||H. J. Pursley, J. Wardley
||Brown, Son & Ferguson
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This book dealing with the stability of the merchant vessels was written by H. J. Pursley, formerly lecturer to the School of Navigation of the University of Southampton, and revised by J. Wardle, Extra Master. We are all aware of the significant changes that have been made to the approach to the stability of the ships, and these changes did affect merchant vessels. For example, examination requirements considerably increased, the metric units were introduces; in addition to that, the recommendations have been produced for a standard method of presenting/using stability info. In this 7th release of the book all above stated changes were considered and the publication meets all those requirements. Some of the basic information is retained in order to be of some use for the readers who are not familiar with the subject. However, the rest of the text is expanded and re-arranged. The authors of the book did their best to carefully link the theoretical information contained within the book with practice with the particular attention being paid to the matters which might be not fully appreciated by seamen. It is a good and useful publication providing seamen with the basic knowledge without making them go too deep into the theory of naval architecture.