V - Naval Science Acquisitions during September 2018

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Coal, steam and ships : engineering, enterprise and empire on the nineteenth-century seas
Smith, Crosbie, author
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
"Trust in the promises of God" : the moral and spiritual credibility of steam navigation -- "The character of fine workmanship" : making Clydeside's marine engineering reputation -- "A swarm of projectors" : promises of North Atlantic steam navigation -- "This noble vessel" : realizing the promises of transatlantic steam -- "Giving rich promise of serious intentions" : Mr Cunard's line of steamers -- "Proprietor of the Atlantic Ocean" : politics and patronage on the seas -- "Mail-coaches of the ocean" : the West India Company project -- "A most perilous enterprise" : Royal Mail Steam Packet's vulnerabilities -- "In highly creditable order" : RMSP's new board of management in action -- "She was one mass of fire" : reading the maiden voyage of the Royal Mail Steamer Amazon -- "An uncompromising adherence to punctuality" : Pacific steam from Valparaiso to Panama -- "Built on a large, commodious and powerful scale" : forging P&O's Eastern mail steamship system -- "So great a cloud of obloquy and mistrust" : locking and unlocking the secrets of a maritime empire -- "A more desirable result in the performance of the vessel" : P&O's mail steamers in action -- "She would be perfectly stable and strong" : rival systems of engineering economy -- "The engines were imperfect" : Pacific Steam's coal economy -- "A constant succession of unfathomable and costly experiments" : making credible the marine compound engine -- "The modern Clyde ships" : economy and power for ocean steam navigation -- "The sovereignty of the seas" : the maritime system builders.

Crosbie Smith explores the trials and tribulations of first-generation Victorian mail steamship lines, their passengers, proprietors and the public. Eyewitness accounts show in rich detail how these enterprises engineered their ships, constructed empire-wide systems of steam navigation and won or lost public confidence in the process. Controlling recalcitrant elements within and around steamship systems, however, presented constant challenges to company managers as they attempted to build trust and confidence. Managers thus wrestled to control shipbuilding and marine engine-making, coal consumption, quality and supply, shipboard discipline, religious readings, relations with the Admiralty and government, anxious proprietors, and the media - especially following a disaster or accident. Emphasizing interconnections between maritime history, the history of engineering and Victorian thought, Smith's innovative history of early ocean steamships reveals the fraught uncertainties of Victorian life on the seas.
Baker Berry VM615 .S54 2018

Seapower : a guide for the twenty-first century
Till, Geoffrey, author
Abingdon, Oxon ; $$a New York, NY : $$b Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
In search of seapower -- Seapower in a globalising world: alternative futures -- Who said what and why it matters -- The constituents of maritime power -- Navies and technology -- Command of the sea and sea control -- Securing sea control -- Exploiting command of the sea: The defence and attack of trade -- Exploiting command of the sea: Operations from the sea -- Expeditionary operations -- Maintaining good order at sea: Maritime security at home and away, challenges -- Maintaining good order at sea: Maritime security at home and away, responses -- Naval diplomacy -- Generating maritime power.

"This is the fourth, revised and updated, edition of Geoffrey Till's Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century. The rise of the Chinese and other Asian navies, worsening quarrels over maritime jurisdiction and the United States' maritime pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region reminds us that the sea has always been central to human development as a source of resources, and as a means of transportation, information-exchange and strategic dominion. It has provided the basis for mankind's prosperity and security, and this is even more true in the early 21st century, with the emergence of an increasingly globalized world trading system. Navies have always provided a way of policing, and sometimes exploiting, the system. In contemporary conditions, navies, and other forms of maritime power, are having to adapt, in order to exert the maximum power ashore in the company of others and to expand the range of their interests, activities and responsibilities. While these new tasks are developing fast, traditional ones still predominate. Deterrence remains the first duty of today's navies, backed up by the need to 'fight and win' if necessary. How navies and their states balance these two imperatives will tell us a great deal about our future in this increasingly maritime century. This book investigates the consequences of all this for the developing nature, composition and functions of all the world's significant navies, and provides a guide for anyone interested in the changing and crucial role of seapower in the 21st century. Seapower is essential reading for all students of naval power, maritime security and naval history, and highly recommended for students of strategic studies, international security and International Relations."--Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry V25 .T55 2018

Rum, sodomy, prayers, and the lash revisited : Winston Churchill and social reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915
Seligmann, Matthew S., 1967- author
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
"'Naval tradition? Naval tradition? Monstrous. Nothing but rum, sodomy, prayers and the lash.' This quotation, from Winston Churchill, is frequently dismissed as apocryphal or a jest, but, interestingly, all four of the areas of naval life singled out in it were ones that were subject to major reform initiatives while Churchill was in charge of the Royal Navy between October 1911 and May 1915. During this period, not only were there major improvements in pay and conditions for sailors, but detailed consideration was also given to the future of the spirit ration; to the punishing and eradicating of homosexual practices; to the spiritual concerns of the fleet; and to the regime of corporal punishment that underpinned naval discipline for boy sailors. In short, under Churchill, the Royal Navy introduced a social reform programme perfectly encapsulated in this elegant quip. And, yet, not only has no one studied it; many people do not even know that such a programme even existed. This book rectifies that. It shows that Churchill was not just a major architect of welfare reform as President of the Board of Trade and as Home Secretary, but that he continued to push a radical social agenda while running the Navy" -- Provided by publisher.
Baker Berry VA454 .S453 2018