Books

The publication of Britain’s Greatest Warship HMS Ark Royal IV marked Richard’s debut as a historian in 1999. His subsequent books include The Royal Yacht Britannia – The Official History and Hunter’s Fleet. In 2008, Richard was employed by SBM Offshore to work alongside the Editor of its Official History and is a co-author of the Boat Repair Bible. His latest books include HMS Belfast Cruiser 1939, HMS Cavalier Destroyer 1944 and HMS Illustrious (V) 1982 – 2014.

Richard Johnstone-Bryden is the sole author of the following books:

Britain’s Greatest Warship HMS Ark Royal IV

Publisher:

Sutton Publishing
1st Edition Hard Back released 1999 ISBN-10 0-7509-1798-9 RRP £20
2nd Edition Soft Back released 2000 ISBN-10 1-7509-2504-3 262pp RRP £14.99

Description:

Historical account of the Royal Navy’s last conventional fixed wing carrier drawing from official records and an extensive series of interviews with those directly involved in her story.

Remarks:

Since going out of print in 2003 these books have become highly collectable with copies of both editions selling for up to £250.


The Royal Yacht Britannia The Official History

Publisher:

Conway Maritime Press
1st Edition Hard Back released 2003 ISBN-10 0-85177-937-9 310pp RRP £25
Signed Limited Edition Hard Back released 2003 ISBN-10 0-85177-965-4 310pp RRP £50

Description:

This official history of HM Yacht Britannia was written with the unprecedented support of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Drawing on official records and an extensive series of interviews with those directly involved in her story this book presents the first comprehensive account of the Royal Yacht from her authorisation to her preservation in Leith.

Remarks:

Out of print since 2009.


Hunter’s Fleet

Publisher:

Nighthawk Publishing
1st Edition Soft Back released 2004 ISBN-10 1-84280-073-6 176pp RRP £9.99
Signed Limited Edition Hard Back released 2004 ISBN-10 1-84280-0 176pp RRP £16

Description:

Profiles the story of the last hire fleet of traditional sailing craft to operate on the Norfolk Broads in their original condition. Founded in 1931 the Fleet was bought by Norfolk Country Council in 1968 to teach sailing to young people. When the Council sold the Fleet in 1996 it was purchased by the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust which continues to care for these unique boats. Richard also took the contemporary images for this book.

Remarks:

Still in print


Norfolk Wherries

Publisher:

Nighthawk Publishing
1st Edition eBook released 2002 ISBN 1-84280-054-X 93pp RRP £30
1st Edition CD eBook released 2002 ISBN 1-84280-057-4 93pp RRP £30

Description:

Profiles the sole surviving Norfolk Keel along with the Norfolk Wherries, Albion, Maud, Hathor, Solace, Olive, Norada and White Moth. Richard also took all of the supporting images for this book.

Remarks:

Currently unavailable.


Boats To Build

Publisher:

Nexus Special Interests
1st Edition Soft Back due to have appeared in December 2000 ISBN-10 1-85486-211-1 184pp

Description:

A fully illustrated guide to the various techniques required to build 12 different boats including an 8ft pram dinghy, a 20ft sectional rowing skiff, a 17ft canoe and an 18ft electric launch. Richard also took all of the supporting images.

Remarks:

Despite appearing as a published book on various websites, including Amazon, this book has yet to be released. The original publisher was purchased by another company shortly before Boats To Build was due to be printed. The new owners suspended the book’s publication and many of the chapters were subsequently adapted for magazine features. Boats To Build will be released in due course as an eBook.


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HMS Belfast

Publisher:

Seaforth Publishing
1st Edition Soft Back Released 30 June 2013 ISBN 978-1-84832-155-7 128pp RRP £14.99

Description:

The 4th volume in Seaforth Publishing’s Historic Ships series profiles Britain’s biggest preserved ship. Her action packed naval career included the capture of the German liner Cap Norte, the Battle of North Cape, the D-Day Landings, the Yangtse Incident, and the Korean War. Richard has also taken all of the contemporary photography for this book.

Remarks:

1st Edition Published 30 June 2013


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HMS Cavalier

Publisher:

Seaforth Publishing
1st Edition Soft Back Released 2015 ISBN 978-1-84832-226-4 128pp RRP £14.99

Description:

The 6th volume in Seaforth Publishing’s Historic Ships series profiles Britain’s sole remaining wartime destroyer. Preserved in The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, she acts as a permanent memorial to more than 11,000 men who lost their lives in the 142 Royal Navy destroyers that were sunk during WWII. One of 96 Emergency Programme destroyers that were ordered between 1940 and 1942, Cavalier was built by J Samuel White & Co on the Isle of Wight. Her action packed naval career included the perilous Arctic Convoys of WWII, bombarding dissident Indonesian nationalists, quelling a mutiny in the Royal Indian Navy, supporting the hydrogen bomb tests on Christmas Island and becoming the fastest warship in the fleet. Richard has also taken all of the contemporary photography for this book.

Remarks:

1st Edition Published July 2015


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HMS Illustrious (V) 1982 – 2014

Publisher:

Royal Navy Decommissioning/Commissioning Books
1st Edition Hard Back released 2015 ISBN-978-0-9932984-0-0 312pp RRP £25

Description:

Drawing on official records and interviews with a cross section of those who served in Illustrious, including all of the former Commanding Officers, this book is the first comprehensive account of the Royal Navy’s longest serving aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious from her origins in the early 1960s to her final paying off in 2014. Commissioned as a lasting record of the aircraft carrier’s rich heritage for members of the final Ship’s Company, this book has been made available to the public via National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Remarks:

1st Edition Published 2015



Richard Johnstone-Bryden is the sole author of the following booklet:

St Joan

Publisher:

Nighthawk Publishing
1st Edition eBook released 2002 ISBN-10 1-84280-005-1 16pp RRP £9.99
1st Edition CD eBook released 2002 ISBN 1-84280-006-X 16pp RRP £18.99

Description:

A profile of the 52ft twin screw motor yacht St Joan. She was built by J.W. Brooke & Co of Lowestoft in 1929 and restored by South River Marine in the 1990s. Richard also took all of the supporting images for this booklet.

Remarks:

In print



Richard Johnstone-Bryden is a co-author of the following book:

The Boat Repair Bible

Publisher:

Adlard Coles Nautical
1st Edition Hard Back released 2012 ISBN-13 978-1-408133-21-7 304pp RRP £29.99
1st Edition eBook released 2012 ISBN-13 978-1-408159-17-0 304pp RRP £29.99

Description:

A fully illustrated guide to repairing sailing and power boats. This book is co-written by Rupert Holmes, Richard Johnstone-Bryden and Jake Kavanagh. Richard also took the supporting images for the various sections that he wrote for this book.

Remarks:

In print