This classic publication belongs to the famous and historical The Rudder ON series. The nautical books and other instruments that are commonly used on board marine ships for navigation are usually quite large sized. This does not present any sort of problem on large conventional vessels since there is lot of space available to keep and use them.
However, on smaller ships the crew members usually prefer more compact volumes. That is the reason why the decision was made by the author of this publication to reduce its size to the maximum practical extent. In the meantime every effort was made to include all important information. The volume opens with a chapter devoted to the altitude diagrams also explaining dip of the horizon and parallax.
There are numerous tables included in this section addressing main refraction, difference of latitude and departure for degrees from 1 to 45, log. sines, tangents, and secants, dip of the sea horizon, the Sun's parallax in altitude, correction of the Moon's altitude, and comparison of Admiralty knots and statute miles. The remaining portion of the publication is dealing with using sextant, etc. In short, the book will be interesting for the people who like navigation and are interested with the traditional navigation techniques.
The present collection of selected meteorological tables is one of the rarest and oldest navigation publications available. The book was originally published more that hundred and fifty years ago, in 1852. Of course there have been so many technological developments in the field of maritime navigation since then; however, the book will still be good to the people with the interest in practical meteorology.
The main content of the publication has been arranged in four major section. The first section contains thermometrical tables and comparison of the thermometrical scales, in total there are fifteen tables with supplementary information. The second section contains five hygrometrical tables including elastic forces of aqueous vapors, psychometrical tables for deducing the force of vapor, relative humidity etc.
The third section provides barometrical tables including reduction of the barometrical observations. Finally, the last fourth section of the volume contains hypsometrical tables. Each of the series features distinct paging that runs throughout the set, it is there at the page bottom. Have a look in the book and you may like to have it in your collection. The appendix is dealing with the comparison of the English-French length measures.
One more world popular and classic nautical publication. The content of this Almanac is traditionally arranged in several parts numbered for easier reference. The first part of the Almanac addresses the astronomical information and data that are commonly used every day by the navigators, together with the clear explanations on their use. The second part of the title is dedicated to the nautical tables and methods used.
The third part contains all required tables of tides for both home and foreign waters; the associated predictions were compiled by the recognized and reliable authorities. Then the part comes dealing with the coastal courses and distances covering the areas around the navigating channels of the British Isles and also near Europe. The fifth part of the Almanac contains the distance tables providing mariners with a worldwide coverage of the total distances between the major ports of US, Canada and Great Britain, and to all principal ports of the world.
The next part is dedicated to the legal issues, while the closing part of the volume deals only with the lights, buoys and beacons of the British Isles. The content of the publication has been carefully proofread and edited, and arrange in a way providing maximum accuracy and ease of reference. Another must-have one for literally every navigator.
This latest release of the World Port Index, i.e. Publication 150 traditionally provides all interested parties, and mariners in the first turn, with the locations and characteristics as well as the known facilities and available services of the major shipping ports of the world, together with the shipping facilities, oil terminals and other valuable information; the total number if the entries reaches sixty-four thousand.
As always, this release of the Publication cancels the previous one. The selection of the shipping places for the inclusion in the Index is based on the special criteria that have been established by the Agency. Note that they are not random choices. The information about each of the places has been supplemented with the sailing directions and charts, as applicable. The present release of the document includes all information that is currently available to the Agency as of the publishing date.
Taking into account a huge amount of the diversified information and data to be included in the single book, the authors has used some simple codes to indicate certain types of the information contained. All of those code symbols have been explained at the tops of the pages. Needless to say, this publication is there among the top important ones for all mariners regardless of their position.
This renewed release of the publication is mainly basing on the chart specifications that are regularly issued by the IHO (standing for the International Hydrographic Organization). It contains the required abbreviations, symbols and terms plus S-57 objects commonly used in national and international navigational charts published by the hydrographic department of Singapore MPA.
The abbreviations and symbols that are shown on the electronic navigational display systems using VEC may actually be seriously differing from the ones that have been described in the present volume. The publication starts with the introduction and information on the schematic layout of the charts. Then, the "General" part comes addressing the numbering of the charts, positions/distances and marginal notes, directions etc. Remaining parts of this title are dealing with the topography, hydrography, and navigation aids/services. In fact, the layout of this volume is similar to the one applied in this Admiralty publication.
There is some supplementary info at the end of the book, for example containing the abbreviations of the principal terminology in English language as well as international abbreviations. Note the chart reference and projection info contained in the opening chapter of the book, as well as the planes of reference, depths, heights, bearings and vertical clearance.
This official publication was initially intended to serve as a primary key to the abbreviations/symbols that are commonly used on Admiralty and also International paper nautical charts that are compiled by the UKHO, standing for the UK Hydrographic Office. Some variations may still occur on the above mentioned nautical charts adopted in the series issued by the Admiralty but originally worked out by other hydrographic offices.
Those abbreviations/symbols that are easily understood have not been included as the examples in this volume. Please also note that the abbreviations/symbols that are shown on the navigational display systems that utilizing the VEC, i.e. vector navigation charts, may sometimes differ from the ones described in this title. The publication starts with the intro part providing some general information including the numbering of charts, title and marginal notes, positions and distances, directions etc.
Then there are three major parts covering the topography, including ports, landmarks and cultural/natural features, hydrography, including depth, currents, tides, seabed nature, routes and tracks, various offshore facilities and installations etc., and navigation aids and services, such as the beacons and lights, fog signals, radars and many other. And, the last part of the book provides the alphabetical indexes.
This is a really rewarding study of map preparation and practical use of maps. The book is intended to offer readers an excellent and very valuable contribution to the cartography. The author has clearly explained the effective established methods of delineating the round earth on a piece of paper that is flat, and these methods have been developed over past four centuries.
The text is rich of clear and informative data diagrams showing every single stage of human's attempts to solve that problem. Though the book is not that big, its content present a very good combination of various elements, such as the usefulness and readability. Note that this is not a textbook on map projection; however, is shall definitely be used as a very handy introduction to this subject because of the amount of the relevant information that will be most probably needed by the non-specialists. There are two sources of fear for the mariners - to get lost and to face a bad weather, and that is why the maps are considered critically important for any mariner.
The publication starts with the introduction followed by the chapters covering the Mercator's resume and early sailing navigation charts, revealing replicas and writing approach, soldiering on, wall maps, worldviews and other relevant areas. The book is very readable and is expected to be used by all people with the interest in the field.
Though the electronic ship navigation is relatively new area, it is becoming more and more common, and this particularly relates to the commercial shipping. The present title by Adam Weintrit was prepared to offer its readers a real wealth of detailed data and information covering the various systems of nautical charting, showing how they operate and answering the most of the frequently asked questions related to the various electronic charts such as the RNC, ENC or DNC and associated systems like ECDIS and ECS.
This is the very first resource providing so much details covering all facets of ECS and ECDIS and it will definitely service as the true Bible for the users of ECDIS. Note that this publication not only provides required technical information to be used for the training programs but shall also be used by the practicing engineers engages in the field maintenance of the ECDIS.
In addition, the volume will present a specific practical interest to the people required to know about the selection and implementation, as well as the operational use and benefits of the above mentioned systems. The management matters have also been covered in this publication. The authors preferred not to go too deep into the purely technical details of actual construction and working principles of ECDIS.