Naval History

22.03.2021
THE FIRST VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD BY MAGELLAN

According to the numerous reviews submitted by the readers from different parts of the world, this book definitely deserves the attention of anyone interested in marine world and maritime history. They all recommend this one to all fans of the early times of the world exploration as the book provide the perfect presentation of the material quite within any other titles. Hundreds of footnotes given by the author as supplementary information will be of particular use to the people deeply dealing with the subject.

There are also dozens of images to make reading more interesting and fascinating. This book should be read slowly and attentively, thoroughly passing all the ideas of the sixteenth century, so please note that this will require some of your time and attention. Read it and we are sure you will not get disappointed as you will get to know so much more about one of the most important periods in the world maritime history.

In fact, it is a great story of one of the greatest seafarers and explorers, told by one of the crew members of the vessel, that is why the book is so highly recommended to the general readership and fans of the marine history, in particular, who will all benefit from the content.

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01.03.2021
A NATURAL HISTORY OF LIGHTHOUSES

A perfectly told story of the invaluable contribution made by the lightkeepers to the history of development of the lighthouses, combined with the maintenance of the navigation beacons where the human involvement is needed. Needless to say that the main function of the subject devices was the provision of the human safety.

As the employees working at the lighthouses were initially involved in their technical maintenance, they had to encounter a real wildlife and in some occasions they managed to develop the interest in the subject. Closer to the second part of the nineteenth century, they were to submit the annual reports of movement of the birds and the collected information as used by the specialists in their researches.

In addition to that, they were also used to engage in the weather forecasting activities. They noticed that the behavior and health o the birds could change depending on the weather conditions. Read this book if you are really interested in the maritime history; as everyone knows, the lighthouses have always been an integral part of the maritime life. the lanterns installed in the many of them are still in service, even in the age of satellite service, maintained and continuously monitored.

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28.02.2021
A HISTORY OF SEAFARING IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD

The first edition of the present publication was released back in 1986 and provided a full treatment of all areas of the international marine industry belonging to the Classical world. It was actually prepared to be used by the scholars as well as the students as the supplementary reading. The author starts with the voyages dating the third millennium BC, and slowly proceeds to the more modern times.

He addresses the technical development of the design of the vessels, covering the various types of them; moreover, the author pays due attention to the shipping industry as a whole including its main purposed and how they used to be achieved throughout the history of marine navigation, as well as the conditions and status of the seamen. The volume also contains the results of thorough investigation of the historically important sea battles.

Numerous illustrations, images and plans supplement the narrative part of the volume. According to the author, his book shall be used by the people having interest in the ancient naval history. Take some time reading this book and you will get to know so much more about the history of maritime industry starting from the earliest times and with the focus done mainly on the classical period.

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18.02.2021
A HISTORY OF MARINE NAVIGATION

This interesting volume describes the historical development of the science of marine navigation, and covers the entire period, starting from the very earliest times and up to today. The content was written by one of the leading specialists in the area and will be equally appreciated by the sailors and non-professionals. The author starts with the outline of the newly introduced methods, instruments, and practices.

The next several chapters are dealing with the most important navigational aspects, including the direction of the ship, distance and speed, nautical charts, and many others. The volume is the result of thorough research conducted by the author and combined with his great experience. Needless to say that the publication should be read by and recommended to anyone feeling himself interested with the ship navigation and handling.

It will be very useful to have an idea about the development of the particular methods of marine navigation to understand how exactly they work and how they shall be applied in a correct way. This is what the book is aimed to provide the readers with. It is written in a very readable way with little to no deep professional knowledge required.

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14.02.2021
MEDIEVAL SHIPS AND SHIPPING

The main objective of the author of the present publication was to combine all available information relating to the shipping activities as well as to provide detailed explanation of their importance in the context of the maritime Britain of the medieval period. The volume will be of particular interest to the naval history enthusiast and particular those people who are dealing with the British history since it provides a truly brilliant historical background.

The first two sections of the book are devoted solely to the shipbuilding including the traditions in the northers seas, innovation and interaction. The technical aspects, such as the steering of the ships, their rigging and fitting is explained in the next section, followed by the one addressing maritime trade in the above mentioned historical period.

The inland water transport has been covered in a separate section and same approach has been applied to the ports. The sections on pilotage and ship navigation, and a good coverage of the ships in warfare conclude this excellent book. Note that there is also a good but quite compact glossary explaining all terms used throughout the publication and historical literature in general.

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14.01.2021
MERCHANT MARINE FOR TRADE AND DEFENSE

This publication was officially released by the Division of Public Information of the United Stated Maritime Commission as part of the training program which was intended to give information about the significance of the merchant marine fleet to the general readers so that they could get better idea of the importance and value of this fleet to the American economy and also the national defense.

The main purpose of the volume was to provide teachers with the well told history of the merchant fleet starting from the very beginning and up to its present operations, with due attention being paid to the commonly experienced problems. The subject information would subsequently be transferred to the pupils and students, forming the good understanding in them all.

The material of the book is arranged in two halves, the first one providing some historical background of the American Merchant Fleet and the second discussing the relation of the fleet to the different areas including but not limited to the international trade, labor, industry and many others. Each chapter of the book Is provided with the questions for further discussion and consideration, and this will definitely result in better learning outcome.

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13.01.2021
SAILING SHIPS — THE STORY OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY

This classic volume was prepared mainly for the general reader, with the hope of the author that the future mariners will find useful information about the sailing vessels and the associated historical background. The book is full of records related to the sailing ships of the past times.

First of all, some essential introduction is given in the opening chapter of the book, followed with the info on the early Egyptian ships that used to sail some six thousand years ago. The ancient sailing ships belonging to the Rome, Greece and Phoenicia, and the earliest European ships are dealt with in the next two chapters, while the remaining chapters address the development of the ships in the period from eighth to fifteenth century, and in the subsequent historical periods, up to and including the nineteenth century.

There is a brief glossary providing the descriptions of the most commonly used terms. The title will be of great use for the people interested in the sailing ships of the past. The book is quite rare so we do recommend all interested people to have a copy of it on their virtual bookshelves. Should you happen to have some free time, go through all chapters and you will find it fascinating.

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29.11.2020
DISCOVERING THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE — THE FOUR—YEAR ODYSSEY OF H.M.S. INVESTIGATOR AND THE MCCLURE EXPEDITION

This brilliant publication was released to provide readers with the new insights on the geographical discoveries that were recognized by the grateful nations. The content is truly perfect and very well worked it is thoroughly documents to the absolute standards. One of the accomplishments of the author of this volume is the demonstration of the attention paid to the details.

The book will tell you a very interesting story of the explorations conducted by the Royal Navy in the mid-XIX century. The volume shall be treated as a product of thorough work and research conducted by the authors, on the basis of the diaries and documents founds in different repositories. The subject research is really comprehensive and extensive, leaving no grey areas behind, providing a good account on the very last voyage of the well known HMS Investigator.

The book is highly recommended to anyone with the interest in the maritime history. We would say that the present publication deserved being on the bookshelf of any person willing to know more about the maritime life of the nineteenth century.

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