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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Leith shipyards Maritime Store is now open!

We are pleased to let you know that as part of the: website we have teamed with some committed artists and model making craftsmen and women to offer some real quality products with a nautical theme and some of the models are museum quality and are not kits, but fully assembled models as accurate as historical research permits and made by some of the best model makers in the U.S.A.

The range of models is huge and we only feature a very small range of them, if you do not see the model that interests you then just get in touch and we shall see if a model has been made of the ship of interest.

One of the artists who’s work we feature was an ex sailor on some of the ships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, and his artwork is created with a real passion for scenes he created and remembers from his time at sea.

Original oil painting by Charles Fawcett
Called Picking up the Pilot.

The maritime store will grow and other quality and interesting maritime related goods will be added in time.

So keep checking the website for all thats the best in ships, shipbuilding and all things of maritime interest. 

We also now offer our new maritime E-Book Library

The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain The Royal Navy and the Battle of Britain
This persuasive study attacks the key myths surrounding the Battle of Britain to revise the relative status of maritime and aviation factors in the defense of Britain. Without denigrating the heroism of the fighter pilots, Anthony Cumming challenges the effectiveness of the Royal Air Force in 1940 and gives the Royal Navy much greater prominence than others have. He vigorously asserts the ability of British warships to frustrate German plans for Operation Sea Lion and to repel Luftwaffe attacks. The author argues that the RAF took the lion s share of the glory only because its colorful image could easily be used to manipulate American opinion. Cumming contends that the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain should celebrate the contributions of the many rather than focusing on the pilot elite, an assertion certain to provoke discussion.

The Royal Navy and the Arctic Convoys The Royal Navy and the Arctic Convoys
Published here for the first time, this volume presents a superb range of insights into this crucial effort of the Second World War. This Naval Staff History describes the vital role of the Arctic Convoys, 1941-1945 and was first issued by the Historical Section of the Admiralty as a confidential study for use within the Royal Navy in 1954. It grew out of the earlier Battle Summary No. 22 compiled by Commander J. Owen of the Admiralty's Historical Section and issued in 1943 to cover the convoys run to North Russia in the last half of 1942 and early 1943. That wartime Battle Summary was subsequently revised and expanded by Commander L.J. Pitcairn-Jones to include all the main convoys run from August 1941 until the end of the war using all the historical records which were at hand after the war. A new preface provides additional context for the convoys, highlighting support provided to Russian forces in their struggle against Germany, for the original Staff History was narrowly focused on the naval aspects of the Arctic Convoys to Russia. This is an excellent resource for all students with a particular interest in the Arctic Convoys, the Second World War and in maritime and military history.

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