On 1 January 1867, John Swire & Sons, having been established as merchants in Liverpool since 1816, opened the first branch in China at Shanghai under the name Butterfield & Swire. They had in fact, been in business from early the previous year, and Swire publications give the founding date…Read More
In WWI, Germany’s policy of wholesale mining of the North Sea and Atlantic was implemented from the day War was declared. Both during the confl ict and afterwards, fi shing vessels were crucial in combating this dire menace. Not only did they patrol and sweep the seas for the Royal…Read More
In writing about HMS Hood and her service career, I am not going to attempt to cover it fully, as that would be a book in its own right. Rather, some selected comments drawn from articles which have come my way over several years, sometimes because of family links, or…Read More
Prime Minister David Lloyd George spent the night of 22 April 1918 wide awake. He was noticeably on edge all that long night as he waited with growing impatience for news from the continent - what Sir Winston Churchill would later call ‘the finest feat of arms in the Great War’.…Read More
The last of my three deep-sea trips on the Brocklebank ship SS Manipur was as Junior Third Engineer offi cer and was memorable for all the wrong reasons in that the fates had apparently decreed that everything that could go awry eventually did.