Maritime Devon - Books and Articles

Avery, John. Titanic - Some connections with Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 122, (2007) pp.36-38.

Barrow, Pat. Slaves of Rapparee: The wreck of the London, Bideford, Lazarus Press (Edward Gaskell Publishers) (1998) 206 pp. [ISBN: 1-898546-25-8]

Bhanji, Sadru. Barbary Pirates off the Devon Coast, Chudleigh, Devon, Orchard Publications (1996). [ISBN 1 898964 22X] [WCSL s364.164/DEV/BHA]

Brown, Aubrey. Devon Names Extracted From Crew & Owners Of Ships Records Held At Somerset Record Office 1863-1914. [Devon FHS Library]

Boyle, V. and Payne, D. Devon Harbours, London, Christopher Johnson (1952) 224 pp.

Bouquet, M. Westcountry Sail: merchant shipping, 1840-1960, Newton Abbot, David and Charles (1971) 112 pp. [A very interesting book, lavishly illustrated, mainly with old photographs.]

Colley, Linda. Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850, Jonathan Cape (2002) 464pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0224059251] [Includes accounts of villagers captured and carried off into slavery by Arab raiders along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall]

Coxhead, J.R.W. Old smuggling days in East Devon, Exmouth, The Raleigh Press (1954) 24p: ill, port. [Westcountry Studies Library 364.133/DEV/COX]

Coxhead, J.R.W. Smuggling Days in Devon, Exmouth, Raleigh Press (1956). [At SoG]

Dickinson, M. A Living From The Sea: Devon's fishing industry and its fishermen, Exeter, Devon Books (1987) 87 pp. [BL LB.31.a.1796]

Duffy, M. (Ed.). The New Maritime History of Devon (Vol 1): From Early Times to the late Eighteenth Century, London: Conway Maritime Press (1992) 256 pp.
A lavishly illustrated book, whose 36 chapters include ones on: Emigration from Devon in the 17th Century, Devonians and the Newfoundland Trade, Privateering Enterprise in Devon 1689-1815, Devon's Maritime Trade and Shipping 1680-1780, and Devon and Smuggling 1680-1850. Well-indexed. [Lookups]

Duffy, M. and S. Fisher, B. Greenhill, D.J. Starkey and J. Youngs, (Ed.). The New Maritime History of Devon (Vol 2): From the late Eighteenth Century to the Present Day, London: Conway Maritime Press (1994) 272 pp.
Chapters include: The Ports, Seaborne Trade and Shipping Industry of South Devon, 1786-1914; North Devon Shipping, Trade and Ports, 1786-1939; The Emigration Trade in Nineteenth-Century Devon; The Rise of the Devon Seaside Resorts, 1750-1900. [Lookups]

Farr, G. Wreck and Rescue on the Coast of Devon: The Story of the South Devon Lifeboats, Truro, (1968) 196 p.

Farr, G. Ships and Harbours of Exmoor (Microstudy), Exmoor Press, 11 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset, (1970) 65 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0900131158] [Index]

Farr, G.E. Shipbuilding in North Devon, Maritime Monographs and Reports, No. 22. National Maritime Museum (1976) 73 pp. [Contains a lengthy chronological descriptive list of ships built in Devon 1725-1975, in some cases naming the builder, but with no owners or masters names listed. Gives a brief history of each of the shipyards.]

Gardiner, D.A., (Ed.). A calendar of early Chancery proceedings relating to West Country shipping, 1388-1493, Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1976).

Greenhill, B. and Giffard, A. Westcountrymen in Prince Edward Isle, Newton Abbott, David and Charles (1967) 248 p. ["This is the history of events which took place in the British North American colony of Prince Edward Isle, now one of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada, and in the County of Devon in Britain, and also on the North Atlantic ocean between these two places in the half-century between 1818 and 1868."]

Gray, Todd. Devon's coastal and overseas fisheries and New England migration, 1597-1642. Exeter, PhD Thesis, University of Exeter (1988).

Gray, Todd. Early Stuart Mariners and Shipping: the maritime surveys of Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1990). [Reprints lists from 1619-1626 with details of more than 6000 men from more than 600 ships in Devon and Cornwall, mainly from South Devon.] [Lookups]

Gray, Todd. Fisheries, Exploration, Shipping and Mariners in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. In Historical Atlas of South-West England, ed. R. Kain and W. Ravenhill, pp.377-387, Exeter, University of Exeter Press, (1999).

Harte, W.J. Some Evidence of Trade between Exeter & Newfoundland up to 1600, Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. 64, (1932) pp.475-484. [Includes lists of ships of the Port of Exeter trading with Newfoundland from 1563 to 1690 - dates, ship's names, ports, masters & owners of ships] [Extracts]

Hurrell, A.W. Wreckage and Lord Devon's Rights to Same on the South Devon Coast. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 10 (1878), pp. 392-398. [Index]

Kennedy, P.A., (Ed.). Oakum: Being strands drawn from the Maritime History of Devon, Devon County Council, for the Exeter Maritime Museum (1970) 52 pp. ["Facsimile documents from the public and private records deposited in the Devon Record Office."]

Larn, Richard. Devon Shipwrecks. David & Charles (1974) 248 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0715363379]

Maddison, Arthur. The West Country's Maritime Story: Past and Present, (1982). [ISBN 0903975386] [Devon FHS Library p942.3, WCSL p387/WES/MAD]

Millard, Victor F. L. Ships of Devon and Cornwall, 1652-1942, Isleworth, Middlesex, The Kenilworth Nautical Publishing Co. (1945) 80 pp. illus.

Mace, F.A. Devonshire Ports in the 14th and 15th Centuries, Trans. Royal Hist. Soc. (4th series), vol. 8, (1925) pp.98-126.

Maddison, Arthur. The West Country's Maritime Story: Past and Present (1982). [ISBN 0903975386] [Devon FHS Library p942.3]

Matthews, K. A History of the West of England-Newfoundland fishery. PhD Thesis, Oxford University (1968) 25pp.. [Full text requestable]

Murch, David F. and Tom A.Q. Griffiths. Wrecks on the south Devon coast. Devon Historian 6, (1973) pp.3-12: ill, map.

Newcombe, Lisa. Smuggling in Cornwall and Devon, Norwich, Jarrold and Sons (1975) 46 pp. [BL X.700/22012, CAM 1975.9.1161]

Nix, Michael. The Export trade in North Devon Earthenware, 1780-1840, Devon Historian, no. 53, (1996) pp.4-10.

Oppenheim, M.M. The Maritime History of Devon, Exeter, The University (1968) 175 pp. [Lookups]

Pascoe, W.H. and N.G. Medieval Shipmasters of South Devon. Devon Family Historian 92 (Oct. 1999), pp.39-40. [Includes a list of about 140 names.]

Radford, Alan. The Pirates of Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 156, (2015) pp.6-7. Links to the Radford family]

Roche, T.W.E. A shipman's tale: reminiscences of ships of Devon from the 1920s to the present day, Bracknell, Town and Country Press (1971) 52 pp. illus., facsim., map. [ISBN 72171830]

Searle, Muriel V. The White Funnels of North Devon. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 72 (1972) pp.28-29; ill. [1891-1972]

Searle, Patricia. Windsor Castle Figurehead, Devon Family Historian, vol. 175, (2020) pp.9-11. [In The Box, Plymouth]

Smith, G. Smuggling in the Bristol Channel 1700-1850, Newbury, Berkshire, Countryside Books (1989) 176 pp.

Smylie, M and Cooper, S. Fishing Around the Bristol Channel, The History Press Ltd (2011) 160 pp. [ISBN 0752457926]

Starkey, D.J. Devon's Coastline and Coastal Waters, Exeter, Exeter Unversity Publications (1988) 85 pp. [ISBN 0 85989 314 6]

Waugh, M. Smuggling in Devon and Cornwall 1700-1850, Newbury, Berks., Countryside Books (1991) 208 pp. [ISBN 185306 113 1]

Ships Crew Lists [1863-1914]: A handlist of records, DRO Handlist No. 3 (1987). [ISBN 0891146557] [Devon FHS Library p387.0094235]

The Call of Chambercombe: A True Story of the North Devon Coast, Ilfracombe, The Chronicle Press (1959) 140 pp. [Wreckers]