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Maritime Media Awards 2022

The Union Jack Club, London
Monday, 22 May 2023


The Desmond Wettern Award for Best Journalism

The Award is made to the journalist whose writing, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has made the most constructive contribution to generating public awareness of current maritime issues during the qualifying period.




The Mountbatten Award for Best Book

The Award is made to the author of the work of literature published in English during the qualifying period that, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has contributed most significantly to public awareness of maritime issues.


  • Alysha RooksThe Black Joke: The True Story of One British Ship's Battle Against the Slave Trade (Icon Books)


  • Robert BallardInto the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic (National Geographic)
  • Malcolm and Reg BattenShipping on the Thames and the Port of London During the 1940s–1980s (Pen and Sword Transport)
  • Claude BerubeOn Wide Seas: The US Navy in the Jacksonian Era (University Alabama Press)
  • Mensun BoundThe Ship Beneath the Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance (Pan Macmillan)
  • Les BrownBritish Sloops and Frigates of the Second World War (Seaforth Publishing)
  • Matthew Campbell and Kit ChellelDead in the Water: Murder and Fraud in the World's Most Secretive Industry (Atlantic Books)
  • Nick CollinsHow Maritime Trade and the Indian Subcontinent Shaped the World: Ice Age to Mid-Eighth Century (Pen and Sword)
  • Doreen CunninghamSoundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales (Virago)
  • Saul David – SBS: Silent Warriors - The Authorised Wartime History (William Collins)
  • Aidan Dodson and Dirk NottelmannThe Kaiser's Cruisers, 1871-1918 (Seaforth Publishing)
  • Sylvia EarleOcean: A Global Odyssey (National Geographic)
  • Richard EndsorThe Master Shipwright's Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy (Osprey Publishing)
  • Graeme EwensThe Life of a Boat: The ‘nautobiography’ of a 90-year-old lifesaver (Buku Press)
  • Felipe Fernández-ArmestoStraits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • John GoodladThe Salt Roads: How Fish Made a Culture (Birlinn)
  • Florian GriselThe Limits of Private Governance: Norms and Rules in a Mediterranean Fishery (Hart Publishing)
  • Monty HallsCommando: The Inside Story of Britain’s Royal Marines (BBC Books)
  • Mark HarrisHarwich Submarines in the Great War: The first submarine campaign of the Royal Navy in 1914 (Helion & Company)
  • Stuart HeaverThe Coal Black Sea: Winston Churchill and the Worst Naval Catastrophe of the First World War (The History Press)
  • David HepperBritish Warship Losses in the Modern Era (Seaforth Publishing)
  • Brian Lane HerderEast China Sea 1945: Climax of the Kamikaze (Osprey Publishing)
  • James R HolmesHabits of Highly Effective Maritime Strategists (US Naval Institute)
  • David HutchingsIllustrated Mauretania (1907): Notable Episodes in the Life of a Legend (The History Press)
  • Julia JonesUncommon Courage: The Yachtsmen Volunteers of World War II (Adlard Coles)
  • Richard M JonesThe 50 Greatest Shipwrecks (Pen and Sword)
  • Robert D JonesTo Rule the Waves: How Control of the World's Oceans Shapes the Fate of the Superpowers (Scribner Book Company)
  • Alston KennerleyBullen's Voyages: The Life of Frank T Bullen: Sailor, Whaler, Author (Seaforth Publishing)
  • Angus KonstamBritish Gunboats of the Victoria's Empire (Osprey Publishing)
  • Christian LambBeyond the Sea - A WREN at War (Mardle Books)
  • Mark LardasArctic Convoys 1942: The Luftwaffe cuts Russia's lifeline (Osprey Publishing)
  • Brian LaveryAnson's Navy: Building a Fleet for Empire, 1744-1763 (Seaforth Publishing)
  • Simon MedhurstTitanic: Day by Day: 366 days with the Titanic (Pen and Sword)
  • John MessnerA Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War - Joannes Wyllie of the steamer Ad-Vance (Whittles Publishing)
  • Tom NancollasThe Ship Asunder: A Maritime History of Britain in Eleven Vessels (Particular Books)
  • Michael NorthA World History of the Seas: From Harbour to Horizon (Bloomsbury Academic)
  • Captain Chris O’Flaherty RNTorpedoes, Tea, and Medals: The Gallant Life of Commander D. G. H. 'Jake' Wright DSC** RNVR (Casemate Publishers)
  • Lawrence PatersonThe U-Boat War: A Global History, 1939–45 (Osprey Publishing)
  • Stephen RobertsFrench Warships in the Age of Steam, 1859-1914 (Seaforth Publishing)
  • Brian ShortThe Band That Went to War: The Royal Marines Band in the Falklands War (Pen and Sword)
  • Mark SimmonsAlistair MacLean's War: How the Royal Navy Shaped his Bestsellers (Pen and Sword)
  • Brendan Simms and Steven McGregorThe Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway (PublicAffairs)
  • Nicholas Stephenson SmithColonial Chaos in the Southern Red Sea: A History of Violence from 1830 to the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press)
  • Alan SmithBalchen's Victory: The Loss and Rediscovery of an Admiral and His Ship (Seaforth Publishing)
  • Mike SmylieThe Noble Boatbuilders of Fraserburgh (The History Press)
  • Guy StandingThe Blue Commons: Rescuing the Economy of the Sea (Pelican Books)
  • Jeremy StokeMore Lives Than a Ship’s Cat: The Most Highly Decorated Midshipman in the Second World War (Pen and Sword)
  • Daniel StoneSinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic (Dutton)
  • Eric TagliacozzoIn Asian Waters: Oceanic Worlds from Yemen to Yokohama (Princeton University Press)
  • Chris TerrillHow to Build an Aircraft Carrier: The Incredible Story of the Men and Women Who Brought Britain’s Biggest Warship to Life (Michael Joseph)
  • Keith ThomsonBorn to Be Hanged: The Epic Story of the Gentlemen Pirates Who Raided the South Seas (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Claes-Göran WetterholmSea of Death: The Baltic, 1945 (The History Press)
  • Tracey WilliamsAdrift: The Curious Tale of the Lego Lost at Sea (Unicorn Publishing)
  • Gordon WilliamsonHitler's Navy: The Kriegsmarine in World War II (Osprey Publishing)
  • Matthew WrightThe Battlecruiser New Zealand: A Gift to Empire (Seaforth Publishing)

The Donald Gosling Award for Best Television or Film Production

The Award is made to the director, producer, or other person responsible for making the film or television programme, released or broadcast in the United Kingdom during the qualifying period, that in the opinion of the Awards Committee has made the most significant contribution to the public understanding of maritime matters.


  • Alessandra Bonomolo & Tom Cook
    Why Ships Crash
    Windfall Films (BBC Two)


  • Nicolas Brénéol
    Titanic: Building the World's Largest Ship
    Ah! Production (Channel 4)
  • David Gilbert
    Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom
    Screen Story (Channel 4)
  • Christian Hills
    Devon and Cornwall: Fishing Lives
    True North Productions (Channel 4)
  • Craig Hunter, Rosy Marshall-McCrae, Russ Leven & Heather McCorriston
    What Killed the Whale?
    STV Studios (Channel 4)
  • Ross Kemp & Ed Taylor
    Ross Kemp: Shipwreck Treasure Hunter
    Honey Bee & Freshwater Films (Sky History)
  • David Mackay
    Saving Lives at Sea
    blast! By The Sea (BBC Two)
  • Mel Mackie
    Commando: Britain's Ocean Warriors
    Seadog Productions (BBC Two)
  • John Madden
    Operation Mincemeat
    Warner Brothers (General Release)
  • Bob Marsden
    Lighthouses: Building the Impossible
    October Films (Channel 5)
  • Rob McCabe
    The Sinking of the Costa Concordia: Collision at Sea
    ITN Productions (Channel 5)
  • Kate Ogborn
    The North Water
    See-Saw Films (BBC Two)
  • Crispin Sadler
    Drain the Oceans
    Mallinson Sadler Productions (National GeographicChannel 5)
  • Robert Seligman
    World Productions (BBC One)
  • Rachel Smith
    Warship: Life at Sea
    Artlab Films (Channel 5)
  • Tim Usborne
    Submarine: Life under the Waves
    Artlab Films (Channel 5)
  • Mark Williams
    Secrets of the River Clyde
    Viacom (Channel 5)

The Babcock International First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media

The Award is made to the team or person who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has made the most constructive contribution to generating awareness of current maritime issues through digital media, including websites, handheld device applications, or social media networks.




The Desmond Wettern Fleet Award

The Desmond Wettern Fleet Award is presented annually to the HM ship, submarine, Naval Air Squadron or Royal Marine Unit that is judged to have made the best contribution to a positive image of the Royal Navy during the year to 30 September.


  • HMS Defender