Book review – maritime history

The Battle of Vigo, 1702. [Getty Images]

Plucky upstarts: the brave history of seapowers

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The sea — that wine-dark whale road, to mix Homeric and Anglo-Saxon evocations of it — has always held a…

‘A new Raft of the Medusa’.Two survivors, Maurice Anderson and Goodman Thomasen, of the Norwegian ship Drot turned on their German companion in an act of cannibalism — after which Anderson savagely attacked Thomasen (From Le Petit Journal, 1899.)

Murder, madness and cannibalism - the worst things happen at sea

7 October 2017 9:00 am

This horrifying and engrossing book could scarcely be improved upon. In this age of HRHs Harry, William and Kate-led openness…

Iceland, depicted in a World Atlas of 1553

The Edge of the World: deep subject, shallow history

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Michael Pye appears out of his depth in a cold, grey sea in the mists of time, says Adam Nicolson

The Vikings arrive in England during the second wave of migration (Scandinavian school, 10th century)

Civilisation’s watery superhighway

29 March 2014 9:00 am

The clue is in the title: this is not about the blue-grey-green wet stuff that covers 70 per cent of…