Maritime East Coast
There's lots of overlap in subject matter on a number of our titles, but these ones have particular maritime interest.
Lowestoft Fishermen's War: 1914-1918
While other fishermen around the British Isles had similar stories to tell about their wartime experiences this is the story of the Lowestoft men and boys who found themselves in the frontline of the economic war with Germany.
During the First World War Lowestoft fishermen were required to make statements under oath to a Board of Trade official in order to seek compensation for losses. These unpublished statements, which were also used by Naval Intelligence in their vital work to defeat the U-boat menace from Germany, lay unresearched in the National Archives. Not all have survived, but those that have form the main primary resource material for this book. In examining these statements, the author, Alan John Curtis, provides an insight into what one might argue has been an overlooked area of the region's maritime history.
Alan came across the records while researching his family history. The family's ties to the history of the fishing industry in the town are strong. His grandfather, George Francis, being the last of the family’s driftnet fishermen, had married Barbara Isbister a ‘fishergirl’ from Shetland. However, it was through discussions with his father and his collection of books, old photographs and newspaper cuttings that inspired the initial research and in the end the writing of this book.
Alan John Curtis ISBN 9781909796539 £10.95
Maritime Norfolk Part One
Maritime Norfolk Part One
is the first part of a lifetime's enthusiam and research for the foremost of East Anglia's writers on maritime topics. Robert Malster ventured to sea on a shrimper in the Wash, on a drifter out of Yarmouth, talked with longshore fishermen and beachmen, pored over local newspapers and documents in the Record Office and brings his decades of reasearch together in the 272 pages of this volume. This volume is the first of two parts; it deals with the Norfolk coast from Wisbech and Kings Lynn to Caister. The second part, dealing specifically with Great Yarmouth, has also now been published and can be ordered from this site. Click Robert Malster
to hear the author introduce the book.
Robert Malster ISBN 9780946148970 £19.95
Shortlisted East Anglian Book Awards 2018
Robert Malster completes his pioneering study of the maritime history of the east of England with Maritime Suffolk. He tells of Suffolk’s many links with the sea from Roman times and the Saxon ship burials of Sutton Hoo to the development of the vast container port at Felixstowe. Within the story are the trawlers and drifters working from Lowestoft and Southwold, the beachmen and lifesavers of the smaller coastal settlements, the explorers and settlers of the New World and the naval history of Harwich harbour.
Robert Malster ISBN 9781909796362 £19.95
Maritime Norfolk Part Two
Maritime Norfolk Part Two
is the accompanying volume to Maritime Norfolk Part One
, Robert Malster's comprehensive work on the maritime history of the county. With 288 pages and over 300 illustrations, this volume complements Part One by concentrating on the fishing port and trading harbour of Great Yarmouth, together with a section on steamers on the river Yare to Norwich. Whether your interest is primarily in the maritime history of the east of England or more generally concerned with Norfolk's heritage, you'll want this book in your library.
Click to hear author Robert Malster introduce the book and why it became necessary for this major work on the county's maritime history to be delivered in two parts.
Robert Malster ISBN 9781909796034 £19.95
North Sea War 1914-1919
With commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War commanding much attention, maritime author Robert Malster felt it was was time to bring together the various aspects, often considerably under-reported, of the war in the North Sea. The battle of Jutland generally takes the attention of those investigating that war at sea; the day-to-day activities of the warships of the Harwich Force, the little-known struggle of fishermen in their sailing smacks and the unceasing operations of drifters, trawlers and paddle steamers converted to meet naval requirements as minesweepers and patrol vessels never made headlines. Yet they were reality for thousands of sailors, fishermen and other maritime workers. Click the shopping basket below to order a copy online - or call at your favourite bookshop.
Robert Malster ISBN B9781909796157 £14.95
Norfolk Maritime Heroes and Legends
A great new book about the seamen who are such a part of Norfolk's story. Nelson was the inspiration for the book, though he isn't featured in it - that's a separate Poppyland title. But there are twenty-six chapters from Admiral Christopher Myngs to today's Commodore Steve Burgoine, recalling the enormously rich story of Norfolk and the sea.
Andrew Lambert, Professor of Naval History says of the book, "Even in this most maritime of nations there is something special about Norfolk. A county bordered by the sea to the north, west and east, the coastline stretches from King's Lynn ... to Great Yarmouth..... Mark Nicholls has brought these men back to life." Click Mark Nicholls to hear the author introduce the book.
Mark Nicholls ISBN 9760946148851 £2.95
East Anglia against the Tricolor 1789-1815
As the 18th century came to its close, Europe watched events in France with amazement and with fear. But many, including a good number of prominent East Anglians, welcomed the overthrow of the French regime, cheered the fall of the infamous Bastille and considered it time for a British republic. Three years later, the French Revolution had provoked a European war, with Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex becoming part of the front line. With one brief pause, it was a war that would last for 23 years. Author Julian Foynes brings together the story of the east of England for the years 1789 to 1815. Voices from parliament, sermons from the pulpit, orders for the army and navy, stirring tales, maps and illustrations are amongst the many sources on which he has called for his comprehensive account of part of East Anglia's history. Click the basket below to order online; for a video introduction, click to hear more about the book
Julian Foynes ISBN 9781909796270 £12.95
Six Essays in Hanseatic History
The Hanseatic League was a remarkable and unique organisation in medieval Europe, a system of trade across the continent which stretched from Novgorod in Russia to Lynn and Boston on the east coast of England. Its origins were small groups or hanse, German merchants seeking trading rights abroad as the continent's population and economy expanded. By its heyday around 1400 it linked some 80 larger towns and 100 smaller ones.
In Six Essays in Hanseatic History the authors come together to present aspects of the League from their own perspectives and specialisations. The New Hanseatic League was founded in the Netherlands in 1980, and now including Hull, Kings Lynn and Boston. All its members recognise the importance of international trade and participate in many practical ways, as well as rediscovering something of the story of the first Hanseatic League.
Ayers, Cawthorne, Champion, Hoyle, Nicolle and Richards ISBN 9781909796331 £9.95