Home' Ausmarine : December 2009 Contents THE LAST FISH TALE
The Fate of the Atlantic and Our
By MARK KURLANSKY
A cultural, economic and environmental
tale of two fishing towns; Newlyn in
Cornwall in England and Gloucester in
Massachusetts in the United States.
The steady and apparently terminal decline of the fishing
industry in both ports is symptomatic of what is happening along
all the coasts of the developed world. As the author describes it in
his two examples, it is matched nearly equally by the development
Of course, as all in the fishing industry know full well, the
choking off of the fishing industry is often justified by very
spurious "science". The author well describes the familiar battle
between industry and the bureaucracy and scientists.
While the bureaucrats and scientists seem presently in
the ascendant in both towns the author seems to believe there
is still some hope. As he says: "... for ... all the coastlines of
the world to house nothing but tourism and yachting ... would
be ... unthinkable."
Available from Jonathon Cape, London, UK. Web: www.rbooks.co.uk
Navigation and Radar for the
Officer of the Watch and Master
By ROBERT AVIS
As the world's oceans become more densely
populated by superyachts, their operation
has begun to become a distinctly specialised
branch of professional seafaring.
This book, while it contains much that will be familiar to all
kinds of professional mariners, is specifically aimed at officers or
masters of large, well-equipped yachts.
Well illustrated and clearly laid out, it more than adequately
describes the basics and more of navigation and radar operation
using modern electronic aids. It is specifically written for the
British MCA certificates as the author was for many years an
instructor for MCA Class 4 courses.
Full of good, sensible, useful advice.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
NOT ENOUGH ROOM TO
SWING A CAT
Naval slang and its everyday usage
By MARTIN ROBSON
So many words and expressions of nautical
or naval provenance have found their way
into general usage it is a wonder that we
look at them separately.
There are hundreds of them from "All shipshape and Bristol
fashion" to "Whistle up a wind" via old familiar expressions such
as the title of the book.
The author has put a lot of time and effort into researching and
defining all the terms. Most of them are commonly used but it is
interesting to learn their origins.
A great contribution to the maritime culture of, particularly, the
Available from The Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
Web: www.nip.org or from Capricorn Link, Windsor, Australia.
THE LAST NEW GUINEA
By FRITZ HERSCHEID
A great yarn. An exciting and fascinating
tale of a six year adventure involving a
young man of energy and enterprise.
Even in 1970, some 25 years after the finish
of World War Two, there was an enormous amount of sunken
shipping and aircraft around the coasts of Papua New Guinea, the
Solomon Islands, and the Philippines.
By guile, imagination and determination, the author managed
to salvage more than his fair share of the booty. He also became,
of necessity, a useful amateur historian to enable him to find a
practically endless supply of new wrecks to target.
While not brilliantly edited, the book, nevertheless, is very
difficult to put down. Apart from all the well described and
sometimes amazing adventures, it is very well researched and
replete with good photographs and useful maps.
An excellent read.
Available from Ocean Enterprises, Yarram, Australia.
A Celebration of Britain's
By PAUL HEINEY
This is a book that is very much not just for
Brits. In fact, it is probably of even more
value to maritime-minded foreigners who
are visiting and touring the British Isles.
Essentially it is a travel guide to the coasts and estuaries of the
country that lists and describes many of its very numerous
Ports, maritime museums, lighthouses, preserved historic ships,
battles, birthplaces of heroes and much more are succinctly described.
A wonderful guide for any mariner, whether British or not, who
may be intending to tour Britain.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
How Four Voyages to Australasia
Won the Battle for Evolution
and Changed the World
By IAIN McCALMAN
A brilliant book that brings together and
connects the four fathers of the study of
evolution that finally overturned the
prevailing creationism and radically changed the world.
The author shows the valuable contributions of Charles Darwin
and his colleagues, followers and supporters Joseph Hooker,
Thomas Huxley and Alfred Wallace. He shows how they achieved
so much over the 35 years from 1831.
Against the background of the booming industrial revolution
and the flowering of the British Empire, these products of the
Enlightenment very effectively enlightened the world.
A wonderful story very well told.
Available from Penguin Group, Camberwell, Australia.
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