Nelson's Arctic Voyage
The Royal Navy's First Polar Expedition 1773
Among the crew of a 1773 expedition commanded by Constantine Phipps to find the North Pole was a 14-year-old Horatio Nelson. This account tells how HMS Racehorse and Carcass were fitted out for the voyage, how they became locked in ice north of Spitsbergen before returning safely home, and how the young Nelson fought a polar bear and saved his crew from a herd of angry walruses.
West Country Warships
While the fleet has shrunk in recent decades, Plymouth, Devonport, Dartmouth and Falmouth have remained central to the Royal Navy. With extended captions, this selection of photographs of warships in West Country waters provides an overview of British vessels from the Second World War to the 21st century.
A Personal Account of Convoy PQ18
In 1942 Alfred Grossmith Mason became Navigation/Gunnery Officer aboard a cargo ship carrying essential supplies to Russia. Edited by his daughter, his diary records the perilous journey from Scotland to Archangel, the freezing conditions, the daily German attacks, and the loss of many ships and comrades. It also describes the hardships faced by the Russian population, and the dangers of the unescorted return journey.
The 2018 edition of the annual devoted to the design, development and service history of combat ships includes two articles exploring the Battle of the River Plate and the damage suffered by the Graf Spee in the engagement. It also features an analysis of unbuilt Russian defensive ‘monitor’ ship designs of the First World War, and a review of some of the sophisticated modern vessels in service for the replenishment of ships at sea.
Before the Ironclad
Warship Design and Development 1815–1860
This new, more extensively illustrated edition of the authoritative 1990 work shows how, in the years after the Battle of Waterloo, British warships developed from sail and wood to steam and iron, culminating in the world’s first iron-hulled, seagoing battleship, HMS Warrior. Written by a naval architect, it progresses from the structural innovations of Robert Seppings (1767–1840) to subsequent refinements of steam and the paddle-fighting ship, metal hulls and screw propulsion, and the evolving role of the Royal Navy.
The Warship Anne
Launched in 1678, the Anne was one of the ‘Thirty Ships of War’ constructed to double the strength of Charles II’s Navy. Having been lost at the Battle of Beachy Head in 1690, it is now one of the most important wrecks on England’s south coast. In this volume the ship’s technical historian explains Anne’s construction and specifications, follows its 1687 mission to the Mediterranean and discusses efforts to survey and preserve the wreck.
The Untold Story
During the Battle of Crete in 1941, HMS Gloucester was attacked by dive bombers and sunk; 83 of the 810 crew were rescued by German vessels the following day. Including first-hand accounts from survivors, this volume tells the ship’s story from its launch in 1937, investigating in particular the controversial circumstances of its sinking and the failure of any British ship to search for survivors.
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.
War Beneath the Waves
U-boat Flotilla Flandern 1915–1918
The inconclusive outcome of the Battle of Jutland left the Royal Navy in control of British waters, and Germany continued the war at sea with its U-boat fleet, building a substantial base on the Belgian coast. Translated from the Belgian edition, this is a detailed analysis of the U-boat campaign, supported by the author's own underwater archaeology. Tomas Termote examines the vessels and life for the submariners, and outlines the operational history of each of the 93 U-boats housed in Belgian ports. Translated from the Dutch.
The location, strength and operational status of enemy ships was of primary concern to the belligerent nations during the Second World War, with the threat of powerful vessels such as Tirpitz significantly affecting military planning. Aerial and surface reconnaissance photographs were acquired whenever possible and this book presents a collection of such images, drawn from contemporary intelligence files, assessing the vessels of the German, Italian, French and Japanese navies. Former USAF photo interpreter Roy Stanley provides expert commentary.