A Short History of Seafaring
Paying tribute to the ‘essential contribution of sailors and their ships to the evolving history of the human world’, Brian Lavery’s history begins with the early Polynesians’ outrigger canoes on the Pacific, Minoan ships in the Mediterranean and Vikings crossing the north Atlantic. He traces the progress of traders, explorers, conquerors, slavers and colonizers, and describes historic maritime events such as the invention of the sea clock and the Cuban Missile Crisis, up to today’s container ships, pirates and refugee ‘boat people’.
How a Military Life Guided Winston's Finest Hours
As war leader, Churchill was heavily involved in both the overall strategy and the minutiae of the war effort. Lavery recounts his career as an army officer in India, Sudan and South Africa, and argues his direct experience of the different combat branches played a crucial role in his ability to assess their priorities in the most challenging moments of the conflict.
The Last Big Gun
At War and at Sea with HMS Belfast
The Battle of the North Cape off the coast of Norway was one of the last ship-to-ship engagements fought and HMS Belfast was among the British contingent that sunk the German battleship Scharnhorst. This history of the cruiser tells its story in the context of the wider role of the Royal Navy in the Second World War as well as reviewing its post-war duties before it assumed its present role as a museum ship.
The Lower Deck of The Royal Navy Since 1939 To The Present Day
The Royal Navy was the largest in the world in 1939, and conscription during the Second World War increased the total of employed men to 790,000, the vast majority of whom were seamen of the 'lower deck'. Based on primary research and first-hand accounts, this book examines the lives of these sailors during a period that has seen the introduction of women, the end of hammocks and the rum ration, and ever more emphasis on technical skills.
The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy, 1850–1939
The change from sail to steam in the Royal Navy was underway by 1850 and in the following decades the work and life of ordinary seamen changed radically as new jobs, servicing the engines and operating the sophisticated gunnery and communications systems, replaced the traditional lot of the sailor. This well-researched history chronicles the increasing professionalization and specialization of the lower deck as the Navy rapidly evolved and introduced many of the roles and practices which are familiar today.