Breaking Seas, Broken Ships (ePub)
People, Shipwrecks and Britain, 1854–2007
Following Britain and the Ocean Road, Ian Friel expertly navigates the history of Britain and the sea from the Middle Ages to modern times. With Breaking Seas, Broken Ships, we follow the story of Britain’s maritime history through some of it’s most dramatic shipwrecks. From the country’s imperial zenith to the very different world of the early twenty-first century we encounter an extraordinary range of people, ships and events, including…
the crew and passengers of a state-of-the-art Victorian steamship who vanished in the Atlantic;
the sailors of a doomed collier brig in the dying days of sail – and the wives and children they left behind;
a lowly ex-naval stoker who went into showbiz with his version of a disaster caused by an admiral;
a First World War merchant ship captain who fought a running battle with German U-Boats;
the courage and compassion shown by British sailors who escaped their dive-bombed ships;
the people who confronted the ‘black tide’ left by the oil tanker Torrey Canyon;
how the container ship has helped to make a new world for us all – for better or worse.
With people at the heart of every chapter, it explores major environmental themes alongside the traditional concerns of maritime history, such as trade, social issues and naval warfare. Their experiences tell us the story of Britain’s maritime past, one that is remarkable, moving and at times horrifying. Based on brand new scholarship, it is perfect for history enthusiasts, professional historians and archaeologists alike.
A fascinating reflection on Britain's maritime history including trade, warfare, social and environmental issues from the middle ages through to modern times. This book covers a range of ships, people and disasters/ wrecks. It really was quite moving at times but then harrowing too and at many points I paused to think it over.NetGalley, Kelly Furniss
Such a interesting read for anyone who has a interest in this genre.
The author diligently identifies his sources throughout thereby demonstrating how multiple records are required to piece together the tragic tales of our forebears who were lost at sea. A very readable account.WDYTYA? Magazine July 21
Very interesting and informative... an Friel tells as great story.ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)
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"An interesting book with a strong narrative approach. He also manages to avoid dense nautical terminology and minutiae without feeling ‘dumbed down’ or simplified… Any audience with even a limited maritime interest can tackle this book without needing to reach for the assistance of Wikipedia or Google… All eight of the chapters present interesting and well-assembled narratives of different facets of seafaring."Jack Pink, The Mariners Mirror
"An enjoyable read."Bob Dean, The Ton Class Association
I found this book to be a good read, full of information and brilliantly researched. The author dropped some really good points in about shipbuilding throughout the chapters, showing just how much the seas and those that sail them have changed throughout the years.NetGalley, Claire Smith
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Ron Baumer
A great book with interesting stories. The author does an amazing job of presenting each story. The stories have great details and background of the events. It was extremely hard to put down. A must read for those who enjoy true stories of the sea disasters.