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Poor Man River: Memoirs From the River Murray Estuary
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Alastair Wood
Publisher: Digital Print Australia

From Baird Maritime:

The area surrounding the mouth of Australia’s largest river, The Murray, is an extensive and attractive wetland. Much of it is very scenic.

In its original form it was a wonderland of animal, bird and fish life. While still partly so, man has interfered heavily with the flow of the river with irrigation, hydro-electric and other developments upstream. This has substantially altered the river’s character.

Of course, this is nothing new. There are plenty of similar examples of abuse of rivers. The Colorado, the Nile, the Yangtze and many others have fallen victim to similar “improvements”.

The Murray benefits from this record of its history and present that has been written by a sensitive and erudite professional fishermen. Wood has talked with the “old timers” and assiduously used historical records to show vividly what has happened to this particular “Poor Man River”. It is a pity that so few such man created disasters have been so sympathetically recorded.

Ordering Information:

Digital Print Australia
Adelaide, Australia
Or available from the author
PH: +61 8 8552 2730


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Age and Longevity of Vessels: Strategic Study
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Authors: Louis Le Pensec and Henri Pinon

From Baird Maritime:

The authors of this useful and informative statistical compilation are a former French Minister of the Sea and a Marine Safety Consultant.

Much of what they have presented would be very obvious to any experienced mariner. Its value lies in the fact that they have put a lot of work into compiling a large amount of very relevant statistical data. This data mostly serves to reinforce conventional maritime wisdom.

The result is a largely positive and optimistic analysis of the current situation. It certainly shows that ship design, construction and maintenance and, thus, safety, are all steadily improving and that the combination of IMO rules and port state enforcement are having a significant beneficial effect.

While this research applies to cargo carrying ships and service vessels such as tugs and OSVs, it is a pity that the authors ignored the passenger vessel sector. That sectors safety record needs considerable improvement. A similar analytical approach would clearly show the much greater problems of that sector.

Ordering Information:

Available from the authors
Web: www.etude.agedesnavires.com


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Harrier II: Validating V/Stol
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Lon O. Nordeen
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

Probably the ultimate seaborne aircraft, the Harrier in both its forms has been around for more than forty years.

That is a very lengthy career for a tactical fighter/bomber. It is a career that is nowhere near over yet as the aircraft continues to benefit from an ongoing programme of development.

Originally developed by the British for the Royal Air Force, Harrier was quickly adopted by the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm and by the US Marines. They are also in service with Spanish and Italian forces.

The fact that they continue to be the US Marine Corps’ favourite combat aircraft in the current campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan speaks volumes for the attributes of this amazingly versatile and useful fighting aircraft.

This excellent book describes the past, present and future of the Harrier very effectively.

Ordering Information:

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


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Along Coastlines and Shallow Water: Rederij Waterweg 1970-2006
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Paul Schaap
Publisher: Pas Publications

From Baird Maritime:

A delightful book about a fascinating maritime company. This is also a really good case study of a successful family business.

Established in 1970 by the then 22 year old Hank de Haas, Rederij Waterweg grew steadily to become a very substantial organisation that owned and operated a significant fleet of inshore workboats and tugs.

Soon joined by his even younger wife Lida, the family atmosphere flourished and undoubtedly contributed to the success of the company.

With operations becoming global and involving many adventures, the company history became particularly interesting.

Rederij Waterweg remained in family hands until the retirement of the founders in 2006. It, and its impressive fleet was then sold to the Merwe Oord Group, another family company. The tradition continues.

A charming and educational history.

Ordering Information:

Pas Publications
Anna Paulowna, The Netherlands
Web: www.scheepvaartboekhandel.nl


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U-Boot Crews: The Day-to-Day Life Aboard Hitler’s Submarines
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Jean Delize
Publisher: Histoire & Collections

From Baird Maritime:

A concise, well-illustrated and comprehensive record of life aboard the German U-Boats of World War II.

Life for U-Boat crews was generally nasty, brutish and short. More than three quarters of them, failed to survive the war. It was, nevertheless, a glamorous service that continued to attract volunteers throughout the war.

This book covers almost every imaginable aspect of life aboard the U-Boats, even down to the engineering and operation of the notorious head.

Very well presented.

Ordering Information:

Histoire & Collections
Paris, France
Web: www.histoireetcollections.fr

Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au


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