Building Britain's Wooden Walls
"The Barnard Dynasty c.1697-1851"
John E. Barnard
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About the book
It is written within an historical framework and puts flesh and blood on the bare bones of ship-lists and like statistics. It has both humor and pathos and will appeal to students as well as to members of the general public. The books covers the part played by the major merchant shipbuilders of ships of-the-line, to the Admiralty. (The Barnard Dynasty 1697 - 1851) They built some 79 ships for the Navy Board and a similar number for the Hon. East India Company. This books sets out to fill the historical void of the role that the private sector played in providing vessels to maintain Britain's supremacy at sea.
The Author traces the history of four generations of the Barnard family of shipbuilders from modest beginnings in Ipswich toa prosperous business that was not only the premier supplier to the Hon. East India Company but also build many significant ships for the admiralty. The book covers the ships that the family built and taces their enterprise to its demise on the River Thames in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. It must be emphasized that this is not a genealogical study but concentrates solely on the Barnard family's shipbuilding interests.
"Because of its unique approach this book makes an excellent gift. Keen ship enthusiasts will normally have a gap in their collection and that gap is covered by this book..."
About the Author John E. Barnard
||John E. Barnard was born in the year 1911. His business life was spent in the
Financial Services Industry. He retired as a member of the stock Exchange,
London in 1976
He has a natural affinity with boats and has sailed extensively in inland waters and in coastal regions.
In World War II he was a Training Officer with Combined Operations Command working with LCAs and LCTs. His service life continued when, after the war , he joined the newly formed Royal Marines Forces Volunteer Reserve, City of London Centre, where, as a Flotilla Commander, he had in his charge, six LCAs. In his civilian life he owned and sailed a 27 ft Bermudan sloop.
Anticipating retirement he moved to the Cotswolds in 1972 where he lived until his death in August 2004.
"Of the same name as the dynasty about which he writes so well, the author
seems to have been stirred into action to research the contribution to our
maritime heritage from the merchant shipbuilding companies by accident. A visit
to his oculist and a glance at a magazine in which there was a picture of a ship
being built in the Barnard Yard at Deptford in 1824, triggered several years of
work which has culminated in this successful volume. ..."
The Globe & Laurel, The Journal of the Royal Marines
"...it is a valuable model of 'amateur history' in a still underworked field
and one which will certainly be gracing many specialist shelves."
The Maritime Year Book, Journal of the friends of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
"This is probably the best account ever written about a builder of wooden
merchant ships and government contracts..."
Redriff Chronicle, Newsletter, Winter 1997/8
"...a delight to look at...a delight to read and a worthy tribute to the
family. This superbly presented book is a great asset to this country's
Essex Journal. Spring 1998
"John Barnard has written a stimulating, readable and attractive book of
interest to social, maritime and especially dockyard historians..."
Naval Dockyard Society, Newsletter Dec 1997
"This detailed and well illustrated study provides a useful addition to the
field of maritime, social and economic history.
This England, Spring 1998
"...the author provides a valuable insight into the problem of a merchant
The Naval Review, March 1998
"...valuable to Suffolk historians for the light it sheds on the history of
shipbuilding in the 18th century and early 19th century..." "..the book makes an
important contribution to our knowledge of a much neglected subject."
Robert Maister. Suffolk Local History Council Newsletter. Spring 1998.
"This book is well written and illustrated...John Barnard's account is
essential reading. He deserves our congratulations"
Derek A.Palgrave Editor 'Suffolk Roots' May 1998
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