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American Nautical Art and Antiques

   This rare publication by Jacqueline Kranz contains more than three hundred of illustrations and provides readers with the very useful and, at the same time, entertaining surveys of the nautical antiques and antiques - we would definitely treat this book as a genuine treasure-house for both beginners and experienced collectors, in fact any people accumulating these objects for years. The author has succeeded in literally infecting readers with her enthusiasm for collecting the art- and antique- objects relating to the nautical world, through the researched interesting facts and a real wealth of appropriate photos and drawings, supplemented with the lively personal anecdotes. The book not only provides the valuable information on all most desirable collectibles plus their relative values, but also gives the advice about numerous unusual objects that would otherwise go unrecognized by the novices. The topics covered by this publication cover a very broad range of categories, starting from the expected ones, such as figureheads and paintings, half-models, lanterns, wheels, anchors and various navigational tools, to the unexpected categories, for example toys and games, porcelain, glass, sheet music and so many others. The book contains specific tips on finding and properly identifying the articles, plus many yarns about the collectibles associated with the Great Lakes, Mississippi and other inland waterways...

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wingnut's complete surfing
   I love surfing! That seems like an obvious statement to start with, but it's not just the act of surfing that I love - it's absolutely everything involved with being a surfer. From my first wave, I was hooked. But surfing now is so much more than just riding waves. I love to watch everyone surf, watch little kids play on foamies in the whitewater, watch moms and dads take lessons with their children. I see they are always better than their parents, and I love that the parents are not only at peace with that pud proud of it. I love to watch the ocean transform as a storm rolls into the coast, how it morphs into a wild maelstrom of wind, waves, and foam.

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Build Your Own Shipping Container Home - The Beginner's Guide

   While I've attempted to give you a good overview of how you might build a shipping container home, there are so many individual preferences, needs, and approaches, it is impossible and impractical to cover them all. That said, this guide along with the accompanying resources section is a living beast. The resources section in particular will be constantly updated with new information and additional resources. And the best bit? It's all based on what you want! Shoot me an email if you have any ideas or questions about shipping container homes and I'll do my best to answer your question and include any additional information in the resources section. We're a community of shipping container home enthusiasts. We can learn from each other, share what we know and help to change the landscape of domestic building with this nontraditional technique. So don't be shy! Let me know what you want to see in future editions of this guide, and what you would find helpful in the resources section. Here are some of my ideas, let me know what piques your interest: Sample Plans and Example Documentation, In-depth Interviews with Shipping Container Home Owners, Typical Details, Product Recommendations.

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Sail for a Living - Find a Job, Start a Business, Change Your Life

   This popular book written by Sue Pelling will tell readers how to turn their passion for sailing into a completely new lifestyle. They will discover the realities of so many marine careers available in the industry today. The book will provide the necessary information for the beginners and, more important, give them the inspiration to change the job and, who knows, the whole life. Here is the brief contents of the publication - Intro - Working in the yacht charter industry - Setting up your own charter business - Superyachts - Teaching and coaching - Professional racing - Expedition yacht work - Sailing support jobs - Media - Yacht delivery. The text of the book is very easy-to-read and includes a number of case studies for better understanding.

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Sailing a Serious Ocean - Sailboats, Storms, Stories, and Lessons Learned From 30 Years at Sea

   If "Sailing a Serious Ocean" is your first meeting with John Kretschmer and his work, it’s probably John’s own fault. He’s a modest, self-deprecating man. He doesn’t advertise himself or his business or tout his eminently toutable nautical accomplishments. So I’ll take up some of that slack. Kretschmer is an original. Who else has for decades and without serious incident captained a one-man charter operation specializing in long-distance, open-ocean sailing? Who else would have thought to sail from New York to San Francisco with a windward slog around Cape Horn aboard a Contessa 32, perhaps the smallest boat ever to do so? As a charter operator and delivery skipper, Kretschmer has made some twenty Atlantic crossings, many long Pacific passages, and multiple transits of the Med. He annually puts more nautical miles on his beloved Kaufman 47 Quetzal than statute miles on his car; he quit counting those nautical miles at 300,000. He’s a brilliant seaman who’s handled most every condition that serious oceans mete out to sailboats, but that alone is not what makes him an original. It’s that in combination with this: the man can write. Which brings us to Sailing a Serious Ocean. Kretschmer is a skillful storyteller, and with those 300,000 miles of experience to draw on, he doesn’t need to make anything up. Some of his stories are downright frightening, like that terrible trip through Hurricane Mitch, and some are hilarious, like the time shortly after 9/11 when his brand-new life raft suddenly inflated at the check-in desk at Heathrow, prompting nervous security guards to level machine guns at his head (“Don’t shoot him!” cried the desk clerk). In addition to being well told, the sea stories share another characteristic. They’re charmingly modest and self-deprecating—as I said, like John; the joke’s usually on John...

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The Whale - In Search of the Giants of the Sea

   Perhaps it is because I was nearly born underwater. A day or so before my mother was due to give birth to me, she and my father visited Portsmouths naval dockyard, where they were taken on a tour of a submarine. As she climbed down into its interior, my mother began to feel labour pains. For a moment, it seemed as though I was about to appear below the waterline; but it was back in our Victorian semi-detached house in Southampton, with its servants bell-pulls still in place and its dark teak staircase turning on itself, that I was born. I have always been afraid of deep water. Even bathtime had its terrors for me (although I was by no means a timid child) when I thought of the stories my mother told of her own childhood, and how my grandfather had painted a whale on the outside of their enamel bathtub. It was an image bound up in other childish fears and fascinations, ready to emerge out of the depths like the giant squid in the film of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, with its bug-eyed Nautilus, Kirk Douglass tousled blond locks and stripy T-shirt, and its futuristic divers walking the ocean floor as they might stroll along the beach. I thought, too, of my favourite seaside toy“a grey plastic diver which dangled in the water by a thin red tube through which you blew to make it bob to the surface, trailing little silver bubbles“but which also reminded me of those nineteenth-century explorers enclosed in faceless helmets and rubberized overalls, their feet anchored by lead boots. And in my childrens encyclopedia, I read about the pressurized bathysphere, an iron lung-like cell in which men descended to the Marianas Trench, where translucent angler fish lured their prey with luminous growths suspended in front of their gaping, devilish jaws. I was so scared of these monsters that I couldnt even touch the pages on which the pictures were printed, and had to turn them by their corners...

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A Brief Illustrated History of Machines and Mechanisms

   This publication illustrates the development of the mechanisms and machines from technical side, throughout the history. It shall also be considered an attempt to set out a proper approach to such development, providing necessary technical details. The book deals with various manufacturing processes in the history; the authors examine them through the associated machines. The method of description used throughout this work is basically graphic.

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A Dip In the Ocean - Rowing Solo Across the Indian

   This book will tell you about one of the most incredible ocean journeys. On first of April, 2009 young, just twenty-three-year old Sarah Outen embarked on a very ambitious four-thousand-mile solo voyage across the unpredictable Indiam Ocean in the rowing boat "Dippers". She had to negotiate wild storms, encounters with whales and threat of being capsized by passing ships. It took her 124 days of physical exertion resulted in the loss of 20 kg, two broken oars and five hundred eaten chocolate bars to set three Guinness World Records...

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Cruise Vacations For Dummies

   The original intention of the authors of this book is to make sure that the readers will have a perfect cruise vacation, memorable and relaxing. They have tried to anticipate all possible questions the readers may have about the cruise vacation experience, and answer them. The book will be very vauable for the first-time cruiser as it will tell them what to expect from the cruise experience. The ultimate goal is to make the cruise vacation experience very familiar even for those who have never stepped on board a ship. All information in the book has been laid out in a style easy to understand...

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Slow Boat to the Bahamas

   Eyjafjallajokull made me do it. Eyjafjallajokull is not some obscure name for the devil from the apocryphal gospel of Skippy. Eyjafjallajokull is an Icelandic volcano that scrambled air travel in 2010. I was corrupted by Eyjafjallajokull better than Beelzebub himself could have done. Eyjafjallajokull introduced me to sailing, indirectly. Since then my finances have suffered, my once promising career has stalled. I am less public minded, and I am absent from home more. Eyjafjallajokull induced me to travel to the Bahamas by the slowest means of travel known to man. the sailboat. Nevertheless, the sailboat is fast compared to waiters in Paris. I had spent the last two big vacations in Paris struggling to become more cultured. When Eyjafjallajokull spewed its wrath onto the ionosphere, we were thinking of going there for a third year. Our European vacation plans seemed risky with air travel to the old world interrupted by the eruption of a volcano that no-one could pronounce. With our plans to soak up European culture in a fortnight covered in ashes, we refocused our attention on soaking up the sun. It was our last big vacation as a childless couple. My wife was pregnant with our daughter. Any future vacations were going to revolve around cartoon mice. This one had better be good...

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Ships and Shipbuilders - Pioneers of Design and Construction

   The design and construction of vessels has evolved over thousands of years, to produce huge and very complex moveable structures. Without them, modem society as we know it simply could not exist. However, in this evolution, the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw perhaps the most dramatic and significant changes to the construction and design, when it became more of a science than an art. This came about at a time of great social and political change. The ship design and construction is essentially a team activity conducted by professional engineers within the frames of theirr respective disciplines and fields, often in several countries. However, during this period, a number of individuals made a significant contribution and can rightly claim to have been 'pioneers of ship design and construction'. Many times, whilst their achievements and lasting legacy may be familiar to those involved in the design/construction of vessels, the individuals themselves are less well known, if at all. In his pen portraits of such professionals, Fred Walker not only describes their achievements, but in doing so charts the development of ship design and construction, seen in the context of the social and economic changes which shaped their lives and work. It is most appropriate that this book should be published in the year when the RINA celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding in I860, since many of those whose achievements Fred M. Walker describes made their contributions to ship design and construction as members of the RINA.

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Atlas of Maritime History

   An atlas of maritime history should include not only places and areas of naval interest illustrating alterations in the balance of sea power, but the ports and routes used by merchant shipping, because the latter forms an integral part, indeed is the basis of sea power, properly understood. Moreover, since maritime history is an aspect of economic and political history there must be some indications of the politico-geographical situation at any given point of time. For such reasons the following maps, together with their explanatory texts and illustrations, aim at displaying the maritime history of the western nations from the time of the Greeks and the Phoenicians to that of the Americans and the Russians of the present day. This atlas is therefore addressed to those who are interested in economic as well as naval history, to those who are concerned with the story of maritime exploration as much as with changing patterns of maritime strategy. It is not a history of tactics (though diagrammatic plans of notable battles from Salamis to Leyte Gulf are included), or of the evolution of the ship, though there are numerous illustrations included in the text. Rather, it illustrates a series of strategic and commercial situations seen in a geographical aspect. In a work covering such an enormous stretch of time it is obvious that only the most significant places and events can be shown. In the texts which accompany each map one is compelled to paint a broad picture with summary generalizations which may well deserve qualification in detail. I can only trust that the reader will be indulgent enough to accept such inevitable shortcomings and to overlook any minor errors to which the flesh is heir. It is hoped, at least, that he will be able to find the place he is looking for, whether it be Actium, Lepanto. Hampton Roads or Abu Dhabi. The pageantry of maritime history, the opening of the ocean routes, the battles for supremacy at sea, the voyages of the great explorers and those of the merchant adventurers, whether from the cities of the Hanseatic League, the barracoons of the slave traders or the oil ports of the Persian Gulf, are here delineated.

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Cruising the Mediterranean - A Guide to the Ships & Ports of Call

   A survey of the Mediterranean - Geographically speaking, Man and the Mediterranean; The way to see the Mediterranean - Advantages and disadvantages of the Mediterranean cruising; Cruise lines and their ships - Types of cruises, Destinaton, Duration, Type of ship, Style of cruise and level of luxury; Ship-by-ship and line-by-line evaluations - Mass market and non-mass market lines; Selecting priorities; Evaluation of ship itineraries - Onboard activities and options in port; Accommodations on land; Climate and when to go; Dining; Costs; Financial matters; Other practical information.

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Cruising South Pacific - Photo Edition

   This book tells us the very interesting story of a cruise voyage abord the MS Oosterdam of Holland America Lines. The vessel departed Sydney port and made some stops on the way at Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia. It took six days to complete the journey and five more days were spent on the beautiful islands of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, reading this story is almost same thing as being there. You will enjoy it...

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Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic - The Oceans Greatest Disaster

   This is another book dedicated to the one of the most tragic marine catastrophes in the history, it was written and first published short time after the Titanic disaster. In fact, the opinions and accounts of the various writers addressing subject disaster differ greatly from the results of the latest researches. This publication is a deluxe reproduction of it's original release in 1912. It is a must-have book for any Titanic "fan" as it will provide reader with a different perspective on this tragedy, sobering account of the catastrophe, sheds the light on the acts of heroism not equaled in modern or ancient times.

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ships, Boats, Vessels, and Other Water-Borne Craft

   Here is a perfect reference book iand definitely the most comprehensive one on all varieties of seafaring vessels. The publication contains more than 750 alphabetically arranged entries and over six hundred beautifully meticulous line drawings, a forty-page nautical glossary. It shall be considered the most impressive and complete guide to everything that floats, and will be the best gift for any nautical enthusiast. Here is the contents - Introduction and guide to the encyclopedia; Types if craft from A to Z; Reader's additions; Glossary of nautical terms in the text; Bibliography of relevant books; Indexof vessels named in the text.

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The Ship - Long Ships and Round Ships

   This book shows the development of both the merchant vessels and the specialized ships of war, from the earliest times to the present day. It was prepared by the National Maritime Museum together with Her Majesty's Stationery Office. The book is self-contained and incorporates the latest available information and the latest thinking on the subject, but they are readily intelligible to the non-specialist, professional historian or layman. Above all, as should be expected from the only large and comprehensive general historical museum in the world which deals especially with the impact of the sea on the development of human culture and civilization, the approach is unromantic and realistic. Merchant ships were and are machines for carrying cargo profitably. They carried the trade and, in the words of the very distinguished author of this second book, lthe creation of wealth through trade is at the root of political and military power'. The vessel of war, the maritime vehicle of that power, follows and she is a machine for men to fight from, or with.

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The Sea Is My Country - The Maritime World of the Makahs

   Joshua L. Reid is a true scholar and educator. Born and raised in Washington State, he is currently a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a former middle school teacher with an undergraduate degree from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Josh approached the Makah Tribe with his research proposal and requested access to the extensive archival records held by the Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC). The proposal was of interest to the Makah Tribe and pertinent to current issues on both the tribal and national levels. His proposal was approved, and he began his inquiries. At the MCRC, he delved into the recordings of our elders who have gone before us. He held interviews with Makah individuals to gather additional details on historic and current Makah practices, events, and perspectives. He researched the written records within our archives; then he travelled—extensively—throughout the U.S. and Canada to track down all he could find relating to Makah control and management of marine space. His research and analysis of this material provide the most comprehensive source of Makah history ever published. As Makahs, we know our ancestors took calculated and heroic measures to protect our water, land, and resources that provide for our way of life. Many of us know the stories of whale and seal hunters, fishermen, and warriors. The descriptions of the battles and alliances with other Tribes, Washington State, the federal government, and Canada are not new to us. Josh's book immortalizes Makah efforts to remain steadfast in our claims to ownership and control of this pivotal Northwestern territory throughout time, while highlighting some of the individuals who played key roles.

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Ice Ship - The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram

   ...My eyes adjust to the subdued light in the cool, cavernous building where it is now, forever off the oceans, forever away from the polar ice and brutal weather it often endured. It sits on big wooden blocks, black-hulled and massive, in this quiet, somber setting. Its voyages are done, its work long since over. But this is not a mausoleum; it is not lying in state. It is very much alive. Its energy and history wash over me as I come close. As I let my hand run over its ancient skin, its deep scars, I am taken back to when I was little and heard my father talk of it with such awe and admiration, almost reverence, tinged with affection. Even then I sensed it had a life of its own, a personality built not just of the wood and iron but also by adventures at the far ends of the earth, by those who took it there. I had been eager to listen to stories about it, feel a bit of what others had felt who shared so many years with it. Now here I am, after all these years, ready to take in what the old ice ship will reveal to me, fully awake to what I had only dreamed before. As I walk along its 128-foot length, I am struck by how massive yet graceful it is, a perfect blend of opposites. Its hull is smooth, steep sided, and rounded at the bottom, so that encroaching ice could not grab, squeeze, and crush, but instead it would slide up on it. Its bow and stern, armored with thick iron plates, are edged like wedges for smashing through. On board, there is solidity everywhere, a kind of geologic permanence that its long, rough history has not diminished. Its sides are two feet thick, four feet at stem and stern. Below decks are great bracing wooden knees and buttresses athwartships, skewered to the timbers by thick iron rods and bolts. Its three masts are like enormous trees, rooted in the keelson, from which the trunks rise majestically, pass through the deck above, and head toward the sky...

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Expeditions Aboard the National Geographic - Linbdblad Fleet 2015-2016

   When National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions joined forces ten years ago, we kicked off our partnership with the inaugural voyage of the National Geographic Endeavour, setting sail from Valparaiso, Chile to the Panama Canal - the first of many extraordinary expeditions to come. Since then, our fleet has grown in size to take us beyond South America to the other six continents. We've counted former presidents, Nobel Laureates, and Pulitzer Prize winners among our expedition teams; and our state-of-the-art tools have allowed us to explore farther and deeper with each subsequent year. Ten years later, it seems fitting that well return to South America next year to trace the length of the continent's western coast—this time aboard the National Geographic Explorer. On three remarkable expeditions, we'll discover seldom-seen treasures from Ecuador to Colombia, Peru, Argentina, and beyond. The National Geographic Explorer will also ply the wildlife-rich waters of the Atlantic on a series of voyages including the wild isles of the Azores and Madeira and the historically rich coasts of Spain and Portugal. In 2015, we'll continue our new chapter of South Pacific exploration aboard the Notional Geographic Orion. Experience jubilant island welcomes in the Cook Islands and French Polynesia, dive some of the world's finest reefs in the Southern Line Islands and Indonesia, and delve into the mysterious history of Easter Island—among many other highlights. As our alliance grows and prospers, so too does our commitment to protecting the places we explore. The Lindblad-National Geographic Fund currently supports conservation and educational projects in the Galapagos Islands, Baja California, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Amazon, and Cambodia. The high points of the past decade are many, but one constant remains: our commitment to enriching, hands-on exploration that inspires travelers to care about—and preserve—the planet's wonders. We look forward to another incredible decade of exploration with you.

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Merchant Marine Survivors of World War II

   The ship loomed ahead at a Hudson River pier as I made my way slowly southward in the morning mist along New York City's West Side Highway. With its flush-deck profile, characteristically capped stack, and wartime gun tubs still in place, the ship was unmistakably a Liberty, a merchant cargo ship type built in unprecedented numbers in the United States during World War II. This was early 1978—more than 32 years after the end of the war—and by then a Liberty ship was already a rare sight to behold, as most had been scrapped, relegated to a few "boneyard" reserve fleets, or converted by ignominious fate into such things as stationary fish processing plants. A few others were still tramping around the world, no doubt, under foreign flag, but they were few and far between, their days certainly also numbered. She was, I soon found out, the SS John W. Brown, a veteran of many wartime voyages. She was then being used, as she had since soon after the war ended, as a stationary school ship for teaching the maritime trades. Her days were numbered too for such use, and I learned she had already become the focus of a preservation effort spearheaded by the fledgling Project Liberty Ship under the aegis of the National Maritime Historical Society. My involvement in that project, as editor of its first newsletter, assistant director, and then director, proved ultimately successful, but not until a dedicated group had taken the helm and initiative in Baltimore to return the ship to that city, where she had been launched in 1942. As so often happens, one thing led to another, and it was through my involvement with Project Liberty Ship, and other work in New York that actually paid a salary, that seeds were sown for this oral history of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II...

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A Nice Quiet Life - The life of a Merchant Seaman Through Two World Wars

   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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Secret Beaches of the Salish Sea - The Northern Gulf Islands

   For most Canadians the word “north” is both powerful and evocative. At the most basic level, as we are often tunefully reminded, we are the “True north strong and free.” Even beyond the anthem, the “north” has powerful associations. The rest of the world, like the anthem, may consider us to live in the “North,” but we know better. Most Canadians live within a few kilometres of the US–Canada border, and they will indicate with a broad sweep of the hand that the real north is . . . up there. Wherever you are, there is always more north . . . and yet more. In many places unpeopled and at many times a mite chilly, the north is also associated with the wilderness—and, in turn, with purity, power and large, peckish animals. Might we expect all of these associations to apply to the “secret beaches” of the “northern” Salish Sea? In addition, might we expect that, given the choice between the beaches of the southern islands (in volume four of this series) and the northern islands, only the hardiest and most adventurous of beachgoers would want to venture far from the much-touted “Mediterranean” warmth of the southern islands? Let’s admit it: many are sure that turning from the dry, baking heat of Salt Spring or the Pender Islands, for example, toward Quadra and Cortes Islands is a cue for putting away the bathing suits and digging out the windbreakers...

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Treasure Ship - The Legend and Legacy of the S.S. Brother Jonathan

   Over ten years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle and other national newspapers ran headlines that salvors had discovered a long-lost, ghost ship that sank off Northern California in 1865. The media ran fascinatine stories about the sold onboard, the Gold Rush and Civil War personalities, and the era. I was researching a book then on tsunamis and filed the articles in an "of great interest file." Three years after that, I read about the discovery of gold on the sunken vessel and then of a USA Supreme Court decision that established leading maritime law. The name of that ship was the Brother Jonathan. I continued researching the ship and its history during summers, vacations, and breaks from my teaching responsibilities...

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Myths of the Oil Boom - American National Security in a Global Energy Market

   This book addresses a farrago of notions about oil security in general and American oil security in particular that are overly optimistic or under-appreciated, and, in so doing, helps illuminate oil security broadly. Oil security can be defined in various ways, but I define it as having three aspects. The first is about achieving reasonable oil prices, which are shaped by numerous economic, political, and security factors. We can all debate what the term "reasonable oil prices" really means, but large spikes in oil prices or oil shocks that cause major economic dislocation are problematic. In fact, such disruptions in oil supplies are linked to most of America's economic recessions, beginning with the 1973 Arab oil embargo. The second, related aspect of oil security is about assuring that oil supplies are not easily subject to severe oil disruptions from global events or the deliberate manipulation of energy supplies for power goals. This includes, of course, the free flow of oil, most prominently from the Middle East, which is viewed as a vital US and global security goal; it also includes the flow of oil from actors such as Russia, which has periodically cut off its oil and natural gas exports to try to influence European politics. This threat to oil security is sometimes referred to as geopolitics. Geopolitics is certainly related to oil prices, in that unreliable oil supplies drive prices higher, but oil prices also rise and fall for reasons other than geopolitics...

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