09.11.2009
U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts: The Battle of the Atlantic
 
   The battle of the Atlantic pitted Germany's U-boats against Allied convoys sailing from North America and the South Atlantic. The name itself is a bit of a misnomer as it was not one single battle but the longest continuous military campaign of World War II, lasting for six years, stretching over hundreds of miles and involving almost countless combat engagements. By the end of hostilities, the Kriegsmarines U-boats had sunk in excess of 2,900 ships, representing over 12 million tons of Allied shipping. Despite some post-war claims that the U-boat campaign had no real chance of being successful in the long run, it is clear that the Allied leaders at the time had a different view. By January 1943. such were the worries over the U-boat's successes that at the Casablanca conference, it was agreed that the defeat of the U-boats was to be a number one priority. Indeed, when summarizing his thoughts on the Battle or the Atlantic, Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously said, 'The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril'. The Battle of the Atlantic was not only a fight for the survival of Great Britain, but for the survival of real opposition to Hitler. If the U-boat campaign had succeeded and Britain had been starved into subjugation, the British Isles wouldn't have served as a base for the eventual bombing offensive and as a launching point for the invasion of Kurope. It is difficult to envisage how the stakes could have been higher...
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09.11.2009
german u-boat type XXI
 
   For a long time we have taken it for granted 0 the big, fast U-boat of our age, nuclear powered and able to stay under the surface of the water for weeks, even months if necessary. And yet, scarcely more than forty years have passed since the first nuclear-powered submarine, the American Nautilus, gained worldwide attention on its maiden voyage and introduced a new era in naval warfare...
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09.11.2009
7th u-boat flotilla
 

   The history of the 7th U-boat Flotilla mirrored the course of the U-boat war in general. At the start, this force of six boats acted with immense professionalism, technical excellence and sheer daring. Responsible for some of the greatest naval coups of the early war period, the flotilla's boats developed into a finely-turned force of predators. The failures of the Norwegian campaign caused a temporary dip in flotilla morale, but the influx of new and improved boats did much to reinvigorate the flotilla. At the same time, its base of operations was changed to Brittany, cutting the transit time to the U-boat patrol areas by half. By late 1941 the flotilla strength had grown to over 20 boats, although the bare statistics belie the gruelling nature of the battle these young men were forced to fight. The heady early days of the war were over, and following the loss of many of the squadron's "aces", these newcomers had to learn quickly, or face the same fate. Ultimately Germany was to lose her race for naval supremacy, that statistical conflict of boats lost versus tonnage sunk which has portrayed so graphically in London. Although flotilla strength reached a peak in April 1943, the campaign had already been lost.

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09.11.2009
ocean ships
 

   Just two years after the previous edition, this new edition of Ocean Ships once again records the ever changing scene within merchant shipping companies and services, based in or operating regular sea services to the UK and northern Europe.

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09.11.2009
the klutz book of knots
 
   This is a tool-book, that is to say, it is meant to be more than just read. All those knots which are designed to be tied to something, can be tied to the board pages of this book, next to their illustrations.
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09.11.2009
lost treasure ships of the 20th century
 
   Treasure ship! The words exert a powerful mythic pull on the imagination but elude easy definition. For most of us they suggest Spanish galleons or Portuguese East Indiamen with billowing sails, wooden hulls and holds crammed with silver dollars or gold escudos. None of this has much to do with the giant passenger liners that plied between New York and Liverpool in the early years of this century, with their compound engines, steel rivets and electric lighting. And yet, surprisingly, it was the first fifty years of the twentieth century that witnessed the greatest and final flowering of the entire treasure ship era.
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09.11.2009
Ships - the history and specifications of 300 world-famous ships
 

 

   Features three hundred military and mercantile ships from very ancient times of to the present day; each of them is illustrated with a nice color artwork and supplemented with a brief service history. In addition, full specifications for each ship including displacement, dimensions, speed, armament and complement are provided.

 

 

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08.11.2009
Ship construction

   This text in this book is intended to aim the students of marine sciences/technology, especially those following BTEC programmes in preparation for careers at sea and in marine related industries. The present book will also be useful to the students following courses in shipbuilding. A number of considerable changes have taken place in shipbuilding practice recently, with the introduction of new technology, and the aim of this book is to present all modern shipyard techniques without neglecting basic principles.

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