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First World War Submarines

A brand new lecture giving an insight into the development of submarines throughout the First World War. Trench warfare and the major naval battles are a well covered topic, but warfare under the sea from 1914 to 1918 have not received as much attention. This was a period of great change and innovation for submarine construction and for the service.

Nelson's 'Bright Yellow'

The following article was published in the Mariner's Mirror, Volume 99.3, August 2013 and is the result of a period of research by the author prompted by discussions with colleagues in both the art and maritime world about the exact colour used on ships of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Using primary sources from the National Archives and the HMS Victory expense books held in the National Museum of the Royal Navy the author has shed new light paint colours used in British warships at this time. Whether you have a general interest in the naval history of this period or are making a model of a vessel of this era this may well be of interest to you.

The Ships of Trafalgar

The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, remains one of the defining actions in naval history. The monumental nature of the clash, the death of Nelson and the extraordinary national grief that followed have all inspired a wealth of literature about the battle. However, until this book no one had focused on the key war machines that made the battle possible, the ships of all three fleets of the French, Spanish and British. This work divides the fleets into the relevant classes by their rating and then gives a history of each individual vessel, including specifications, lists of commanders, casualty details, refit history and more. Each class of vessel is illustrated with special drawings done by the author and there is an illustrated centre section with paintings and images of relevant models. This book was compiled from an extensive range of primary sources including ships' plans, logbooks and dockyard records. Still available through through good bookshops and Amazon http://amzn.to/1dt7d1g.

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