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  • The end for British shipbuilding?

    The end for British shipbuilding?

    28th November 2013

    JANUARY 2014 ISSUE The announcement that shipbuilding in Portsmouth is to cease with the closure of the BAE yard, and facilities on the Clyde are to be downgraded, is something of a kick in the teeth for British industry. Yet…

  • A day cruising down the Solent

    A day cruising down the Solent

    25th September 2013

    NOVEMBER 2013 ISSUE Despite the weather not being too kind, I was pleased to spend a day on board the preserved steamer Shieldhall on 17 August and meet competition winner Colin Flood during an enjoyable cruise down Southampton Water and…

  • Keeping alive our maritime heritage

    Keeping alive our maritime heritage

    29th August 2013

    OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE The business of preserving Ships is a difficult one. This month our preservation file covers tugs, following on from that in the May issue, which looked at submarines preserved around the world. Ships Monthly is fully in…

  • How many boxes can they carry?

    How many boxes can they carry?

    24th July 2013

    SEPTEMBER 2013 ISSUE The number of new container ships entering service recently has been considerable, and every month brings a spate of new boxboats calling at Southampton. This month is no exception, with two massive new boxboat giants calling at…

  • What future for the Royal Navy?

    What future for the Royal Navy?

    26th June 2013

    AUGUST 2013 ISSUE The events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic in May will have reminded many readers, and the nation as a whole, of the sacrifices made by British seamen during World War II.…

  • The Battle of the Atlantic

    The Battle of the Atlantic

    28th May 2013

    JULY 2013 ISSUE The 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic was marked in May with a series of events centred around the cities of Liverpool, London and Derry-Londonderry. In this issue we pay our own tribute to the…

  • Support our historic ships

    Support our historic ships

    24th April 2013

    JUNE 2013 ISSUE In the last issue of Ships Monthly we featured a handful of the many historic submarines that are on display round the world. This showcase was a reminder of how much of our maritime history has been…

  • Cruise ships in the news

    Cruise ships in the news

    27th March 2013

    MAY 2013 ISSUE This month we have had more readers than ever writing about the safety or otherwise of modern cruise ships, at a time when cruise ships have been involved in high-profile incidents around the world. The main incidents…

  • How big can container ships get?

    How big can container ships get?

    28th February 2013

    APRIL 2013 ISSUE This month we feature the massive new container ship CMA CGM Marco Polo as the Ship of the Month, and the sheer scale of the vessel can be appreciated from the behind-the-scenes photos in the article. The…

  • Are roll-on roll-off ferries safe?

    Are roll-on roll-off ferries safe?

    24th January 2013

    MARCH 2013 ISSUE The sinking of the car carrier Baltic Ace, as reported in the last issue, is the latest in a long line of incidents involving roll-on roll-off vessels. Equipped with built-in ramps and long tiers of decks, ro-ro…