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US Coast Guard Auxiliary: Birth of the New Normalcy 1939-2007
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

From Baird Online:

This is the well presented and quite fascinating history of a uniquely American institution. The British would probably deride the Auxiliary as a "Dad's Navy" but it was formed with the best of intentions and has, in truth, done some sterling work. Originally formed to promote recreational boating safety, it has also solidly supported its parent organisation the US Coast Guard as a kind of "force multiplier".

Marshalling and encouraging the enthusiasm and talents of leisure boat owners and crews the Auxiliary, particularly in wartime, has served as a training and recruiting funnel to its big brother. While at times, perhaps, inspiring a measure of over-exuberance among its members, it has nevertheless contributed substantially to many aspects of the Coast Guard task. This book shows how. It also records the heroism of a significant number of auxiliarists.

Ordering Information:

Turner Publishing Company
Paducah, USA
Web: www.turnerpublishing.com

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Bristol Channel and Severn Cruising Guide
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Author: Peter Cumberlidge
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

From Baird Maritime:

The South-western part of England that is described in this fine book has a very strong seafaring tradition. It is about as "salty" as it is possible to be.

That, combined with its enormous tides and not normally favourable weather, makes it a fascinating part of the world to navigate and explore.

This very detailed book certainly will enhance the pleasure and convenience of such voyaging. It is well photographed and well charted in the usual Imray Laurie "pilot" style.

The author knows the area well and his enthusiasm for the area is highly infectious. Like most of the Imray Laurie pilots, it instantly inspires a strong desire to explore the place.

Ordering Information:

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

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Sixty Years of Cruising with Costa
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Authors: Paolo Piccione, Gian Paolo Ceserani, Fiora Steinbach Palazzini
Publisher: Costa Crociere

From Baird Maritime:

A really substantial book to record the diamond jubilee of a really substantial shipping company. How appropriate. Shiplovers of all kinds but most particularly the many passenger ship fanatics will love this book.

Starting as olive oil and textile traders in the mid-nineteenth century, the Costa family of Genoa developed a substantial empire in its first century. Its shipping adventures commenced in 1924 when it purchased a small freighter. This inspired a strong interest in matters maritime that led to its first passenger ship in 1948, the 768 passenger 'Anna C', that ship really got things moving.

The company has increasingly focussed on passenger vessels, particularly cruise ships, ever since. That side of the business has continued to develop and prosper. This delightful, bi-lingual book shows very clearly how.

Ordering Information:

Costa Crociere
Hong Kong, China
Web: www.costacruiseasia.com

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The Yachtsman's Pilot: The Isle of Mull and Adjacent Coasts: Third Edition
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Author: Martin Lawrence
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson

From Baird Online:

Don’t be put off by the title. While its primary focus may be on the yachtsman, this pilot, like all the others from Imray Laurie, is just as useful to the commercial and military mariner.

The Isle of Mull, off Scotland’s west coast is a mystical romantic place, or so they say. This reviewer would not really know as the only time he has been there it was bathed in brilliant sunshine.

Whatever, this highly refined pilot brings the area to life brilliantly. Its photographs, of which there are many good ones, must also have benefitted from a lot of sunny weather? As this book makes clear, this is a first rate cruising area. Rugged scenery, beautiful beaches, excellent seafood and fine whiskies. It is an inspiration.

Ordering Information:

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

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The STCW Convention: A Guide for the Shipping Industry (Incorporating STCW Checklists): Second Edition
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:04

Publisher: International Shipping Federation

From Baird Online:

Produced by London's Marisec Publications for the International Shipping Federation, this brief booklet presents the bare bones of the IMO-International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

It has been compiled to assist shipping companies, masters and other officers, educational institutions and others to understand how the STCW affects them. Providing the basics in a simple, clear format, it is enhanced by the inclusion of a number of very useful and concise check lists. A very useful publication for all concerned.

Ordering Information:

International Shipping Federation
London, UK
Web: www.marisec.org

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