The Lighthouse Story
From the remains of the Roman Pharos in Dover to the first concrete lighthouse at La Corbière in Jersey and the unmanned, solar-powered light vessels operated by Trinity House, this illustrated history traces the progress of lighthouse building throughout the British Isles. The book discusses the different types of construction, the designers, notable lights and the great rock lighthouses.
RMS St Helena
Royal Mail Ship Extraordinary
Until the airport opened in 2017, the Royal Mail Ship provided the only regular connection with St Helena and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, either from South Africa or, periodically, from the UK. This illustrated book tells the story of the ship and its successor, exploring their impact on the territories and significance to communities defined by remoteness.
The packet boats that transport people, livestock and goods to Lundy Island, in the mouth of Bristol Channel, have been in regular, year-round service since the 19th century. This illustrated volume presents information, documents and anecdotes relating to each vessel, from the sailing cutter Gannet to the motor vessel Oldenburg which carries visitors to the historic isle.
While the Titanic was doomed, it was still a remarkable feat of engineering in many respects. This Haynes Guide describes the construction, operation and fitting of the giant liner, from hull and engines to passenger areas, using photographs and diagrams to show the work in progress, as well as exploring aspects such as the refrigeration and ventilation systems.
A Marine Artist's Portfolio
The Nautical Paintings of Susanne Fournais
Denmark includes an archipelago of 400 islands and has a strong tradition of marine art. Inspired by this history, respected artist Susanne Fournais Grube has spent 30 years depicting not only boats and ships but also portside buildings and lighthouses. This collection showcases her style, which blends the decorative approach of classic 1930s illustration with the precision needed to capture details such as knots, rigging and masts.
Women and the Golden Age of Transatlantic Travel
The ocean liners that plied the Atlantic between the wars offered freedom and opportunity to women seeking work, leisure or a new life. This book follows the fortunes of a dozen such voyagers of all backgrounds, among them Marie Riffelmacher, a 15-year-old economic migrant from Germany, the singer and dancer Josephine Baker, the actress Tallulah Bankhead and the journalist Martha Gellhorn.
To Sail No More: In Colour
Very few of the 1,200 Royal Navy warships built during the Second World War were needed after 1945 and most were scrapped over the following decades. These photographs were taken between 1949 and 1962, mostly in Scottish breaking yards, and record 45 vessels including aircraft carriers, battleships and cruisers as they were gradually being dismantled.
Sentinels of the Sea
A Miscellany of Lighthouses Past
The extraordinary saga of the Eddystone Lighthouse serves as prologue to this engrossing and authoritative study of the history and construction of lighthouses, the development of their lights and lenses and the ‘splendours and miseries’ of the lighthouse keepers’ work. Among the period drawings, architectural plans and photographs evoking the bygone era of manned lighthouses are visual surveys and details of 100 of the most famous; and the book ends with their demise in the era of automation, radar and GPS.
A Ship Through Time
The Empire Windrush has become a symbol of the generation that came to Britain from the Caribbean in the aftermath of the Second World War, but the story of the ship itself is less well known. Built in Hamburg in 1930, the Monte Rosa transported prisoners to Auschwitz before it was captured by the British and renamed; and after its famous voyage, the ship saw action in the Korean War.
The Epic Voyages of Maud Berridge
The Seafaring Diaries of a Victorian Lady
Maud Berridge (1844–1907) made five voyages with her husband, Master Mariner Henry Berridge, from Gravesend to Melbourne and back. One of these, on the clipper Superb, was a trip of 14 months, rounding both the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, and stopping off in Polynesia and San Francisco. Interweaving Maud’s diaries with contemporary reports and a modern commentary, her great-granddaughter has assembled an account of a Victorian captain’s wife’s adventures at sea.
Scotland and the Sea
The Scottish Dimension in Maritime History
Scotland was at the forefront of Britain’s dominance of international trade in the 19th century: the greatest centre of shipbuilding in the world and the possessor, in Glasgow, of one of the principal ports and centres of industry. This history details these contributions to seaborne business and also describes the part that energetic and well-educated Scottish emigrants have played in encouraging maritime commerce by taking their engineering and entrepreneurial skills to all parts of the world.
The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers
From Bjarne Aas (1886–1969), the great Norwegian designer of International Rule boats, to Douglas Zurn (b.1963), whose 2003 high-tech, Kevlar-epoxy 34z set new speed and fuel efficiency standards, the Encyclopedia presents an A–Z of some 500 yacht designers, illustrated with over 600 photographs and drawings of their most notable boats.
Into the Raging Sea
Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm and the Sinking of El Faro
In 2015, an American cargo ship went down with all hands near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. Drawing on the conversations of the crew, captured by the ship's data recorder, this analysis of the tragedy recounts the crisis as it unfolded on board, investigates the captain's decision to steer directly into the storm and reviews the shortcomings of the merchant fleet and the increased threat represented by climate change. Off-mint.
SS Great Britain
Brunel's Ship, Her Voyages, Passengers and Crew
Brunel's initial designs for a sister steamship for the Great Western called for a wooden hull and paddle wheel propulsion, but his switch to a screw propeller and iron construction made the new ship a world first. This biography of the vessel looks beyond the innovation of its design and short-lived transatlantic service to its long career sailing between Liverpool and Australia, later cargo duties and eventual scuttling in the Falkland Islands, before salvage and restoration in the 1970s.
Power & Style
A World History of Politics and Dress
This exploration of regalia and its numerous accessories, extensively illustrated with paintings and photographs, demonstrates how clothing reflects social structure as well as individual rank and identity. It examines the art of power dressing through the ages and around the world, from the feathers and pigments of ‘naked’ societies to the cufflinks and suits of modern global leaders, and provides a comprehensive view of the sociological aspect of clothing.
The Ships that Shaped the World
Designer John Willis Griffiths’s conclusion that a sailing ship built for speed required ‘a sharp flared hollow and concave bow’ and a stern designed for ‘minimal drag’, revolutionized shipping well into the 20th century. This erudite history of the clipper, the fastest of all merchant sailing ships, considers different designs, including Yankee, Australian and tea clippers, as well as their cargoes and trade routes, with a focus on the treacherous seas around Cape Horn.
The Ships of Ellis Island
The manifests of Ellis Island record a total of 818 ships bringing new citizens to America between 1892, when the facility was opened, and 1924, when immigration quotas were much reduced. Through contemporary photographs and promotional posters, this book profiles 100 of the most interesting, from large and famous liners such as the Lusitania and the Olympic to the many more modest vessels that offered the life-changing transatlantic voyage from ports all over Europe.
Early Ships and Seafaring
Water Transport Beyond Europe
Seán McGrail’s scholarly study presents the evidence for early hand-built rafts and boats in the world beyond Europe, from Egypt and Arabia to Asia, Oceania and Australia. It combines the insights of ethnographical research with the analysis of excavated vessels and contemporary written accounts to give a comprehensive picture of our knowledge about ancient seafaring and the techniques and materials that were used to construct the different types of craft.
Sailing and Soaring
The Great Liners and the Great Skyscrapers
Beginning with New York’s Singer Building, which at 612 feet on completion in 1908 was the world’s tallest building, and Cunard’s Lusitania and Mauretania, both Blue Riband winners for their astonishing speed, this book compares nine of the most iconic Manhattan skyscrapers with many of the great transatlantic liners, including Queen Mary and Allure of the Seas, exploring the history of their construction, interior design, various uses and regrettable, though inevitable, demise.
A Tasman Trio
Wanganella – Awatea – Monowai
Illustrated with over 180 photographs and plans, this book tells the stories of three ships that plied the Tasman route between Australia and New Zealand in the 1930s and 1940s: Huddard Parker’s Wanganella and the Union Steam Ship company’s Awatea, the fastest ship on the Tasman Sea, and Monowai, whose 30-year career ended in 1960. The book covers the service of all three ships during the Second World War, which saw the bombing and destruction of Awatea.
SD14: Die Ganze Geschichte
In the mid 1960s, shipbuilders Austin and Pickersgill designed a basic standardized general-purpose cargo vessel to be built at their Sunderland yard and to be offered to other manufacturers to produce under license. This catalogue, with an introduction in German, contains detailed information and photographs of every SD14 built in English, Scottish, Greek, Brazilian and Argentinian yards. Text in German and English.
Coasters Go to War
Military Sailings to the Continent, 1939–1945
Within eight days of the declaration of war in 1939, a dozen coastal cargo ships had been requisitioned to supply the troops in France. By the following spring there were 160, and it was their task to bring the British Expeditionary Force back from Dunkirk. Four years later, 460 ships of ten different nationalities were involved in the D-Day operation. This book documents the activities of these vital fleets with listings of the service record of each vessel.
Great Mediterranean Passenger Ships
Italian passenger ships dominated the Mediterranean before the Second World War but most were destroyed in the conflict. During the 1950s and 1960s a new fleet of liners emerged and other nations, including Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel and Turkey, also entered the market, providing local cruising as well as services beyond Europe. This volume profiles the most prominent vessels of this golden era and is illustrated with over 170 photographs and contemporary publicity material.
Shipping Enterprise and Management, 1830–1939
Harrisons of Liverpool
Focusing on the shipping firm T & J Harrison, managers of the Charente Steam-Ship Company, this study examines the achievements of its decision-makers in the context of enterprise and economic growth in the shipping industry. Bears old cover price and off-mint. May smell musty.
The Ship that Hunted Itself
When two ocean liners, one British the other Argentine, were pressed into military service at the outbreak of the First World War, each was disguised as the other vessel. When they met by chance in the South Atlantic – to the utter surprise of both captains – a tremendous battle ensued. Erstwhile war correspondent Colin Simpson draws on the ships’ logs, survivors’ accounts and official archives to tell the tale. Bears old cover price.
Early Ships and Seafaring
European Water Transport
Since the Stone Age, seas, lakes and rivers have been the prime means by which humans have travelled, both for exploration and to make trading connections. Written by a former Royal Navy officer and maritime archaeologist, this survey of important excavations shows how scholars have interpreted different types of evidence to understand not only the techniques of ancient European ship-building but also the uses to which vessels were put from the earliest times to the 15th century.
First Atlantic Liner
Brunel's Great Western Steamship
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's achievement in building the steamship Great Western has been overshadowed by the fame of later vessels Great Britain and Great Eastern, but the wooden-hulled steamer was, for a short time, the largest and fastest passenger vessel making transatlantic voyages. This book looks at the business and design problems that beset Brunel during the development of Great Western and uses contemporary diaries to examine what life on board was like for passengers and crew. Slightly off-mint.
Triumph and Resurrection
One of the most famous liners ever built, Mauretania held the transatlantic Blue Riband for more than 20 years. Despite being scrapped in 1936, many of the ship's fittings have survived in various locations, including Pinewood film studios and a Bristol lounge bar. This well-illustrated book tells the story of the Mauretania, examines its design and construction, and investigates the whereabouts of some of the carved panelling, fine furniture and decorative metalwork that once graced its magnificent interiors.
Wireless Communications During the Great Disaster
In the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic, the Marconi company provided the British inquiry with all of the wireless telegraphy that had been sent as the disaster unfolded. This book draws on these communications, now held in the Bodleian Library, to tell the story from the first warnings of ice to the poignant messages of the survivors. The narrative is complemented by an extensive selection of transcripts of logs that document the events as they occur.
Heraldry of the Oceans
The Garb of the Merchant Seafarer
The traditions and insignia of Britain's merchant fleet have been less well documented than those of the Royal Navy, but there are detailed uniform regulations for mercantile seafarers and famous shipping lines such as White Star had their own specific outfits and rank insignia. Featuring hundreds of colour illustrations, this reference work is a comprehensive review of uniforms, medals and badges. The book also contains contextual articles on the history of the merchant fleet and the development and production of uniforms.
A History in Picture Postcards
The largest and most luxurious ship afloat when it was built, Lusitania was famous even before it was sunk by a German submarine in 1915 with the loss of about 1,200 lives. Illustrated with reproductions of contemporary postcards, this book tells the story of the vessel, charting its construction and service but also its cultural impact in the aftermath of its sinking, focusing anti-German feeling and helping to bring America into the First World War.
Cross Channel and Short Sea Ferries
An Illustrated History
Before the advent of the car ferry, Britain served passengers on the short crossings to the Continent and Ireland with a fleet of small ferries or scaled-down liners. This history, featuring more than 300 photos, describes the success of these vessels, which proliferated on British coastal routes and spread to other parts of the world from the early 19th century, and examines how the designs evolved from paddle steamers to screw-driven craft and finally diesel-powered ships by the early 20th century.
Great French Passenger Ships
France joined the Anglo-German competition to provide the fastest, most luxurious passage across the Atlantic when it launched the France in 1912. A series of successively larger and grander liners followed including the Île de France and the Normandie. This examination of French liners is illustrated with posters, paintings, photos of the vessels and their stylish interiors, and ephemera from the heyday of French sea travel between the 1920s and the 1960s.
Glen and Shire Lines
A Ship in Focus Fleet History
When the Suez Canal opened in 1869, it offered an 8,000-mile short cut to the East. Just a few years earlier, the development of a reliable and fuel-efficient maritime steam engine had also made it viable to use steamships on long ocean voyages. With comprehensive fleet lists and many photographs, this book tells the story of two of the first shipping lines to exploit these developments, pioneering the liner routes to the Far East.
British Shipping Fleets
This second volume of British Shipping Fleets presents detailed histories and fleet lists of United Baltic Corporation Ltd, Howdens of Larne, Thomas Dunlop and Sons, Chellew Navigation Company Ltd, and Glover Brothers. The fleet lists provide technical and career details for each ship and, wherever possible, a black-and-white photograph. The book has an index of ships and colour illustrations of the companies' liveries.