BOOK REVIEW | Jacques Devaulx, Nautical Works

By Élisabeth Hébert and Gerhard Holzer. Edited by Jean-Yves Sarazin.

Taschen has just released an extra large coffee table book about 16th century Le Havre pilot Jacques Devaulx, who was commissioned by the Duke of Joyeuse to produce an illustrated manuscript summarising the naval knowledge of the times, from astronomy and cartography to nautical charts and navigational tools and techniques.

REMINISCENCES | A mixed bag of masters

When you first joined a ship, one of the first questions you would ask was “who is the master?” It mattered because the attitude of the Old Man would colour the whole complexion of a voyage, and on two year articles, a long voyage with somebody who thought that the captain of the USS Caine was an old softy, was best avoided.

BOOK REVIEW | The Submarine Commander Pocket Manual 1939-1945

Edited by Chris McNab

Your reviewer has known and talked with two of Britain’s better-known submarine captains of World War II. They were very interesting men and more Nelsonian or Cochraneish in their approach to warfare than many of their surface navy counterparts except, of course, their MTB and MGB captain brethren. Their philosophy was very much one of “go at ‘em”.

BOOK REVIEW | Empire of the Winds – The Global Role of Asia’s Great Archipelago

By Philip Bowring

This is a very important book by one of Asia’s foremost and bravest journalists. The author is descended from one of Britain’s most famous shipping families. He read history at Cambridge and has since spent most of his career in South-East Asia where he has been very thoroughly immersed in the region’s history and present. He is a long-time student of the history and economy of maritime Asia.

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