Faith made a good attempt to perform the thorough examination and analysis of the numerous evidences provided by the marine engineers, ship designers, rescuers, doctors, as well and other experts in order to understand the real causes of these accidents.

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25.03.2022
THE VOYAGE OF THE LIBERDADE

This excellent historical book by the well-known Captain Joshua Slocum is devoted to the voyage of the world famous Liberdade ship. The author tells you a really impressive story of the adventure. The volume will be of great use and interest to all history enthusiasts. Moreover, any person who loves sea and adventures will benefit from the content of this title.

The text is remarkably easy to read and the way the story is told is truly fascinating, making the reading breathtaking. The author has made the voyage together with his family, on the boat constructed using the wrecks of the previous one. This is definitely something deserving your attention! The Captain managed to sail on the boat all the way across the Caribbean Sea, navigating up to America.

And, in fact, this adventure began when his vessel got trapped and destructed somewhere in Brazil. This is a story of a truly brave man and professional. The volume is presented in both pdf and epub formats so you can choose whichever suits your needs. We do recommend the title to you if you are really interested in the sea and people who made the history – as you can see, they are remembered and highly respected even after more than hundred year.

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03.03.2022
THE LAST DAYS OF THE HIGH SEAS FLEET

This interesting volume has been highly appreciated by the enthusiasts of the naval history everywhere in the world. Written by the recognized expert in the field, the publication will provide wealth of valuable information to all people with the deep interest in naval history.

The author has collected and tons of materials obtained from the German archives and other sources of information, and also make dozens of interviewees with the real people. The efforts of the author have eventually resulted in the perfect reconstruction of the events of those times. There are so many illustrations supplementing the text part of the book. Note that the publication is presented in both pdf and epub formats, for more comfortable usage.

The book is deservedly considered the real treasure for anyone willing to get more information about those pages of the naval history, and the approach applied by the author in depicting the happenings and historical events has made the content of the volume very readable which, in turn, gained so much of popularity to his best title. In short, the volume is recommended to all people interested with the ships of the past times – they will not get disappointed.

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03.02.2022
A SHORT HISTORY OF SEAFARING

This is one of the most popular titles on the history of seafaring in the whole world, greatly appreciated by the enthusiasts. The author provides readers with the excellent understanding and knowledge of how the seafaring did develop through the years and centuries, covering moth military and trade shipping. The focus was made on the critical aspects of the seafaring that would be of particular interest to the specialists.

The volume is perfectly readable and the chapters are compact yet very informative and full of interesting information. The whole history of the seafaring has been covered, starting from the very first steps of development, to the modern times and issues, such as the piracy etc. Numerous illustrations and maps have been included to supplement the text. We can say that literally all important historical facts have been included and addressed in detail, appealing to the broader audience.

The volume will be a genuine treasure and a must-have one for the people trying not only to know, but also to understand the seafaring history, since they will be able to track the whole development process up to today, and considering the fact that the author managed to pack tons of information into a quite compact volume.

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29.01.2022
SLAVERY AT SEA — TERROR, SEX, AND SICKNESS IN THE MIDDLE PASSAGE

The volume is a must read for literally all people with the deep interest in the history of the slavery at sea. The author has mainly focused on the slave ships, intending to significantly expand the readers’ understanding of the violence and real horror of the slavery.

The readers all around the world have already found this publication to be a truly perfect argument, fundamentally contributing to the slavery history in colonial America. The study and analysis performed by the author provides new insights into the intersection of the human health, gender, age with the violence. The efforts of the author have eventually resulted in the text that describes in detail the significance of the Middle Passage.

The research activities by the author and deep and thorough analysis of the obtained data have eventually resulted in this brilliant text telling readers the ugly truth. The style of writing is very engaging and the reading will be very interesting. The author has also placed an accent on the women, kids and old people… The volume is a good one to read for those with the interest in the history, as this is also one of the parts of the naval history, although one of the most tragic pages.

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13.06.2021
NAVAL BATTLES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

The initial setting for Act One was the Mediterranean on which the curtain was rung up early, several days before Britain's declaration of war. Here the Admiralty's plans to withdraw all their dreadnoughts to Home waters had gone awry. France had been slow to build such ships; by July 1914 she had completed no more than four, of which only one had been transferred from Brest to Toulon.

Since Germany's partners in the Triple Alliance, Austria-Hungary and Italy, each had three dreadnoughts in the Mediterranean, the Admiralty had to leave a squadron of battle cruisers at Malta. The Inflexible, Indefatigable and Indomitable, with eight 12-inch guns and a designed speed of 25.5 knots, were supported by the 1st CS of four armored cruisers, Black Prince, Defence, Duke of Edinburgh and Warrior, which bristled with 9.2-inch, 7.5-inch and 6-inch guns, but could go no faster than 23 knots.

These seven ships, together with four 25.5-knot, 6-inch-gunned light cruisers of the 'Town' class and a flotilla of destroyers, came under the command of Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne, who owed his rank and his appointment more to his talents as a courtier than to his professional ability. As Fisher wrote to Churchill in 1912: 'In regard to what you have done in the appointment of Sir Berkeley Milne, you have betrayed the Navy. You are aware that he is unfitted to be the senior admiral afloat, as you have now made him.'..

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13.06.2021
THE RULES OF THE GAME — JUTLAND AND BRITISH NAVAL COMMAND

And here is one more interesting publication on the naval history. Though the title of this book mentions Jutland, in fact this volume is much more ambitious. Andrew Gordon, the author of the present great work, has used that famous naval battle as the top exhibit to demonstrate the evolution of the British Navy. He also provides an excellent professional explanation of the Admiral Tryon's navy campaign.

At the very first glance, this publication is a sort of examination of the several specific tactical decisions made in the course of the Battle of Jutland explaining the major differences between the so-called "command climate" the battle fleets under Beatty and under Jellicoe. The description of the actions provided by the author, together with the timeline breakdown, together with the discussion and conclusions relating to the different conflicting timelines and narrative texts put forth have all made this publication to be found very popular among all naval history enthusiasts as well as in the community of professional naval historians.

The readers should also note a remarkably thoughtful and careful examination performed by the author of the manner the organizational culture and also the leadership norms in the British Royal Navy shifted at the times of the unchallenged supremacy...

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13.06.2021
HMS LI WO — THE MOST DECORATED SMALL SHIP IN THE NAVY

This book written by Arthur Sellwood tells us about one of the most famous naval vessels of the past - MHS Li Wo. Subect ship had been constructed in 1935 with the original intention to be running the passenger transportations on the Yangtze river. Some years after that, in the year 1940, the vessel was requisitioned and subsequently commissioned as HMS Li Wo into the Royal Navy.

Quite shortly before the Singapore's surrender which followed in 1942, the vessel got an order to be heading for Batavia (now Jakarta) in Indonesia. The vessel had come under the massive air attach and had to confront the convoy of the Japanese Navy forces that was heading for the Sumatra Island being escorted by a whole squadron of warships.

Though HMS Li Wo was armed only with the one four-inch gun and two Lewis guns, they made a decision to attack. After that war, Commander of the vessel was deservedly awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for the bravery he did demonstrate. In his brilliant work, the author has made a good attempt to piece together nearly unbelievable story of the most decorated small vessel in the Royal Navy fleet, and this is a story which might otherwise got lost in the archives of the Admiralty...

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