Neil Baird

Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.

EDITORIAL | A perfect time for a complete re-think of Australia’s Defence Capex

With the elimination of the spectre of former Australian Defence Minister, and Minister for South Australian Mendicancy, Christopher Pyne, we are presented with an excellent opportunity to make a comprehensive review of our defence priorities. Pyne’s apparently much more realistic successor, Senator Linda Reynolds, should grasp that opportunity with considerable enthusiasm.

BOOK REVIEW | Atlantic Spain and Portugal – Cabo Ortegal (Galicia) to Gibraltar (Eighth Edition)

By Henry Buchanan

A fascinating and, in many respects, delightful part of the world is well described in this very professionally presented pilot book. Having used many of Imray’s pilots over the years, your reviewer is both familiar with and very appreciative of them. They are always first rate but, as they move through several editions, they inevitably improve so as to become almost indispensible. This, being in its eighth edition, is an excellent example of that.

BOOK REVIEW | A Carrier at Risk – Argentine Aircraft Carrier and Anti-Submarine Operations Against the Royal Navy’s Attack Submarines During the Falklands/Malvinas War, 1982

By Mariano Sciaroni

A most interesting and thought-provoking book that valuably describes an important but largely forgotten small war. Because that war utilised comparatively modern weapons and doctrine, this description is of particular value to the current generation of naval officers. It is equally of value to naval history enthusiasts.

BOOK REVIEW | History of the World – Map by Map


Edited by Rob Houston

A magnificent and beautifully illustrated book in the best of DK (or Dorling Kindersley) tradition. From the detailed credits, It can be assumed that much of the first rate artwork was undertaken in India where the publisher obviously maintains a large and very talented staff. That artwork is simply brilliant.

BOOK REVIEW | RMS Adriatic (II) – White Star Wonder Ship in Old Picture Postcards

By Ben Smith

An interesting approach to maritime, or at least ship, history. This is a little book comprising some 33 very briefly but well captioned postcards.

However brief, the technique captures and describes well the ship and life aboard her. The Adriatic was launched in 1907 and plied the North Atlantic run until 1934. A luxurious and popular ship, she had a good and useful career despite the comparatively low speeds she operated at.

The postcards selected are remarkably clear. They evoke the era beautifully and clearly show the ship’s quite unusual bridge arrangement.

Available from Helion & Company, Warwick, UK.


BOOK REVIEW | The Catalpa Rescue

By Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is an Australian “celebrity” journalist and TV personality who affects a red bandana. He was also, apparently, once a champion rugby player. He has, by producing histories on a production line basis, become a prolific creator of “novelised” Australian history.

BOOK REVIEW | CHIRP Maritime 2018 – Annual Digest of Reports and Insight Articles

Edited by Alan Loynd

Captain Alan Loynd is well known to readers of this website as a regular and erudite columnist who focuses mainly on tug matters. He is a vastly experienced master mariner who has spent most of his career in the Far East. He also puts a lot back into the maritime industry. One of his many “love jobs” is editing this incredibly useful and educational digest for CHIRP, the Maritime Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme.

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