John Lyman Book Awards

In order to encourage quality in the field of maritime history, NASOH presents the John Lyman Books Awards to authors and editors who books contribute significantly to the understanding of the maritime and naval history of North America, its rivers and lakes and adjoining oceans. Awards are given in the following six categories: Canadian naval and maritime history, U.S. naval history, U.S. maritime history, science and technology, reference works and published primary sources, and biography and autobiography. Books published during the previous year or bearing a copyright date of the previous year qualify for consideration. Named after the late Professor John Lyman of the University of North Carolina, the awards are a highlight of the annual meeting.

The Awards Committee is composed of Gene Allen Smith, chair (TCU), James P. Delgado (Vancouver Maritime Museum), James M. Morris (emeritus, Christopher Newport University), and William H. Flayhard, (Delaware State University).

2008

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
Robert Malcomson, Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813. (Montreal: Robin Brass Studio; Annapolis, Mary.: Naval Institute Press).

Honorable Mention
Freeman M. Tovell, At the Far Reaches of Empire: The Life of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. (Vancouver: University British Columbia Press)

U.S. Naval History
Craig L. Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals. (New York: Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention
Howard J. Fuller, Clad in Iron: The American Civil War and the Challenge of British Naval Power. (Westport, Conn.: Praeger Security International)

John T. Kuehn, Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese. (Annapolis, Mary.: Naval Institute Press)

U.S. Maritime History--Co-Winners:

William E. Lass, Navigating the Missouri: Steamboating on Nature's Highway, 1819-1935. (Norman, Okla.: Arthur H. Clark Co.)

Frances F. Dunwell. The Hudson: America's River. (New York: Columbia University Press)

Biography and Autobiography

David Hackett Fischer, Champlain's Dream: The Visionary Adventurer Who Made a New World in Canada. (New York: Simon and Schuster)

Science and Technology
Gary Kroll, America's Ocean Wilderness: A Cultural History of Twentieth-Century Exploration. (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas)

Honorable Mention
Russell A. Potter, Arctic Spectacles: The Frozen North in Visual Culture, 1818-1875. (Seattle: University of Washington Press)

Primary Source Materials, Reference Works, and Guide Books
George J. Billy, and Christine M. Billy, Merchant Mariners at War: An Oral History of World War II. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida)

Honorable Mention
Robert Eric Barde, Immigration at the Golden Gate: Passenger Ships, Exclusion, and Angel Island. (Westport, Conn.: Praeger)

2007

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
Barry Gough, Fortune's River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing Co., Ltd.)

U.S. Naval History
Lisle A. Rose, Power at Sea: vol. 1. The Age of Navalism, 1890-1918; vol. 2. The Breaking Storm, 1919-1945; vol. 3. A Violent Peace, 1946-2006 (Columbia: University of Missouri Press)

U.S. Maritime History--Co-Winners:

Eric Jay Dolin, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America (New York: W.W. Norton and Company)

Donald G. Shomette, Shipwrecks, Sea Raiders, and Maritime Disasters along the Delmarva Coast, 1632-2004 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press)

Biography and Autobiography

Stephen Fox. Wolf of the Deep: Raphael Semmes and the Notorious Confederate Raider CSS Alabama (New York: Alfred Knopf)

Science and Technology
Larrie D. Ferreiro, Ships and Science: The Birth of Naval Architecture in the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1800 (Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press)

Primary Source Materials, Reference Works, and Guide Books
John B. Hattendorf, Editor in Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (New York: Oxford University Press)

Honorable Mention
Deidre Simmons, Keepers of the Record: The History of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press)

2006

Canadian Naval and Maritime History

Jennifer M. Hubbard, A Science on the Scales: The Rise of Canadian Atlantic Fisheries Biology, 1898-1939 (University of Toronto Press)

Honorable Mention
Barry Gough, Through Water, Ice and Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812 (Dundurn Press)

U.S. Naval History
William N. Still, Jr., Crisis at Sea: The U.S. Navy in European Waters in World War I (University Press of Florida)

Honorable Mention
James D. Hornfischer, Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors (Bantam Books)

U.S. Maritime History
Joshua M. Smith, Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820 (University Press of Florida)

Honorable Mention
Eric Robert Taylor, If We Must Die: Shipboard Insurrections in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Louisiana State University Press)

Biography and Autobiography--Co-Winners:
Mary Malloy, Devil on the Deep Blue Sea: The Notorious Career of Captain Samuel Hill of Boston (Bullbrier Press)

David Curtis Skaggs, Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage, and Patriotism in the Early U.S. Navy (Naval Institute Press)

Honorable Mention
John H. Schroeder, Commodore John Rodgers: Paragon of the Early American Navy (University Press of Florida)

Science and Technology
Anthony Newpower, Iron Men and Tin Fish: Race to Build a Better Torpedo during World War II (Praeger)

Honorable Mention
Marc Levinson, The Box: How the Shipping container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger (Princeton University Press)

Primary Source Materials, Reference Works, and Guide Books
Ralph Sessions, The Shipcarvers' Art: Figureheads and Cigar-Store Indians in Nineteenth-Century America (Princeton University Press)

Honorable Mention
C. Danial Elliott, Everett C. Wilkie, Jr., and Richard Ring, comps., Maritime History: A Hand-list of the Collection in the John Carter Brown Library (1474 to ca.1860) (The John Carter Brown Library)

 

2005

Canadian Naval and Maritime History

Stuart E. Jenness, The Making of an Explorer: George Hubert Wilkins and the Canadian Arctic
Expedition 1913-1916
. (McGill-Queen's University)

Honorable Mention
Jonathan R. Dull, The French Navy and the Seven Years' War (University of Nebraska Press)

U.S. Naval History
Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully, Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of
Midway
. (Potomac)

Honorable Mention
Craig L. Symonds, Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History
(Oxford University Press)

U.S. Maritime History
Peter L. Bernstein, Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation
(W. W. Norton & Co.)

Honorable Mention
Edwin L. Dunbaugh, New England Steamship Company: Long Island Sound Night Boats
in the Twentieth Century
(University Press of Florida)

Biography and Autobiography
Clark G. Reynolds, On the Warpath in the Pacific: Admiral Jocko Clark and the Fast Carriers
(Naval Institute Press)

Science and Technology
Helen M Rozwadowski, Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea
(Belknap/Harvard University Press)

2004

Canadian Naval and Maritime History

Peter E. Pope, Fish into Wine: The Newfoundland Plantation in the Seventeenth Century (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention
Fraser M. McKee, 'Sink all the shipping there': The Wartime Loss of Canada's Merchant Ships and Fishing Schooners (Vanwell Publishing)

U.S. Naval History
Michael J. Bennett, Union Jacks: Yankee Sailors in the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press)

Honorable Mention
R. Blake Dunnavent, Brown Water Warfare: The U.S. Navy in Riverine Warfare and the Emergence of Tactical Doctrine, 1775-1970. (University Press of Florida)

John Darrell Sherwood, Afterburner: Naval Aviation and the Vietnam War (New York University Press)

U.S. Maritime History
Paul A. Gilje, Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution. (University of Pennsylvania Press)

Honorable Mention:
James A. McMillan, The Final Victims: Foreign Slave Trade to North America, 1783-1810 (University of South Carolina Press)

Biography and Autobiography
Kathleen Broome Williams, Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea (Naval Institute Press)

Primary Source Materials
W.H. Bunting, Sea Struck (Martha's Vineyard Historical Society)

2003

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
Julian Gywn, Frigates and Foremasts: The North American Squadron in Nova Scotia Waters, 1745-1815
(University of British Columbia)

U.S. Naval History
Jack Friend, West Wind, Flood Tide: The Battle of Mobile Bay (Naval Institute Press)

U.S. Maritime History
ALex R. Larzelere, The Coast Guard in World War I: An Untold Story (Naval Institute Press)

Biography and Autobiography
Thomas Wildenberg, All the Factors of Victory: Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves and the Origins of Carrier
Airpower
(Brassey's)

Primary Source Materials
C. Herbert Gilliland, Voyage to a Thousand Cares: Master's Mate Lawrence with the African Squadron, 1844-
1846
(Naval Institute Press)

2002

Science and Technology
Steven J. Dick, Sky and Ocean Joined: The U.S. Naval Observatory, 1830-2000 (Cambridge University Press)
William H. Roberts, Civil War Ironclads (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
John Griffith Armstrong, The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy (University of British Columbia Press)

U.S. Naval History
Mitchell B. Lerner, The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy (University Press of Kansas)

U.S. Maritime History
Wade G. Dudley, Splintering the Wooden Wall (Naval Institute Press)

Primary Source Materials
Michael J. Crawford, et al., eds. The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History, vol. 3 (Naval Historical Center)

2001

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
Robert Malcomson, Warships of the Great Lakes, 1754-1834 (UK: Chatham Publishing/US: Naval Institute Press)

U.S. Maritime History
Nicholas Dean, Snow Squall: The Last American Clipper Ship (Tilbury House, Publishers and Maine Maritime
Museum)

U.S. Naval Maritime History
Kathleen Broome Williams, Improbable Warriors: Women Scientists and the U.S. Navy in World War II (Naval
Institute Press)

Science and Technology
Gary E. Weir, An Ocean in Common: American Naval Officers, Scientists, and the Ocean Environment (Texas
A&M University Press)

Biography and Autobiography
John H. Schroeder, Matthew Calbraith Perry: Antebellum Sailor and Diplomat (Naval Institute Press)

2000

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
Arnold Hague, Allied Convoy System, 1939-1945 (Vanwell Publishing Ltd. In Canada; Chatham Publishing in
Great Britain; Naval Institute Press in the U.S.)

U.S. Naval and Maritime History (tie)
William Henry Flayhart III, The American Line, 1871-1902 (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lisa Norling, Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870 (University of
North Carolina Press)

Honorable mention:
Ralph Linwood Snow and Douglas K. Lee, A Shipyard in Maine: Percy & Small and the Great Schooners
(Tilbury House, Publishers and Maine Maritime Museum)

Reference Work and Published Primary Source
David Freeman, Canadian Warship Names (Vanwell Publishing Ltd.)

Biography and Autobiography
Spencer Tucker, Andrew Foote: Civil War Admiral on Western Waters (Naval Institute Press)

1999

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
James P. Delgado, Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage (Checkmark Books)

U.S. Naval and Maritime History
Charles R. Schultz, Forty-Niners 'Round the Horn (University of South Carolina Press)

Honorable mention:
Alexander Boyd Hawes, Off Soundings: Aspects of the Maritime History of Rhode Island (Posterity Press)

Reference Work and Published Primary Source
Robert J. Cressman, The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in World War II (Naval Institute Press)

Biography and Autobiography
Craig Symonds, Confederate Admiral: The Life and Wars of Franklin Buchanan (Naval Institute Press)

1998

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
Robert Malcomson, Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814 (Robin Brass Studio)

U.S. Maritime History
Benjamin W. Labaree, and William M. Fowler, Jr., et al., America and the Sea: A Maritime History (Mystic Seaport Museum)

U.S. Naval History
Jack Sweetman, ed., Great American Naval Battles (Naval Institute Press)

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir
W. Gillies Ross, This Distant and Unsurveyed Country: A Woman's Winter at Baffin Island, 1857-58
(McGill-Queen's University Press)

Reference Work and Published Primary Sources
Harold B. Gill, Jr., and Joanne Young, eds., Searching for the Franklin Expedition: The Arctic Journal of Robert Randolph Carter, (Naval Institute Press)

1997

Canadian Naval and Maritime History
Peter E. Pope, The Many Landfalls of John Cabot (University of Toronto Press)

U.S. Maritime History
W. Jeffrey Bolster, Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail (Harvard University Press)

U.S. Naval History
David Curtis Skaggs and Gerard T. Altoff, A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813 (Naval
Institute Press)

Reference Works and Published Primary Sources
Edited with notes and an Introduction by Briton C. Busch and Barry M. Gough, Fur Traders from New England: The Boston Men in the North Pacific, 1787-1800 (The Arthur H. Clark Company)

Science and Technology
Thomas R. Heinrich, Ships for the Seven Seas: Philadelphia Shipbuilding in the Age of Industrial Capitalism
(Johns Hopkins University Press)

Biography and Autobiography
Catherine Petroski, A Bride's Passage: Susan Hathorn's Year Under Sail (Northeastern University Press)

1996

American Maritime History
Wayne M. O'Leary, Maine Sea Fisheries: The Rise and Fall of a Native Industry, 1830 1890 (Northeastern
University Press)

Reference Works and Published Primary Sources
Edited by Michael Crawford, The Naval Documents of the American Revolution, vol. 10 (Naval Historical
Center)

U.S. Naval History
Malcolm Muir, Black Shoes and Blue Water: Surface Warfare in the United States Navy. 1945 1975 (Naval
Historical Center)

Biography
Robert Schneller, A Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren (Naval Institute Press)

Canadian Maritime and Naval History
Edited by Michael L. Hadley, Rob Huebert, and Fred W. Crickard, A Nation's Navy: In Quest of Canadian Naval Identity (McGill Queen's University Press)

1995

American Maritime
William C. Fleetwood, Jr. Tidecraft: The Boats of South Carolina, Georgia, and Northeastern Florida, 1550 1950 (WBG Marine Press)

Science and Technology
Harold D. Langley, History of Medicine in the Early U.S. Navy (Johns Hopkins University Press)

Reference Works and Published Primary Sources
Craig L. Symonds, The Naval Institute's Historical Atlas of U.S. Navy (Naval Institute Press)


U.S. Naval History (Co Winners):

Jeffery G. Barlow, Revolt of the Admirals: The Fight for Naval Aviation, 1945-1950 (Naval Historical Center)

Charles Dana Gibson and E. Kay Gibson, Assault and Logistics: Union Army Coastal and River Operations, 1861 1866 and Dictionary of Transports and Combatant Vessels Steam and Sail Employed by the Union Army, 1861 1868 (Ensign Press)

Canadian Maritime
James Pritchard, Anatomy of a Naval Disaster: The 1746 French Expedition to North America. (McGill-
Queen's University Press)