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By IVOR R. SALTER
It may be an unpleasant reality but it is a
reality nevertheless: today's merchant
marine officers are more than ever snowed
under by painful paperwork.
No matter how much they detest it, time in
the ship's office is almost equal to that spent on
the bridge. It is also an area that is just as likely to cause problems
for an officer as actually conning his ship.
Paperwork has to be taken seriously, increasingly seriously.
Ambulance chasing lawyers and bloody-minded bureaucrats are
everywhere. One gap in your paperwork can really ruin your
This very simply and clearly written book, therefore, is a
particularly useful guide to the general law and paperwork
covering professional seafaring today.
No sensible officer should be without a copy.
Available from Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, UK.
ADLARD COLES' HEAVY
By PETER BRUCE
Originally written by K. Adlard Coles who
founded the renowned marine publishing
house, this bible of seamanship has been
considerably revised over the years by Adlard
Coles and his chosen successor Peter Bruce.
Your reviewer is the proud owner of three of these editions and
has read them all from cover to cover. All have been excellent but,
obviously, technical developments have necessitated upgrades.
This edition has gone further with the inclusion of a
considerable amount of material on operating motor boats in
heavy seas. It even includes a very useful section on Rigid
Inflatable Boat seamanship.
All the contributors know their stuff and have considerable
talent in explaining it all to the reader. The top quality
illustrations provide the icing on a very delicious cake.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
And Other Maritime Incidents
By PETER STONE
While Australia has a very long coastline, it
still comes as something of a surprise to
pick up this enormous book and discover
that it covers 15,644 entries. They describe
both wrecks and other notable incidents but the vast majority
The author gives extensive and well deserved credit to his late
colleague and friend Jack Loney. Loney was a shipwreck fanatic
who diligently recorded his many decades of research in a long
series of books and monographs. They are important references
behind this encyclopedia.
The bibliography and references are unbelievably extensive and
will be of immeasurable value to maritime historians who follow
Peter Stone and Jack Loney.
It is difficult to imagine a more comprehensive record.
Anything that follows will merely be built on this immensely
sturdy foundation. An incredibly valuable obsession.
Available from Oceans Enterprises, Yarram, Australia.
How One German Raider Terrorised
Australia and the Southern Oceans
in the First World War
By RICHARD GUILLIATT & PETER HOHNEN
Some of the German Navy's most effective
warships in both the first and second world
wars were its commerce raiders.
They were commercial cargo ships that were converted into
heavily armed merchant "cruisers". They relied on disguise,
surprise and massive firepower to achieve their objectives.
The SMS 'Wolf' was one of the most successful of the breed. In
a single fifteen month, 64,000 mile voyage she did enormous
damage to the Allied cause.
By mine laying or armed confrontation using guns or
torpedoes, she sank or captured at least 30 ships -- a rate of one
An amazing voyage brilliantly and carefully described by its
authors. A great adventure and, as a sideline, a very effective
exposé of government duplicity on both sides.
Available from Random House Australia, North Sydney, Australia.
HANDLING STORMS AT SEA
The 5 Secrets of Heavy
By HAL ROTH
This is yet another of the fine books
published by Adlard Coles Nautical that,
while aimed primarily at the yachtsman, are
of considerable value also to commercial or military mariners.
The name of the game is seamanship. The author, who has
sailed a number of smallish yachts all over the world for decades,
has considerable experience of that.
He also has a unique ability to succinctly, sensibly and, very
importantly, memorably get his point across. His simple common
sense approach minimises what the reader needs to remember
when conditions get bad.
A very useful and inspiring book. One of the best ever on this
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
ENCOUNTERING TERRA AUSTRALIS
The Australian Voyages of Nicolas
Baudin and Matthew Flinders
By JEAN FORNASIERO, PETER
MONTEATH and JOHN WEST-SOOBY
The early voyages of European exploration
of the coasts of what is now called
Australia (thanks largely to Flinders) are set
against the background of revolution in America and France
and then the Napoleonic wars.
Thus we have two of the most important of Australia's
explorers originating in the frequently warring nations of France
and England. Given that history tends to be written by the victors
in wars, the Frenchman, Baudin, has largely been treated unfairly
This finely researched work considerably redresses that
imbalance. It elevates Baudin to his "rightful place in history --
immediately beside" the always important Flinders.
Beautifully produced and brilliantly illustrated, a very high
quality and valuable book in every respect.
Available from Wakefield Press, Kent Town, Australia.
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