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Merchant Mariners at War: An Oral History of World War II
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:52

Authors: George J Billy and Christine M Billy
Publisher: University Press of Florida

From Baird Maritime:

The authors are closely connected to the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Their book looks at a collection of 59 audio and video recordings of interviews with graduates of that institution who participated in World War II.

It is not, then, taken from a lower deck perspective. It does however offer an in-depth view of World War II from a US Merchant Marine perspective.

As with their equivalents in other Allied and Axis merchant “navies”, American merchant mariners did not project the glamour of the “fighting” navy people. Their war was one of dogged persistence in the face of great danger and privation. Many were killed but the survivors ploughed on with considerable bravery.

It is a great story that is well presented by very sympathetic and empathetic authors.

Ordering Information:

University Press of Florida
Gainesville, USA
Web: www.upf.com

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Skipper's Onboard Emergency Guide
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:52

Author: Hans Donat
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical

From Baird Maritime:

Another very useful book aimed at the leisure yachtsman but of just as much benefit to the commercial mariner.

In just 26 simple, clearly illustrated and concisely written pages, it gives an amazing amount of vital advice to those facing trouble at sea.

The problems and their solutions described cover: storms, medical, hypothermia, man overboard, lee shore, grounding, fire, dismasting, jury rig, emergency steering, leaks and holing. All presented in a colourful, heavily laminated, spiral bound format that is waterproof and up to the rigours of the sea.

A really quickly referenced and easy to follow aide memoir for those in peril on the sea.

Ordering Information:

Adlard Coles Nautical
London, UK
Web: www.adlardcoles.com or www.allenandunwin.com

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Survey Vessels of the World: 7th Edition 2008/2009
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 14:52

Publisher: Clarkson Research Services

From Baird Maritime:

Another detailed, accurate and up-to-date global directory of an entire class of vessels from the hyper active research department of Clarksons, the world’s largest ship broker.

It lists, effectively, every significant survey or research vessel of the world along with every owner of such vessels and their complete fleets.

Many of the vessels are pictured and some benefit from an accompanying general arrangement drawing. All have a useful and reasonably detailed specification listing. They range from quite small (around 20 metres LOA) to very large (100 metres or more). It is interesting that the average age of vessels listed is 24 years.

Divided into: Seismic/Geophysical Survey; Hydrographic/Multi-Role Survey; and, Research/Oceanographic Survey, the directory provides potential charterers with the best possible guide to what is available.

A particularly useful and well-presented reference.

Ordering Information:

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

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Marine Equipment Buyers Guide 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Editor: John Fossey
Publisher: Lloyd's MIU

From Baird Maritime:

A useful, up-to-date and comprehensive directory, of more than 1,000 marine products and over 2,500 suppliers or stockists of those products.

Highly detailed indexes of both products and supplier companies make information access easy and convenient.

All the companies are listed again under each item of equipment. Those listings provide full contact details as well as the names of key personal concerned.

As this edition contains at least 50 percent more information than its immediate predecessor it is probably high time it was made available on a tree-saving CD Rom. Better still, it could easily be made available on the “web” and simply up-dated daily.

Comprehensive and useful, all the same.

Ordering Information:

Lloyd's MIU
London, UK
Web: www.lloydsmiu.com


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Slaughter at Sea: The Story of Japan's Naval War Crimes
Saturday, 21 June 2008 10:35

Author: Mark Felton
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

The war crimes of the Japanese Army and particularly of organisations such as the Kempetei are well known. The Rape of Nanking and the Sandakan Death March, among others, will never be forgotten.

Until this book appeared, however, the Japanese Navy had largely escaped criticism for its atrocities. This important and very extensively researched history brings the equal guilt of the Navy vividly to life and mind.

The continuing apprehension of so many of Japan’s Asian neighbours when confronted with that country’s extensive recent re-arming is understandable given Japan’s history.

Given the recent behaviour of numerous Japanese leaders, the Chinese, Koreans and South east Asian people generally have every reason to be cautious. Leopards rarely change their spots. Indeed, many present day Japanese, including recent Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori believe Japan to be “…a divine nation, centred on the Emperor”.

Doctor Felton has done the world a great service by reminding it of the long hidden atrocities committed by what was once regarded as the more “decent” arm of the Japanese military.

Ordering Information:

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


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