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Ships & Shipbuilding

  • German Commerce Raiders 1914?18by Ryan K Noppen; Paul Wright

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 11.16

    This is the story of Germany?s commerce raiders of World War I, the surface ships that were supposed to starve the British Isles of the vast cargoes of vital resources being shipped from the furthest reaches of the Empire. To that end pre-war German naval strategists allocated a number of cruisers and armed, fast ocean liners, as well as a complex... more...

  • Yachtmaster for Sail and Powerby Alison Noice

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 28.99

    Yachtmaster for Sail and Power is a major reference book that has proved invaluable for the many sailors following the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore course. This highly respected and refreshingly practical study guide covers the whole syllabus in detail, all illustrated with colour photographs, charts and worked examples throughout. It... more...

  • American Sea Power and the Obsolescence of Capital Ship Theoryby R. B. Watts

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 65.00

    Since the beginning of the 20th century, the United States has sought to achieve Admiral Alfred Thayer Mahan's vision of "command of the sea" using large battle fleets of capital ships. This strategy has been generally successful: no force can oppose the U.S. Navy on the open seas. Yet capital ship theory has become increasingly irrelevant.... more...

  • The Silent Deepby James Jinks; Peter Hennessy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 47.05

    'The Ministry of Defence does not comment upon submarine operations' is the standard response of officialdom to enquiries about the most secretive and mysterious of Britain's armed forces, the Royal Navy Submarine Service. Written with unprecedented co-operation from the Service itself and privileged access to documents and personnel, The Silent... more...

  • Strandedby Aaron Saunders

    Dundurn 2015; US$ 9.99

    In 1918, Canadian Pacific steamship Princess Sophia ran aground on Alaska?s Vanderbilt reef. She sat there for two terrifying days before sinking in a raging snowstorm. Seventy-six years later, a cruise ship called the Star Princess was sailing in the same stretch of water ? and Alaska?s worst maritime disaster nearly repeated itself. more...

  • Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale-Ship Essexby Owen Chase

    Dover Publications 2015; US$ 6.95

    In 1819, the American whaler Essex was sailing deep into the great equatorial hunting grounds of the Pacific when it was destroyed by a maddened sperm whale. By all reports, the 85-foot whale deliberately rammed the ship twice and sank it. The incident, which occurred in the same year that Herman Melville was born, became a primary source of inspiration... more...

  • Commonwealth Cruisers 1939?45by Angus Konstam; Paul Wright

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 11.16

    In the early 20th century Britain?s largest colonies established their own small naval presence, and their ships fought alongside the Royal Navy during World War I. These fleets were expanded during the inter-war years, and in 1939 the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy willingly joined the fight on behalf... more...

  • A Mile Downby David Vann

    Random House 2015; US$ 30.38

    In this inspirational memoir, internationally bestselling author David Vann tells the true story of building his own sailing ship and of the disastrous voyage that ensues. As a thirty-year-old tourist in Turkey, David Vann stumbles across the steel frame of a ninety-foot sailboat and decides to fulfill a long-buried dream: he will rebuild the boat.... more...

  • Discovering the North-West Passageby Glenn M. Stein

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 65.00

    From 1850 to 1854, the ambitious Commander Robert McClure captained the HMS Investigator on a voyage in search of the missing Franklin Expedition, which sailed from England into the Arctic in 1845 to map the last uncharted section of the North-West Passage. The Investigator and her consort the Enterprise were to pass through the Bering Strait from... more...

  • Fire Canoeby Ted Barris

    Dundurn 2015; US$ 16.99

    Years before railroads arrived, the Canadian West was opened up by an unlikely breed of ship: steamboats plying Prairie waterways. Their aboriginal pilots, experts at reading the tricky waterways, called the ships ?fire canoes.? By day they chased freight contracts, but at night they introduced the Edwardian Prairies to pleasure cruises. more...