Social & Industrial History
The Old Boys
The Decline and Rise of the Public School
To many, public schools are an anachronistic bastion of privilege. This book charts a colourful history of schoolboy revolts, eccentric heads, scandal, decline and renewal, to argue that, on balance, their contribution to national life is a positive one. Slightly off-mint.
Ancestors in the Arctic
A Photographic History of Dundee Whaling
Drawn from the collections of Dundee Art Galleries and Museums, this volume of early photographs shows the sailing ships and the highly skilled crews of the Dundee whaling industry, often set against the dramatic ice seas and landscapes of the Arctic. Offering insights into an almost forgotten aspect of Dundee’s history, the book demonstrates the importance of whaling for the city between the mid 18th century and the First World War.
Passage to the World
The Emigrant Experience 1807–1940
From the early 19th century, millions of people crossed the seas to escape war, famine or poverty, or were taken against their will as slaves, convicts or indentured labourers. Drawing on original sources and first-hand accounts, this book examines the transition from one life to another: the decision to emigrate, the journey to the port, the perils of the voyage, and the emigrants' reception in the Americas or Australasia.
Jack Tar's Story: The Autobiographies and Memoirs
Examining the autobiographical writings of antebellum American sailors, and how they remembered and interpreted experiences such as the War of 1812 and British impressment, this study explores contested meanings of manhood and nationalism in the early republic.
Seadogs Aboard an English Galleon
English ships of the 1520s were built principally for coastal sailing but over the following century designs, and the life of the men aboard, changed rapidly as Elizabethan mariners ventured far beyond home waters. Drawn from accounts of hundreds of 16th century and early 17th century ocean voyages, including the words of Drake and Ralegh, this book explores how these intrepid seamen coped with tropical heat, violent storms, bad water, rotten food, disease, navigational problems and enemy fire.
Sweet Water and Bitter
The Ships that Stopped the Slave Trade
In 1807, the British Parliament abolished slavery throughout the Empire. The trade in human misery did not stop, however, as other countries - and illegal slavers - continued to abduct people from the coasts of West Africa. Combining meticulous research with narrative verve, this compelling book tells the story of how, in six decades of dramatic and daring action on the high seas, the Royal Navy's 'Preventative Squadron' liberated 150,000 Africans at the cost of 17,000 of its own men.
As well as the 'golden age' of piracy in the West, with its sea rovers, privateers, buccaneers and notorious characters such as Blackbeard, Black Barty and William Kidd, this history covers piracy from ancient times to the present day; from the bloodthirsty Viking raiders who terrorized northern Europe to Lai Choi San, the legendary female Chinese pirate who commanded a fleet of eleven junks in the 1920s, and recent piracy off the coast of Somalia.
School Songs and Gymslips
Grammar Schools in the 1950s and 1960s
With tales from the days of indoor sandals and navy knickers, Latin verbs and transistor radios, semolina pudding and O Levels, this light-hearted social history is based on the experiences of pupils from 18 schools around the country and describes how things were for grammar school girls – at school and at home – between about 1955 and 1965.
Poxed and Scurvied
The Story of Sickness and Health at Sea
As sailors began to explore the world in the 15th century, using new designs of sailing ship which enabled long transatlantic voyages, the difficulties of keeping healthy aboard ship became acute. Brown discusses the Royal Navy's efforts to deal with the problem, which led the way in the improvement of diet, hygiene and shipboard medical provision. He also shows how concern for the fitness of seamen brought about public health measures aganst drunkenness and the pox.
When Schooldays Were Fun
A Lighthearted Look at 'the Best Days of Our Lives'
In spite of the hard benches, stodgy food and iron discipline that feature prominently in people's memories of education in Britain before about 1970, schooldays from this period are nevertheless often fondly remembered. Covering a period from about 1900 up to the 1970s, this nostalgic miscellany of archive photographs, literary references, poems and first-hand accounts recalls the eccentric teachers, interminable lessons, withering school reports and punishing sporting trials that were once the daily lot of British schoolchildren.
Ships and Shipbuilders
Pioneers of Design and Construction
From Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BCE) to Ben Lexcen (1936-1988), inventor of the famous winged keel which helped Australia II win the 1983 America's Cup, this volume describes the achievements of the most important designers, engineers, naval architects and shipwrights in the history of ship design and construction.
England's Shipwreck Heritage
From Logboats to U-boats
From the remains of primitive boats of uncertain date to 18th-century trading ships and vessels of the Second World War, there are hundreds of wrecks around England's coast bearing testament to the importance of shipping in the nation's history. This illustrated study assesses the factors that have led to maritime disasters over the centuries and provides an insight into naval archaeology and the role of English Heritage in the protection of historic wreck sites.
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.
Outlaws of the Atlantic
Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail
Rather than the masters and commanders, Marcus Rediker's history takes a bottom-up approach, looking at the maritime history of the Atlantic from the viewpoint of sailors, slaves, indentured servants, pirates, smugglers and rebels. In the 'age of wooden ships and iron men' he shows how Jack Tar, as sailors were commonly known, influenced the wider histories of political thought, literature and commerce, and how revolutionary ideas were generated among the motley (or multi-ethnic) crews of the Atlantic.