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South By Northwest: The Magnetic Crusade and the Contest for Antarctica
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:47
Author: Granville Allen Mawer
Publisher: Wakefield Press

From Baird Maritime:

This beautifully presented book is a credit to all involved with its production. Its author, publisher, designer, printer and binder.

Extensively illustrated with high quality contemporary photographs, etchings, charts and maps, it provides a very high quality reference to a fascinating account of an important and exciting period of maritime history.

The bibliography and index are incredibly useful sources in themselves which contribute substantially to the value of this whole enterprise. Despite its scholarship, the book is written in a “jaunty” style, moving at a “cracking pace”.

As with most such “races” of exploration history, the race to Antarctica incorporates a magnificent mix of ego, greed, deceit, ambition, heroism, tragedy and achievement. It is all described to great effect by a very accomplished maritime historian.

Ordering Information:

Wakefield Press
Kent Town, Australia

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Stability and Safety of Ships: Risk of Capsizing
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:45
Authors: V.L. Belenky & N.B. Sevastianov
Edited by R. Bhattacharyya & M.E. McCormick
Publisher: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

From Baird Maritime:

Published by the United States-based Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, this second edition is an important upgrading of a book that has become vital to naval architects.

Perhaps unusually for a book published by an American learned institution, this book was written by a pair of academics from the famed Kaliningrad Institute of Technology in Russia.

In fact, it represents a global approach to probably the most important conundrum of naval architecture. That of ship stability.

Highly technical but highly important.

Ordering Information:

Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
Jersey City, USA

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International Regulations For Preventing Collisons At Sea: Adapted to IMO-Amendments of 1981, 1987, 1989, 1993 and 2001
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:42
Author: Pierre Deseck
Publisher: Maritime Know How

From Baird Maritime:

It is hard to believe how many collisions actually occur at sea. It is even harder to believe that we need a 450 page book to adequately describe the regulations designed to prevent them.

If nothing else, this very clearly and remarkably simply presented book shows us that the International Maritime Organisation has completely lost the plot. If the IMO were really doing its job properly this book should be easily able to be distilled into two pages of words and diagrams.

Self-serving bureaucracies perpetuate themselves by creating complexity. The IMO is, unfortunately, little different from the taxation authorities in most countries. Complexity and obfuscation are the names of the game.

Fortunately, we now have this clear and remarkably concise guide through the complex maze of regulation that the IMO has dumped on the world’s humble seamen. Probably the most telling and apposite words in the book are contained in the prologue. They are: “Common sense and good seamanship are often better than a written rule”. That really says it all. The IMO and its overpaid staff and delegates should be ashamed of themselves.

A very clear and simple translation and explanation of the gobbledygook that the IMO has dumped on us.

Ordering Information:

Maritime Know How
Antwerp, Belgium

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Fortune’s A River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:40
Author: Barry Gough
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

The author is a well known specialist in the history of British Columbia. He has written on its exploration and colonisation.

This book, which reads rather like an adventure novel, provides us with the facts of what was really another “Great Game”. The quest for colonial power in this corner of the north-east Pacific Ocean.

Involving British, Spanish, French, Russian and American explorers and entrepreneurs as well as the local indigenous inhabitants, it is a wide sweeping and fascinating work.

Well endowed with resources including timber, seafood, whales, furs and minerals as well as rich farmland the region was a glittering prize. The rivalry for that prize is the focus of this first rate book.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada

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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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