Home' Baird Maritime : October 2011 Contents Mooring and Anchoring
Ships Vol 2
Inspection and Maintenance
By W. VERVLOESEM AMNI
The equally important twin volume to
Mooring and Anchoring Ships Vol 1,
Principles and Practice, this companion is
more concerned with ensuring that your
equipment and materials are up to scratch.
It is amazing how often they are not. That, of course, is one of
the main reasons that mooring and anchoring accidents occur.
The author has vast experience of these problems and has
seen many of them personally. The book incorporates large
numbers of photographs accompanied by succinct captions that
explain the problems and their solutions. It is case study
teaching to the maximum.
It is all good, common sense stuff, clearly explained and
illustrated. There is also a manipulable CD-Rom of the content
that makes it all even clearer.
Another "must have" seamanship text book for everyone from
cadet to master.
Available from The Nautical Institute, London, UK.
ASSAULT LANDING CRAFT
Design, Construction & Operations
By BRIAN LAVERY
It is interesting and instructive that such a
distinguished maritime historian as Brian
Lavery has produced a book on such
humble vessels as landing craft.
We are fortunate, though, that he did.
Small and humble, indeed disposable, they may be, but they have
been incredibly important in twentieth century naval operations.
Nowadays, while helicopters and hovercraft are often used to
move assault troops from ship to shore, landing craft are still used
extensively to move both troops and vehicles. They may now be
constructed of aluminium or plastic composites rather than
steel-protected timber. They may have diesel engines and waterjets
rather than petrol engines and conventional propellers in tunnels.
They are certainly significantly faster. However conceptually, they
are the same.
The author describes them well, from their beginnings in 1940
to the conclusion of the Second World War. He describes them
Available from Seaforth Publishing. Barnsley, UK.
COASTAL SHIPPING OF
THE ISLE OF MAN
1946 -- Present Day
By STAN BASNETT
Another in the series Transport Features
of the Isle of Man, this book brings to the
forefront the dependence on shipping of
that small island in the middle of the
With its relatively small population, small harbours and short
distances to its mainland supply ports, the Isle of Man requires
comparatively small ships that operate frequently.
Only really self-sufficient in fish and agricultural products
everything else must be brought in. These little ships are truly the
lifeblood of the island. Almost nothing would happen there
The author is clearly one of those passionate ship "anoraks".
This is fortunate because he has compiled an excellent
photographic history of the island's shipping.
Available from Lily Publications, Ramsey, Isle of Man.
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THE TIMBERCLADS IN
THE CIVIL WAR
The Lexington, Conestoga and
Tyler on the Western Waters
By MYRON J. SMITH JR.
A neglected aspect of American Civil War
history but an important one nevertheless,
the steamships on the Mississippi and other so-called Western
Rivers played a major part in the eventual Union victory.
This very thick (more than 550 pages) and intensively
researched book describes admirably the very important role
played by those three ships and some of their lesser counterparts.
Essentially, all three were commercial riverboats of standard
design and with almost obsolete propulsion systems. They were
hastily converted to warships, using timber, armed and sent off
The actions involving these fascinating riverine craft were
frequent and furious. The author has performed a valuable service
in so vibrantly bringing to life this very important factor in the
Union Navy's role in winning the Civil War.
Available from McFarland & Company, Jefferson, USA.
SS UNITED STATES
Speed Queen of the Seas
By WILLIAM H. MILLER
With a trial speed of 43 knots and a
trans-Atlantic average of 35.59 knots,
the 'United States' certainly was a
Indeed her records, for a passenger vessel, were not broken for
forty years when a series of Incat ferries finally took the Blue
Riband from her.
Meanwhile, this biggest, best and fastest American built
passenger liner led a commercial life that was far from charmed. A
magnificent ship, she was simply created too late.
The development of jet passenger aircraft combined with the
relentless growth of strike action effectively put her out of business
within sixteen years.
Fortunately, though, the author has done a first rate job of
recording the life of this very important vessel in high quality
words and pictures.
Available from Amberley Publishing. Chalford, UK.
The Epic Story of the Allies' Defeat
of the German U-Boats in May 1943
By MICHAEL GANNON
May 1943 was a "black" month indeed for
the men of Hitler's U-Bootwaffe. In that
critical 31 days, 41 U-Boots were destroyed
by Allied forces.
As the author points out in this brilliantly researched and
excitingly written history, the Battle of the Atlantic spectacularly
changed direction in that month.
Through a combination of new technology, new techniques
and greater numbers of better aircraft and ships, the Allies were
finally able to turn the tables on the German Navy.
The turning point of the battle was sudden and murderously
effective. The seemingly unstoppable hunters of the first three years
of war became the rapidly diminishing hunted for the remainder.
A fine history of a vital turning point of World War Two.
Available from The Naval Institute Press. Annapolis, USA.
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