I can’t emphasize how excited I am to have so much new monographic (ie, book) content getting added to the ShipIndex database. The proverbial “we” of ShipIndex, which has mostly been “me”, has been enhanced by the addition of several great people, including one who has been doing yeoman’s work in getting files ready to be added to the database. This has been a game-changer, and a reason why we’re adding so many new monographic titles.
An aside: adding book content is really great. When we can find the book in Google Books or Hathi Trust, we add links to it. But when we can’t, it can be frustrating to end users that the content isn’t immediately available online. However — it is available. Just follow the “find in a library” link as one easy way to find out if a library near you owns the book. If they don’t, see if your local library can obtain a copy for you from another library, through Interlibrary Loan. They *want* to get you the book, and most of the time, they don’t charge you at all! (So, be kind, and support your local library! In fact, I’m writing this on #GivingTuesday, so today’s as good a day as any to support your local library!)
Online resources are great; they’re immediately available! Until they’re not. And then they’re gone for good. Books are almost never “gone for good.” Even if you can’t get a copy now, maybe the next time you take a trip to a bigger city, or to a town with a research library, you can check before you go to see if the book you want is available there. (Just repeat the “Find in a library” link, but put in the ZIP code or postal code of the city you’re visiting.) Having a reason to visit a library in a different city is a great thing!
Last month, I went to New York City for a big maritime event. I went a few days early, so I could do a ton of research at the New York Public Library, and it was an absolute blast. It was so much fun to walk around all the tourists (while secretly being one, as well) and go in to the Rose Reading Room to collect books that had been pulled from storage for me. Wow wow wow.
Anyway, back to the content. Here’s a list of titles added since my last update, which was only a few weeks ago:
- Fishermen Against the Kaiser, Volume I: Shockwaves of War, 1914-1915. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Maritime, 2010.
- The Lost Submarines of Pearl Harbor: The Rediscovery and Archaeology of Japan’s Top-secret Midget Submarines of World War II. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2016.
- Blue Star Line at War, 1939-1945. London: W. Foulsham & Co. Ltd, 1973.
- Lowered Boats: a Chronicle of American Whaling. Bombay: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1934.
- Bristolʼs Trade With Ireland and the Continent, 1503-1601: The Evidence of the Exchequer Customs Accounts. Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press for the Bristol Record Society, 2009.
- Tidecraft : the Boats of South Carolina, Georgia, and Northeastern Florida, 1550-1950. Tybee Island, Georgia: WBG Marine Press, 1995.
- Submarines : An Illustrated History of Their Impact. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2007.
- No Pleasure Cruise: The Story of the Australian Navy. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2004.
- Pacific Graveyard: A Narrative of Shipwrecks Where the Columbia River Meets the Pacific Ocean. Portland, OR: Binfords & Mort, 1964.
- Nelson’s Ships: a History of the Vessels In Which he Served 1771-1805. London: Conway Maritime Press, 2002.
- The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: Night Action, 13 November 1942. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999.
- The Chatham Directory of Inshore Craft : Traditional Working Vessels of the British Isles. London: Chatham Publishing, 2007.
- Australian Steamships, Past and Present. London: Richards Press, 1928.
- Seamanship In the Age of Sail : An Account of the Shiphandling of the Sailing Man-of-war, 1600-1860, Based on Contemporary Sources. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000.
- The Long Ships Passing: The Story of the Great Lakes. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., 1943.
- The Maritime History of the World: a Chronological Survey of Maritime Events, Supplemented by Commentaries. Sussex, England: Teredo Books Ltd., 1985.
- Soviet Destroyers of World War II. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2018.
- Fighting Ships. New York: Putnam, 1969.
- Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-century British Marine Painting. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2016.
- To Santa Rosalia: Further and Back. Newport News, VA: Mariners Museum, 1970.
- Shipping Enterprise and Management, 1830-1939: Harrisons of Liverpool. Liverpool:Liverpool University Press, 1967.
- New Zealand Shipwrecks, 1795-1970. Wellington, NZ: A.H. & A. W. Reed, 1974.
- The Pennsylvania Navy, 1775-1781: The Defense of the Delaware. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1974.
- Kriegsmarine: The Illustrated History of the German Navy in World War II. London: Aurum, 2001.
As you can see, all of these are the start of the alphabet! (We organize them by author name, for the most part.) More to come, soon!