English Heritage’s Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for ships and boats are accessible, authoritative, well-illustrated summaries of what we know about the development of watercraft used on England’s coastal and inland waterways. While there is no aspiration to have an entirely comprehensive series covering all types of vessels from early prehistory to the years immediately following the Second World War, the two IHAs considers all vessels used on inland waters, coastal waters and the open sea and identifies key archaeological discoveries. The main vessel types, including submarines, are addressed as are those that are now buried under ground and those that are no longer afloat.
Both IHAs share a common approach, headings and format. A short Introduction defines the type of vessels addressed within the broad timeframes presented. This is followed by a Description and Chronology which considers in greater detail the development of ships and boats through time. In each case a narrative guide to Further Reading is supplied, which signposts key works, especially those of an accessible character.
Both documents are available to freely download: