Bruce Taylor was educated at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford where he received a doctorate in Modern History in 1996. Seaforth have published three of his books, the most recent being The End of Glory, which combines a thrilling narrative and in-depth research of HMS Hood. The Battlecruiser HMS Hood was published in 2005 and is regarded as the ultimate reference work on the ship and a landmark in naval history. U-Boat Attack Logs, another major reference work, was published in 2011.
There can't be many European families without members who upped sticks for new lives overseas, leaving behind relatives, friends and possessions, in fact, all they knew. Millions emigrated to the New World in the 19th and and early 20th-centuries, many fleeing poverty, famine, persecution and war, others as convicts or pioneers. Whatever their circumstances and wherever they were headed, this fascinating new book focuses on their shared experience – the sea voyage to their adopted homeland at a time when such journeys were perilous and long. All these colourful stories from the archives give a rich insight into the emigrant experience, revealing, in the end, what a courageous, adventurous bunch of ancestors we had. Passage to the World is eye-opening and even inspiring. We could all learn a little something from this history of our emigrating ancestors. Our top choice!
If you have any interest in working watercraft under sail, traditional boats, pilot cutters, maritime art, maritime history, commercial shipping, even how to sail a gaff rigger, this is the book to have. It is, quite simply, superb. In the interest of full disclosure the Cunliffes are friends, I have sailed with them on HIRTA (now CORNUBIA again) and WESTERNMAN, and I was given a copy. Irrespective of those perceived possible conflicts of interest, I rate this book as one of the finest maritime books I have seen in a long time. Only Martin Black's book on GL Watson (a much weightier tome) surpasses it. On the back PILOT CUTTERS is described by Captain Richard Woodman, Elder brother of Trinity House, as the "magisterial history of pilots and pilot cutters," and I can only concur. I am sorry that he used the word magisterial first because it conveys a level of excellence that is top of the line and I wanted to use it to describe this book which is, indeed, top of the line. The narrative is detailed, informative and interesting, the book has such a lovely cover that I intend to place it so the cover faces outwards, and the illustrations, photos, paintings, sketches, and bibliography and index are all carefully chosen, beautifully reproduced and fascinating to peruse. The sketches by Martyn Mackrill in the chapter Pilot Cutter Seamanship are perfect.
Every year I select a book as the Christmas gift for several dear sailing friends and family. This is the book for 2013!
Ginny Jones (Worked in the wooden boat industry for 40 years).
The series of pocket books provides a very affordable and personal view from seafarers who sailed in an age long past and very different in many ways from the experiences of modern seafarers. This book in the series is unique in several respects, not least that the author was better educated than his shipmatesand able to provide a written account that is vibrant and colourful. This is an extraordinary and valuable book that provides an insight into life under sail on a line-of-battle ship in the US Navy, the author has provided a lively and engaging tale that provides a view of a little-covered period through the eyes of a boy in what was a hard life before the steel steam-powered warship.
This original work has now been sensitively edited by Vincent McInerney and formatted as an edition within the very successful 'Seafarers' Voices' series from Pen and Sword. This true account includes many fascinating ancedotes and includes the exotic woman the author fell for who turned out to be a German spy. This is an extraordinary and valuable book that provides an insight into life under sail and the transition steam, the experiences of peacetime voyages and the experiences of war near the end of an exciting life at sea.
Historians since Hakluyt have remarked on England’s slowness in establishing New World colonies, especially in comparison with her rival, Spain. David Childs seeks to explain the widespread failure of early English colonies by viewing them as beachheads in an extended amphibious campaign. Childs identifies the factors crucial for successful amphibious operations, which, when absent, doomed would-be settlers from Baffin Island to the Carolinas.
Invading America is a detailed, cleverly written synthesis. Childs has an excellent grasp of the material, and an impressive command of the primary sources.
The Northern Mariner