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South Pacific Anchorages
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

Almost everyone dreams of voyaging through the “romantic”, tropical islands of the South Pacific. This excellent cruising guide, now its second edition, give those dreams a sense of reality.

The author covers much of the Pacific from the Equator to 40°S and from Easter and Galapagos islands to New Ireland and New Zealand.

His patch covers a vast area so some of his reports are more detailed and descriptive than others. However, they all provide a useful first reference to the area.

As with all Imray Laurie guides or pilots, this one opens with some simple, useful, general information. It then covers a large part of the Pacific with detailed pilotage descriptions. These cover both well known and very obscure islands and groups.

His descriptions do not pull any punches. If the author dislikes an island or its inhabitants, he makes those facts very plain. His warnings, therefore, are fair.

It certainly whets the cruising appetite.

Ordering Information:

Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson
St Ives, UK
Web: www.imray.com


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The Battle of the River Plate: A Grand Delusion
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Richard Woodman
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

This well produced and presented re-assessment of one of the first and more significant naval battles of World War II is from the Naval Institute Press' Campaign Chronicle series.

Naval Institute Press has never accepted conventional wisdom. Indeed, many of its books like this one, vigorously challenge the accepted view.

This very thorough revision of the history of the battle has been written by an experienced naval officer turned maritime historian. A very rational and thoughtful analysis.

Ordering Information:

Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.nip.org


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Tales From the Galley: Stories of the Working Waterfront
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Doreen Armitage
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

No, this book is definitely not a cookbook, despite its strange title. In fact, it does not contain even one recipe. Its sub-title describes it much better.

Rather it is a wide ranging, rollicking recent history of the working mariners of Canada’s wet west coast. It comprises a series of vignettes describing the working lives of a wide range of west coast water rats.

Fishermen, tug skippers, pilots, divers, coast guards and oil drillers are all very sympathetically described and very well pictured with a host of high quality photographs.

A valuable and entertaining history.

Ordering Information:

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


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The Danube: A River Guide
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Rod Heikell
Publisher: Imra, Laurie, Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

It’s hard to believe now that the old Soviet bloc ever existed. This 1991 publication, however, brings it all back.

Although published at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union, it still contains much that is redolent of that era. In that sense, it is probably not now a very accurate guide to this most important of rivers.

It was also published prior to the completion of the Rhine – Main – Danube Canal and, obviously, well before the collapse of the Yugoslav Federation. So it is a most interesting historic document.

As such it still provides a very useful guide to the current Danube. The author is a great enthusiast for the river and the countries through which it runs. That enthusiasm is contagious.

This Pilot may be outdated but it is still both fascinating and valuable.

Ordering Information:

Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson
St Ives, UK
Web: www.imray.com


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The Collins Class Submarine Story: Steel, Spies and Spin
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Peter Yule and Derek Woolner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From Baird Maritime:

Most major Australian Defence procurement projects are controversial just as they are in most democracies. They involve vast sums of money together with a mix of political interference, bureaucratic bungling and, often, supplier greed.

The Collins Class submarine project, therefore, was little different. It just seemed to dribble on for a long time and involved an unusually large amount of money.

The final result, though, was probably much better than most participants, except a handful of true believers, ever expected. The final product exceeded most expectations and was delivered for less cost than most anticipated.

This highly detailed and very readable book describes the whole process brilliantly. It is a first rate text for anyone interested in business, politics, defence, shipbuilding and project management. The potential audience is vast.

Very highly recommended.

Ordering Information:

Cambridge University Press
Port Melbourne, Australia
Web: www.cambridge.org


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