Home' Ausmarine : December 2010 Contents THE COAST OF AUSTRALIA
By ANDREW D. SHORT
and COLIN D. WOODROFFE
Two of Australia’s leading coastal
scientists have collaborated to produce
this very valuable description of the island
continent’s lengthy coastline.
At about 18,000 nautical miles in length and covering a whole
range of climatic conditions from tropical to cool temperate, the
coast offers considerable variety. The same applies geologically.
There is, therefore, much to be studied. Perhaps surprisingly,
much of the Australian coast is little visited. Much is inaccessible
and most is un-named. It was ripe for a study of this kind.
The authors have done their subject proud. This fascinating
coast is simply and clearly described and very well illustrated.
Their descriptions and conclusions are refreshingly free of the
unreal hysteria and hyperbole that have recently become so
common in similar works. They have taken a thoroughly scientific
approach and their conclusions are generally positive.
For anyone working around or in any way interested in the
Australian coast, this book provides an excellent and very
enjoyable way of learning considerably more about it.
Available from Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia.
SYDNEY CIPHER AND SEARCH
Solving the Last Great Naval
Mystery of the Second World War
By CAPTAIN PETER HORE
Australian readers may well exclaim “not
another book on the ‘Sydney’”. There has
been massive attention directed onto the
sinking of the Australian cruiser both before
and since its wreck was found and photographed.
This book, though, is different. First of all, the author really
knows his subject. A naval historian, he proves that the expression
“naval intellectual” is not an oxymoron.
Starting from first principles, he has done an enormous amount
of research both original and checking what has been previously
presented. His work and that of his colleagues, was rewarded with
the pin pointing of the position of the wreck of the light cruiser.
That enabled the photography of the wreck which clearly
showed the damage the German raider ‘Kormoran’ had wreaked
upon ‘Sydney’. Mystery solved. A great record of a professional
work of research.
Available from the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
Preserving Darwin’s Legacy
Editor and principal photographer
TUI DE ROY
Another exceptionally well produced
book from New Zealand publisher David
Bateman Ltd. This is beautifully
photographed and printed.
Comprising four introductory chapters and 28 essays describing
research into and restoration of the ecosystem of the Galapagos
Islands in the Equatorial eastern Pacific off Ecuador.
The unique ecosystem of the Galapagos is well known but still,
probably fortunately, not overly frequently visited. So, for those
who have not been privileged to visit the archipelago, this book
offers an excellent substitute.
All 32 contributors are obviously well qualified to comment on
their particular research specialities which are recent or current. So
as well as offering a brilliant overview of the islands, the book
provides a thorough review of recent and ongoing research into
Both brilliant and delightful.
Available from David Bateman, Auckland, New Zealand.
Web: www.bateman.co .nz
THE SAILOR’S WORD BOOK
The Classic Source for over 14,000
Nautical and Naval Terms
By ADMIRAL W.H . SMYTH
When first published in 1867, the Age of
Steam was just getting under way. Diesel and
nuclear power had not even been dreamt of.
Nevertheless, Admiral Smyth, a noted naval
surveyor and geographer who commenced compiling this work in
1858, at the age of 70, included many references to steam
Including everything from “A”, as in Class A, to “Zumbra”, a
Spanish skiff or yawl, the collection of 14,000 terms covers a lot of
ground and many terms that are still in common usage.
Indeed, many of the nautical terms defined are not just in
common marine usage. Many are very much still in general use.
A remarkable book. The publishers are to be congratulated for
Available from Conway, London, UK. Web: www.anovabooks.com
A HISTORY OF
Discovery Adventure and Endurance
at the Top of the World
By MATTI LAINEMA
and JUHA NURMINEN
The dramatic share and property market
boom of the mid to late “Noughties” may
have led to the Global Financial Crisis but it also led to the
publication of some truly magnificent books. This is one of them.
Juha Nurminen is a successful Finnish businessman. He also
happens to be obsessively fascinated with maritime history and
archaeology. He is also prepared to put his money where his heart
is. His co-author, also a successful businessman, obviously shares
The result of their superb collaboration is the fourth in a series
of magnificent works of maritime history produced by the John
Nurminen Foundation. An ego trip, perhaps, but one from which
the reader is very much the beneficiary.
Brilliantly presented, illustrated and written, this
all-encompassing history is expensive but so is all treasure. It is
well worth every penny of its price.
Available from Conway, London, UK. Web: www.anovabooks.com
Maryborough, Qld, Australia
Compiled by J.A. CONCANNON
Walkers Limited was one of a number of
long established Australian shipyards that
departed the industry in the 1970s and 1980s.
Along with BHP Whyalla, Adelaide Steamship, Evans Deakin,
Bundeng, Carrington Slipways and many others, they faded away.
Even with substantial government assistance they were unable to
compete in constructing steel commercial vessels against Asian yards.
The author spent 25 years with the company, including 15
years as shipbuilding manager. He knew it well and this is reflected
in his valuable history.
Mainly comprising lists, descriptions and photographs of the
ships built by Walkers, the book clearly shows the enormous variety
of types and sizes of those vessels. Some were simple tugs and barges
but there were also dredgers, warships and other complex craft.
Available from Maryborough District Family History Society Inc,
Maryborough, Australia. PH: +617 5534 4263
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