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ROYAL NAVY 1690
By SAMUEL PEPYS
Introduced by J D DAVIES
Although he died more than three
hundred years ago, Samuel Pepys is still
by far the world's best-known naval
administrator. For that matter, he is almost certainly also the
world's best-known bureaucrat and political "spin doctor".
This fascinating little book was written after he lost his job in a
massive change of government in 1688. It is unbelievably
prescient. Any current senior defence bureaucrat or admiral who
has not studied it should be dismissed immediately.
No matter what your nationality, most things naval remain the
same. Pepys was a cynical and brilliant writer. Dr. Davies has done
an excellent job of converting his wisdom to current idiom.
Available from The Naval Institute Press. Annapolis, USA.
Web: www.nip.org or Seaforth Publishing. Barnsley, UK.
REEDS MARINE DISTANCE TABLES
59,000 Distances and Almost
500 Ports Around the World
-- Including Turning Points
Compiled by R W CANEY AICS and
J E REYNOLDS, AICS Revised by
Incredibly boring (at first) but equally incredibly useful. Of
course, once you start to carefully examine this book it
The reader keeps wanting to feed in different ports just to find
out how far apart they are. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of this
information was available instantly on the web. A suggestion for
Meanwhile, if you want to know the distance between, for
example, Antofagasta and Balikpapan it is easy to find. It's 9,751
nautical miles for those too stingy to buy a copy!
Even some important rivers and canals are included.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical. London, UK.
FISHERMEN AGAINST THE KAISER
Shockwaves of War 1914-1915
By DOUGLAS d'ENNO
Regular naval historians and regular naval
officers tend to ignore the exploits and to
disparage the achievements of their
Thus fishermen and small boat operators tend to have their
successes recorded by their own kind or, as in this case, by
historians who discover them long after the event.
In the case of fishermen, especially, this problem is even more
acute. Most are not very literate. They are generally no nonsense
people uninterested in honours, glory or communication.
Fortunately, in this case, the author has very largely remedied
that. He has recorded well the important role of British fishermen
in several theatres and many valuable actions in the First World
War. The next volume is now eagerly awaited.
Available from Pen and Sword Maritime, Barnsley, UK.
The Fleet for the 21st Century
By THAD KOZA
A big, thick and beautifully
practically all the world's extant "tall ships" as of 2009.
Every ship, and there are more than 200 of them listed
alphabetically, has a page to itself. That includes a brief vignette,
an even briefer specification and a very clear photograph.
It would have been hard work to compile such an
all-encompassing review of this disparate fleet. The author is to be
congratulated for having produced such a valuable record.
Available from Tide-mark Press, Windsor, USA.
DO WHALES GET THE BENDS?
Answers to 118 Fascinating
Questions About the Sea
By TONY RICE
Written by a retired marine biologist who
is the holder of dual doctorates we have
an author who is clearly besotted with the
sea and everything about it.
This is fortunate indeed. Simply and light-heartedly, he answers
a wide range of commonly asked questions about the sea.
In addition to the title question there are others such as:-
• Who owns the oceans?
• Is the sea level rising?
• Are the oceans getting warmer?
• What are tidal bores?
• What are rogue waves?
All are answered sensibly, succinctly and very clearly.
Obviously of considerable value to new chums, this book will
also keep old salts quite fascinated.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
CAPTAIN COOK IN ALASKA AND
THE NORTH PACIFIC
With 40 Pages of Color Paintings
from Cook's Alaska Voyage
By JAMES K. BARNETT
Captain James Cook has largely been
regarded as the "property" of British,
Australian and New Zealand historians. It is encouraging to see
in this case that the author is an American, an Alaskan no less.
It is oft forgotten that Cook explored very substantial parts of our
planet other than Australian and New Zealand waters. In this very
readable book we learn of his explorations, charting and recording
of the North Pacific region not long before his death in Hawaii.
Cook spent most of August 1778 in an unsuccessful search for a
North-East passage. While they failed in that, Cook and his crews
aboard his ships 'HMS Resolution' and 'HMS Discovery' found and
recorded much of value. They went as far north as the Beaufort Sea
and coasted both sides of the Bering Sea and practically all the coast
This well researched contribution shows that the conventional
wisdom is inadequate on Cook. The excellent paintings from the
voyage are a valuable bonus.
Available from Todd Communications. Anchorage, USA.
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