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Integrated Bridge Systems Vol 1
By DR ANDY NORRIS
The London headquartered Nautical
Institute is now very much a global
organisation of seamen and navigators,
mostly master mariners, and naval
navigating officers. A major part of its
work is in publishing serious, high quality and very useful text
books for such people.
This book is one of them. All those adjectives apply. The author
knows his stuff. He is a widely acclaimed expert on everything
relating to marine navigational electronics.
In normal NI style, this small but clearly written and
well-illustrated book explains how these important aids to
navigation work. Importantly, it explains how to get the best out
of them and how to "trouble shoot" if things go wrong.
A very clear and up-to-date guide for professional mariners.
Available from The Nautical Institute, London, UK.
THE SECRET AGENT'S
British Special Operations Executive
American Office of Strategic Services
An unusual if not unique book but one
that readers of this review might well find
interesting and useful, if only for their personal protection.
This is a facsimile reprint of the original.
This reviewer is well aware that many of you work and travel in
some of the world's most "interesting" places. Some of the ideas
and techniques described here, while old, may still prove useful.
From unarmed combat to what to do with an informer to
sabotaging an engine, it's all here. Informers must be ruthlessly
exterminated! The book lists seven ways of destroying motors or
detonating their fuel. Even the old SOE "exploding rat" trick is
described in detail.
Not only incipient terrorists, sorry, freedom fighters, will
benefit from this book. It is a remarkable collection of simple but
effective techniques. A useful travelling companion.
Available from Conway, London, UK. Web: www.anovabooks.com
PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON
By CAMPBELL McCUTCHEON
The English Port of Southampton dates
back probably beyond Roman times. At
least two thousand years. It was certainly
important following the Norman conquest
It has been one of Britain's major trading
ports for both passengers and cargo since at least 1838. Of course,
in the intervening 170 years it has changed considerably.
This excellent little picture book shows the final century of
those changes very clearly. The author has gathered a wide-ranging
collection of photographs of uniformly high quality. They cover
the history of this important and interesting port very well.
Apart from the occasional lapse in the caption and layout
department, this book provides a useful and informative
Available from Amberley Publishing, Chalford, UK.
May 2011 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
SAILING INTO THE PAST
Learning from Replica Ships
Edited by JENNY BENNETT
Most readers of this review would have
sailed on or at least inspected a replica of
an ancient ship.
Your reviewer has had the pleasure and
pain of rowing and sailing a Viking ship replica and sailing a
replica oceanographic exploration vessel of the early nineteenth
century. He has looked closely at many others. He unreservedly
agrees with the author's claims of the ability and importance of
Built to extant plans or using archaeological evidence, most
replicas are very close in almost every respect to the vessels they
reprise. These days about the only real differences comprise
modern safety equipment, sometimes an auxiliary engine and,
always, navigation lights.
Many important replica ships have been built over the last half
century. Most of those have contributed significantly to the
maritime culture of their home ports and the many ports they
have called at.
A fascinating and very well presented collection of excellent
essays and photographs.
Available from The Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
EIGHT THOUSAND YEARS OF
MALTESE MARITIME HISTORY
Trade, Piracy, and Naval Warfare in
the Central Mediterranean
By ALYŞE DEVRIM ATAUZ
Located conveniently or inconveniently,
depending upon the circumstances, at
almost the geographic centre of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta
was always destined to have an interesting history.
That history has, of course, been primarily a maritime one. This
excellent book by a leading marine archaeologist does a fine job of
putting the history of Malta into perspective.
Anyone who has sailed the Mediterranean could not fail to be
aware of its history, particularly its maritime history. It is all
Combining archaeological, oceanographic, cultural, social,
military and political aspects, the author gives a detailed and
exciting overview of the history of Malta and its surrounding
islands. As with all history, it is primarily maritime history but
especially so given Malta's location. Her conclusions defy
A refreshing and informative overview of the history of one of
the most important centres of the maritime universe.
Available from the University Press of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
STENA LINE -- THE FLEET
By NICK WIDDOWS
A small, beautifully, illustrated
book of 52 pages that is
presumably intended for sale as a
souvenir aboard ships of the
In addition to its numerous high quality photographs of Stena
Line's Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax fleet, the book contains a listing of the
Line's complete fleet. This includes a large number of tankers in
addition to the ferries and Ro-Ros.
A very useful overview of an important fleet.
Available from Ferry Publications, Ramsey, Isle of Man.
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