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Mobile Production Systems of the World: 7th Edition 2007-2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:01

Publisher: Clarkson Research Services

From Baird Online:

Produced by part of the fastidious team at Clarkson Research Services, a division of Clarkson Plc, the world’s largest ship broker, this is up to its usually high standard. Extensive, comprehensive, all-encompassing, accurate and up-to-date, what more could a reviewer favourably say about a directory such as this?

It is a highly refined example of the maritime researcher’s art and science. Clarksons did not achieve their pre-eminent position in the world of shipbroking without paying great attention to quality in every respect. This publication is a fairly typical example of that approach. If your business requires you to know anything about mobile production systems of any kind, this book is obviously your first port of call.

Ordering Information:

Clarkson Research Services
London, UK
Web: www.crsl.com

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Japanese Destroyer Captain: Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway - The Great Naval Battles as Seen Through Japanese Eyes
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:01

Authors: Capt. Tameichi Hara of the Japanese Imperial Navy with Fred Saito and Roger Pineau
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Online:

This is a welcome hardback re-issue of a very popular book written in 1968 and first published as a paperback in 1987. It is a classic of its kind. It provides a very personal but nevertheless valuable record of the war from the other side.

As the author claims, destroyers were truly the "work horses" of the Imperial Japanese Navy. They, notably unlike many of Japan's capital ships, participated in all the battles of the Pacific War. Some 129 Japanese destroyers of a total of 175 were lost during the War. Despite this severe attrition, Japan’s destroyers were efficient and highly effective. The author explains why.

He was a very experienced and highly regarded destroyer captain by the outbreak of war. This career path is carefully described, as is the fraught political situation in Japan during the 1930s. The politics were boiling. Hara was a Samurai and an intellectual. This combination ensures a clear-eyed, objective and most probably very accurate account of his experiences. An eminently readable book that is informative and fair and which gives an excellent overview of the Pacific War from the perspective of a very effective Japanese officer.

Ordering Information:

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

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Clyde River and Other Steamers: Fourth Edition
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:01

Authors: Christian Leslie Dyce Duckworth and Graham Easton Langmuir
Publisher: Brown, Son & Ferguson

From Baird Online:

Other books of the Duckworth and Langmuir series on Scottish coastal and riverine fleets have been reviewed here previously. They are classic enthusiasts' works. Nowadays the authors would probably be described as "train spotters" or "anoraks" in Britain. Whatever, their enthusiasm is infectious and four editions is proof of the pudding, so to speak.

This, the second book of the series, describes in pictures, drawings and succinct words, the steam ferries and small cargo vessels that plied the Clyde and adjoining waters from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. These vessels, until the end of the Second World War at least, were the lifeblood of much of the west coast of Scotland. In some more remote places they still are.

Given that the Clyde, for much of the period described, was a hot bed of innovation in naval architecture and shipbuilding, they comprise some very interesting and important craft. They were often at the forefront of ship design.

Ordering Information:

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

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Southeast Asia Cruising Guide Volume II: Indonesia and East Timor, Singapore, West Peninsular Malaysia, West Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Palau
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:01

Authors: Stephen Davies and Elaine Morgan
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson

From Baird Online:

Many readers of this review will know Stephen Davies, the Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. If not they will certainly know the waters he and Ms Morgan so well describe. While this pilot is aimed at yachtsmen and indeed was surveyed from the Davies/Morgan yacht, it is just as relevant to the commercial or military mariner.

The part of the world described is one of the more interesting on our planet. Culturally, scenically, climatically and commercially, it has everything. This excellent book – now in its second edition, describes it all very enticingly. To the usual high standard of the Imray Laurie pilots, this one is spiced up by the wit and anecdotes the authors are so good at.

Ordering Information:

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

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Back From the Brink
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:01

Authors: Jamie Webster and Russell Walker
Publisher: Brown, Son & Ferguson

From Baird Online:

Half a century ago the shipyards of the Clyde, to the west of Glasgow, were churning out half the world's ships. They had done that for more than fifty years before that. Shipbuilding on the Clyde was a large, powerful and lucrative industry.

Since then the Clyde has experienced a steady and quite rapid decline. Now very few ships at all are built there. It is not much more than a warship or two every couple of years. The only significant customer is Her Majesty's Government.

This book describes a brief correction to the relentless plunge of Clyde shipbuilding. Rather like their Polish counterparts of a decade prior, an inspired group of unions brought about a brief respite in the decline. This was "people power" at its best. Ordinary working men succeeded where their once powerful bosses could barely be bothered. Sadly, this stirring tale was short-lived. Economic reality or rationality cannot, in the long run, be countered. It is as futile as trying to turn the tide.

Ordering Information:

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

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