London Transport Museum announces new London Underground S Stock train models

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London Transport Museum has announced a new motorised 1:76 (OO) scale S Stock model London Underground train made exclusively for the Museum by Bachmann Europe plc. The motorised set, comprising four cars, including two driving cars, will be available in September 2015 and can be pre-ordered from Saturday 30 May 2015. The first 250 customers to pre-order will receive a special S Stock certificate.

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Mystic, Conn. (May 27, 2015) —Musicians from around the world will come to Mystic Seaport to celebrate the musical traditions of the Golden Age of Sail at the 36th annual Sea Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14. The Festival is the premier sea music event in North America.

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BookPick: Britain’s Heritage Coast Exmouth to Plymouth

BookPick: Britain’s Heritage Coast Exmouth to Plymouth

by BigJules

Kathy and I moved to Devon a dozen years ago and we know we’re privileged to live in one of the nation’s loveliest regions, with superb coastal and maritime vistas at almost every turn. The regular tweeted photographs from @GaryHolpin rarely fail to brighten my day, especially those with a salty bent. Says Gary: ‘I’m an amateur photographer who loves the South West of England and is more than a little addicted to walking its coastline with my camera.’ Gary has written a delightful little volume about the history, folklore and outstanding beauty of the South Devon coast. It’s superbly illustrated with a selection of his photographs as well as historic images – and because it’s a compact little volume it’s ideal to bring along on your seaside holiday…

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BookPick: Support for the Fleet

Based on 45 years’ detailed research, the book concentrates on the remarkable legacy of surviving structures. These bring to vivid life the varied requirements of the sailing navy and its steam-driven successor, and are reflected in successive dockyard remodellings and expansions throughout the world, a remarkable number of which survive to this day to be discovered by the interested reader. Revealed as well are the close links that developed with a rapidly industrialising Britain at the end of the eighteenth century, showing contributions of figures such as Samuel Bentham, Thomas Telford and James Watt.The influence of the Royal Engineers is traced from early beginnings in the 1700s to their major role in the dockyard expansions from the late 1830s into the twentieth century. The architectural development of victualling and ordnance yards, naval hospitals, schools and coaling stations are all described, together with their key contributions to Great Britain’s long naval supremacy.

To give an idea of the extent of the coverage in this splendid volume, for the prospective reader I’m going to list the chapter headings –

    1 The Royal Dockyards in Great Britain, 1700-1835
    2 The Royal Dockyards in Great Britain, 1835-1914
    3 Planning and Building the Royal Dockyards to 1795
    4 Planning and Building the Royal Dockyards, 1795-1914
    5 Engineering Works of the Sailing Navy, 1700-1835
    6 Buildings of the Sailing Navy
    7 Dockyard Housing, Offices and Chapels
    8 Buildings and Engineering Works of the Steam Navy, 1835-1914
    9 Growth of Empire: The Overseas Bases of the Sailing Navy, 1700-1835
    10 Heyday of Empire: The Overseas Bases, 1835-1914
    11 The Mediterranean Bases: Buildings and Engineering Works, 1700-1914
    12 The West Indies and North American Bases: Buildings and Engineering Works, 1700-1914
    13 South Atlantic and Australian Bases: Buildings and Engineering Works, 1700-1914
    14 Feeding the Fleet: The Royal Victualling Yards
    15 Naval Ordnance Yards
    16 Care of the Sick and Wounded: Naval Hospitals
    17 Barracks and Training Establishments

Support for the Fleet is copiously illustrated with maps, plans and photographs. Although an expensive volume, this lively and informative work to my mind stands to the forefront as the definitive guide to the importance and workings of the Royal Navy bases and has to be the ‘go to’ source for this other half of naval life for many years to come. It is highly recommended.


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Published by English Heritage. ISBN 978-1-84802-055-9

BookPick: Support for the Fleet

by BigJules

The author of this monumental work is Jonathan Coad, a former Inspector of Ancient Monuments. He is a Vice-President of the Society for Nautical Research and a former President of the Royal Archaeological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Support for the Fleet traces the architectural and engineering works in the Royal Navy’s shore bases at home and overseas and the political imperatives and technologies that helped shape them up to the First World War.

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Book Review – Fighting the Great War at Sea, Strategy, Tactics and Technology

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In reviewing books, there is sometimes a touch of despair. The cost of production, including the royalties to photographers and photo libraries frequently constrains authors and publishers. This new book is an example of an author and publisher who have refused to compromise and consequently produced a book which is outstanding in a field of good books. The downside is that there will be potential readers who would struggle to justify the cover price, even though it is an aggressive price for a book of this quality and a testament to the management of production in driving down costs without reducing the book’s quality. The publisher does run some amazing promotions and this is a book that must feature in those programs, opening it to a wider readership. The publisher has also been developing an extensive range of eBooks, into which this must eventually be added. However, those readers who can stretch to the cover price will be richly rewarded.

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Book Review – A Shipyard At War, Unseen Photographs from John Brown’s Clydebank 1914-1918

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For a book of this quality and level of unique illustration, it is already at an aggressive price, although it may be beyond the pocket of many who would love to read it. Fortunately Pen & Sword is famous for its special offers and there are still lending libraries that will stock copies. For anyone with an interest in the sea, ships, shipbuilding and WWI, this is a book that must not be missed. Outstanding!!!

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