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 Marine Paintings of Smitheman
An experienced hobby sailor, painter Francis Smitheman brings his own sense of the sea as well as extensive historical research and a profound respect for the classical masters to his maritime pictures. This collection of his oil paintings, completed over a period of 30 years, contains a series of pictures of Nelson’s battles, scenes from the Pool of London in the age of sail, polar exploration vessels and imagined historic scenes at famous ports.
Giants of the Clyde
The Great Ships and the Great Yards
As late as the 1950s, one in seven of all seagoing vessels were built on the Clyde, the river being lined with famous yards. This book explains the rise and fall of Glasgow as the world's centre of shipbuilding and explores the many iconic vessels built there, from sailing ships such as Cutty Sark and mighty warships such as HMS Hood to the greatest luxury liners.
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.
The Memoirs of Robert Hay
Robert Hay (1789–1847) joined the Royal Navy when he was 14 years old and served on the lower decks as a ‘shoe boy’ during the French wars. After one attempt to desert, he was posted to the East Indies, where he was badly wounded; the next time he got home to Scotland without falling foul of the press gang. Written in 1820, his memoir is a vivid account of naval life – and a wonderful yarn. Edited and introduced by Vincent McInerney.
On 25 August 1833, the chartered transport Amphitrite set sail from London, its 16 crew, 100 female prisoners and their children bound for an Australian convict colony. Days later, and before a crowd of helpless onlookers, the ship would break up off Boulogne, drowning all but three on board. This erudite account of the tragedy also examines the Admiralty’s investigation of the captain who, inexplicably, refused help offered from the shore.
Early Ships and Seafaring
Water Transport Beyond Europe
Complementing the author’s earlier work on ancient European water transport, this volume presents the evidence for early hand-built rafts and boats in the rest of the world, from Egypt to the Americas. 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.
The World's Most Luxurious Vessels
Cruise ship tourism has flourished in recent decades and the demand for ships equipped with every amenity has produced a fleet of vessels that dwarf the most famous ships of the past. This book profiles more than 150 of the largest (over 40,000 Gross Registered Tonnage), with photographs and specifications for each and chapters on how the ships are constructed, operated and enjoyed.
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.
Conquest of the Atlantic
Cunard Liners of the 1950s and 1960s
In this celebratory book, William Miller’s passion for the romance of ocean liners looks to the Cunard Line and its fleet of iconic ships, including the two ‘Queens’, Mauretania, Caronia and Queen Elizabeth 2. Drawing on staff and passenger interviews, photographs and posters, the author traces the ships’ survival through the Second World War, when many liners were painted grey for military service, into passenger shipping’s grand and opulent finale before the advent of commercial aviation.
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.
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.
Passenger Steamers of the River Conwy
Serving the Famous Trefriw Spa
In the 19th century, Trefriw, twelve miles upstream from Conwy in North Wales, began to attract visitors to sample the healing waters of its chalybeate well, which encouraged the foundation of a passenger steamer service to the village. This book explores the tourist steamer fleet that flourished on the route throughout the century and into the Edwardian period, and also the development of Trefriw into a fashionable spa town.
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.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 2)
America and Asia, 1800–2008
This volume is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the Americas and the second with Asia. The entries include a 1920 US half-dollar commemorating the tercentenary of the Mayflower, a 1995 Cuban series celebrating pirates of the Caribbean, and a five-yuan piece honouring the medieval Chinese admiral Zhen He.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 1)
This first volume features European coins depicting a range of watercraft from Nelson’s Victory on a coin of Gibraltar to a kayaker in the 1992 Olympics (Andorra). Each entry tells the story of the vessel and the lives of the sailors, naval commanders and explorers who sailed on her.
A History of British Paddle Steamers
If the railway created the Victorian seaside resorts by bringing visitors from the cities, the paddle steamer entertained them when they got there, providing pleasure trips for tourists as well as comfortable and affordable travel on coastal routes. With many photographs, posters and other illustrative material, this history of paddle-propelled steamers in British waters explores their development and impact during the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as their role in the wars and later decline.
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.
A Fleet History
Once the leading passenger service between Britain and Australia, the Orient Line was founded in 1863 and operated up to 1966, when it was absorbed into P&O. This lavishly illustrated volume charts the complete history of the company with photographs and details of 129 ships, and chapters on life aboard and on Orient Line’s connections with Tilbury, with Australian ports, and with the shipbuilders Vickers-Armstrongs in Barrow-in-Furness.
A Photographic Journey
The cruise ship Queen Victoria, the first in a new breed of Cunard ships, was brought into service in 2007. It is a modern cruise ship strong enough for the world's oceans, yet luxurously appointed, with facilities ranging from restaurants and bars to a full scale theatre. Comprising more than 200 colour photographs and brief descriptions, this book is a visual tour of the ship's public rooms and sports decks, ending with a look 'behind the scenes'.
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.
Two streams in South Lanarkshire vie for the title of the source of the Clyde, which then flows through moor and farmland, down the Falls of Clyde – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – to Glasgow and the Firth of Clyde. Through a selection of photographs, commentary and guided walks, this book explores the history, culture and geography of the river from source to sea.
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. This book tells the story of the vessel through a collection of contemporary postcards, 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.
The First Iron Warship and Her World
Commissioned by the East India Company, constructed by Laird's of Liverpool and launched in 1839, the Nemesis was the first purpose-built, steam-powered ironclad warship, the first with watertight compartments, and the first iron vessel to round the Cape of Good Hope. This lively and absorbing history charts – for the first time – her creation and career, profiles her captain and crew, and tells of her exploits in the First Opium War and naval actions from Bombay to Burma.
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.
Giants of the Seas
The Ships that Transformed Modern Cruising
When Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas was launched in 1988 it was the largest passenger ship to be built for more than 40 years, but it signalled a new era in the cruise business and has inspired the construction of dozens of ever more spectacular vessels. This book celebrates this new golden age of cruising by examining 40 modern ships – from floating resorts accommodating thousands of holidaymakers to purpose-built polar and river cruisers.
Fleet List and History
Founded on Merseyside in 1913, Coast Lines (formerly Powell, Bacon and Hough Lines Ltd) grew from a 16-vessel operation to become the world's largest coastal fleet by the 1950s, having acquired numerous shipping companies and pioneered the coordination of coastal sea and road transport. After the 1950s, decline set in and the company was taken over by P&O in 1971. This book provides a succinct history of Coast Lines and a fleet list with details of over 400 ships.
From Brindley to Telford and Beyond
Britain's canal network is the legacy of the great 18th- and 19th-century engineers whose tunnels, aqueducts, locks and bridges are in use again today following decades of neglect. This portfolio of more than 200 colour photographs celebrates not only the canal-builders' engineering marvels but also the extensive restoration efforts undertaken in recent years, including the modern wonder of the Falkirk Wheel.
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.
A Brief History of British Sea Power
Before the reign of Elizabeth I, Britons showed little appetite to explore the seas beyond their own shores; but from the 16th century Britain's naval power began to grow steadily. From fifth-century skin boats to the battleships of the Second World War, this maritime history charts how a tradition of seamanship evolved in Britain, and how the exploits of merchant adventurers and naval warriors contributed to achieving a total domination of the seas after 1815.
Paasch's Illustrated Marine Dictionary
Originally Published as From Keel to Truck
Surveyor of ships to Lloyd's Register and with a lifetime of experience in shipbuilding and repair, Heinrich Paasch was the first to recognize the need for a universal dictionary defining the vocabulary of ships. This facsimile edition of his work, first published in 1885, provides an explanation of all the principal parts of a ship's structure and equipment for both sailing and steam vessels, including propulsion machinery, rigging and even knots.
Building the Titanic
The Creation of History's Most Famous Ocean Liner
Determined to restore its pre-eminence in the trans-Atlantic shipping business, the White Star Line decided not to challenge Cunard's Mauretania and Lusitania for speed but to outdo them for luxury and elegance. This book details how its new liner Titanic was conceived, designed and built (at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast), and contains a number of blueprints and cutaway illustrations as well as archive photographs of the ship under construction.
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.