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By MAURICE CORNISH & ELAINE IVES
This book is rather the reverse of the norm
experienced by your reviewer. Published
by Adlard Coles Nautical and intended for
the commercial mariner it is also equally
appropriate to the yachtsman. The usual
flow has at last been reversed.
Anyway, it is a classic that has, as with so many Adlard Coles
books, been honed, refined and usefully improved over the twelve
years of its publication.
Very well illustrated and clearly explained it offers all the
meteorological theory that any mariner could ever want or need to
know. It still, as we said about the last edition, "covers almost
every imaginable aspect of weather and the forecasting of it".
This edition does all that, better.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
Thermosets and Thermoplastics
By M. REYNE
Despite the widespread use of fibreglass
(FRP) in the marine industry it is perhaps
surprising that so little is generally known
about the more sophisticated and complex
sector of that class of materials.
The JEC Publications groups has for some years, from its French
headquarters, published books and magazines and organised
conferences and exhibitions for the composites industry on a
global basis. They have been very effective disseminators of
information about the material.
This clear and simple little book, along with its associated title
"COMPOSITE MATERIALS IN MARINE", provides a very useful
way to learn more about this very fast growing sector.
Available from JEC Group, Paris, France.
AN AWKWARD TRUTH
The Bombing of
Darwin February 1942
By PETER GROSE
In the 220 years since European
settlement, Australian has only been
physically attacked on a handful of
occasions. None of those attacks resulted
The Japanese bombing of Darwin in 1942 was undoubtedly the
most damaging of those attacks. The attacks, largely ignored by
historians for 65 years, have recently been the subject of a number
of new books.
It is clear that Darwin was woefully unprepared for the attacks
even though they were widely expected. The usual resulting
mixture of cowardice and heroism, looting and selflessness, chaos
and good organisation was very evident. Despite a remarkably
rapid and very effective government response in the form of a
judicial enquiry, the usual secrecy and bureaucratic cover-up led to
The Darwin bombings provided a salutary experience for
Australia. So far nothing much seems to have been learnt from them.
Hopefully, this book might improve that situation somewhat.
Available from Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia.
The Untold Story of the Royal
Australian Navy in Southeast Asia
from 1948 to 1971
By IAN PFENNIGWERTH
From the end of the Second World War,
really until the conclusion of the Vietnam
War, south-east Asia was a dangerously
unsettled part of the world.
The Malaysian Emergency, The Indonesian War of
Independence, Confrontation and many other provocations,
disputes and skirmishes kept it constantly on the boil. Come to
think of it, the area could hardly be described as calm yet. Aceh,
Bali, Timor Leste, the southern Philippines, west Papua and the
south of Thailand, to name a few, are still trouble spots.
Much of the period described so well in this valuable book was
under the shadow, however faint, of the Cold War. Australian
forces were heavily involved in the stabilisation efforts throughout
the region. Much of that effort has received little notice or even
credit. The significant and successful naval involvement has been
This very comprehensive book very effectively rights that wrong.
Available from Rosenberg Publishing, Dural, Australia.
A Guide to Working Afloat
By KIM DAVIS
The global superyacht industry is suffering
somewhat at present thanks to the Global
That is probably only to be expected.
After all, the sector enjoyed its greatest ever boom during the five
years to 2008.
With that economic background in mind it is possible to put
this useful "how to" book into perspective. Until the end of 2008
the sector's biggest problem was how to find and recruit sufficient
crew. Now, the pressure is off.
It will be harder to find jobs in the sector until the next big
economic boom. Obviously, if you have read and carefully
digested this book, you will be much better prepared than the next
hopeful person to obtain one of these highly sought after jobs.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
THE WHALE WARRIORS
On Board the Sea Shepherd's
Pirate Ship to Save the
World's Largest Mammals
By PETER HELLER
The author of this book could not be, as
the blurb proclaims, in any way described
as a journalist. There is not an ounce of
objectivity in his creation.
Judging, also, from the parts of which this reviewer has some
knowledge, there is not a great deal of accuracy about it. It is
basically a highly hyped adventure story that glorifies appalling
behaviour at sea. It also very clearly shows how easily the general
public can be conned. In that sense it is very instructive.
Irrespective of your views on whaling, particularly Japanese style
industrial whaling, if you are a mariner you are likely to be disgusted
with the antics of the Sea Shepherd gang as described here.
Those who disagree with the Sea Shepherds should remember a
favourite epithet of their leader, Paul Watson. That is, "If you
don't fight, you lose", Perhaps the author could next turn his
attention to glorifying the Somali pirates!
Available from Harper Collins Publishers, Pymble, Australia.
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