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Maritime Museums and Museum Ships of Britain and Ireland. Evans, West. Maritime Museums and Museum Ships of Britain and Ireland. Evans, West.

Maritime Museums.
A guide to the collection and Museum Ships of Britain and Ireland.

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Type V11 U Boats. Chesneau Type V11 U Boats. Chesneau

The 'ShipCraft' series provides in-depth information about building and modifying model kits of famous warship types. Lavishly illustrated, each book takes the modeller through a brief history of the subject class, highlighting differences between sister-ships and changes in their appearance over their careers. This includes paint schemes and camouflage, featuring colour profiles and highly-detailed line drawings and scale plans. The modelling section reviews the strengths and weaknesses of available kits, lists commercial accessory sets for super-detailing of the ships, and provides hints on modifying and improving the basic kit. This is followed by an extensive photographic gallery of selected high-quality models in a variety of scales, and the book concludes with a section on research references - books, monographs, large-scale plans and websites. This volume is devoted to the largest class of submarines ever built, the Type VII, which formed the backbone of the German effort in the critical Battle of the Atlantic. A pre-war design, the Type VII was developed as the campaign progressed and was still in frontline service in 1945.
All the major variants, as well as minor changes to equipment, are covered here. With its unparalleled level of visual information - paint schemes, models, line drawings and photographs - it is simply the best reference for any modelmaker setting out to build one of these famous boats.

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War, Ice & Piracy: The Remarkable Career of a Victorian Sailor. Harrod. War, Ice & Piracy: The Remarkable Career of a Victorian Sailor. Harrod.

The era of the 'Pax Britannic' was anything but peaceful for many Royal Navy officers. But few saw as much active service as Samuel Gurney Cresswell, who contrived to fight in the Baltic campaign of the misnamed 'Crimean War' - the first time whole battle fleets maneuvered and fought under steam power - and to achieve fame as an Arctic explorer (he is credited with being the first to traverse the much sought-after North West Passage, as the result of a truly epic sledging trip form the trapped HMS Investigator in 1853). As his career advanced, he rose to sea-going command, and played his part in the imperial coercion of China, which included amphibious operations and the suppression of piracy in the South China Sea. Throughout his action-packed service, he always found time to keep journals and to correspond with his family. He was an acute observer of the closed world of the Victorian navy, as well as the exotic climes he was privileged to visit, and his lively first-hand accounts form the raw material for this book. Like many contemporary sailor he could also express his observations in competent drawings and watercolors, but Cresswell's skill was of a higher order: indeed, he was summoned to the Palace to present his Arctic sketches to Queen Victoria, and they were eventually issued as lithographs. However, most were never published and appear here for the first time. This book follows Cresswell's career through his own journals and letters.

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The Big Four of the White Star Fleet Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic. Chirnside. The Big Four of the White Star Fleet Celtic, Cedric, Baltic & Adriatic. Chirnside.

The 'Big Four' served the White Star Line for a collective 110 years and carried around 1,500,000 passengers to and from Liverpool and New York. Arguably, they were the most successful series of ships the company ever produced, but have been entirely overlooked in maritime literature. Many features of the ships were trialled before their use on Olympic and Titanic and, in many ways, the 'Big Four' can be seen as the forerunners of the famous 'Olympic' class ships. Celtic met her end on the rocks off Ireland in 1928, and her sister ships fell into the red during the early 1930s. Mark Chirnside tells their stories in detail in this groundbreaking new book.
Book Features:
Much previously unpublished material: diaries, letters, images and research.
Expert author publishing exceptional research on arguably the most successful ships ever produced by the White Star Line.
Images reveal construction; external views; life on board, including deck games; passenger accommodation in all three classes; wartime.
Includes newspaper images and articles of Celtic's end; and Adriatic's final cruises.
Accommodation pre and post-war plans; log extracts; and menus.
The launch of the Adriatic was 20 September 1906.

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Warships of the Great Lakes, 1754-1834. Malcomson. Warships of the Great Lakes, 1754-1834. Malcomson.

The age of fighting sail is primarily seen as a contest on the oceans, but there was also a huge, if neglected, naval shipbuilding effort on both sides of the Canadian Great Lakes. For eighty years between 1754 and 1834, these great expanses of fresh water saw the construction of warships that ranged from simple rowing gunboats to gigantic three-deckers that could have held their own in Nelson's line of battle. This book presents the history of the freshwater navies developed by the French, British and Americans as they struggled to control a wilderness frontier. It concentrates on the ships themselves, pointing up both the similarities and the differences compared with deep-water vessels. As many as possible are illustrated with original draughts and contemporary paintings and prints.
Apart from the ships, it also considers the logistics of the building operations, the provision of skilled labour and the supply of guns, revealing a story of human ingenuity and success against odds that surpasses the purely technical interest of the ships - probably the most astounding example being the pre-fabricated frigates that were built in Britain, dismantled, and labouriously hauled in pieces up the St Lawrence for eventual reconstruction on Lake Ontario.

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The Illustrated World Guide To Submarines: Parker The Illustrated World Guide To Submarines: Parker

A complete encyclopedia of underwater vessels throughout history, from the Nautilus and Hunley to the nuclear-powered submarines of today. A countr- by-country directory provides an in-depth survey with at-a-glance specifications giving country of origin, length, displacement, speed, armament, propulsion and complement.

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The Schooner, MacGregor. The Schooner, MacGregor.

From its emergence in Holland in the early seventeenth century to its present renaissance as a luxury charter vessel, the sleek and elegant schooner has embodied the romance of the seas. It has been used in just about every seafaring role from modest coastal craft navigating narrow inland waterways to high speed clippers plowing the world's oceans. Though schooners in Britain, America, and Canada were primarily cargo carriers, they were also used as Grand Banks fishing schooners, pilot boats, Baltimore clippers, colonial schooners, and yachts. This comprehensive history describes in detail the development of the beautiful rig and gives examples of all if its variations. Heavily illustrated with plans, paintings, and photographs, this new paperback edition will delight every maritime enthusiast.

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A History of Fighting Ships. Hough. A History of Fighting Ships. Hough.

A History of Fighting Ships.

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The Narrative of William Spavens: A Chatham Pensioner. The Narrative of William Spavens: A Chatham Pensioner.

Part of a series of naval and sea-life memoirs, this title offers an alternative to the usual top-down history, and has much to say on the topic of press gangs. It includes an eyewitness account of Hawke's great victory in Quiberon Bay in 1759.

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Nelson Speaks : Admiral Lord Nelson in His Own Words. Callo. Nelson Speaks : Admiral Lord Nelson in His Own Words. Callo.

After two centuries of biographies and analyses, Admiral Lord Nelson speaks for himself in this collection of excerpts from his private letters and dispatches. Through Nelson's own words readers come to fully appreciate the admiral's insights and opinions. With chapters devoted to such subjects as duty, combat, politics, sea power, life and death, and Nelson's views of himself and his wife, Frances Nisbet, and mistress, Lady Hamilton, the book offers an array of memorable quotations. Each is placed in context to give contemporary dimension to the words. Engravings depicting events in Nelson's life accompany the text.

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Surface at the Pole : The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate. Calvert. Surface at the Pole : The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate. Calvert.

The nuclear-powered USS Skate was the first submarine to break the surface of the North Pole. Author James Calvert captained the Skate and his book details a series of exploratory underwater voyages north before he and his crew finally found a way to the top and triumphantly smashed through the polar ice-cap on 17 March 1959.

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Brunel's Ships. Griffiths, Lambert, Walker. Brunel's Ships. Griffiths, Lambert, Walker.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel created a number of quite revolutionary steamships - the Great Western which was the first practical transatlantic paddle-steamer; the Great Britain, the first iron-built screw-driven liner; and the monster Great Eastern which remained the largest ship in the world for almost half a century. Besides these well-known wonders of the maritime world, Brunel also worked with the Admiralty on the introduction of the screw propeller into naval service.
The story of Brunel and his ships is surrounded by myth and self-created propaganda. In this book, a team of marine engineer, historian, and naval architect combine to analyse the scientific and economic context of the ships; the sum and substance of Brunel's contribution; and the technical features of his ships. It is illustrated in depth with original draughts, contemporary prints and photographs.

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Postscript to Voyager - The Melbourne Voyager Collision . Hickling. Postscript to Voyager - The Melbourne Voyager Collision . Hickling.

The detailed account of the HMAS Melbourne–Voyager collision.
The Melbourne–Voyager collision was a collision between two warships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN); the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) and the destroyer HMAS Voyager (D04). On the evening of 10 February 1964, the two ships were performing manoeuvres off Jervis Bay, when Voyager sailed under Melbourne's bow. She was cut in two and sunk, and 82 of her crew killed.
Two Royal Commissions were held to investigate the incident. The first studied the circumstances of the collision, while the second focused on claims by a former Voyager senior officer that the destroyer's captain was unfit for command. It is the only time in Australian history that two Royal Commissions have been held for a single incident.

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British Warships of the Second World War. Roberts. British Warships of the Second World War. Roberts.

Profusely illustrated w/ original plans of battleships, fleet aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers & submarines.

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SBS. The Invisable Raiders. Ladd. SBS. The Invisable Raiders. Ladd.

An elite, semi-clandestine yet military body of men, their reputation is as formidable as that of their Army counterpart, the SAS.
Now, following the format of the bestselling Who Dares Wins, James Ladd has succeeded in penetrating beyond the mythology to reveal hitherto little-known aspects of Britain’s premier seaborne ‘special force’.
He outlines its activity during the Second World War and traces its next movements, when it became part of the Royal Marines, where the author served.
Originally volunteers from 6 Commando, the SBS rapidly developed its own skills, expertise and identity, which was less heralded by necessity than the SAS, whose anti-terrorist exploits have been given the publicity denied to its marine counterpart.
In fact, the role of the SBS was little known until it came to prominence in the Falklands conflict. There, SBS teams operated in parallel with their SAS counterparts, probing the Argentine-held islands and feeding back essential intelligence information. In an island war, they were very much in their element, and they played a key part in reconnoitring the eventual landing site for the Task Force at San Carlos.
Like the SAS, the SBS packs a punch way out of proportion to its size. Each man is a specialist; but each is trained to the legendary standard that makes this an elite unit. All are qualified ‘swimmer-canoeists, as well as being parachutists.
They can infiltrate enemy harbours, marine installations and coastlines held by hostile troops; armed with the most sophisticated weapons and communications systems, their objectives are as carefully defined as a surgeon’s blade: sabotage, kidnap, reconnaissance or, that vital but rarely-recognised contribution to warfare, intelligence gathering.
James Ladd was a Royal Marine before he became a journalist and naval historian.

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The Drama of the Scharnhorst. Busch. The Drama of the Scharnhorst. Busch.

1956 1st edn.
'"Scharnhorst" sunk by British naval forces 60 sea miles NW of North Cape, 26th December, 1943 at 19 hours 45'. So ran the radio announcement that told the world of the end of the German battleship "Scharnhorst". The implications of this short message, in terms of human experience, remained unknown until the end of the war when the story was told by the few German survivors and the officers and men of the British Navy. While the epic of the final battle forms the core of his narrative, Fritz-Otto Busch also depicts life aboard the 32,000-ton warship and records her short, eventful history from her launching in 1939 to her fateful demise. He relates how "Scharnhorst" sank the British aircraft carrier "Glorious" in 1940, menaced Allied shipping in the Atlantic throughout 1941, and made her impudent, flaunting dash up the channel to the safety of the Norwegian fjords in 1942. Considered by her crew to be a "lucky ship", her luck ran out in 1943 when she found herself outnumbered in Arctic waters by superior Allied naval forces. The British ships were equipped with Radar, the "Scharnhorst" was not - a fatal disadvantage that was to prove decisive.
Pic of Reprint Edn.

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Warships of the USSR and Russia, 1945-95. Pavlov. Warships of the USSR and Russia, 1945-95. Pavlov.

The aim of this book is to provide complete and accurate information on the ships of the Soviet Navy throughout the Cold War and beyond. Details are given of the construction, capabilities and career of every Soviet and Russian naval vessel in a period of growth and development. It also includes Stalin's ambitious postwar proposals for battleships and battle cruisers, the development of the nuclear submarine fleet in the 1960s, and the air-capable ships of the 1970s and 1980s. Each vessel is listed with its project number, Russian name, specifications, building dates and ultimate fate, from the guided-missile battle cruiser Kirov to the smallest intelligence-gathering trawlers. This edition has been revised and updated to include the latest information that has become available. Illustrations include internal layouts of nuclear submarines.

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The International Register of Historic Ships. Brouwer The International Register of Historic Ships. Brouwer

This text comprises of a listing of surviving historic ships. Entries are organised by country, but cross-referenced by ship type, and contain the basic data on each vessel, with a brief outline of its career and historical significance. The current state of vessels undergoing restoration is described, and appendices also list parts of ships preserved in museums, the addresses of all organisation owning or managing such vessels, and a bibiography.

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Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany's U-Boat Arm 1939-1945. Mulligan. Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany's U-Boat Arm 1939-1945. Mulligan.

Although countless books have been written about the U-boat war in the Atlantic, precious few facts have come to light about the men who served in the submarines that wrought such havoc on Allied ships. Eager to get beyond the stereotypes perpetuated in movies and novels and find out who these elusive sailors really were, archivist Timothy Mulligan started searching official records. Eventually he went straight to the source, conducting a survey of more than a thousand U-boat officers and enlisted men and interviewing a number of them personally. The result is this character study of the German submarine force that challenges traditional and revisionist views of the service. Mulligan found striking similarities in the men's geographic and social origins, education, and previous occupations, particularly within the specialized engineering and radio branches of the submarine force. The information he gathered establishes quantifiable patterns in age, length of service, and experience, as well as the organization's overall recruitment policies and training standards. The numbers and losses of U-boat personnel are also fully examined. Beyond these objective characteristics, this study lists such subjective factors as morale, treatment of enemy ship survivors, and the relationship of the submariners to the Nazi regime, and it confirms a serious crisis in morale in late 1943. The roles played by the head of the U-boat arm, Grand Admiral Karl Donitz, and its organizational chief, Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, are thoroughly addressed. Mulligan concludes that the U-boat arm quickly evolved from a handpicked elite to a more representative sample of the German navy at large but continued to be treated as an elite force. The only comprehensive investigation yet published, this book also draws on POW interrogations of U-boat survivors and documentation of Kriegsmarine personnel policy obtained from German archives.

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Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet. Reckner. Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet. Reckner.

Drawing on previously untapped sources, naval historian James Reckner provides a complete picture of the fleet that thrust the United States into the ranks of great world naval powers. His fresh interpretations of the fleet's historic 1907-09 world cruise, which won him the 1989 Roosevelt Naval History Prize, allow today's readers to fully appreciate the significance of the famous fleet that set sail during Teddy Roosevelt's second term as president. Reckner recreates the colorful pageantry of the event--sixteen U.S. battleships on a fourteen-month voyage around the world--that drew thousands of sightseers at every port of call, but his main emphasis is on the cruise's long-range impact on the Navy. He shows how the cruise revealed the fleet's shortcomings and forced the naval establishment to acknowledge the faults and make concessions that eventually led to permanent benefits.

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The Victory of Seapower: Winning the Napoleonic War 1806-1814. Woodman. The Victory of Seapower: Winning the Napoleonic War 1806-1814. Woodman.

The victory at Trafalgar marked the beginning of nine years of expansion and domination by the Royal Navy right across the globe. This book charts the events of those years, including the Battle of San Domingo in 1806, the attack on Copenhagen in 1807 and the capture of the French base on Mauritius in 1810. Also covered is the Navy's crucial support of Wellington's army in the Peninsula War. Thematic sections of the book feature the skills of the seaman and the lives of prisoners of war. The prints and drawings collection of the National Maritime Museum is the source for the 300 contemporary illustrations.

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Naval Chronicle: Vol 3. The Contemporary Record of the Royal Navy at War. Tracy. Vol 3 Naval Chronicle: Vol 3. The Contemporary Record of the Royal Navy at War. Tracy. Vol 3

From 1799 to 1819 more than 1,000 pages of British naval news and views were published every year in The Naval Chronicle, including action reports, intelligence of foreign naval matters, and biographies of officers. In short, it was the most important original account of the naval part of the Napoleonic Wars. Outside the major libraries the 40 volumes of The Naval Chronicle are not generally available. This new consolidated edition, in five volumes, contains all the most significant material from the originals, including Admiral Nelson's only autobiographical record.

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Naval Chronicle: Vol 4. The Contemporary Record of the Royal Navy at War. Tracy. Vol 3 Naval Chronicle: Vol 4. The Contemporary Record of the Royal Navy at War. Tracy. Vol 3

From 1799 to 1819 more than 1,000 pages of British naval news and views were published every year in The Naval Chronicle, including action reports, intelligence of foreign naval matters, and biographies of officers. In short, it was the most important original account of the naval part of the Napoleonic Wars. Outside the major libraries the 40 volumes of The Naval Chronicle are not generally available. This new consolidated edition, in five volumes, contains all the most significant material from the originals, including Admiral Nelson's only autobiographical record.

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Safeguarding the Nation. Roberts. Safeguarding the Nation. Roberts.

The story of what the Royal Navy has achieved over the last fifty years is both a fascinating and proud one. Lord Boyce, former Chief of the Defence Staff. This new history of the Royal Navy, published to coincide with the Golden Jubilee of the White Ensign Association, is a full and exciting account of all the many campaigns, operations and deployments conducted around the world from the Cold War and the Cod Wars to the Falklands War and the Gulf Wars. It has been written and compiled from privileged access to secret and confidential Admiralty Plans and Commanding Officers? reports and contains a wealth of previously unpublished material. The story of how the Royal Navy has adapted to meet the many new challenges of the modern world and how it has carried out its vital roles from manning the nation?s strategic nuclear deterrent to guarding the vital offshore oil and gas facilities as well as protecting Britain?s worldwide interests is a truly fascinating one, while the development of ships, submarines, aircraft, weapons, tactics and strategies as well as the changes in personnel and life at sea are brought to life by contributions from people who served over the period. Profusely illustrated throughout with many previously unpublished photographs and paintings, this beautifully-produced volume is a magnificent golden jubilee tribute to the Royal Navy. AUTHOR: John Roberts spent over thirty years in the Royal Navy, and is uniquely qualified to write this book. He went to sea in aircraft carriers, cruisers, frigates and minesweepers, and served in the Far East, the Middle East, Aden, the Radfan and the Gulf. He later served on various Admirals? staffs, and spent ten years in the Ministry of Defence.

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Shipwrecks of the Cunard Line. Warwick, Roussel. Shipwrecks of the Cunard Line. Warwick, Roussel.

This fascinating book provides a unique record of the careers and final underwater resting places of ships of the Cunard Line, whose rich history spans over 300 ships and nearly two centuries. Many books have been published on Cunard's heritage but the final fate of these ships is often little more than a footnote of history. Authors Sam Warwick and Mike Roussel have taken the shipwrecks as a starting point to create a vivid new history. Featured vessels include the well-known Caronia, Lancastria, Campania, Lusitania, Malta, Oregon, Scotia and Carpathia, famous for rescuing the survivors from the Titanic, as well as many others. Events surrounding the wrecking of each vessel are thoroughly explored and unique diver accounts are incorporated, along with never-before-seen underwater images of the wrecks. Finishing off with practical data for interested divers, this book offers a fresh analysis of Cunard's maritime history.

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Flags at Sea. Timothy Wilson. Flags at Sea. Timothy Wilson.

This is a history of the flags flown at sea by the principal naval powers - Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA - during the Age of Sail. The subject is one that has been obscured by curious myths and misunderstandings about where, when and why certain flags - like the piratical 'Jolly Roger' - were flown, and this book's narrative aims to unravel these issues. It also tackles such apparently complicated issues as signalling in peace and war. The book also contains a profusion of illustrations, covering the many variants of well-known flags, in both contemporary flag-charts and modern drawings done specially for this work. It therefore provides the degree of detail demanded by modelmakers, artists and historians.

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British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After. Friedman. British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After. Friedman.

For most of the twentieth century Britain possessed both the world?s largest merchant fleet and its most extensive overseas territories. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Royal Navy always showed a particular interest in the cruiser ? a multi-purpose warship needed in large numbers to defend trade routes and police the empire. Above all other types, the cruiser?s competing demands of quality and quantity placed a heavy burden on designers, and for most of the inter-war years Britain sought to square this circle through international treaties restricting both size and numbers. In the process she virtually invented the heavy cruiser and inspired the large 6in-armed cruiser, neither of which, ironically, served her best interests. For the first time this book seeks to comprehend the full policy background, from which a different and entirely original picture emerges of British cruiser development. After the war the cruiser?s role was reconsidered and the final chapters of the book cover modernisations, the plans for missile-armed ships and the convoluted process that turned the ?through-deck cruiser? into the Invincible class light carriers. With detailed appendices of ship data, and illustrated in depth with photos and A D Baker?s specially commissioned plans, British Cruisers truly matches the lofty standards set by Friedman?s previous books on British destroyers.

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The Warship Mary Rose. Childs The Warship Mary Rose. Childs

This edition brings the history of Henry VIII's famous warship right up to date with new chapters on the stunning presentation of the hull and the 19,000 salvaged artifacts in the new museum in Portsmouth.

Mary Rose has, along with HMS Victory, become an instantly recognisable symbol of Britain's maritime past, while the extraordinary richness of the massive collection of artefacts gleaned from the wreck has meant that the ship has acquired the status of some sort of 'time capsule', as if it were a Tudor burial site. But she is much more than an archaeological relic; she was a warship, and a revolutionary one, that served in the King's navy for thirty-four years, almost the entire length of his reign.

This book tells the story of her eventful career, placing it firmly within the colourful context of Tudor politics, court life and the developing administration of a permanent navy. And though the author also brings the story right down to the present day, with chapters on the recovery, the fresh ideas and information thrown up by the massive programme of archaeological work since undertaken, and the new display just recently opened at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, it is at heart a vivid retelling of her career and, at the end, her dramatic sinking.

With this fine narrative and the beautiful illustrations the book will appeal to the historian and enthusiast, and also to the general reader and museum visitor.

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War at Sea, 1939-1945. Rohwer. War at Sea, 1939-1945. Rohwer.

Professor Rohwer served in the German Navy throughout most of World War II, and recounts in this book the naval battles and engagements that took place during that same war. The book contains over 250 photographs

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Naval Shipbuilders of the World: Winklareth. Naval Shipbuilders of the World: Winklareth.

From the Age of Sail to the Present Day.
While the design and service histories of warships are well covered in print, there is no single-volume guide to the companies and state yards that built them. This work is designed to fill the gap. The core of the book is made up of potted "biographies" of the shipbuilders, describing their corporate development, highlights in their histories, and listing the major ships they built. The book is international in coverage, divided by country, by region and by yard, with maps and plans showing the main areas, the locations of the yards, and the ground layout of the most important builders at significant dates in their history. A general introduction points out the salient features of warship development from wood and canvas to the technology of steam, steel and electronics in order to explain the changes in the shipbuilding industries of the world, and a careful selection of photographs illustrate the transformation of facilities from a simple slipway to the modern covered factories from which ships are "extruded"

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