12.07.2017

One may ask, why should celestial navigation be used in the age of electronics? However, it would look as if he or she asked why people keep developing classic black and white photographs in their darkrooms instead of utilizing high-color and high-definition digital cameras and associated software. The answer to both question would be - because it is more a noble art and it is fun.

Reading GPS displays is quite easy and not too exciting once you get used to it. But the celestial navigation is always a sort of challenge because all scenarios are different. Finding the geographical position of the vessel using the astronomical observations will always require proper knowledge and judgment as well as the ability to handle the delicate tools. In this case you will play a very active role in the whole process and this will require you to use all your skills.

It took many generations of astronomers and navigators, geographers and specialists in other relevant disciplines to get the celestial navigation developed to its today's state and the technical knowledge that has been collected in the course of this development, must not get forgotten. After all, everyone shall note that the celestial navigation remains a valuable alternative to the contemporary electronic navigation instruments should that fail for any reason.

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12.07.2017

This training material has been prepared and is intended for both intermediate and post-intermediate students of English. However, the authors of this publications hope that it will be equally useful for more advanced language learners. It is a thorough and comprehensive survey of structures and forms, written in very clear modern English; in addition, they have been illustrated with numerous examples.

Special attention has been given to difficult areas. Differences between grammatical forms and conversational usage are shown in the present book with the emphasis on conversational forms. You may read this book from the very beginning to the end or just go directly to the topics of your interest. It will also be ideal for all people learning English as a second language. We would say that it is a truly excellent exercise book for everyone, and maybe one of the best available today.

The publication is good for people willing to refresh their grammar skills. In fact,this title might easily serve as the main source of information for people studying English grammar, since the amount of the info provided in this book is enough to exclude the necessity of using any other supplemental publications. Try this one and you will see the result.

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12.07.2017

Alfred was born in Sunderland on 15" July 1884. He grew up living with his parents, and his younger brother William who was born three years later, in 1897. Their home was a modest terraced house in a fairly decent area of the town, and for his early education, he attended a "Penny-a-Week" School. Sunderland and Newcastle, at the time together formed the biggest ship building area in the world, and his father worked in the ship yards as a boiler inspector, checking the safety of boilers on the ships, and he was also a collector and dealer of machinery parts.

We don't know much more about Alfred's childhood except this tale of a summer holiday. When he was nine years old, he went by himself to visit his grandparents during his summer holidays. His grandfather John Learmond was head of the Customs in Cork, Ireland. Alfred was put on a train at Sunderland, under the care of the Guard, and transferred to the ferry to cross to Ireland, then took another train from Belfast to Cork. During this holiday he also travelled to Blarney Castle and kissed the famous Blarney Stone to give him good luck.

He certainly had that. After he left school, at the age of 14, he followed the family tradition and became an apprentice. He also became a choirboy in his local church, and later played the organ for the church services. Perhaps it was this experience that gave him a yearning to enter the church, because alter completing his apprenticeship he leit the world of engineering went on to a religious school - Kelham College, in Newark to study for the Priesthood. His fellow students and the lecturers at the College thought he was a very serious young man and not able to lighten up, so one day the students, as a prank, rolled him up in a corridor mat, which ended up outside the Principals door.

Alfred laughed so much the Principal came out of his office to see what was going on. He looked down at Alfred sternly, but then broke into a smile and said "Well Burlinson, I'm pleased to see you laughing at last". After that, he became accepted by the other students and life became more enjoyable, but the pressure of trying to master Greek and Latin was too much and sadly he was forced to give up this ambition. He returned to engineering, and using his apprenticeship qualifications he signed up with a merchant ship in 1908, as a junior engineer...

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12.07.2017

The author of this world popular and famous publication, Ian Johnston, who is a professional graphic designer having a deep interest in ships and their construction, presents the perfect and rare collection of the selected stunning shipyard photographic images, most of which have never been published anywhere before. The Clydebank ship construction yard, although known mostly for capital vessels and large liners, did build a vast range of the vessels between 1914 and 1920.

This book includes two hundred images intended to depict in really unprecedented detail every single technical aspect of the shipyard's output, from Aquitania (1914) to Enterprise (1920). These images chronicle the huge impact that the war had on the working conditions in the ship yard, and especially in the introduction of women to the workforce. The publication is a remarkably vivid portrait of the lost industry at the very top point of its success.

The quality of the photos contained in the book is truly incredible and the descriptions are accurately detailed and very interesting to all categories of readers regardless of their background. The vast majority of the images are focusing on the construction of the fifty-four vessels that took place at the shipyard in the period 1914-1919...

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12.07.2017

This is an excellent story that will for sure be appreciated by the junior readers having the interest in the sea life and adventures, pirates and other symbols of the marine life. In fact, the authors have tried to make a story telling children what is taking place during a year spent on a pirate vessel. Each of the pictures supplementing the narrative text part of the book is showing the adventures of the pirates as the months of the ear are passing.

There are so many things happening, even so far out at the ocean, and the readers will be expected to spot them. Some of the pictures contained in the book have the fragments of the ships walls taken away, and such approach will help readers have a glance inside and see what is usually hidden from their eyes. There is a calendar provided at each of the right-hand pages of the volume telling the children which month they have already reached.

The book will for sure be highly appreciated by the junior readers; according to the reviews, people like the multicultural nature of the book; another major and important aspect is that women pirates have also be paid particular attention in the pages of the volume. The illustrations have been found great and vivid making the book a great choice.

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The present publication was created wit the ultimate intention of the author, William Longyard, to try and reach back through five centuries in order to gather an excellent collection of the interesting and fascinating sea adventures. The main heroes of these stories are watercrafrs, staring from the small sailboats and canoes.

Among the prominent seafarers of the past and their vessels covered in the publication there are kite-powered kayak boat of Ed Giller, then you will read about the Gladys Gradely's attempt to be the very first woman to sail across the Atlantic Ocean on her own and with no help, Hugo Vihlen crossing the ocean in the small, just six-foot sail boat named April Fool, and many other stories, each of them will for sure be of interest to all sea enthusiasts.

The book is great as it shows, on the basis of the experience of its heroes, that the oceans can actually be crosses by people who dare. This book will teach you something you may not find in other publications dedicated to the marine history. In fact, very limited number of the reference publications will make for such riveting and fascinating reading, that is why you' better take this one and have a close look inside, you will not get disappointed.

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11.07.2017

The present edition of the Manual has been significantly revised and its content has been seriously updated in order to keep it in line with the latest happenings in the field. It now includes all materials of the Rules of the Road that shall be learnt by heart by all people preparing to sit for the Board of Trade exams.

The seamanship itself is treated as the art of handling a vessel together with all equipment and crew members, including the navigation and pilotage matters, procedures for the ship anchoring, cargo gear arrangements, collision avoidance, etc. The theoretical basis of for the seamanship lies in physics and mathematics.

In the real life, nerve and professional judgment and, what is most importance, the practical experience are making the capable seamen. Numerous informative illustrations have been added to the text of this updated release of the volume, plus photographs.

This little yet quite comprehensive book may serve as the introductory one for the beginners and in fact it is not pretending to complete their education or supersede their practical training. In short, seven major parts of the book cover the ship construction, ropes and splicing, rigging and anchoring arrangements, sail making, fore-and-aft sailing, mechanical appliances, signaling and other relevant information.

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11.07.2017

A very popular book written by the professional mechanical engineers trying to provide all interested readers with a nice and comprehensive historical overview of the mechanisms and machines invented by humans. The content of this interesting volume is covering virtually all areas of the mechanical engineering.

In fact, this is a a sort of historic survey with the engineering approach applied by the authors; the main body of the book has been arranged in eight major chapters that are presented in clear chronological order for easier reading and understanding. The publication is very useful and instructive and will provide people with an excellent introduction into the development of the various machines and mechanisms. The authors have illustrated their development mainly from the technical point of view; that is why the readers who spend some time with this book will get proper understanding of the major technological developments in the history.

Mechanical manufacturing processes have been addressed and examined in connection with the machines and mechanisms associated with them. We would say that this book is a real must-have one not only for the mechanical engineers but also for the general readers with the interest in machines, mechanisms and technology.

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