ME Other Non-Fiction
There are many books written about Merchant Ships during the World Wars and in Modern Times. This section lists some of them.
SS Great Britain Owners' Workshop Manual
- By Brian Lavery
An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of Brunel's Famous Passenger Ship.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Britain was a world first when she was launched at Bristol in 1843. This uniquely successful passenger ship design brought together the leading technologies of the day (screw propeller, iron hull and 1,000hp steam engine) to transform world travel. She was a successful ship and continued sailing until 1886, travelling 32 times around the world and nearly one million miles at sea. Great Britain was finally abandoned in the Falkland Islands in 1937 but in 1970 an ambitious salvage effort brought her home to Bristol, where today she is conserved.
Against the Sea
- By Douglas Reeman
Tells the true adventures of just some of the men and women who have stood up to the challenge and hazards of the oceans. From Captain Bligh of the Bounty to Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki, from the development of the submarine to the men and women who have sailed around the world single-handed, it contains some of the most fascinating and exciting adventure stories in the history of man's exploration of the sea.
The Story of the Merchant Navy: Two Thousand Years of Seafaring
- By Douglas V. Duff
Written for the boys of the time, to give them an idea of the background, modern developments and future possibilities of the Merchant Navy of Britain. Covers the history, life of the seaman, working conditions, ships of the future and how to start in the navy as a career.
Ships of the World
- By Douglas V. Duff
Covers seamanship, war ships, liners, medieval ships, galleys, gun ships, sailing ships, steam ships etc.
Of Ships and Seamen
- By J. E. Taylor
An early post-war survey of merchant ships and shipping in which the author examines ship construction and describes the many and varied types of merchant ships then in service: mail boats, cargo ships, tramp steamers, tankers, short-sea traders, coasters, whalers, etc. In addition he describes the more specialized vessels: deep-sea trawlers, rescue ships, salvage vessels, life-boats, pilot vessels, tugs, sailing barges, Trinity House tenders, etc.
Steady as She Goes
- By John Molloy
Welcome on board an Irish ship. Sign on for an unforgettable voyage that will take you round the oceans of the world; From the icebergs of the turbulent North Atlantic to the torrid tropical coast of Java.
Share this voyage with a motley crew of shipmates; Through typhoons, calms, smuggling, heartache and romance.
A true story more compelling than fiction.