Publications & Appearances

Research Interests and Publications

My research interests include Local and Regional Maritime and Coastal History, centering on:

*  the development and use of wrecking narratives, and an extension of my geographical focus beyond Cornwall so I may further develop my studies from a comparative perspective. I will be investigating Sussex practices in particular.

* The role of shipwrecks in coastal communities, including legitimate salvage activities, lifesaving, and the treatment of shipwreck survivors.

*Environmental History and the Sea, with special emphasis on the experiences of coastal communities

* European Exploration of the Northwest Coast of North America

MEDIA APPEARANCES and Consultancies

Historical Consultant for BBC1’s ‘Coast’ series 10, April 2014.

Historical Consultant for BBC1 Southwest’s ‘Inside Out’ on the wreck of the Good Samaritan, April 2014.

Historical Consultant and Interview for BBC 4’s “Timeshift: Shipwrecks” programme, aired November 2014 and intermittently in 2014-15 on BBC IPlayer.

Historical Consultant and Interview for BBC Radio 4’s “Making History” programme. Aired December 2008.

Historical Consultant and Interview by BBC’s flagship documentary “Timewatch” series for episode “In Search of the Wreckers.”  Aired January 2008.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND TALKS

‘…to assist the Unfortunate:’ The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society and the Royal Navy, 1839-1914. National Maritime Museum Staff Research Seminars, 22 June 2016.

‘Those sons of Plunder’: Daniel Defoe and the Wreckers of Kent, presentation for the Maritime Themes public lectures, Cutty Sark Tavern, Greenwich, 25 November 2015.

‘Jibber the Kibber, the Pirate Wrecker, and False Lights: Wrecking in British Folklore, by invitation, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, in conjunction with their ‘The Power of the Sea’ exhibit, 4 June 2014.

‘Those sons of Plunder’: Daniel Defoe and the Wreckers of Kent, presentation for Dartford U3A, 4 Feb 2014.

Jibber the Kibber, the Pirate Wrecker and False Lights: Wrecking in Cornish Folklore, Fowey Harbour Heritage Association, 1 Nov 2013.

The World of Jack Look-out and Tom Plunder: Wrecking in East Sussex, presentation for Lewes, Sussex, 17 Sept 2013.

Maritime Crime: Wrecking Then & Now, short course for Greenwich Maritime Institute, 12 June 2013.

‘”The Savage Inhabitants are ready to Plunder”: The Albemarle and other Polperro Shipwrecks’, presented to the Polperro Family History Society AGM, Polperro, Cornwall, 28 April 2012.

‘The Wreckers’, presentation of BBC’s Timewatch documentary (by permission), with an introduction and question-and-answer session. Kenai Peninsula College, Alaska Showcase series, 17 April 2008; Homer’s Seafest Week, 22 May, 2008; and University of Alaska Anchorage, by request of the Vice Provost, 8 Sept, 2008.

‘The Wrecking Season’, presentation of the award-winning film by Nick and Jane Darke of Cornwall, with an introduction on historical Cornish wrecking practices. KPC Showcase Series, 3 November 2006.

‘Shipwreck, Plunder and Pillage: Wrecking on the Cornish Coast of England in the 18th and 19th centuries’, Kasilof Regional Historical Association, Kasilof, Alaska, 13 April 2006.

‘To Save an Expedition: The Work of Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller of the Bering Expedition, 1741′, Elderhostel Program, Seward SeaLife Center, Alaska, June 1999.

Willing and Unwilling: Women Travellers on the Pacific Northwest Coast’, Kenai Peninsula College Showcase Lecture Series, March 1998.

My recent publication and research activity include:

Chapter: ‘…melancholy disasters amongst the hardy sons of the sea’: Launching the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society in Scotland, 1839-48′, in David Worthington (ed.), The New Coastal History: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017.

Chapter: ‘Extreme Weather and the Growth of Charity: Insights from the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, 1839-60′ in Georgina Endfield and Lucy Veale (eds.) Curating Weather: Recording and Recalling Weather Events in Historical Perspective. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2017.

Funding Proposal: Lifesaving, Shipwreck, and British Coastal Communities, 1700-1914, AHRC, May 2016.

Article: ‘The Unlucky Wrecker: William Pearse of St Gennys, Cornwall’, Troze: The Online Journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Vol. 5, No. 2 (September 2014).http://nmmc.co.uk/explore/publications/troze/previous-troze-publications/the-unlucky-wrecker-william-pearse-of-st-gennys-cornwall/   

Chapter: ‘The Cornish Arundells and their Right of Wreck’ chapter for the New Maritime History of Cornwall, edited by Philip Payton, Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter, and Helen Doe, Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter, 2014.

Book: Cornish Wrecking, 1700-1860: Reality and Popular Myth, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer,  2010.

Article: ‘“Neglectful or Worse:’” A Lurid Tale of a Lighthouse Keeper and Wrecking,’ Troze, online peer-reviewed journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Sept 2008. http://nmmc.co.uk/explore/publications/troze/previous-troze-publications/neglectful-or-worse/

Chapter: “Mentoring Undergraduate Research Students in History,” in Kenrick Mock and Eric S. Murphy, eds. Mentoring Undergraduates in Research and Scholarship. Anchorage: University of Alaska Anchorage, 2008.

BOOK REVIEWS

Book review, The Salcombe Lifeboat Disaster: 27 October 1916, by R. Barrett, published in The Mariner’s Mirror, Vol. 102, No. 3 (August 2016), pp. 372-3.

Book Review, The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the Halsewell East Indiaman, by Phillip Browne, published in the International Journal of Maritime Histoy, Vol. 28, No. 2 (August 2016), pp. 609-10.

Book review, The Beachman’s Coast: Suffolk Coastal Communities and their Boats, by Robert Simper, published in The Mariner’s Mirror, Vol. 101, No. 4 (November 2015), pp. 494-5.

Book review, The Maritime History of Somerset, Volume 2, ed. by Adrian Webb, published in The Mariners’ Mirror, Vol. 101, No. 1 (Februrary 2015), pp. 117-9.

Book review, South Devon’s Shipwreck Trail by Jessica Berry The Mariners Mirror, Vol. 100, No. 3 (February 2015), pp. 377-8.

Book review, The Fabled Coast: Legends & Traditions from around the Shores of Britain & Ireland, by Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood, The International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 26, No. 3 (August 2014), pp. 644-6.

Book review, Ebb & Flow: The Story of Maritime Lyme Regis by Peter Lacey, for the Mariner’s Mirror, 2012.

Book review, The East India Company’s London Workers: Management of the Warehouse Labourers, 1800-1858, by Margaret Makepeace, for Journal of Social History (2012).

Book review, Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900 by Stephen R. Bown, for International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. XXIII, No. 1 (June 2011), pp. 360-1.

Book review, Furs and Frontiers in the Far North: The Contest Among Native and Foreign Nations for Control of the Intercontinental Bering Strait Fur Trade, for International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. XXII, No. 1 (June 2010), pp. 380-1.

Book review, The Wreckers: A Story of Killing Seas and Plundered Shipwrecks, from the 18th century to the Present Day, by Bella Bathurst, for International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. XVII, No. 2 (December 2005), pp. 411-412.

Book review, Encounters with a Distant Land: Exploration and the Great Northwest, ed. by Carlos Schwantes, for Alaska History: the Journal of the Alaska Historical Society, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1997), pp. 51-52.

Select Conference Papers 

‘Here she went down!’: The Place of Shipwrecks within Heritage, Tourism, and Coastal Communities. Society and the Sea International Conference, University of Greenwich, Greenwich Maritime Centre, 15 September 2016.

Charity, Philanthropy, and Scottish Coastal Communities: The Launch of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, 1839-1860. Firths and Fjords: A Coastal History Conference, University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History, 31 March- 2 April 2016.

Extreme Weather and the Growth of Charity: The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society, 1839-1914. Annual Royal Geographical Society-IBG International Conference, 2-4 September 2015, University of Exeter.

‘Jibber the Kibber, Pirate Wreckers and False Lights: Cornish Wrecking in Folklore’, by invitation, University of Helsinki, 22 November 2013.

“Lured by False Lights: Cornish Wrecking and Victorian Myth,” (revised), for the ‘Myths, Legends, and Folklore’ conference, University of Cardiff, 17-18 May 2011.

“Lured by False Lights: Cornish Wrecking and Victorian Myth,” International Congress of Maritime History, University of Greenwich, June 2008.

‘“…the grim hell-hounds prowling round the shore… :” Cornwall and the communal practice of wrecking in the long eighteenth century’.  Shipwreck in the Long Eighteenth-Century Conference, University of Nottingham-Trent and the National Maritime Museum, London, England, May 2006.

“‘…Greedy Cormorants waiting for their prey:” Cornish Wreckers and Wrecking, ca. 1700-1860’. (revised). University of Greenwich History Seminar Series, November 2004.

“‘…to prevent the cargo becoming prey to the populace:’ Reaction of the Governing Authorities to Wrecking in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries’. Crossmead International Conference, University of Exeter, UK, October 2004.

‘Neglectful or Worse:’ A Lurid Tale of a Lighthouse Keeper and Wrecking’. First Cornwall Maritime History Conference, National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall, September 2004.

“‘…Greedy Cormorants waiting for their prey:’ Cornish Wreckers and Wrecking, ca. 1700-1860’. International Commission of Maritime History, British Division, King’s College, University of London, May 2004.

‘So Barbarous a practice:’ Cornish Wrecking, ca. 1700-1860, and Its Survival as Popular Myth: The Clarification of a Conceptual Problem’. National Maritime Museum Staff Research Seminars, National Maritime Museum, London, June 2003.

“So Did They Really Do It? An Examination of the Cornish Reputation for Wrecking’. New Researchers in Maritime History Conference, National Maritime Museum, London, March 2003.

“Willing and Unwilling: Women Travellers on the Pacific Northwest Coast, 1787-1870.’ Society for the History of Discoveries/Hakluyt Society Annual Meeting and Conference, St. John’s Newfoundland, August 1997.

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