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Breaking Seas, Broken Ships (ePub)

People, Shipwrecks and Britain, 1854–2007

Maritime British History P&S History 19th Century 19th Century

By Dr Ian Friel
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 17.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781526771513
eBook Released: 28th April 2021


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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.

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 stars

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.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

About Dr Ian Friel

Dr Ian Friel is a maritime historian with an international reputation and wide experience of historical and archaeological work, including the 17th-century Swash Channel Wreck (which he successfully identified as the Fame of Hoorn) and studies of sunken First World War tankers for an environmental project. He worked in museums for many years, including the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Mary Rose Trust, and became an independent historian, museum consultant and writer in 2007. He has broadcast on TV and radio, and most recently undertook research for an episode of BBC TV’s Who Do You Think You Are? Ian is the author of The Good Ship, The British Museum Maritime History of Britain and IrelandHenry V’s Navy and Britain and the Ocean Road, along with many papers, reports and other publications.

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