Naval History

13.06.2021
THE HISTORY OF THE PORT OF LONDON

This “History…” is a truly excellent book that will be found very interesting not only for the people living in London but of course to all those having deep interest both in the history of London, naval history, human development and so many other areas. The author of the volume has perfectly charted the foundation, further growth and development of the London port and provided good explanation of its importance to the prosperity of the Great Britain.

The readers from all around the planet have found this book really fascinating. The writing style of the author is amazing and it engages readers throughout the book; the photos chosen to accompany the text are brilliant. In addition to the text and photographs, there are so many of the navigation charts included in the book as the supplementary material. In short we can say that the publication is a solid and thoroughly researched story presented in a way accessible to any reader including the very beginners.

It contains the close view of maybe the most famous and historically important sea port in the history of mankind and international shipping and that is the reason why we say it will be interesting to anyone and not only to the Londoners.

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13.06.2021
SAILORS, SLAVES, AND IMMIGRANTS — BONDAGE IN THE INDIAN OCEAN WORLD, 1750—1914

Throughout the history of the mankind, the slaves travelled across the oceans, same as the unfree immigrants and convicts. However, it shall be noted that the people's understanding of the modernity has been significantly narrowed by the conventional historical paradigm relating to the Atlantic World. This volume presents the brilliant study fully contrasting with the common and regular understanding of the relationships that used to exist in the Indian Ocean back in the nineteenth century.

This work is demonstrating that the nations that used to struggle against the slavery in the distant past did accept the limits on the labour freedom. According to the reviews performed by the major experts in the field, the content of this publication has perfectly brought together numerous historical debates; the author has successfully challenged many of the ideas related to the sea-bound labour deriving from the pretty exaggerated attention to the Atlantic ocean.

This book will be recommended to anyone with the interest in the naval history and the problems addressed by the author in his work who will find the information not readily available in most of the other documents on this topic.

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13.06.2021
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN SIXTEEN SHIPWRECKS

The stories of marine disasters always fire people’s imaginations. There were so many of them including the very famous Roman triremes and Spanish Main, huge transatlantic liners and others. Remember Titanic and Lusitania, and up to the recent disaster of Costa Concordia. The publication presented to your attention is intended to provide the interested readers with a good study making for a completely new and unique understanding of the history not limited to the maritime history; we are talking about everything here.

The author of the book is exploring the process of moving humans across the oceans and this process has been ongoing, romantic and hazardous. In the pages of his work, the author is drawing a number of quite provocative conclusions originating from the content of the study.

In short, his book is expected to demonstrate the developments making the oceans more familiar to the people and enabling humans to undertake safer travels across seven seas. This is a truly perfect and easy reading for anyone with the interest in the naval history and past times. And, as the people directly related to the maritime industry, we shall all be aware of the most famous shipwrecks in the history.

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13.06.2021
SEAWAYS — SHIPS IN SCALE COLLECTION

This collection will be greatly appreciated by the people with the interest in naval history and famous ships of the past. In contains absolutely all releases of the world famous Seaways magazine of maritime history and research for the ten years. The original idea of the publishers of this popular journal was to encourage the historical accuracy of the maritime researches and ship modeling.

Each of the publications included in this huge set of books contains very informative and interesting stories, ship plans, drawings and sketches. There are numerous historical photographs supplementing the text part. The authors provide the details of historic shipping covering both steam and sail vessels. The Seaways magazines will be of great interest not only to the naval historians and enthusiasts but also to the ship modelers who will definitely benefit from the technical information contained in the pages of these journals.

This information will for sure help them when used for making the models of the ships belonging to different historic periods and will add to the accuracy. Even if you are not making ship models, we still recommend you to have a look in the magazines and you will find something interesting there.я

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13.06.2021
SHIP OF FATE — THE STORY OF THE MV WILHELM GUSTLOFF

The book tells readers a story of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff called Hitler's Titanic. The crush of Wilhelm Gustloff is deservedly treated as one of the most secret and deadliest naval catastrophes in the whole maritime history. The vessel was sunk by the submarine of the Soviet fleet and nearly ten thousand human lives were lost, it happened in 1945. Not only this fact is remarkable, the whole story and service history of this vessel deserves attention.

The original name of the vessel was Adolf Hitler, she was intended to be christened upon delivery back in 1937; however, the plans changed and the decision was made to name her after the Swiss leader Gustloff, and the vessel became the true proud of the Nazi Labor Movement under this name.

The book is a great one for the people interested in the naval history, famous warships of the past times and history in general. They will like the information and facts compiled by the author that made this volume so popular among the naval history enthusiasts; however, the book will also be appreciated by the general reader. Take some time reading this work prepared by the recognized expert in the field of naval history, Roger Moorhouse, and you will not be disappointed.

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13.06.2021
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 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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13.06.2021
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 looks at the action of that battle in a very detailed manner and the text of the book supplemented with a great number of 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 course of the battle. The book shall be treated as the essential reading not only for naval historians but for everyone seriously interested in battleship combats of the past. The approach to the presentation of information applied by Robert Lundgren, who is the author of this title, allows the readers to witness the battle as if they really participated in it.

The content of the book has been arranged in pretty chronological order but the author switches from one vessel to another, covering both American and Japanese ships. He has also provided readers with the charts of the tracks for the ships fighting on both sides, and this has been greatly appreciated by the lovers of naval history, both professionals and enthusiasts.

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13.06.2021
SAIL & STEAM — A CENTURY OF MARITIME ENTERPRISE, 1840—1935

Addressing a meeting of the British Association in April 1891, the veteran traveler 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 endeavor 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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