A sailing legend
It was during the Golden Globe, the first solo non-stop
race around the world, and with victory within his reach, that Bernard
Moitessier sent this message with a slingshot onto the deck of a passing
freighter: 'I am continuing ...' With this unbelievable decision to
turn his back on glory and money, and continue sailing to the Pacific
Islands after seven months at sea, he bacame a guru for all small boat
sailors. It was Jean-Michel Barrault who first encouraged Moitessier
to write about his adventures, and he remained his friend for 36 years,
as the internationally known sailor, writer and ecologist became a legend
in his own lifetime.
'Moitessier is a "millionaire de l'esprit".
I'd sooner read him than any other nautical writer'.
'Jean-Michel Barrault was as close and lasting a friend
as Moitessier had. His book nailed him in all his beautiful, quixotic
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A PINCH OF SALT
A collection of nautical expressions and other
Captain Nick Bates
Are you clewed-up about all those expressions that
so enrich the language of sailors-not to mention the landlubbers who
have Shanghaied their vocabulary?Do you know Captain Setab's Second
Law of Dynamics, or why timbers shiver, even in horse latitudes, where
a brass monkey has nothing to fear?This little book, chock-a-block with
the wit and wisdom of a Captain who came up through the hawse pipe to
command one of the most famous vessels afloat, gives you the whole nine
Born and brought up in Northern
Ireland. Captain Nick Bates obtained his 'Master's ticket' in 1975 and
shortly afterwards was offered a position on the luxury cruise liner
Queen Elizabeth 2 Since that fateful day, he has remained with the passenger
Division of Cunard Line, and latterly with P&O Princess Cruises.
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• ISBN 0 9547062 3 4 • Price: £7.95
A Seafarer Anthology
Selected and introduced by Bob Crew
This exciting collection of sea poems is like no
other. It brings together two separate maritime nations and cultures -
the United States and Britain - through the works of many different poets
on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean telling the colourful and awe-inspiring
history of seafaring. From the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in America
in the early 17th century, following the defeat of the Spanish Armada
in the English Channel by Sir Francis Drake in the late 16th century -
to the Battle of Trafalgar and the defeat of Napoleon's French fleet by
Lord Nelson in the early 19th century - this book has a gripping story
to tell and a fitting tribute in Sea Britain 2005 to our great maritime
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A selection from the first 50 years of America's greatest yachting magazine
Edited by Tom Davin
An invaluable anthology of accumulated wisdom encompassing
some of the best articles ever to appear in Rudder. The four sections
are devoted to cruising adventures, plans and descriptions of a wide
variety of boats by well-known designers, the care and feeding of yacht
sailors, and 'a bilgeful of dogmatic advice, arbitrary opinions, clever
devices and methods'. With a foreword by Peter Spectre.
'My only real reservation about recommending this
anthology without reservation is that I fear it will spoilyou for modern
boating magazines including mine.'
Pete Greenfield, Watercraft
229 x 149 mm | 350 pp, illus. | ISBN 1 57409 160
3 | £11.95 SH pbk
YOU, MR LEAR
TO THE WIND
A book of sailing quotations
From Homer to Shakespeare, Charles Dickens to Kurt
Vonnegut, Beowulf to Ted Turner, many have eloquently expressed the
beauty, mystery and power of the sea, the love, awe and fear that it
inspires, and the unique traits and skills of sailors.
Here are the best of these musings in a single volume
- over a thousand quotations from around the world, organised in to
70 categories and indexed by keywords and author for easy reference.
'The author has gathered the best and the mostmemorable
... in this book.'
Latitudes and Attitudes
'... a collection of sailing quotations that is both
a valuable resource, and fun to browse.'
229 x 149 mm | 224 pp | ISBN 0 71365 727 8 | £12.99
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The story of one of the richest archaeological finds
of all time: a ship burial containing the treasures of a king who was
probably the last of the pagan rulers of East Anglia. Now displayed
in a place of honour at the British Museum and at the Sutton Hoo site
in Suffolk, the unique finds tell much about one of the most elusive
periods of British history. From his study of the ship, the author draws
inferences about Anglo Saxon immigration routes. This edition takes
into account the revisions made since the appearance of the original
edition, and includes a number of colour plates as well as the original
'A first class study, at once scholarly and popular'
'This is a thrilling book'
Eastern Daily Press
246 x 189 mm | 150 pp illus. | ISBN 0 85036 241
5 | £7.95 SB pbk
Cruising the South Seas with Robert Louis Stevenson
Lowell D. Holmes
This account of Stevenson's Pacific wanderings in
search of health and understanding is an enchanting mix of high seas
adventure and a fresh view of the fragile writer and his eccentric but
devoted family. Holmes, an anthropologist and a sailor, senses a kindred
spirit as he describes Stevenson's fascination and respect for the island
235 x 157 mm | 304 pp, illus. | ISBN 1 57409 130
1 | £22.99 SH hbk
SYDNEY CIPHER AND SEARCH
Solving the last great naval mystery of the Second World War
Captain Peter Hore
In November 1941 the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney, with a crew of 645, disappeared off the coast of Western Australia. Shipwrecked German sailors told an incredible tale of how their ship, a lightly armoured merchant raider, had sunk the pride of the Australian navy. Almost at once conspiracy theories sprang up to explain the tragic loss of the ship and so many lives. Based on the author’s decryption and interpretation of German coded accounts, interviews with survivors from the raider, Kormoran, and other research, this book tells – insofar as it can ever be known – what really happened in the desperate fight to the death between the two ships, whose wrecks were finally located in March 2008.
“An absorbing narrative that will lay to rest much of the controversy. Highly recommended.”
Rear Admiral James Goldrick
216 x 135 mm | 320 pp illus. | ISBN 978 1 906266 08 0| £9.95 pbk
: B : Sea
A loose-footed lexicon
An essential, entertaining guide to the language
and lore of 21st century seafarers. Packed with practical advice, this
is a dictionary with a difference: many words are illustrated by passages
from classic books of the sea, yet more by the experiences of the author.
Illustrated by Louis Roskell.
'Supplemented with a good bibliography, the volume
selects from 500 years of nautical history to make a cocktail of facts.'
234 x 156 mm | 364 pp illus. | ISBN 0 95381 808
X | £12.95 SBSH pbk
OF NAUTICAL ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
This handy dictionary contains listing of all the
acronyms, abbreviations and truncations that recreational sailors encounter
in nautical magazine articles, books, instruction manuals and Coast
Guard reports. A reference such as this has never been published before.
This book is in two parts. Part 1, 650 alphabetical listing of abbreviations,
along with an explanation of each, including 38 illustrations.
Part 2 consists of excerpts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's
Chart No1 which lists all the abbreviations used on government's nautical
135 x 217 mms • 320 pages Illus
• ISBN 1574092391• Price: £9.95 pbk
A study of the men and craft that have sailed from
the small Essex communities beside the Blackwater and its estuary -
the fishermen, bargemen, boatbuilders, sailmakers, wildfowlers and smugglers
as well as the ocean captains, and the smacks, barges, brigs, bumkins
and gunpunts, as well as the great yachts.
'Though there are 95 evocative and informative black
and white pictures, this is a text-rich and pithy account of a deep
230 x 178 mm | 200 pp illus. | ISBN 0 95427 501
2 | £10.95 SB pbk
Edited by Tristan Lovering MBE
In this uniquely authoritative study, leading international military and academic experts analyse 37 amphibious operations, from 'the how not to do it' catastrophe of Gallipoli in 1915; through the Second World War in Europe, North Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific; Korea; Suez; Vietnam; the Falklands and the first Gulf War; down to the AL Faw landings in Iraq in 2003.
'Simply the best book on the subject.'
Dr Eric Grove
230 x 305 mm | 520 pp illus. | ISBN 978 09550243 51| £35.00 pbk
| ISBN 978 09550243 68 |
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AND THE ALLIANCE
Translated by William Rodarmor
Born in Fench Indochina in 1925, Bernard Moitessier
grew up astride two cultures - French and Vietnamese - in a turbulent
era that moved dramatically from peace to war, He was imprisoned during
the Japanese occupation, and later drafted into France's war against the
Viet Minh. This book tells how, at the age of 25, he left Vietrnam to
answer the call of the sea, wandering the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic
and the Caribbean as a sea-Gypsy, and surviving two catastrophic shipwrecks.
His greatest sailing adventures followed: the Tahiti - Alicante passage,
and the 1969 Golden Globe round-the-world race, from which he withdrew
to sail on to Tahiti. He then spent three years on an atoll of Tamata
in the Tuamoto archipelago, where he went by the name of 'Tamata' ('Try
it'). He planted coconut trees and gradually transformed the sun blasted
coral into a speck of green in the middle of the South Pacific. William
Rodamor's translation won the American Translators Assoiation's 1996 Award
for Best Translation.
a delight, but be warned - you
may find normal life difficult to follow after you have read it.''
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
'Told with Lyrical talent''
243 x 160 mms • 400 pages Illus
• ISBN 0 924486775 • Price: £19.95
THE FINGER OF LIGHT
This is an authoritative and well researched account
of the extraordinary achievement of construction of lighthouses on the
savage Eddystone Rocks. This book is a salute to the heroes who struggled
to put a lighthouse on the most notorious maritime blackspot of its
day- a struggle illuminated by ten years of research, excerpts from
the lighthouse builder's diaries and letters, some previously unpublished
pictures and a passion for the subject which shines through Mike Palmer's
Film maker and author Mike Palmer
has been attracted to the sea and in particular to the study of pharology.
Indeed with the help of Trinity House he has visited many rock lighthouses..Mike
joined the Royal Navy at 15 years of age and then had a variety of jobs
including Baboon and Lion keeper, Prison Officer and Ferryman. He won
an award for MGM showman of the year.
210 x 296 mms • 138 pages Illus
• ISBN 0 9547062 0 X• Price: £13.95
TO HEMINGWAY'S CUBA
For Dave Schaefer on his 32-foot sloop Dream Weaver,
the urge to see Cuba now and track down Ernest Hemingway's old haunts
was too strong to resist. Setting out alone from Lake Champlain, with
friends joining as crew alomng he way, he sailed via the East coast
and the Florida Keys to Havana, where the last year of the millennium
marked the centennial of Hemingway's birth and the fortieth anniversary
of Fidel's Revolution.
229 x 151 mm | 288 pp, illus. | ISBN 1 57409 110
7 | £14.99 SH pbk
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In 1755 the Eddystone Lighthouse was consumed by fire,
but still the general opinion was that Nothing but WOOD will last upon
the Eddystone. Nonetheless, John Smeaton, the world's first civil engineer,
was determined to build a lighthouse of stone on the infamous reef of
red rocks fourteen miles out from Plymouth in the English channel. It
was a revolutionary design and it became the prototype for other wave-washed
lighthouses.Based on Smeaton's own account, and illustrated with Smeaton's
engravings and the author's dramatic drawings, Smeaton's Tower tells
the true story of how the third Eddystone Lighthouse was built, and
describes in detail the scale of the achievement.Interwoven with the
historical story is a fictional tale of mystery, revenge and love.
Christopher Severn gained a degree
in architecture and a post graduate diploma at the Architectural Association.
Here he tutored for some years whist working in London Architectural
practices. He first became involved with Smeaton's Tower in 1999 when
he began work on the proposed conservation of the Lighthouse with Frans
Nicholas Architects. Seeing the stones stripped of their paintwork,
and reading Smeaton's diaries and Narrative brought the remarkable story
of the lighthouse's construction to life.
153 x 234 mms • 372 pages Illus
• ISBN 0 954275098• Price: £13.95
The life and voyages of America's best known sailor
Captain Joshua Slocum's famous voyage in the 36-foot
sloop Spray was only the culmination of a life filled with adventure,
pioneering and enterprise. Previously unpublished facts, rare photos,
drawings, maps and boat plans document this fine biography by the son
of the first man to sail alone around th world.
'A devoted chronicle ... of a man who showed enormous
skill, resource and courage in the first voyage of its kind in history.
Joshua Slocum was a sensational seaman.'
New York Times Book Review
226 x 148 mm | 384 pp, illus. | ISBN 0 924486 52
X | £12.99 SH pbk
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Peter H Spectre
In this book, Peter Spectre, editor of the best-selling
annual Mariner's Book of Days, assembles an amalgam of practical information,
poetry, legend, superstition, art, literature and more. His reverence
for boats and the literature of the sea, and his many years as editor
of Wooden Boat magazine, make this a rich collection of maritime knowledge,
an intriguing compendium of sea lore, and a work of homage to the writers
and editors who have inspired him over the years
216 x 131 mm | 288 pp illus.| ISBN 0 95427 621
8 | £9.95 SHSB pbk
MARINER'S BOOK OF DAYS 2008
EDITED BY PETER H. SPECTRE
Now in its 17th year, The Mariner's
Book of Days is an ever-growing encyclopedia of nautical fact, fiction,
and folklore, and has been hailed as the best, most entertaining nautical
desk diary and calendar to see print. An invaluable reference, each
annual edition is completely different from its predecessors, and all
have become collector's items. On every right-hand page is a week of
days, with the nautical significance of each explored in brief by the
author. On each left-hand page is a collection of nautical miscellany
evoking the rich traditions of the sea. Entertaining and informative,
illustrated with a variety of lovely etchings, engravings, sketches,
and watercolors, The Mariner's Book of Days takes readers on a 365-day
voyage through history.
'This nautical desk diary and calendar
is an ever-growing encyclopedia of marine fact, fiction and folklore.
Entertaining and informative, every year the calendar is updated, making
it a keeper well after the year is over and done.'
236 x 166 mms • 112 pages Illus
• ISBN 978 157409243 11 • Price: £9.95 pbk
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WINTER AWAY FROM HOME
A vivid and detailed account of the glory and failure
of the third voyage of William Barents in search of a Northeast passage
- the last major attempt for 300 years to open up a route that only
finally became navigable with the advent of steamships.
'This book with generous select bibliography and
index, is a dramatic and well written study of a notable explorer not
widely known or appreciated in this country.'
'... a beautifully written account...'
216 x 138 mm | 264 pp illus. | ISBN 0 85036 442
6 | £10.95 SB pbk
What yachting used to be like: the paid hands, the
clothes, the etiquette. A fine collection of quotes that give the flavour
of the past, selected by Renee Waite, with cartoons by Keith Waite.
'This little paperback will be of interest to all
who sail around our coasts in yachts and small boats'
216 x 138 mm | 96 pp illus. | ISBN 0 85036 428
0 | £4.95 SB pbk
WAPPING GROUP OF ARTISTS
Painting Outdoors Along London's River
Originally founded in 1946-setting a pattern for the
future, in a pub-to record the working life of London's dockland, this
artist's society has been hard at work ever since. The members meet
weekly between April and September to paint outdoors, in a wide variety
of locations and in all weathers. Always true to their Thames-side origins
,they work from landlocked Henley right out to east coast harbours such
as Maldon. Their exhibitions are a perpetual delight of tideway and
river bank, sunlight and showers, boats and architecture. With over
200 illustrations, a review of sixty years of painting London's river,
and personal narratives by the Group's current members, including painters
recognised nationally and internationally, this book is as delightful
as their exhibitions.
The members with diverse interests
and talents paint outdoors along London's river between April and September:
P.Banning, F.Beckett D.Brunwin,
J.Bryce, S.Cardew, T.Chamberlain, G.Cottingham, W.Davies, R.Dellar,
A.Flemming, R.Hammond, D.Hanceri, G.Hunt, P.Jobson, R.Mackervoy, R.Maddox,
E.O'Aivazian, D.Pannett, D.Penny, J.Powley, M.Richardson, A.Runagall,
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• ISBN 0 95470 62 5 0• Price: £19.95
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