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Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast: Their Biographies and Photographs
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:58
Author: Masako Fukawa et al
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

Another very valuable socio-economic history of an important part of Canada’s west coast fishing industry from the prolific Harbour Publishing.

This one is the work of the Nikkei Fishermen’s Reunion Project Committee. It was a four year effort to collect and briefly record 3,860 names and 770 biographies of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen who first started to settle in British Columbia in 1877.

Quite obviously, given such numbers, they represented a significant proportion of British Columbia’s fishing industry participants. Over a number of generations they contributed a lot.

They also suffered badly when Japan and Canada were at war from 1941 to 1945. Most lost their boats and many were interned. Many returned after the war. A significant group are still involved in what remains of Canada’s fishing industry after the bureaucrats and scientists also declared war on it.

Invaluable.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada
Web: www.harbourpublishing.com

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Risk Management in Port Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Security
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:55
Edited by Khalid Bichou, Mile G.H. Bell and Andrew Evans
Publisher: Informa Law

From Baird Maritime:

Another of Lloyd’s Practical Shipping Guides, this one is up to the publisher’s usual high standard.

This is a peer reviewed compilation of contributions from a panel of global experts on the subject. It has been presented in the context of the post 9/11 realities with respect to port and logistics security.

Whether you like the new rules or not, they will probably largely be with us until the global trading importance of the United States fades away.

Meanwhile, everyone currently involved with shipping and ports needs know exactly what is going on. This useful book provides a very good overview of the current state-of-play.

Ordering Information:

Informa Law
London, UK
Web: www.informa.com

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Shackleton’s Boat Journey
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:48
Author: F.A. Worsley
Publisher: Wakefield Press

From Baird Maritime:

This is a reprint prefaced with a new introduction, of a classic first published in 1940.

Written by the Captain of Shackleton’s expedition ship ‘Endurance’ it was certainly sourced very close to the action. Worsley was, with Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the six men who set off on the 800-mile small boat voyage through Antarctic waters that eventually led to the rescue of their 22 companions from bleak Elephant Island.

Coincidentally, with the name of his doomed ship, Worsley’s account is one of the great classics of maritime endurance.

A fine introduction by Hugh Andrew and a selection of Frank Hurley’s brilliant photographs enhance this edition.

Ordering Information:

Wakefield Press
Kent Town, Australia
Web: www.wakefieldpress.com.au

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South By Northwest: The Magnetic Crusade and the Contest for Antarctica
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:47
Author: Granville Allen Mawer
Publisher: Wakefield Press

From Baird Maritime:

This beautifully presented book is a credit to all involved with its production. Its author, publisher, designer, printer and binder.

Extensively illustrated with high quality contemporary photographs, etchings, charts and maps, it provides a very high quality reference to a fascinating account of an important and exciting period of maritime history.

The bibliography and index are incredibly useful sources in themselves which contribute substantially to the value of this whole enterprise. Despite its scholarship, the book is written in a “jaunty” style, moving at a “cracking pace”.

As with most such “races” of exploration history, the race to Antarctica incorporates a magnificent mix of ego, greed, deceit, ambition, heroism, tragedy and achievement. It is all described to great effect by a very accomplished maritime historian.

Ordering Information:

Wakefield Press
Kent Town, Australia
Web: www.wakefieldpress.com.au

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Stability and Safety of Ships: Risk of Capsizing
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:45
Authors: V.L. Belenky & N.B. Sevastianov
Edited by R. Bhattacharyya & M.E. McCormick
Publisher: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

From Baird Maritime:

Published by the United States-based Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, this second edition is an important upgrading of a book that has become vital to naval architects.

Perhaps unusually for a book published by an American learned institution, this book was written by a pair of academics from the famed Kaliningrad Institute of Technology in Russia.

In fact, it represents a global approach to probably the most important conundrum of naval architecture. That of ship stability.

Highly technical but highly important.

Ordering Information:

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Jersey City, USA
Web: www.sname.org

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