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Fatal Storm

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by Rob Mundle
The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is one of the world's major sporting events. In 1998, it became one of the world's major sporting disasters. Six sailors tragically perished, countless others suffered injuries, and numerous yachts sank or were badly damaged. The subsequent search and rescue operation was one of the most phenomenally accomplished peacetime efforts the world has ever seen. Telling this story o...
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Sunk Without Trace

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by Paul Gelder
By the same author as the bestselling Total Loss, this is a new collection of terrifying and compelling accounts of yachts lost at sea. The seven deadly causes of loss continue to take their toll, and Paul Gelder has compiled first-hand accounts of shipwreck and sinking caused by Collision, Gear Failure, Stress of Weather, Faulty Navigation, Fire, Crew Failure and Exhaustion. The moving, emotionally charged...
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Last of the Windships

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by Alan Villiers
This book is a tribute to the last days of the great merchant sailboats and their crews from a unique photographic talent. The photographic work of Alan Villiers is arguably the most important photo-historical record of early 20th-century maritime history. In capturing on film life aboard the last of the great merchant sail ships, he has provided us with a singular record of the end of an era. These powerfu...
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Monarchs of the Sea

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by Kurt Ulrich
This text surveys the history of the ocean liners. Each great ship, from the "Titanic" to the "QE2", epitomized the designs and fashions of its age while at the same time representing the national aspirations of its flag nation. With prestige at stake, competition between these ships was intense. Through this book we not only witness the evolution of 20th century style and design, which was encapsulated in ...
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Voyage To Desolation Island

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by Jean-Paul Kaufmann
Kauffmann follows in the footsteps of the 18th century sailor Yves-Joseph Kerguelen, who gave his name to the archipelago he discovered in the Indian Ocean. When he made his discovery, Kerguelen was convinced he had found Hell. He did not go ashore and it was left to Captain Cook two years later to name its grey beach and to describe the towering black arch that astounded sailors for hundreds of years. Whil...
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The Other Way Around

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by Frank P Verdon
150 years after Charles Darwin completed his epic voyage in "HMS Beagle", a research ship owned and operated by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council and bearing the name of the famous scientist, began another global circumnavigation that would take her away from her home base for three and a half years. Unlike "HMS Beagle", the Royal Research Ship (RRS) "Charles Darwin" would not be dedicated to th...
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Across The Pond

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by Malcolm Archibald
An introduction to the nautical history of the North Atlantic. For centuries the Atlantic hemmed Europe behind its storms and mysterious breadth. This was the ocean sea that extended to nowhere, or to the end of the world. Although there were legends of crossings by Celtic saints and Norse ocean farers, it took the vision of an Italian and the finance of a Spanish queen to shatter the shackles of superstiti...
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It Was Fun While It Lasted

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by AJ Lane
A first-hand account of a lighthouse keeper's life in the last traditional years before the introduction of helicopter reliefs and automation. Arthur Lane entered the Service in 1953 as a fugitive from the Birmingham branch of a large insurance company, who seem to have made no attempt to get him back. He transferred his talents to the service of Trinity House, and they weren't always appreciated there eith...
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Elizabeth's Sea Dogs: How England's Mariners Became the Scourge of the Seas

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by Bicheno, Hugh
Elizabeth's Sea Dogs investigates the rise and fall of a unique group of adventurers - men like Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Martin Frobisher and Walter Raleigh. Seen by the English as heroes but by the Spanish as pirates, they were expert seafarers and controversial characters. This riveting new account reveals them for what they were: extremely tough men in extremely hard times. They sailed, fought, loote...
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The Fatal Voyage

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by Peter Aughton
Cook was the greatest explorer of his age and his voyages of discovery are the stuff of legend. During two long journeys, he circumnavigated the globe twice, charted the east coast of Australia, the whole of New Zealand and many islands in the Pacific. "The Fatal Voyage" is the story of Cook's final journey when he led his most dangerous and fabled expedition to search for the elusive Pacific entrance to th...
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Cochrane in the Pacific

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by Brian Vale
In 1818, the revolutionary government of Chile was poised to attack Peru, the last bastion of Spanish power on the continent. The new ruler, the half-Irish Bernardo O'Higgins, threw his energies into creating a navy. Short of local naval manpower, the Chileans looked to Britain and the United States for the sailors needed to man and command their squadrons, many of them unemployed veterans of the Royal Navy...
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Come Hell and Hell Water

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by Jean Hood
This collection of 17 remarkable maritime stories stretches from 1752 to 2005 across several countries, including warships and merchantmen, steam and sail, the humble and the prestigious. Encompassing the major causes of maritime disaster - war, weather, navigation, human failings and technology - it highlights the themes and qualities that make the maritime drama so compelling: and it dares to challenge th...
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The History of Seafaring - Navigating The World’s Oceans

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by Donald S Johnson
The seaways were the first global network and they were irrevocably linked the destinies of geographically and culturally distant people. “The History of Seafaring” is the definitive volume on navigation and exploration and recounts the motives that drove Europeans to seek routes to the far corners of the globe and in particular the seamanship that made their voyages possible.
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The Voyages of Captain Cook

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by Anthony Cornish
Captain James Cook is probably the most famous explorer of all time, and not without good reason. The three Pacific voyages of discovery he made between 1768 and 1779 set new standards in navigation, surveying and shipboard health; and he discovered and charted numerous lands, resulting in lasting trade and the development of British interests abroad. The interest and influence of the Royal Society in the e...
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Not Enough Room to Swing a Cat

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by Martin Robson
'As the crow flies", "chunder", "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey", "three sheets to the wind" - many terms like these are used in everyday English language conversation and writing. But how many landlubbers know that they derive from naval slang or know what the phrase originally referred to? The navy has helped to shape modern society. The navy is famous for its traditions, quirks and nu...
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Ship - A History in Art and Photography

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by Andrew Lambert
Ship brings together 360 of the most celebrated ships in history and fiction in one stylishly produced volume. Each has its unique tale to tell, the dramatic stories immortalised in evocative artworks or captured in startling photography. Themes include exploration and scientific discovery; mutiny and piracy; shipwreck, cannibalism and survival. Ships that excelled in battle or that were lost in devastating...
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Minehead to Watchet

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by Court Glyn
Presents a pictorial history of Minehead through a series of photographs and images.
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The Little Book of the Sea - Food and Drink

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by Lorenz Schroter
Have you ever wondered how many servings of fish and chips are sold in the UK per year? Why women, on average, catch bigger fish than men? Or what the last meal served onboard the Titanic consisted of? If so, enjoy this second helping of "The Little Book of the Sea" series, which gathers together facts, figures, lore and trivia about all things edible from the sea. From recipes gathered from around the worl...
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Breverton's Nautical Curiosities

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by Breverton
Breverton's Nautical Curiosities is about ships, people and the sea. However, unlike many other nautical compendiums, the focus of this book is on the unusual, the overlooked or the downright extraordinary. Thus, someone most of us do not know, Admiral William Brown, is given equal coverage to Admiral Nelson. Without Admiral Brown releasing Garibaldi, modern Italy might not exist. And without the barely kno...
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Plastiki

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by David de Rothschild
A ripping good adventure tale set on the high seas, Plastiki captures the inventing, building, and sailing of the Plastiki boat across the Pacific by explorer, green leader, and eco-TV-host David de Rothschild. The Plastiki is a one-of-a-kind 60-foot catamaran made out of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and using many renewable energy systems. In March 2010, the sailing vessel set off from San Francisco wi...
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