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As the third and largest sister of the famous Olympic-class trio, Britannic is often and unjustly overlooked in comparison to Olympic and Titanic. Launched on the eve of war in February 1914, Britannic would never see service on the White Star Line's express service on the North Atlantic mail run for which she was built. After being requisitioned by the Admiralty in November 1915 His Majesty's Hospital Ship Britannic instead became indispensible to the thousands of injured and sick troops that needed transporting back to Britain from the Mediterranean theatre of war. However, as was the fate of many liners during the conflict, her life was cut tragically short when she was suddenly wracked by a mysterious explosion on 21 November 1916 and sank in less than an hour - three times faster than her sister ship Titanic, and yet thanks to the improvements in safety heralded by the tragedy of her sister 1,032 of 1,062 on board survived. In this updated edition, Simon Mills brings previously unseen material to this poignant story to tell a tale of heroism in the First World War and an oft-forgotten but key ship to British maritime history.
During the time the White Star Line existed, Britain was involved in both the Boer Wars and the First World War. The White Star vessels contributed greatly to the British war effort in each conflict. They didn't always make it out intact, HMHS Britannic being one example of a beautiful liner to be lost after hitting a mine. After the merger of White Star with Cunard in 1934, several of the company's vessels went on to serve in World War Two. Expert author and collector Patrick Mylon has compiled the first book to concentrate on what happened to the White Star ships in wartime, weaving together ship histories to create an evocative book filled with rare imagery.
People have been cruising into polar waters since the late nineteenth century, yet this activity has not been documented, other than in a couple of academic texts. Of Penguins and Polar Bears draws on the experience and resources of experts in the field to describe where people went, the ships they cruised on, the places they visited and the itineraries they followed. Encompassing the Arctic Passages, the Canadian Artic, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard and the Antarctic regions, the book goes also reveals what the modern-day visitor to the polar regions can expect to experience, from the vessels to the wildlife and beyond.
This new edition brings the story of lighthouses in in Scotland up to date now that the task of automation is finished. Ian Cassells, a former lightkeeper, provides an account of life in the Lighthouse Service where paraffin-oiler was the nickname for a Scottish lightkeeper. Cassells provides detail about the lighthouses themselves, their construction and the development of the Service. Through personal reminiscences and tales from colleagues, he builds up an account of day-to-day life and the characters who were involved in this solitary occupation. He also deals with the infamous Flannan Islands mystery. Photographs highlight the locations of many of the lighthouses.
Take a look at the River Thames in East London now and you would think that it is commercially dead. Where once the banks of the river were lined with riverside wharves, these have been replaced by or converted to luxury apartments. The mighty London Docks, including the 'Royals', once the largest expanse of enclosed dockland in the world, had all closed by 1983 and have since been redeveloped as Docklands, with a financial centre, London City Airport, the University of East London, houses, shopping and other amenities. But the commercial life of the river didn't die - it just moved downriver. Tilbury Docks were adapted to handle the new pattern of container ships and Roll-on, Roll-off ferries. New terminals were built with easy access to the M25 and Dartford Tunnel (and later the Queen Elizabeth II bridge). However, some ships still come up to London and Tower Bridge is still raised at times for visiting cruise ships and warships on courtesy visits. At Woolwich, fast commuter ferries to London cross paths with the traditional Woolwich Free Ferry, while a passenger ferry still links Gravesend with Tilbury. Heritage craft, including the traditional Thames barges, can still be seen at times on the river. This book features passenger craft such as cruise ships, ferries and heritage shipping that have worked on the Thames since 2000, and is a companion volume to the author's book on cargo shipping.
2008 was a magical year for Cunard. For the first time, the line had three Queens in service; Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth 2 retired during the year, and sailed for Dubai on 11 November, while Queen Mary 2 had reached her fifth anniversary as the largest ocean liner afloat and Queen Victoria entered service. On 13 January 2008, all three liners were together for the first and last time in New York. After a successful world cruise for Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2's twenty-sixth and final world cruise, all three ships rendezvoused in Southampton on 22 April for the last meeting of the three Queens. Bowing out after a successful farewell season that saw her sail full on every voyage of the year QE2 left Southampton amid the biggest fireworks display seen in the port since the advent of Queen Mary 2 five years earlier. No other ships envoke the magic that Cunard's Queens have done since Queen Mary entered service in May 1936. Since then, a Cunard Queen has reigned the ocean wave and for one short year, three Queens reigned supreme across the world's oceans. William H. Miller brings together a fantastic selection of images, with informative text, telling the story of Cunard's three legendary modern Queens.
It was a golden age of travel. The period from the end of the Second World War to the early 1960s saw some of the finest ocean liners ever built and, until the advent of the jet, the ships travelled full every trip, criss-crossing the Atlantic between the Old World and the New, carrying businessmen, tourists, emigrants and those who longed for a trip away. William H. Miller brings together a fabulous selection of images of the ships of the period, the great and the famous of ocean liner travel. From the grand Cunard Queens to the fastest and longest ships afloat, from the ships of state to smaller vessels, from the tragedy of disaster to the triumph of record-breaking, he tells the story of this glittering age of travel, a time when 'Getting There was Half the Fun'. Of course, it was all to end with the advent of the Boeing 707, capable of crossing the Atlantic in hours rather than days, and the liner trade went into terminal decline. One by one, ships were sold or scrapped until there remained only one, the QE2. She retired in 2008, but not before being replaced by the Queen Mary 2, the world's largest ocean liner. Join Bill for a voyage back in time aboard The Last Atlantic Liners.
The Humber lifeboat station is unique. It is manned by a full-time paid crew who live, with their wives and families, on the isolated Spurn peninsula in Yorkshire, ready to put out immediately to help seafarers in distress. In 2010 Humber lifeboat celebrated 200 years of service. Founded in 1810 by Trinity House of Kingston-upon-Hull, the station was taken over by the RNLI in 1911, and has since become one of the most famous in the British Isles. Some of the most daring, courageous and famous rescues in the history of the lifeboat service have been carried out by the Humber lifeboat and its brave crews, and two gold medals have been awarded by the RNLI to Humber Coxswains. This new history of the station covers the two centuries of life-saving at Spurn Point, with details of the lifeboats, all of the dramatic rescues, and the crews, whose life on this isolated peninsula has shaped the station's operation.
This book describes the intricacies of construction and fabrication more than 150 years ago of masts and yards installed in American merchant vessels, particularly those spars which were built or composed of multiple pieces bound together by iron bands. These were referred to as made spars as opposed to spars which were constructed from a single tree. It also contains instructions for developing the shape and proportions of various spars. Very little information is available on this subject. Generally, the external sizes of individual spars can be found but intimate details are sorely neglected. In addition the book includes the spacing and location of masts in a ship, and the rake. It also includes a discussion of the types of wood that are most desirable in the construction of spars.
In its heyday Spalding was a busy commercial port, with a shipping industry that affected a large majority of the local population. But today that rich history is almost forgotten and the town is known mainly for its agricultural produce. Keith Seaton nostalgically seeks to recover that lost past, beginning with the River Welland of Roman times and traversing history up to the early twentieth century, when river traffic began to decline. The Industrial Revolution was a boom period for the waterway, and as such special attention is given to the master mariners of this important period. Using key sources such as census and shipping records, local family history records, maps and fascinating illustrations, The River Welland: Shipping & Mariners of Spalding creates a rich tapestry of the heritage of this once-thriving shipping area.
Take a look at the River Thames in East London now and you would think that it is commercially dead. Where once the banks of the river were lined with wharves, these have been replaced by or converted to luxury apartments. The mighty London Docks, including the 'Royals', once the largest expanse of enclosed dockland in the world, had all closed by 1983 and have since been redeveloped as Docklands, with a financial centre, London City Airport, the University of East London, houses, shopping and other amenities. But the commercial life of the river didn't die - it just moved downriver. Tilbury Docks were adapted from 1968 to handle the new pattern of container ships and roll-on, roll-off ferries. New terminals were built with easy access to the M25 and Dartford Tunnel (and later the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge). From November 2013 the new London Gateway container terminal at Thurrock has opened, capable of handling the largest container ships now afloat. Other traffics like oil and sea-dredged aggregates continue to be unloaded at riverside wharves. Upriver, tugs take containerised domestic rubbish from inner London boroughs to landfill sites in Essex or for incineration. This book takes a look at the varying commercial shipping that has worked on the Thames since 2000.
From Orkney and Shetland to the north east coast, and from Fife to Berwick, fishing boats have been an important part of the maritime heritage of Scotland. The original designs of fishing vessels were based on Viking ships, but by the early twentieth century, scaffies, fifies and zulus were being replaced by more modern craft, all of which are included in this charming collection of fishing boats of Scotland. The future of the fishing industry in Scotland cannot currently be termed as promising; successive EEC rulings gave resulted in a large diminution of fleet, and this, combined with a regime of ever-changing restrictions and rules, have made it impossible to work with current legislation and still be economically viable. However, the author hopes that there will be those who, either due to faith and enterprise or simply for lack of other opportunity, will continue to invest and continue as generations of their forefathers have done before. This book illustrates the vessels that played a past in the fishing industry in Scotland, with 200 old photographs accompanied by informative captions.