Category: Miscellaneous

Boston and New York

Date Posted: 03/06/2012

Those of you who have been following me on Twitter @navalhistoryguy will know that I am in the middle of a research/lecturing tour of America. It began a fortnight ago in Boston, from where I visited Salem and Marblehead in Massachusetts, and then the Naval War College in .... Read More


Date Posted: 15/05/2012

I have just re-discovered some great snaps from the filming of Channel4’s feature-length documentary Shackleton. The photographs are taken in the Denmark Strait a narrow body of water between Iceland and Greenland. The sequence of .... Read More

NBC America’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Date Posted: 07/04/2012

I always think that people who dig really deep into their family history – and I am not talking just a few generations here – are brave. I am not sure that I have it in me. I also enjoy the unresolved feeling of potential. There are vague rumors in our family of .... Read More

On Point Radio (American National Public Radio) and Shipwrecks

Date Posted: 20/01/2012

I will be talking about shipwrecks on On Point Radio today from 4-5pm, broadcast from Boston. We will be talking about captains, and their responsibilities…those who chose to stay and those who chose to run. And how can we interpret the wreck .... Read More

NBC America’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’

Date Posted: 08/01/2012

Exciting stuff! I have just agreed to do some work for Season Three of NBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, an adaptation of the award-winning hit British television documentary series that leads celebrities on a journey of self-discovery as they unearth their .... Read More

Academy Excellence Awards

Date Posted: 21/12/2011

I am delighted to announce that I have been asked to judge the history entries for this year’s 2012 Academy Excellence Awards. You can find out more about this super initiative here:  and follow on facebook .... Read More

The Kraaken, Giant Sea Worms and a Whirlpool

Date Posted: 22/11/2011

I have just found the following description by the Royal Naval Officer Captain Charles Douglas (the future Rear Admiral) of his search for sea monsters and whirlpools off the coast of Lapland in 1769.This comes from a paper he gave at the Royal Society – after which he .... Read More

A hidden pattern?

Date Posted: 08/11/2011

I was doing some work on Jutland this morning when I realised that it was fought on the 122 anniversary of the Glorious First of June (1794) and also on the 250th anniversary of the start of the Four Days Battle of 1666. And then it became clear that a really surprising .... Read More

Britain’s Oldest Naval Sword

Date Posted: 30/10/2011

Something rather exciting entirely slipped my mind until last night when I woke up in the middle of the night and remembered that, last week, in a quiet house in a leafy Wimbledon avenue, I enjoyed the privilege of wielding (yes wielding) Britain’s oldest known naval .... Read More

The Great Trafalgar Dispatch Mystery

Date Posted: 09/10/2011

This topic has generated so much discussion on Twitter @navalhistory guy that I have decided to open it up as a blog so everyone can have their say. The problem is this: Why did Collingwood choose Lieutenant John Lapenotiere of the schooner Pickle to carry the Trafalgar .... Read More