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Australian Merchant Ships 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008 15:09

Authors: Malcolm Dippy and Tony Starke
Publisher: Nautical Association of Australia

From Baird Maritime:

Taking over from where the old and much lamented AMSA listing of Australian vessels left off, this incredibly detailed and carefully researched history shows the benefits of a “free enterprise” approach.

Effectively, it is a very comprehensive listing of some 774 Australian flag vessels of greater than 100GT or 25 metres in length. While it covers all kinds of work and cargo vessels, sadly there are now only a handful of true cargo ships flying the Australian flag.

Nevertheless, this provides a snapshot or balance sheet of the Australian flag fleet at May 2008. It is a great record of the nation’s working vessels including most of its tugs, ferries, excursion, sail training, dredgers, dive-charter, ice-breaking, research, pearling and many of its fishing craft. There are a total of 40 what could loosely be called cargo vessels. They include FPSOs and bunker barges.

The compilers deserve great praise for what can truly only be described as a labour-of-love.

A very valuable effort.

Ordering Information:

Nautical Association of Australia
Caufield, Australia

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Fairmile Ships of the Royal Australian Navy Volume 1
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 21:01
Edited by Peter Evans
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications

From Baird Maritime:

An impressive “labour of love” produced in just sufficient time before the participants in the story became too old to record it. Published in 2002, it was compiled over the previous six years or so.

This reviewer can only hope that Volume II has also been published. Volume I is enormously valuable.

Fairmiles were small, wooden warships of around 33 to 34 metres in length and fitted for patrol, convoy and anti-submarine activities. They were also used very effectively in other roles such as Motor Gun Boats and for commando and similar support during World War II.

They were built in significant numbers in various parts of the British Empire including Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, a total of around 1,000. There were built quickly and economically and mostly by shipyards that had previously specialised in yachts. They came in six different main types depending upon installed power, fuel tankage. Most did around 20-25 knots. The fastest was capable of 35 knots. They were wet but seaworthy.

There was also a class of 22 metre Fairmile Harbour Defence Motor Launches that were closely related. This fascinating book tells many of their stories very well indeed.

Ordering Information:

Australian Military History Publications
Loftus, Australia

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Nikkei Fishermen on the BC Coast: Their Biographies and Photographs
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:58
Author: Masako Fukawa et al
Publisher: Harbour Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

Another very valuable socio-economic history of an important part of Canada’s west coast fishing industry from the prolific Harbour Publishing.

This one is the work of the Nikkei Fishermen’s Reunion Project Committee. It was a four year effort to collect and briefly record 3,860 names and 770 biographies of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen who first started to settle in British Columbia in 1877.

Quite obviously, given such numbers, they represented a significant proportion of British Columbia’s fishing industry participants. Over a number of generations they contributed a lot.

They also suffered badly when Japan and Canada were at war from 1941 to 1945. Most lost their boats and many were interned. Many returned after the war. A significant group are still involved in what remains of Canada’s fishing industry after the bureaucrats and scientists also declared war on it.


Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada

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Risk Management in Port Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Security
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:55
Edited by Khalid Bichou, Mile G.H. Bell and Andrew Evans
Publisher: Informa Law

From Baird Maritime:

Another of Lloyd’s Practical Shipping Guides, this one is up to the publisher’s usual high standard.

This is a peer reviewed compilation of contributions from a panel of global experts on the subject. It has been presented in the context of the post 9/11 realities with respect to port and logistics security.

Whether you like the new rules or not, they will probably largely be with us until the global trading importance of the United States fades away.

Meanwhile, everyone currently involved with shipping and ports needs know exactly what is going on. This useful book provides a very good overview of the current state-of-play.

Ordering Information:

Informa Law
London, UK

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Shackleton’s Boat Journey
Wednesday, 05 March 2008 20:48
Author: F.A. Worsley
Publisher: Wakefield Press

From Baird Maritime:

This is a reprint prefaced with a new introduction, of a classic first published in 1940.

Written by the Captain of Shackleton’s expedition ship ‘Endurance’ it was certainly sourced very close to the action. Worsley was, with Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the six men who set off on the 800-mile small boat voyage through Antarctic waters that eventually led to the rescue of their 22 companions from bleak Elephant Island.

Coincidentally, with the name of his doomed ship, Worsley’s account is one of the great classics of maritime endurance.

A fine introduction by Hugh Andrew and a selection of Frank Hurley’s brilliant photographs enhance this edition.

Ordering Information:

Wakefield Press
Kent Town, Australia

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