SHIPWRECK OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX

Owen Chase Pimlico. London. 2000. In 1820 in the Pacific Ocean, midway between the Galapagos and Marquesas Islands, the Nantucket whaler Essex encountered a pod of sperm whales and sent her boats after them. Three whales had been harpooned when …

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SLAVER CAPTAIN JOHN NEWTON

Edited and with an Introduction by Vincent McInerney Seafarers’ Voices. Seaforth Publishing. Barnsley. 2010. Seafarers’ Voices is a series of first-hand accounts of seafaring through the ages. Each is abridged and edited for a modern readership, and if this volume …

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A GUIDE TO THE COLLISION AVOIDANCE RULES

A N Cockcroft and J N F Lameijer Butterworth-Heinemann. Oxford. 2008. This book should really need no introduction, and should be on the bridge of every vessel afloat. It has been published continuously since 1965 and is described as ‘the …

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ZEEBRUGGE

Eleven VCs before breakfast Barrie Pitt Cassell Military Paperbacks. Cassell. London. 2003. This superb book was first published in 1958, and tells the story of the raid on Zeebrugge during the First World War. The raid was intended to block …

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PIRACY

The complete history Angus Konstam prey Publishing. Oxford. 2008. This excellent book traces the history of piracy from Egyptian times to the present day. It includes the Viking raiders, Barbary corsairs, the era of the Elizabethan privateers, the so-called ‘golden …

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ASD TUGS: THRUST AND AZIMUTH LEARNING TO DRIVE A Z-DRIVE

Captain Jeff Slesinger Cornell Maritime Press, 2010 [ISBN: 978-0-87033-617-1] Getting a grip on the ASD concept is not an achievement gained by text alone; a great deal of time is also required with your hands on the controls. That being …

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CHRONOMETER JACK : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE SHIPMASTER

John Miller of Edinburgh (1802 – 1883). Robin Craig, Ann Nix and Michael Nix (Eds). Whittles Publishing. Dunbeath. (2008). At the age of 72, John Miller took up a notebook and wrote an account of his life for his family. …

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THE MARINER’S ROLE IN COLLECTING EVIDENCE – HANDBOOK

A guide to good practice North of England P&I Association. London. The Nautical Institute. 2010. This small volume is packed with a great deal of useful information. Intended as a companion volume to the third edition of The Mariner’s Role …

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COLLISIONS AND THEIR CAUSES

Capt. R A Cahill MBA FNI The first page of the late Captain Cahill’s master work contains the homily “A superior seaman uses his superior skills to keep out of situations requiring his superior skills”. I suppose this is true, …

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TOWING MANUAL

Offshore and Ocean Towage with related shipping matters and opinions. Jan ter Haar. Netherlands. STC-Group. 2010. This volume sets out to do for seagoing towage what Henk Hensen did for harbour towage, and it deserves to become a success. Jan …

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SHIP EFFICIENCY : THE GUIDE

Peter Lockley and Alison Jarabo-Martin (Eds) Fathom. Windsor. 2011. This brand new book is a timely addition to the maritime canon. Subtitled A comprehensive guide to ship eco-efficiency technologies and measures, it is a wide-ranging survey of the latest eco …

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TUG USE OFFSHORE IN BAYS AND RIVERS THE TOWMASTER’S MANUAL

Capt George & Grant Livingstone ITS Club Discount Available of 10% This book sets out to document the practices which are used to handle tug barge systems in port and at sea. The main focus concerns operations on the West …

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