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Mariners, Merchants And The Military Too By Phillip Jones
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Reportedly the largest Empire that has ever existed throughout human history, at its height the British Empire was reported to have ruled over some four hundred and fifty millions subjects, a quarter... More > of the world’s population at the beginning of the 20th century and controlled an estimated thirteen million square miles of territory, around 25% of the world’s total land surface. This five hundred page project, tries to take a balanced view of Britain’s vast imperial possessions, how they were acquired, how they were lost and their histories, since they gained independence. The publication attempts to take a specific look at some of the more troubling aspects of the Empires past, including those dealing with the Troubles in Ireland, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Indian Subcontinent, the European Scramble for Africa, as well as the numerous wars and battles that such imperial expansionism created.< Less
The Old Merchant Marine - A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors By Ralph D. Paine
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The story of American ships and sailors is an epic of blue water which seems singularly remote, almost unreal, to the later generations. A people with a native genius for seafaring won and held a... More > brilliant supremacy through two centuries and then forsook this heritage of theirs. The period of achievement was no more extraordinary than was its swift declension. A maritime race whose topsails flecked every ocean, whose captains courageous from father to son had fought with pike and cannonade to defend the freedom of the seas, turned inland to seek a different destiny and took no more thought for the tall ships and rich cargoes which had earned so much renown for its flag. Ralph D. Paine was an American journalist and author popular in the early 20th century. During World War I, he worked for the Committee on Public Information and the United States Department of the Navy, observing and writing about Allied naval forces.< Less
United States Submarine Losses in World War II By United States Navy
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Originally printed in 1946 at the order of Vice Admiral Lockwood, Commander of Submarines, Pacific Fleet, United States Submarine Losses memorializes the 374 officers and 3131 men lost at sea between... More > 1941 and 1945. It also chronicles the gallantry and persistence of these men, who under the most difficult conditions possible, performed critical missions and almost single-handedly decimated Japan’s merchant fleet. “To those whose contribution meant the loss of sons, brothers or husbands in this war,” Admiral Lockwood noted in a speech given on Navy Day, 1945, “ I can assure you that they went down fighting and that their brothers who survived them took a grim toll of our savage enemy to avenge their deaths. May God rest their gallant souls.” This book is a testament to all those, living and dead, who served in the Silent Service in WWII. This enhanced, softbound edition features the entire original text and includes an official appendix of Axis submarine losses.< Less
THE PARVENU By Peter Mullings
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A story of the British Merchant Navy in the early fifties. The fictional voyage of the M.V. Parvenu, one of the many tramp ships. Her established officers and newly signed on crew. The ship plying... More > anywhere for any cargo. The differing attitudes and personalities. The excursions ashore, the anecdotes, the living in cramped conditions. Nothing is forever. The era depicted in this story is gone, as is most of the practices. The British Merchant Seaman, a free spirit, has become a button pushing 'technician'. Perhaps with all the old skills, but not the need to use them.. I hope this is a reminder of the way some of it was.< Less
THE PARVENU By Peter Mullings
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A story of the British Merchant Navy in the early fifties. The fictional voyage of the M.V. Parvenu, one of the many tramp ships. Her established officers and newly signed on crew. The ship plying... More > anywhere for any cargo. The differing attitudes and personalities. The excursions ashore, the anecdotes, the living in cramped conditions. Nothing is forever. The era depicted in this story is gone, as is most of the practices. The British Merchant Seaman, a free spirit, has become a button pushing 'technician'. Perhaps with all the old skills, but not the need to use them.. I hope this is a reminder of the way some of it was.< Less
Watford to Woolloomooloo By John Moxley
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Born in São Paulo, 1953 and raised in Watford, John Moxley left school at 16, joined the Merchant Navy and went to sea in the late 1960’s to escape his criminal past. His adventures led... More > him into numerous hotspots where he crossed swords with, among others, American bikers, manic seamen, the forces of law and order, and a psychotic Maori. He explains how the naivety of youth took him within a hair’s breadth of being jailed for drug smuggling, how his first trip as an officer found him in the Vietnam warzone, and how his rebellious nature brought him close to blows with his Captain before jumping ship. He fled two days before a court appearance and worked his way around Australia and New Zealand, from a dockside bar as a bouncer to a sugar plantation in far north Queensland. He returned to London at the forefront of the punk revolution of ’77 before eventually settling down to become an honest financier. This is an authentic tale told at a reckless pace without gloss or sentimentality but with plenty of humour.< Less
Watford to Woolloomooloo By John Moxley
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Born in São Paulo, 1953 and raised in Watford, John Moxley left school at 16, joined the Merchant Navy and went to sea in the late 1960’s to escape his criminal past. His adventures led... More > him into numerous hotspots where he crossed swords with, among others, American bikers, manic seamen, the forces of law and order, and a psychotic Maori. He explains how the naivety of youth took him within a hair’s breadth of being jailed for drug smuggling, how his first trip as an officer found him in the Vietnam warzone, and how his rebellious nature brought him close to blows with his Captain before jumping ship. He fled two days before a court appearance and worked his way around Australia and New Zealand, from a dockside bar as a bouncer to a sugar plantation in far north Queensland. He returned to London at the forefront of the punk revolution of ’77 before eventually settling down to become an honest financier. This is an authentic tale told at a reckless pace without gloss or sentimentality but with plenty of humour.< Less
Tiger Heart, Velvet Paw By Roy Bainton
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In Britain in the the 1950s-60s one of the finest adventures a boy could have was to go to sea. Roy Bainton sailed from his home port, Hull, on his 16th birthday in 1959, and came ashore in 1966... More > after what he refers to as 'the adventure of my life'. These poems and reminiscences celebrate a vanished world, when British sailors still ruled the seas.< Less
John's Letters Vol 1 By Michael Calderbank
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The letters of a Merchant Navy Radio Officer to his sisters at home. Volume 1 1928-1937.
John's Letters Vol 1 By Michael Calderbank
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The letters of a Merchant Navy Radio Officer to his sisters at home. Volume 1 1928-1937.