BOOK REVIEW – A Bridge of Ships: Canadian Shipbuilding during the Second World War


By James Pritchard, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal & Kingston, (2011)

Reviewed by Phillip G. Pattee, Ph.D.

Prize winning scholar James Pritchard, professor emeritus of history, Queens University, has published his third book. His previous works, Anatomy of a Naval Disaster: The 1746 French Expedition to North America, and Louis XV’s Navy, 1748-1762, both deal with sixteenth century French naval history. In A Bridge of Ships: Canadian Shipbuilding during the Second World War, Pritchard moves into a new era and direction. In this book, he describes how Canada responded to the wartime demand for ships by rapidly expanding it ship building capacity.

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BOOK REVIEW – The War at Sea, A Naval Atlas, 1939-1945

By Marcus Faulkner, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. (2012).

Reviewed by Mitchell Yockelson, Ph.D.

The War At Sea: A Naval Atlas, 1939-1945, is a mammoth undertaking. Within its 275 pages author Marcus Faulkner covers most of the naval engagements of the Second World War, as well as amphibious landings, convoys, sieges, skirmishes and sinking’s with detailed color maps and a brief narrative within each entry. Naval historian Andrew Lambert introduces the atlas with a lengthy essay on the impact of sea power prior to and during World War II and suggests that “for all of the fighting on land, the extensive bombing objectives, and even the use of atomic weapons in 1945, the outcome of the Second World War was settled by allied control of global oceanic communications.”

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On 16 November 1776 the first salute to an American flag (the “Grand Union” flag) flying from Continental Navy ship Andrew Doria was rendered by the Dutch fort at St. Eustatius, West Indies. This painting by Phillips Melville depicts the scene. NHHC image NH 85510-KN.

BOOK REVIEW: China Clipper – The Age of the Great Flying Boats
By Robert Gandt, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2010).

Reviewed by Jan Churchill, USCG (Auxiliary)

China Clipper was first published in 1991, and then republished in 2010 on the 75th anniversary of the China Clipper’s maiden Pacific flight from California to the Orient on 22 November 1935. The inauguration of airmail and commercial air service across the Pacific was recognized as one of the most significant events in aviation history. Author Robert Gandt was a naval aviator and later an international airline pilot. His long association with Pan Am inspired China Clipper, a book that relives the mystique of the great commercial flying boats. Gandt’s background made him well qualified to relate the rich legacy of the China Clippers. He examined the political, military and economic forces that drove the flying boats’ development and how aeronautical advances made the aircraft possible.

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BOOK REVIEW: Float Planes & Flying Boats: The U.S. Coast Guard and Early Naval Aviation

By Captain Robert B. Workman, Jr., USCG (Ret.), Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD (2012).

Reviewed by Jan Churchill, USCG (Auxiliary)

Frustrated by a lack of information specifically about the Coast Guard’s aviation heritage, Captain Robert B. Workman, a retired Coast Guard aviator flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, has researched this often overlooked history. The result was Float Planes & Flying Boats, a balanced work that gives full credit to the important contributions made by Coast Guardsmen. It was thanks to their creativity, skill, and determination, along with efforts by the other sea services, that great strides were possible in a short time. This book sheds new light on the invention of the float plane and flying boat as they became more seaworthy and reliable.

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nice tumblr. is there a tumblr on the future of the navy?? m

Good question, we have not seen one. We would be interested if you turn anything up, let us know.

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On 14 November 1910, civilian Eugene Ely piloted the first aircraft to take-off from a ship, cruiser USS Birmingham (CL 2), at Hampton Roads, VA. He landed safely on Willoughby Spit, Norfolk, VA. NHHC image NH 77601.

any good photos of the river boats used in Vietnam????

Here’s a drawing we really like, from our good friend and supporter Captain John Roach (image is USN 1165166).

We also have a number of photographs of Vietnam boats on the Cold War Gallery website, here is starting page of the Vietnam exhibit: http://usnavymuseum.org/Ex9_HotWars_Vietnam.asp

As you flip through that virtual tour, you’ll notice that a number of small Vietnam boat models are also on display in the Cold War Gallery. And outside, on the Riverwalk, is a real PCF Swift Boat on permanent display.

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On 13 November 1942 the cruiser USS Juneau (CL 52) was lost during the Battle of Guadalcanal. Juneau was badly damaged during the night battle off Guadalcanal, and was torpedoed and sunk by Japanese submarine I-26 while withdrawing the next morning. Amongst those killed were five brothers, the Sullivans, from Iowa: Albert, Francis, George, Joseph, and Madison. NHHC image NH 67048.