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Seafaring life, ocean travel, etc.

  • Uncertain Beginningsby Jim Bain

    Port Campbell Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    In the late 1400s, under the leadership of Prince Henry the Navigator, Portugal developed into a leader in the discovery of new oceans and islands. However, in 1580, the Spanish invaded Portugal and the country became subservient to the Spanish Crown. Spain also had its set-backs: the disastrous voyage of Magellan in 1520 to 1523, with its terrible... more...

  • The Seafaring Dictionaryby David S. T. Blackmore

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2009; US$ 55.00

    The specialized language of seafarers is a complex mixture of the strange and the familiar, incorporating words from a variety of English dialects and foreign languages, and peppered with coined phrases and slang words. With its many intricate nuances, "navalese" is vitally important to a profession in which technical concepts need to be... more...

  • Cruise Confidentialby Brian David Bruns

    Travelers' Tales 2009; US$ 14.95

    In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt — or in this case, the dirty water — on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes readers down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving readers gasping with laughter as they?re assaulted... more...

  • The Ottoman Age of Explorationby Giancarlo Casale

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 35.00

    In 1517, the Ottoman Sultan Selim "the Grim" conquered Egypt and brought his empire for the first time in history into direct contact with the trading world of the Indian Ocean. During the decades that followed, the Ottomans became progressively more engaged in the affairs of this vast and previously unfamiliar region, eventually to the point... more...

  • Ocean Travel and Cruisingby Kaye Sung Chon; Arthur Asa Berger

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 62.95

    A one-of-a-kind analysis of ocean cruising! In Ocean Travel and Cruising: A Cultural Analysis, noted author Arthur Asa Berger turns his critical eye to the phenomenon of ocean cruising. This academically solid yet reader-friendly book brings a multidisciplinary cultural studies approach to the subject, examining ocean cruising from economic, semiotic,... more...

  • The Lost Fleetby Barry Clifford; Kenneth Kinkor

    HarperCollins 2010; US$ 11.99

    On January 2, 1678, a fleet of French ships sank off the Venezuelan coast. This proved disastrous for French naval power in the region, and sparked the rise of a golden age of piracy. Tracing the lives of fabled pirates like the Chevalier de Grammont, Nikolaas Van Hoorn, Thomas Paine, and Jean Comte d'Estrées, The Lost Fleet portrays a dark age,... more...

  • Whale Hunterby Nelson Cole

    Seaforth Publishing 2011; US$ 9.99

    This is the narrative of a harpooner in the whale-ship Charles W Morgan, whose four-year voyage in 1849-1853 took him from New Bedford, Massachusetts, to the South Pacific and on around the world. Before the days of the whale-gun and its explosive warhead, whaling was a dangerous and far from one-sided pursuit - indeed, one of Haley’s earliest... more...

  • Captain Cookby Vanessa Collingridge

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 14.33

    A uniquely woven story encompassing three separate centuries and three different lives. Captain Cook, best known for his heroic voyages through the Pacific Ocean, is brought to life in vivid detail. We follow his humble beginnings as the son of a farm labourer, through his convention-shattering treatment of the indigenous groups he met on his travels,... more...

  • Coast: Our Island Storyby Nicholas Crane

    Ebury Publishing 2010; US$ 12.89

    Along our shores, towering cliffs from the age of the dinosaurs rise beside wide estuaries teeming with wildlife, while Victorian ports share waterfronts with imposing fortifications. And the people who have lived, worked and played on this spectacular coast - from Stone Age fishermen to seafarers, chart-makers and surfers - have an incredible... more...

  • Two Years Before the Mastby Richard Henry Dana

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 7.95

    Two years before the mast were but an episode in the life of Richard Henry Dana, Jr.; yet the narrative in which he details the experiences of that period is, perhaps, his chief claim to a wide remembrance. His services in other than literary fields occupied the greater part of his life, but they brought him comparatively small recognition and many... more...