Home' Work Boat World : October 2015 Contents THE RISE OF THE INDIAN NAVY
Edited by HARSH V. PANT
It is not only the Pakistanis who are
concerned about the rapid growth of the
Indian Navy. The Asian “Arms Race” is
currently afflicting many of India’s near and
more distant neighbours.
While much of the response to India’s – and China’s – naval
build-up has been ill-co nsidered to the point of silliness, it has
certainly been beneficial to the global “military/industrial” complex.
This collection of nine carefully considered essays by a good
mix of academics and senior naval officers looks at the rationale
and the reality of India’s naval expansion. Needless to say, nine
good brains tend to come to a number of different conclusions.
All, however, are worth considering given the fast growing
importance of their subject matter.
Very valuable food for thought.
Available from Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK.
FIRST FLEET SURGEON
The Voyage Of Arthur Bowes Smyth
By DAVID HILL
There has been a rush of books lately on the
early days of Britain’s colonies in Australia,
their exploration and development. This is one
of the better ones.
The ”commentator”, who interprets and explains the journal of
the real author and subject of the journal, has done so with
admirable clarity. His work has been further enhanced by a wide and
very appropriate selection of pictures comprising paintings, charts,
cartoons and lithographs. All of this has been beautifully and
expensively produced by the publisher.
Bowes Smyth was observant and literate. Not being part of the
ships crew, he was able to maintain a useful detachment that makes
his opinions all the more valuable because of their independence. As
Hill makes clear, he was most certainly not part of the ship’s or the
All in all a valuable and really quite delightful record of the
voyage of the “First Fleet” to Port Jackson and the establishment of
the colony of New South Wales in what was to become the City
Available from NLA Publishing, Canberra, Australia.
WISDOM AND WAR
The Royal Naval College
By HARRY DICKINSON
For 125 years the Royal Naval College at
Greenwich was the post-graduate technical
university for officers of Britain’s Royal Navy.
In its last few decades it played a major part in the
development of Britain’s nuclear navy.
The author, an historian, is a former lecturer at the college. He
knows it well and has been well able to put its importance into
perspective. While he doesn’t mention it, it seems sad that a once
such grand and important institution should now mainly houses a
Community College – whatever that is – and a second-rate
university. Britannia no longer rules the waves and defence cuts
have had to be made. How sad.
He describes its architectural, social and educational histories
well. They are all both illustrious and fascinating. Greenwich is a
very special place with a wonderful atmosphere. Those officers,
from sub-lieutenants to admirals, who studied there were very
A first rate history of a fabled institution.
Available from Ashgate Publishing, Farnham, UK.
THE INDIAN OCEAN AND
US GRAND STRATEGY
Ensuring Access And Promoting Security
Edited by PETER DOMBROWSKI and
ANDREW C. WINNER
Except for the extreme north-west corner of it,
which featured briefly in the Iraq and piracy
wars of the last twelve years, the Indian Ocean has largely been
ignored militarily since 1945. Even then, Indian Ocean
operations were generally regarded as a side-show compared
with the “real” actions that took place in the Atlantic and
More recently, however, naval intellectuals – and such people do
exist – have begun to focus more intently on this important and
populous region. Some excellent studies have been published and
this is one of them. This one, obviously, has been written from an
Comprising ten very thoughtful essays produced by a variety of
military officers, academics and policy makers, it provides a good
cross section of current American thought on the subject.
It is good to learn that at least some American leaders and
thinkers are aware of the importance of the Indian Ocean region and
that they are working out what their country’s strategy should be
with respect to it. This book gives a very good insight into what and
how they are thinking. It also provides yet another illustration of the
great value to the world of the US Naval War College.
Available from Georgetown University Press, Washington DC, USA.
SAIL & STEAM
Trading Vessels To Georges Bay,
1833 To 1958
By GARRY RICHARDSON
For the non-Tasmanians among our readers,
Georges Bay is on the north-east coast of
Australia’s island state. It provides the harbour
for the town of St Helens.
Until roads and motor vehicles came into wider use in the 1950s,
the practical way to reach St Helens was by ship or boat. So, for a
century and a quarter, there was considerable maritime traffic into
and out of Georges Bay. Because of a rather tricky sand bar across its
entrance, the size of vessels accessing the port was rather restricted.
The author has undertaken vast research in compiling this
detailed and very valuable record of the vessels that were engaged
in the Georges Bay trade. Not only does he list and describe the
vessels themselves, he also describes the shipbuilding process.
While some of the vessels were built overseas, mainly in the
United Kingdom, most were built in Australia, particularly in
Tasmania. Some, even, in St Helens.
None of those shipbuilders have survived so this book provides an
exceptionally valuable reco rd of early shipbuilding in Australia.
While Tasmanian shipbuilding is now globally renowned thanks to
the likes of Incat and RDM, it is not widely known that the state long
hosted a flourishing industry building globe girdling whalers, coastal
cargo vessels and fishing boats.
Richardson brings to life a wide range of vessel types and sizes
that were constructed or acquired to serve his home town. His is a
labour of love and a very valuable one It is well presented and
extensively and well illustrated.
Available from Forty South Publishing, Hobart, Australia.
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