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Unfinished Voyages: Western Australian Shipwrecks 1622-1850
Monday, 17 November 2008 14:30


Author: Graeme Henderson
Publisher: University of Western Australia Press

From Baird Maritime:

The long coastline of Western Australia is replete with shipwrecks. There are probably still many unknown ones to be discovered.

At first they were all Dutch ships. Mostly they were wrecked on their outbound voyages from the Netherlands to Batavia and other parts of the East Indies. Without chronometers, longitude was rather a problem for them.

The arrival of French and British explorers and then British colonists in the late eighteenth century changed the national composition of the wrecks. Once the West Australian settlements were established as a colony, the ships were almost all British even if locally built.

The author is Australia’s leading and best known marine archaeologist who started in the trade at the age of 16. He knows his subject and he also knows how to make it attractive to the general reader.

The ship wrecks are catalogued in a most attractive way highlighted with first rate photographs and some good contemporary lithographs. Excellent end notes and an extensive bibliography makes further study easy.

A very useful reference, that is a pleasure to read for its own sake.

Ordering Information:

University of Western Australia Press
Crawley, Australia
Web: www.uwapress.edu.au

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Anti-Submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History
Monday, 17 November 2008 14:30

Author: David Owen
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

Another example of naval history from the new imprint Seaforth Publishing. Seaforth is a welcome addition to the small select global group of publishers that specialises in maritime history.

The Seaforth standard has been well maintained with this well researched and presented examination of the important activities of anti-submarine warfare.

The First and Second World Wars clearly showed the lethal potential of submarines. More recently there has been further such illustration. There is now something of a submarine boom underway. A number of the world’s navies have been equipping themselves with them recently for the first time.

This boom will naturally require that thought be increasingly given to submarine counter measures. As the book points out, “the submarine was usually defeated”. That, perhaps, should be qualified with the phrase: “In the long run”.

These defeats have been achieved in a number of ways. Although, at first, submarines may appear invincible and terrible, applied intelligence has always led to their inevitable defeat.

That very important factor is really what this excellent book is all about.

Ordering Information:

Seaforth Publishing
Barnsley, UK
Web: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

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The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure Aboard FitzRoy's Famous Survey Ship
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

Author: James Taylor
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

A handsomely presented, high quality, hard cover book, this is the first attempt to consolidate all aspects of the famous voyage that led to Darwin’s vital “On the Origin of Species”.

That book, arguably one of the most important in the history of humanity, was not just “created”. Nor was it created overnight, indeed not even in six days! It was the culmination of decades of reading, study, travel, observation, measurements and recording by a large group of scientifically inquisitive people.

All this is pulled together in the magnificently illustrated book. The voyages of Columbus, Magellan, Cook, Vancouver, Drake, von Humboldt and many others were all vital to the development of the world but Darwin, carried by the ‘Beagle’, in effect tied them all together.

This brilliant book effectively ties Charles Darwin and his work together.

Ordering Information:

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

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Salvage: A Personal Odyssey
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

Author: Captain Iain Tew
Publisher: Seafarer Books

From Baird Maritime:

Describing the decade the author spent working as a salvage master for the once great Selco Salvage from 1974, the book initially focuses on Asia. It expands to describe his adventures as a global roaming salvage master/consultant.

Fortunately, and somewhat unusually, Captain Tew took or obtained a large number of very good photographs. They and a first rate painting really enhance this book.

Salvage has become a rather romantic topic over the years, perhaps because of its rescue connotations. It is a risky business that can, sometimes, be very rewarding in both experience and treasure.

From a very lengthy seafaring background, the author took to a maritime career naturally. He naturally gravitated toward smaller vessels especially tugs. His sense of adventure obviously drew him to the fascinating world of salvage.

He has done a great job describing his salvage odyssey. A very personal approach but one that brilliantly describes a great life well lived.

Ordering Information:

Seafarer Books
Rendlesham, UK
Web: www.seafarerbooks.com

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Ship's Manual: Voluntary Guidelines for the Safe Management of Vessels and the Prevention of Marine Pollution
Friday, 17 October 2008 14:48

Publisher: HELMEPA and Germanischer Lloyd

From Baird Maritime:

The tie-up between HELMEPA and GL has been a fruitful one. HELMEPA is a very well connected environmental NGO with lots of ideas. GL is a practical, thorough, careful organisation which is extremely good at high quality promotion. In a way they use each other but it is a perfect fit.

This Ship’s Manual is an excellent example of the fruits of their comparatively recent marriage. It is a practical, high quality publication that compiles a massive amount of fundamental advice. Originally developed by HELMEPA in 1992, it has been considerably refined and enhanced since.

The GL touch has refined it considerably. It seems certain to assist both organisations in the pursuit of their very worthy common objectives.

A must on every ship and in every ship owner’s office library.

Ordering Information:

HELMEPA,
Athens, Greece
Web: www.helmepa.gr

Germanischer Lloyd
Hamburg, Greece
WebL www.gl-group.com


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