"On Escort Duty" painted by Harold Beament.
The purpose of this page is to collect together in one place useful resources and contacts to help those trying to find out more about the Battle of the Atlantic. The focus is on the U-boat campaign against allied merchant shipping. It is particularly designed to help those seeking to find out more about individuals, often relatives, who died during the war in the Atlantic.
If you know of additional resources which could be added to this page please do not hesitate to contact me.
Museums and ArchivesMuch information about all aspects of the Second World War, including the war at sea, is held at the Public Records Office in London. Amongst the UK Government archives held are Admiralty documents relating to convoys, ship losses, anti-submarine operations and survivors' accounts. Written enquiries should be sent to:
Public Records Office,
Department Of Transport,
Bristol Industrial Museum,
Merseyside Maritime Museum,
National Maritime Museum,
Lloyd's Marine Collection,
Internet ResourcesHighly recommended is U-boat net, the definitive web resource about the German U-boat forces and much else besides. It is worth using the site's search facility if you are interested in a particular u-boat, ship or convoy.
The Maritime History mailing list MARHST is subscribed to by over 450 marine history enthusiasts with a large amount of knowledge between them. Posting an enquiry to the group may well lead to a host of useful leads. More info on the list can be found at the MARHST web-site. To subscribe to the list send a message to LISTSERV@Post.Queensu.ca with the first line of the message saying SUBSCRIBE MARHST-L [Your Name].
My own links page lists many other useful web-sites.
Bookstores, Magazines, Photograph dealers etc.The Battle of the Atlantic Bookstore is a useful starting point for books about the U-boat camapign and associated matters.
I had a great response from having an enquiry printed in the help wanted section of Sea Breezes magazine. The magazine can be ordered from the web-site of Mannin Media. The address of the magazine is :
Large collections of Merchant and Royal Navy ship photographs are held by the following dealers:
John & Marion Clarkson,
|Why not take a look at Canonesa, Convoy HX72 & U-100, recommended by Yahoo UK & Ireland and BBC Education, amongst many others.|
|Home||Contents||S.S. Canonesa||Convoy HX72||'Happy Time'|
|Schepke & U-100||Merchant Seamen||Tom Purnell||Memorial||Thanks|