Home' Baird Maritime : September 2011 Contents THE RISING SUN IN THE PACIFIC
1931 -- APRIL 1942
History of United States Naval
Operations in World War II -- Volume 3
By SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON
Rear Admiral Morison USNR was a
distinguished Harvard history professor
appointed by President Franklin D Roosevelt to write the
official history of US Naval operations in World War II.
With that background you might expect a dry, dreary and dusty
work. Not at all! This is lively fascinating stuff. As good as it gets.
Covering the build up to the Pacific War and the first five
months of the heavy fighting, it shows that the Americans
certainly expected and, apart from Pearl Harbour and Manila, were
preparing for war. The rapid turn around in their fortunes from
Midway reinforces that point. However, as detailed here, the first
five months were disastrous and depressing for the US Navy.
Despite the time and effort put into them, the Japanese plans
and preparations were inadequate. They are clearly and
expansively detailed here.
This is a timely and very valuable re-publication of a very
Available from The Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
MARINE INSURANCE LEGISLATION
By ROBERT MERKIN
It is difficult to believe that international
marine insurance law changes as rapidly
as it appears to.
Given that this is the fourth edition of
this notable legal text in 13 years it is clear,
however, that this is the reality. There has been considerable
change even since the last edition in 2005.
Whether this change arises from the inventiveness of the legal
profession, or from real societal, political or industrial changes
cannot really be debated here. The fact is change has occurred and
ship owners and managers and their legal and insurance advisors
must keep up with it.
This all-encompassing new book is an essential text for anyone
performing any of those roles.
Available from Lloyd's List Law, London, UK. Web: www.informa.com
The Dysfunctional Sons of the Brine
By LOUIS ARTHUR NORTON
A most interesting approach to naval
history. This is a psychoanalytical biography
of five of America's most successful
Revolutionary naval commanders.
Each, in his own way, makes a fascinating
study for such psychoanalysis. All, though, shared strong character
traits of avarice and ambition. All were turbulent and difficult and
primarily strongly self-interested.
In their own peculiar ways each was successful and this makes
them especially interesting. The most difficult of all was the most
famous, John Paul Jones. The others, John Manley, Silas Talbot,
Dudley Saltonstall and Joshua Barney were not much easier to
This fine book should be read by naval recruiters everywhere. It
shows that square pegs in round holes can often make a very
Available from University of South Carolina Press. Columbia, USA.
By SYDNEY HART
This is the story of both a submarine and
her commander. The submarine was 'HMS
Upholder' and her captain Lieutenant
Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn
V.C, D.S.O (two bars) who was widely
regarded as Britain's most effective ever
It is, unfortunately, a comparatively short story. The 'Upholder'
was ordered in September 1939 and disappeared with all hands in
In between she sank two enemy destroyers, three submarines
and numerous other vessels totalling 128,000 tonnes.
It is a great story of wartime operations in the Mediterranean
based in Malta. It is one of almost constant action, great skill
Available from Amberley Publishing, Chalford, UK.
MOORING AND ANCHORING
SHIPS VOL 1
Principles and Practice
By I.C. CLARK BSc, MSc,
Master Mariner, MNI
Probably as many accidents occur during
the mooring and anchoring of ships as at
any other time in their operations.
They are activities that everybody knows about and the
associated risks are also widely known. It is amazing that so many
things are done incorrectly, but they are.
This simple, clear and very well illustrated textbook reminds ship's
officers of the right and wrong way to carry out these vital activities.
The fact that the author, as well as being a master mariner,
spent twelve years as a high school physics teacher has probably
contributed to his great ability to explain this quite complex
subject so clearly and concisely.
This book covers much more than just the principles and
practices. The equipment and materials used are also very carefully
described. Every cadet should study this book and every officer
refer to it.
Available from The Naval Institute, London, UK.
AMERICAN COASTAL RESCUE
A Design History of Coastal Rescue
Craft Used by the United States
Life-Saving Service and the
United States Coast Guard
By WILLIAM D. WILKINSON AND
COMMANDER TIMOTHY R. DRING,
Unlike most other marine rescue services around the world, the
US Coast Guard, particularly in recent years, has enjoyed
comparatively lavish budgets.
This has enabled it to make dramatic improvements in the
design, development, construction, numbers and crewing of its
A scholarly book that focuses on coastal craft, this gives
very complete descriptions of the current fleet. These are
enhanced by a very valuable CD Rom clearly showing their
plans and specifications.
As a very useful bonus, we are given a quite detailed historical
background to both services and the various craft they have used
A very important historical and technical record of such vital craft.
Available from the University Press of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
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