The Merchant Navy (Shire Library)

The Merchant Navy (Shire Library)

Richard Woodman

Language: English

Pages: 58

ISBN: 2:00177123

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This title tells the epic story of Britain's merchant shipping, carrying exotic goods from all quarters of the world. At one time, British ships carried half of the world's trade. It reveals how two world wars nearly destroyed our merchant shipping, but convoys battled on to save Britain from starving to death. We see what life was like at sea for merchant seamen and get a first-hand glimpse of them at work.

TOC: I: What is the Merchant Navy? /II: Britain Rules the Waves /III: Britain's Life Lines /IV: Life at Sea /V: New Challenges /Suggested reading /Places to visit /Index

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The opening of the Suez Canal there was an annual clipper race. The winners earned a bonus for the first tea cargo delivered. CONTENTS WHAT IS THE MERCHANT NAVY? BRITAIN RULES THE WAVES BRITAIN’S LIFELINES LIFE AT SEA NEW CHALLENGES PLACES TO VISIT FURTHER READING Tudor sailors like this, most likely civilian crewmen for merchant vessels, often found themselves involved in sea battles as England and Spain fought for control of the great Atlantic sea routes. WHAT IS THE.

Merchant convoy by German aircraft, 1943. Also by Frank H. Mason for wartime publication. The armed British merchant steamer Highlander brings down two German aircraft. (Front page of The War Weekly, 1940.) A Royal Navy convoy escort launches depth charges at a German U-boat during the Battle of the Atlantic. This was the nadir of the merchant seaman’s war; British and Allied merchant ships continued to be sunk all over the world, not just by German U-boats in the North Atlantic,.

Scotland was also seeking similar overseas success but Scottish ventures, particularly that at Dairen in central America, failed disastrously, almost bankrupted the country and led directly to the Act of Union with England in 1707. Like England, Scotland had opened a commerce with Russia by way of the White Sea and the Baltic, and both countries traded with Scandinavia. It was from these northern nations that Great Britain imported commodities such as iron, turpentine, rosin, flax, hemp, oak and.

What we know today as BP, whose British Tanker Company remains a carrier of crude oil and its derivatives. In this way, in the century between 1815 and 1914, British merchant shipping had a profound influence upon the world in which we live. Whether it was the mass-migration of whole populations escaping the over-crowded industrial cities of Britain and intent on a better life in the Antipodes, the establishment of the first global communications network, the relief of chronic dietary.

Many British merchant ships, many of which were still large sailing vessels, did not carry wireless transmitters and it did not take long for the Germans to work out that ships would be found running parallel to, if some scores of miles off, their traditional routes. Moreover, all ships had to converge on their destinations and loci such as the approaches to the Clyde between Scotland and Ulster, and the great triangle of the south-western approaches between Cape Clear in southern Ireland, Land’s.

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