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The History Of Seafaring: Navigating the World’s Oceans
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Donald S. Johnson and Juha Nurm Inen
Publisher: Conway Maritime Press

From Baird Maritime:

A massive and magnificent book covering 3,000 years of maritime, particularly navigational, history. A big subject requires a big book and that is what we have here.

Exceptionally well illustrated with a fine collection of paintings, drawings, charts and photographs, the book is a credit to its authors, publisher and printer.

It will fascinate and tantalise anyone who is even remotely connected to or interested in the sea and shipping. An all-encompassing history of practically everything to do with all major seafaring activities.

A practical, endlessly fascinating and brilliantly presented compendium of facts that brings together the history of seafaring on a global basis.

Everyone should have a copy.

Ordering Information:

Conway Maritime Press
London, UK
Web: www.anovabooks.com

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


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The Colregs Guide: A Fully Illustrated Text Book
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Klass Van Dokkum
Publisher: Dokmar Maritime Publishers

From Baird Maritime:

From the same author/publishers as the brilliant “Ship Knowledge” reviewed here previously, this book is of similarly high quality, readability and usefulness.

Basically, it comprises a description of the Convention on International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, a.k.a. the “Colregs”. That, however, is a very inadequate description of the book.

In his own particular style the author makes this vital but very dry subject both interesting and inspiring. The book and accompanying CD Rom are the future of nautical text books.

User friendly and useful.

Ordering Information:

Dokmar Maritime Publishers
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
Web: www.dokmar.com


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Ships Worldwide: What Ship Is That?
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Robert Fildes
Publisher: Ships Worldwide

From Baird Maritime:

A book for ship lovers world-wide. It is available as both a hard cover book or as a CD Rom. It is described as a “ship identification and reference manual covering all kinds of vessels from all over the world”, by its author.

That is a fair and reasonable claim. Written and published in Australia, the book could be said to have a slight Australian bias, otherwise, it is completely global in approach.

Basically the book does precisely what it claims to do, clearly and concisely. It offers an excellent primer to the ships and boats of the world. An ideal introduction to any new “chum” to this vast and often complicated industry with its often arcane and downright strange terminology.

A very useful introduction.

Ordering Information:

Ships Worldwide
Sydney, Australia
Web: www.shipworldwide.net


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Ship Stability
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Authors: Klass Van Dokkum, Hand Ten Katen, Kees Koomen, Jakob Pinkster
Publisher: Dokmar Maritime Publishers

From Baird Maritime:

Produced in the same brilliantly clear and concise form as the other parts of the Dokmar triptych of nautical textbooks, “Ship Knowledge” and “The Colregs Guide”, this is of equally high standard.

Accompanied by the inevitable but useful CD Rom of the same content it is very much of the new breed of textbooks. It is a pleasure to read, so different from the turgid stuff studied by this reviewer when he was being taught matters maritime.

The contributions of the four authors are seamless and the style has not in anyway been compromised by the involvement of such a large crew.

Stability is a vital and very wide-ranging subject. It is made both clear and interesting in this first rate book.

Ordering Information:

Dokmar Maritime Publishers
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
Web: www.dokmar.com


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Sharks Of The Pacific Northwest: Including Oregon, Washington, British Columbia to Alaska
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: Alessandro Dmaddalena, Antonella Preti & Tarik Polansky
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

The always prolific and classy marine publisher, Harbour Publishing of Vancouver is responsible for this brief but high quality handbook describing all the major shark species of the region.

Many people do not normally associate sharks with the cold waters which are the norm in the Pacific Northwest. As the authors very clearly show, this is a dangerously false assumption.

While numerous harmless species of sharks inhabit the area, there are plenty such as great whites, salmon sharks, makos and others that can be dangerous.

This brilliantly illustrated book briefly describes all of them.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada
Web: www.harbourpublishing.com


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