For armchair admirals, history buffs, and naval enthusiasts everywhere, "A Naval Miscellany" is an indispensible and entertaining collection of fascinating and little-known facts, anecdotes, lists, curiosities and stories from our naval past.
Forgotten heroes, amazing blunders, surprising trivia, and strange-but-true stories are all included.
Who were the naval heroes of the ancient world, and the world's worst admirals?
How much did a midshipman get paid in the eighteenth century?
What are the origins of sea shanties? Where are the biggest naval bases in the world today? And how does a ship float? It's all here in this little book that will amaze and enlighten even the most avid student of naval history!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 08/04/2010
- Category: Military history
- ISBN: 9781846039898
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Review by BruceCoulson
An amusing, light read about varied facts, personalities, myths, legends, and just general trivia about naval matters. I doubt there's anything new here for the serious historian, but for those who just want a passing glance at nautical history, this is a fun book.