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

As seen in The Herald Magazine.

The Herald Magazine

The objective of this interesting. unusual and useful volume is to reproduce despatches as they first appeared some seventy years ago to today's general public. The book's fine photographic content complements and expands the range of material covered with five photographs and their associated captions devoted to the sinking of BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI on 19 July 1940 and three photographs showing the demise of the destroyer ARTIGLIERE at the hands of the cruiser YORK on 12 October 1940. This is an interesting and useful volume which will save me several trips to the national archives in Kew and I have no hesitation in recommending it to all those interested in the naval war in the Mediterranean as seen through the eyes of those in command at the time.

Marine News

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