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Sixty Years of Cruising with Costa
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Authors: Paolo Piccione, Gian Paolo Ceserani, Fiora Steinbach Palazzini
Publisher: Costa Crociere

From Baird Maritime:

A really substantial book to record the diamond jubilee of a really substantial shipping company. How appropriate. Shiplovers of all kinds but most particularly the many passenger ship fanatics will love this book.

Starting as olive oil and textile traders in the mid-nineteenth century, the Costa family of Genoa developed a substantial empire in its first century. Its shipping adventures commenced in 1924 when it purchased a small freighter. This inspired a strong interest in matters maritime that led to its first passenger ship in 1948, the 768 passenger 'Anna C', that ship really got things moving.

The company has increasingly focussed on passenger vessels, particularly cruise ships, ever since. That side of the business has continued to develop and prosper. This delightful, bi-lingual book shows very clearly how.

Ordering Information:

Costa Crociere
Hong Kong, China
Web: www.costacruiseasia.com

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The Yachtsman's Pilot: The Isle of Mull and Adjacent Coasts: Third Edition
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Author: Martin Lawrence
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

From Baird Online:

Don’t be put off by the title. While its primary focus may be on the yachtsman, this pilot, like all the others from Imray Laurie, is just as useful to the commercial and military mariner.

The Isle of Mull, off Scotland’s west coast is a mystical romantic place, or so they say. This reviewer would not really know as the only time he has been there it was bathed in brilliant sunshine.

Whatever, this highly refined pilot brings the area to life brilliantly. Its photographs, of which there are many good ones, must also have benefitted from a lot of sunny weather? As this book makes clear, this is a first rate cruising area. Rugged scenery, beautiful beaches, excellent seafood and fine whiskies. It is an inspiration.

Ordering Information:

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

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The STCW Convention: A Guide for the Shipping Industry (Incorporating STCW Checklists): Second Edition
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Publisher: International Shipping Federation

From Baird Online:

Produced by London's Marisec Publications for the International Shipping Federation, this brief booklet presents the bare bones of the IMO-International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

It has been compiled to assist shipping companies, masters and other officers, educational institutions and others to understand how the STCW affects them. Providing the basics in a simple, clear format, it is enhanced by the inclusion of a number of very useful and concise check lists. A very useful publication for all concerned.

Ordering Information:

International Shipping Federation
London, UK
Web: www.marisec.org

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Midway Dauntless Victory: Fresh Perspectives on America's Seminal Naval Victory of World War II
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:01

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Author: Peter C Smith
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books

From Baird Online:

The battle of Midway has been controversial ever since it was in progress. This very carefully researched and very well presented book will add considerably to the controversy. The author is a very experienced and prolific maritime historian. He has apparently put much more time and effort into this book than his previous titles.

This research has been valuable and it shows. Not content to follow the party line on conventional wisdom, he has delved deep and wide and uncovered considerable new and valuable material. In particular, he has included a number of previously unpublished eye-witness accounts along with considerable new material from Japanese sources. His bibliography is incredibly extensive and reflects the breadth of his research.

It is very clearly pointed out, as the book’s title emphasises, that the battle was a close run one, for a winner. Above all, it was the US Navy’s Dauntless dive bombers and their courageous crews that turned disaster into victory in the space of five minutes. A gem in the military historians’ crown.

Ordering Information:

Pen & Sword Books
Barnsley, UK
Web: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

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Meteorology for Seafarers
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:01

Authors: R M Frampton and P A Uttridge
Publisher: Brown, Son & Ferguson

From Baird Maritime:

Aimed primarily at young seafarers studying for their certificates of competency, this very well compiled book has much wider appeal than that. Simply and clearly laid out and very well illustrated, it is also a very useful "browser" and reference. It will have particular appeal to both experienced seamen and women and even to yachtsmen.

Of course, being published in the weather obsessed United Kingdom, it is of particular relevance to those living and working around the North Atlantic. Nevertheless, its scope is wider than that. Its coverage of tropical cyclones, monsoons and other tropical weather features is very comprehensive. Its descriptions of weather forecasting and ship routing facilities is particularly useful.

A very good general coverage of a complex and vital subject.

Ordering Information:

Brown, Son & Ferguson
Glasgow, UK
Web: www.skipper.co.uk

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