Scotland's Cruel Sea
Heroism and Disaster off the Scottish Coast
A terrible gale off the Orkneys smashed HMS Hampshire's lifeboats after the ship had struck a mine in 1916. Lord Kitchener was among the hundreds of lives lost. The unforgiving waters around Scotland provide the scene for over a dozen more tales of maritime catastrophe in this book, including the loss of the Hood in 1941 and the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster of 1988.
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.
Gangs, Vice and Packet Rats: 19th-Century Crime and Punishment
The crowds of immigrants, merchants, sailors, slave traders and soldiers passing through the colonial port of 19th-century Liverpool provided an ideal cover for gang-led criminality and drink-fuelled depravity. This entertaining survey of Liverpool’s Victorian underworld presents a litany of crime stories, including murder, robbery, prostitution and bodysnatching, many of which involved sailor gangs like the notorious Packet Rats. The presence of Irish Catholic immigrants in the city, as Archibald points out, also raised tensions.
Crime in 19th Century Scotland
This true crime book investigates some of the lesser-known murders, robberies and misdemeanours committed in 19th-century Scotland; and while it pursues a thematic approach to crime, including poisoning, rural murders and drink-related offences, it also reserves stand-alone chapters for the Dundee Museum Robbery and the Siege of John Street. Archibald is keen to contrast the romantic ‘glens and bens’ notion of Scotland with the reality of a cruel and desperate criminal underworld.
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.
Real Hard Cases
Unsolved Crimes Re-investigated
At the request of families dissatisfied with the outcomes of official police inquiries, former Glasgow detective Les Brown has re- investigated a number of unusual deaths and unsolved murders. In this book he teams up with crime writer Robert Jeffrey to tell the story of his quest for solutions to these mystery cases.