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Voyage Charters
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Authors: Julian Cooke, Timothy Young, Andrew Taylor, John D. Kimball, David Martowski and Leroy Lambert
Publisher: Informa Professional

From Baird Maritime:

This massive tome of 1,250 densely packed pages represents an enormous amount of work on the part of its six authors, notable lawyers all.

As the third edition of an already well-recognised, indeed revered, text, it is highly refined, accurate and up-to-date.

The subject of voyage charters is one with a detailed and recorded history as long as that of shipping itself. It has always been a contentious subject so it has been well recorded in court records and elsewhere. This provides a wealth of case and other references.

The authors have approached this massive amount of information on a truly global basis and have succeeded in describing it very clearly.

A remarkable and very important book.

Ordering Information:

Informa Professional
London, UK
Web: www.informa.com


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The Navy Cross: Extraordinary Heroism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Conflicts
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 14:46

Author: James E Wise, Jr. and Scot Baron
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

A most illuminating series of profiles of sailors and marines who have been awarded the United States Navy’s highest award for valour, the Navy Cross.

Covering World Wars I and II and the wars and skirmishes since, it highlights the wartime achievements of a very wide range of both officers and other ranks. The authors propound that too few of America’s warriors have been accorded correct recognition for their bravery. They suggest that this is a worsening problem, contending that the military establishment has been particularly parsimonious in this regard with respect to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Whatever the message, this collection of vignettes on bravery is both fascinating and inspiring.

Ordering Information:

The Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.usni.org


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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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