Maritime History Books

Maritime history has dominated British history thanks to our island status. The Seaforth and Pen and Sword lists have some exceptional titles which have established themselves as key reference titles in the maritime and modelling worlds from the early years of seafaring, right through to the modern day.

Merchant Shipping Naval Nelson & Trafalgar Royal Navy Sail Ship Modelling Submarine

A fitting tribute to ship and crew.


This is a rewarding read and goes some way to recognising the immense contribution made by British naval aviators to modern aerial warfare, demonstrating how to employ aerial weapons systems tactically and strategically.


It is rare to find a book which lives up to all the advertising promises. Here is such a book. It is a concise history of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau lavishly illustrated with over 300 photographs, many showing unusual aspect of the vessels. Technical details are thorough and allow comparison between the two ships. The many design and mechanical flaws, from sea-keeping to propulsion, are an eye opener. All information is presented in an easily readable form. This book is just one of a series, Warships of the Kriegsmarine, from the same authors. I would expect others to be of the same high standard.

Clash of Steel

RHNS Averof: Thunder in the Aegean is a well-written account of a ship and what she truly means to her country. There are forty-five centrally located pictures of the Averof within the book showing her birth, service and final placement as a museum. This book captures the grandeur of this vessel very well.

MSC Reviews

This is an essential history of naval warfare during World War One. It is strongly recommended, providing balanced, insightful accounts and judgements. The illustration is of the highest quality.