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26.09.2021
LONGITUDE — THE TRUE STORY OF A LONE GENIUS WHO SOLVES THE GREATEST SCIENTIFIC PROBLEM OF HIS TIME

In their book, the authors are telling the fascinating story of the human trying to find the solution to one of the most serious problems of the day, namely the so-called “longitude problem”. You will read about the world famous invention by Harrison – the best timekeeper – the chronometer. The text can also be considered a history of the navigation and astronomy. The story is told in a very simple and clear way.

The historical background has been laid up in a perfect way making the readers fully appreciate all challenges that were faced by both Harrison, i.e. the inventor, and his son. The content is full of interesting stories and will be useful for those in need for inspiration or some additional motivation. It is great to know how the greatest achievements were done and what led to them. Needless to say that the invention of the chronometer is definitely one of the greatest inventions of all times.

Note that the subject person was always behaving opposite to the whole scientific community of his times and even dared to propose a mechanical solution, i.e. the clock capable of keeping the precise time, and do that at sea, while not all clocks on land could boast such a capability. An easy and recommended reading.

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26.09.2021
PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS

This book by Tom Bowling is definitely an absolute treasure for all overs of seafaring history. The author, who is a prominent expert in the field, has provided the impressive coverage of the naval history with the focus on the pirates and privateers. The book will tell you about the famous pirates of the past, starting from those mentioned in the “Treasure Island” by Stevenson and “Captain Blood” by Sabatini to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” we watch today.

We can say that the pirates’ romantic image has been with people for long time. It shall be understood, however, that the real life pirates differ from the ones in the above mentioned books and movies, and for sure not all of them are that charming so do not think of Captain Jack Sparrow as of the representative pirate. In fact the pirates are normally quickly moving outlaws applying their power by means of the mobile forces.

The volume deals with the history of piracy, told in a very lively way and covering the whole historical period from the ancient times to the pirates of today patrolling the shipping lanes that are not very well regulated. Recommended for reading by all people, no background required, only love to the sea and history.

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16.09.2021
TALL SHIPS —A GUIDE TO SAILING SHIPS AROUND THE WORLD

After a long working day, have a look into this collection of the world’s most beautiful tall ships. There are nine parts in this book. The first part tells readers about the tall ships, giving some general background before you proceed further. The second part is devoted to the biggest tall ships, such as the world famous “Royal Clipper” and “Nippon Maru II”.

The topic of the third part is the national ships, while the fourth part is dealing with the military barques, for example the USCGC Eagle and Gorch Fock. The big national ships and civilian tall ships are addressed within the next two parts. The last three parts are covering the relatively small ships, i.e. the ones having their lengths less than sixty, fifty and forty meters. The publication will be of great use for the people with the interest in the sailing ships.

Each of the vessels covered in the manual has been provided with the brief information, making the reading even more fascinating. In short, this is an absolutely must-have book for all lovers of tall ships, taking into account the number of the vessels included in it as well as the quality of the supporting information – this is one of the best volumes available today so do not miss a chance.

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15.06.2021
LOST TREASURE SHIPS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Treasure ship! The words exert a powerful mythic pull on the imagination but elude easy definition. For most of us they suggest Spanish galleons or Portuguese East Indiamen with billowing sails, wooden hulls and holds crammed with silver dollars or gold escudos. None of this has much to do with the giant passenger liners that plied between New York and Liverpool in the early years of this century, with their compound engines, steel rivets and electric lighting.

And yet, surprisingly, it was the first fifty years of the twentieth century that witnessed the greatest and final flowering of the entire treasure ship era. The main content of the volume is nicely accompanied with numerous photographs including photos taken under water. The author has managed to profile all most significant shipwrecks of the twentieth century, starting from the famous Titanic and Lusitania wrecks and to the John Barry.

He has provided the detailed information about each of the cases. As a result, the readers have found this book a very easy to read and it become really popular. The articles in the book are perfectly illustrated. Take a look inside this book and you will be taken away with the interesting facts and images...

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15.06.2021
THE KLUTZ BOOK OF KNOTS

This book by John Cassidy has already been top-rated by the readers. It has become extremely popular not only among mariners but also among people with the interest in making knots. There are many informative and colorful illustrations supplementing the text instructions and making the process of learning much easier and much more enjoyable.

The knots that have been deal with in the pages of this instruction book are commonly used and wide-spread so you will definitely be able to use the knowledge obtained from reading this book and training, in your everyday life, at sea or when doing some other work. An excellent one for complete beginners - the explanations provided by the author are easily understandable and do not require any pre-requisite training or specific skills.

Start reading this book with your kids, create many wonderful things using the ropes and enjoy! There are twenty-four different types of knots covered in the book so you will have quite a wide choice. Start from the easiest knot and then proceed to the more and more complex ones. This book, together with the The Ashley Book of Knots, are deservedly considered to be among the most popular instructional books for people willing to learn this subject.

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15.06.2021
WINGNUT'S COMPLETE SURFING

One of the best surfing related publications - it was prepared by a surfing legend - Robert "Wingnut" Weaver - who is in the list of the most talented and professional surfers. Provided with the right instruction, anyone can pick up surfing. The original intention of the authors of this volume was to provide the surfers with a complete guide covering all important aspects of surfing, such as the design and performance of the surfing board, wave dynamics, different strategies for paddling out etc.

The text of the book is very fluent and supplemented with numerous great images. The readers have appreciated the sequences which were found to be very effectively explaining the points even to the absolutely non-experienced surfers. The book can be highly recommended to the surfers at all levels willing to improve their skills. It will be ideal for novices who want to learn. The author has presented a very interesting perspective from a longboarding point of view; the photographic sequences are depicting the typical progressions of the wave riding. The descriptions provided by Wingnut are excellent and easily understandable. This is a must-read for the surfers of all ages and levels as it is really aspiring.

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15.06.2021
SQUARE—RIGGED SHIPS — AN INTRODUCTION

Unfortunately, no one in the world can use the wind on schedule. However, people can use the books to increase your knowledge. The old books are quite long out of print, having no longer relevance, and may be obtained only through specialist dealers in old maritime books, but there is a good market in these. Most of these question-and-answer books were always rather dull readings but the facts are there.

Written by an experienced sea captain and the Second World War veteran, this excellent publication is full of historical briefs and should definitely be considered an ideal compendium for the seamen and naval historians as well as the travel enthusiasts. It is really detailed step-by-step intro to the vessels and their designs, routes they used to sail and professional skills of the people who worked on board those vessels...

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15.06.2021
THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC STRAITS

Several countries have been interested in the opening of an Arctic sea route north of Russia, which would greatly reduce shipping distances between the ports of Europe, Asia, and North America. Because of modern technology it may be possible to reduce commercial shipping expenses and increase revenues by a transit of the Northern Sea Route.

Likely cargoes would include bulk and containerised cargo, comprising fertilisers, fabricated metals, agricultural and forest products, shipped between Northwest Europe and the Far East, and the U.S. and Canadian West Coast. This vision, however, may be unrealistic due to the extreme ice and weather conditions in the eastern section of the Northern Sea Route (NSR), making the long term economics unprofitable, though climate change may be a moderating factor.

Only regional use to and from Russian Arctic destinations appear realistic in the short term. Hydrocarbons, oil, and condensates have been shipped regionally between Northwest Russia, Timan Pechora, Yamalo-Nenets and the Yenisey basin. The main problems involving transport along the Northern Sea Route include the cost of insurance, the cost of new vessel design technology, and both an operational and political risk factor. A major concern also relates to the effects such a route may have on the Arctic environment,'' which has been a subject of much study.

Furthermore, during the Cold War the Arctic was known for its political sensitivity, being strategically important to both the Soviet Union and the United States. As a consequence there is still considerable controversy over the precise legal status of the Russian Arctic route." Though Russian and Soviet vessels have traversed these waters rather frequently, the passage of foreign vessels has been mostly exceptional.

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