Home' Baird Maritime : August 2011 Contents INSTANT WIND FORECASTING
By ALAN WATTS
The combination of weather expert
Alan Watts and the leading marine
publishing house Adlard Coles Nautical has, yet again,
delivered a first rate book.
As with so many Adlard Coles published books, this is primarily
aimed at the yachtsman. However, as is also often the case, this
one is just as appropriate to commercial mariner readers.
In its 112 well-illustrated and clearly laid out pages it provides
all the essentials to enable the modern mariner to undertake his
own wind forecasting.
While very much based on southern England, its examples
have considerable relevance elsewhere. In any case it is
undoubtedly the best and briefest coverage of the subject you will
find anywhere in the world.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical. London, UK.
FOUR YEARS ON THE GREAT
The Journal of Lieutenant David
Wingfield, Royal Navy
By DON BAMFORD & PAUL CARROLL
David Wingfield was a very literate young
British naval officer who fought against
the United States Navy in the War of 1812.
Fortunately, Wingfield compiled a very good journal or diary
describing his exploits and their geographic background. Just as
fortunately, that journal inspired the co-authors of this book to
thoroughly investigate Wingfield's record.
They have considerably enhanced an already excellent story.
Their further research sets the scene. Also, their addition of some
excellent water-colours, etchings, maps and photographs provides
invaluable background to the journal.
Much has been written from the United States' perspective
about the War of 1812. It is refreshing to find such well-researched
material describing it from the British/Canadian side. It is also
good to learn that the subject of this book has been
commemorated by the naming of the delightful natural harbour,
Wingfield Basin, on Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, after him.
Available from Natural Heritage Books. Toronto, Canada.
FERRIES OF THE ISLE OF MAN
1945 -- Present Day
By STAN BASNETT
As a small island in the middle of the Irish
Sea, the Isle of Man, would not seem to be
a candidate for a separate book about the
ferries that service it.
The island's importance as a tourist and
financial centre as well as its agriculture and fishing activity
have, however, given it an importance that is disproportionate to
Thus it has been served by some very interesting ferries, large
and small, fast and slow. At times there have been as many as
eight ferries serving the island at one time. This has now reduced
The fine pictures and brief text provide a useful record of this
Available from Lily Publications, Ramsey, Isle of Man.
BOOKSBULK CARRIER PRACTICE
By CAPTAIN JACK ISBESTER ExC FNI MCMS
The first edition of this large, well-illustrated
and clearly written manual was excellent. This
second edition is even better.
Its very experienced and thoughtful author
has gone to considerable trouble to improve on
his very popular and well-respected first attempt. Were all second
editions this much improved.
This edition also includes a very valuable CD Rom of the
drawings and manuals of the very common Diamond 53 class of
double-skinned bulk carriers.
As the author points out, much has changed in the seventeen
years between editions. First, the global fleet of bulk carriers has
increased by about fifty percent. Most of those new vessels are
At the same time ship shapes, equipment and propulsion
systems have advanced by, effectively, a generation. There is much
to learn. The author has covered the subject very thoroughly.
Available from The Nautical Institute. London, UK.
ABOARD THE FARRAGUT CLASS
DESTROYERS IN WORLD WAR II
A History with First-Person Accounts
of Enlisted Men
By LEO BLOCK
There has been a flood of "lower deck"
reminiscences of World War II recently.
This has now started to recede rapidly as
their authors and subjects age into their nineties.
Many of them were, until recently, reluctant to discuss their
wartime experiences. Fortunately, though, quite a number of
articulate individuals have now recorded their experiences.
This book is one of the better ones. It not only records the
activities of enlisted men serving on the 'Farragut' class of small
destroyers, but it gives a good overview of American naval culture
An excellent collection of anecdotes and explanations.
Available from McFarland & Company. Jefferson, USA.
TIN CAN MAN
By E.J. JERNIGAN
Another "lower deck" history of naval
activity in World War II.
Born in 1923, the author escaped a poor
but happy childhood by joining the US Navy
soon after he turned seventeen. A few
months later he was assigned to the new
battleship USS 'Washington' as a very junior fireman or stoker.
War was coming, the Navy was expanding fast and crews were
been developed quickly. The author loved it. He also loved shore
leave (liberty), booze and girls. That led him to the brig in New
York City. In turn, that led to his transfer to the newly
commissioned destroyer USS 'Saufley' in September 1942. He
stayed with that very successful ship for the remainder of the war.
This is the story of the ship and a rapidly maturing boy. In
turn, he grew to love the ship. He decided he was born to be a
This impressively well-written memoir details the three year
wartime career of the 'Saufley' and the author. It was a busy time
and the ship was a very effective contributor to the Allied cause.
She was a well handled "lucky" ship that survived many of the
important Pacific battles to become one of the US Navy's most
highly decorated destroyers.
Available from The Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
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