More books to read!Posted: February 15, 2016
The first was J. SAMUEL WHITE & CO. SHIPBUILDERS by David L Williams and Richard de Kerbrech (Published in 2012 by The History Press [ISBN 978 0 7524 6612 5]).
J Samuel White & Company built a total of 252 ships for the Royal Navy as well as numerous vessels for other customers. They were based on the Isle of Wight and were regarded as specialists when it came to the building of fast ships, especially destroyers. They also built aircraft and were pioneers in the development of semi-diesel engines, heat exchangers, air conditioners, and compressors.
The second book was a real indulgence as it was the second edition of a book that I already own. I bought my original copy of BIG GUN MONITORS: THE HISTORY OF THE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE ROYAL NAVY’S MONITORS by Ian Buxton when it was first published in 1978.
A second revised and expanded edition was published by Seaforth Publishing in 2008 (ISBN 978 1 84415 719 8), and when I saw a copy for sale at half the original published price, I just had to have it.
This new edition has a revised layout and many more photographs, which is my excuse for buying it!