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Red Sea Pilot
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Elaine Morgan and Stephen Davies
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

First published in 1995 this is a revised and updated second edition published in 2002.

Given the recent history of the world and more specifically the 9/11 attack and the Iraq War, the reader could perhaps assume that much has changed in the Red Sea.

In reality, though, apart from some more enthusiastic piratical activity at the southern end, the region continues on much as before. It certainly has not altered the bulk of the content of this very useful book.

The first quarter of the book contains a mine of practical information relevant to most of the region. The remainder comprises a very detailed pilot that is full of good, common sense advice.

While, as with the Imray Laurie pilots, the Red Sea Pilot is primarily aimed at yachtsmen, it is of equal value to those navigating other vessels of practically any size or type through the Red Sea.

Ordering Information:

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


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South Biscay: La Gironde to La Coruna
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: John Lawson
Publisher: Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

La Gironde is the estuary on which the world’s most famous wine city, Bordeaux, stands. La Coruña is an historic and important town in the heart of Spain’s most important fishing region. What a combination for gourmets and bon vivants?

The area has many other attractions than just food and wine, of course. While many of its ports and harbours are shallow and difficult, there are plenty of them. They, along with the coast in general, have many scenic and other attractions.

Subject to significant tidal flows and rapidly changing weather, voyages through the area require careful planning. While modern charts are both clear and accurate, a high quality, well revised and practical pilot such as this will be invaluable.

Whether you are in the Bay of Biscay for reasons of leisure or commerce, you should not be without this brilliant aid to navigation.

Ordering Information:

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


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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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