Home' Ausmarine : September 2009 Contents RACE TO THE SEA
The Autobiography of
a Marine Biologist
By DR. DAYTON L. ALVERSON PHD
Perhaps better described as the very
carefully considered and well balanced
autobiography of a marine biologist of 55
Even more important is the fact that these 55 years covered the
greatest explosion of fishing effort in the history of the world.
On first reading the promotional brochure for this book your
reviewer was almost prepared to throw it away. The publisher's
brochure grossly distorts Professor Alverson's sympathies.
Thankfully, something inspired me to go further. I'm glad I did
because the author turned out to be a very reasonable and fair
individual of considerable intellect. A deep thinker, he looks at the
fishing industry on a global basis. He takes a rational, holistic view
of the industry and environmental problems and offers reasonable
solutions to them.
Fascinating, fair, realistic yet encouraging.
Available from iUniverse, New York, USA. Web: www.iuniverse.com
A Maritime Mystery
By STEVEN C. CARRUTHERS
Another link in the chain of unveiling
Australia's naval mysteries of World
War II is described in this carefully
Earlier in 2008 the wreck of the cruiser HMAS 'Sydney' and its
nemesis the German commerce raider 'Kormoran' were found off
Western Australian. They sank each other late in 1941, before
Japan entered the war.
The subject of this book is the Japanese submarine attacks on
Sydney and Newcastle about six months later. They, fortunately, were
far less successful than the sinking of the 'Sydney' with all hands.
Both incidents were the subject of heavy handed and
sometimes dishonest wartime censorship and bureaucratic
bungling. In this case, the author has dug beneath that to get
closer to the reality. He has carefully merged both official and
unofficial reports and analysed both.
Long the subject of controversy because of the whiff of "cover
up" and the recorded mystery of an additional "missing" Japanese
midget submarine, the story of the raid on Sydney Harbour is a
While unveiling a lot of facts and putting forward some rational
sounding theories, the author has managed to maintain a lot of
the aura of mystery.
Available from Casper Publications, Narrabeen, Australia.
CHAPMAN BOATER'S LOG
By CAPTAIN JOHN WOOLDRIDGE
Designed for leisure boatmen, this book
also has considerable potential for
Set out to include a series of blank "Trip Logs" preceded by a
detailed pre-departure check list with space to note all important
details pertaining to each voyage.
It also includes space for listing many other useful reminders
and important details of the boat concerned and its voyages.
A big improvement on the typical dog-eared exercise book that
seems to be more commonly used as the log on too many craft.
Available from Sterling Publishing Co, New York, USA. Web:
www.sterlingpublishing.com and from Capricorn Link, Windsor,
Australia. Web: www.capricornlink.com.au
THE SEAFORTH BIBLIOGRAPHY
A guide to more than 4,000 works on
British naval history 55BC -- 1815
By EUGENE L. RASOR
An amazing and very impressive work of
research. While impossible to describe it as all
encompassing, it has to be as good as it gets.
Anyone interested in any way in British
naval, maritime or economic history during any of the almost
two millennia covered cannot afford to be without this
Comprehensively covering everything and everybody of note
from Julius Caesar to Nelson and Napoleon the book even
describes the topics on which more research is required. The
bibliography thus even extends to the gaps in current knowledge.
Available from Seaforth Publishing, Barnsley, UK.
CHURCHILL AND AUSTRALIA
By GRAHAM FREUDENBERG
Those few Australians who think of him at
all these days have mixed feelings about
While he never visited Australia, his
relationship with the country and its people
was a very fraught one. Forged in the heat of
two world wars, the relationship was marred
by some of his most notable mistakes.
Australians, generally, admire Churchill's great successes but
they regret his attitude that their country and its people,
particularly its troops, were expendable. Churchill was nothing if
not focussed. His focus was on the survival of Britain.
Freudenberg describes all the ups and downs, the triumphs and
disasters, of this unusual and volatile relationship very well. A
highly detailed history that puts these important matters into
Available from Pan Macmillan, Sydney, Australia.
THE GENERAL GRANT'S GOLD
Shipwreck and Greed in the
By MADELENE FERGUSON ALLEN
and KEN SCADDEN
The fully rigged sailing ship 'General Grant'
set off from Melbourne for London via Cape
Horn. Among a cargo of wool, hides and
wood she carried a large but unknown
amount of gold. The manifest declared 2,500 ounces but
rumour put the figure at 288,000 ounces.
Whatever, she only sailed 1,300 miles before running into the
west coast of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island to the south of
New Zealand. Of her 56 passengers and 26 crew members, only 13
survived the ship being driven into a cave in high cliffs.
They landed in this cold, inhospitable place. Ten survivors of
the ordeal were finally rescued in November 1867.
Thus was founded the legend of the 'General Grant's' Gold. For
140 years adventurers, salvors and treasure seekers have sought the
ship's still unknown quantity of gold.
So far, despite numerous attempts, neither the ship nor its
cargo of gold have been found. Other wrecks have been searched
and some artefacts, including gold and silver coins recovered, but
not the 'General Grant's'. This fascinating book tells the tale well.
Available from Exisle Publishing, Wollombi, Australia.
For all the latest in maritime books, museums and art, visit www.bairdmaritime.com
AUSMARINE September 2009 33
Links Archive August 2009 October 2009 Navigation Previous Page Next Page