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
Malcolm Archibald investigates some of the lesser-known murders, robberies and misdemeanours committed in 19th-century Scotland, contrasting the romantic ‘glens and bens’ notion of the country with the reality of its criminal underworld. As well as dealing with themes in crime, such as poisonings, rural murder and ‘wild women’, the book has chapters devoted to celebrated cases including the Dundee Museum Robbery and the Siege of John Street.
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.