The title will for sure be greatly appreciated by all lovers of sea and sailing, as it tells the story of the brilliant travel of the author and his companions on board a sailboat with the intention to explore the new sea route. The voyage they were planning to take had a history of numerous incidents – more than a thousand, including the groundings and explosions, ship collisions and so many others, up to the sinking, and that statistics covers only the period from the year 1999 to 2009.
Note that the author himself did not have any seagoing experience at the time when their voyage started! The narrative is presented with the nice humor and will be read with pleasure. According to the numerous reviews, this one is a perfect sample of the good writing, and this is what gained this title worldwide popularity.
In addition to the voyage details, the author also described the people and communities they did meet, and all interesting facts and events. The readers will find this volume providing a good insight into a way of life of the people of the subject part of the world. This is something not discussed in due details in any of the titles available today so it definitely makes the book worth reading.
Here is one of the most popular titles on the subject of Ocean. It is one of the parts of the world famous series developed specifically for the younger people willing to know more. This is a truly ground-breaking encyclopedia containing all information one would need, presented in a perfectly fascinating way which gained it so much of popularity.
The text of the publication is full of interesting facts, supplemented with the informative timelines and charts, covering huge number of topics. Apart from that, there are many images, all of them detailed and colorful, included to make the reading process more enjoying, and the understanding much more easy.
The author even applied a 3D approach to presenting images. Thoroughly checked prior to release by the recognized experts, the Encyclopedia was appreciated by all readers. You will find information about the sea creatures and ocean science, maps and environments, animals and so many other areas.
Not only will this one be the best choice for your kinds, but you will also have nice time reading it and getting to know things you hardly knew before. In short, this is an easy and enjoyable reading for all those interested in the seas and oceans of the world.
This is quite a rare publication – the very first release of the Alain Colas’ story of the voyage around the planed he undertook back in 1978 on board his seventy-foot craft by the name of Minerva, a trimaran one. The text of the volume is truly fascinating as the author is sharing his own experience and his thoughts in the pages of this brilliant volume.
There are numerous images that have been included by the author to supplement the narrative part of his book. Note that the author is the winner of the world famous and traditional Transatlantic Race which he had won back in 1972 before making preparations for this voyage. It is not only about the victory – he also set a world record! Straight after that, the decision was made to undertake a thirty-thousand mile passage with the only stop in the Sydney city of Australia.
The subject voyage took him almost one hundred and seventy days, each of them being interesting enough to be told about in a book. Should you have some free time, have a sit with this book, read it and enjoy. The publication is aimed at anyone in love for the sea and sailing, adventures and bravery – you will find enough of that in this book so do not delay and start tonight – you will like it.
According to the numerous reviews from the readers, the present title is a truly impressive one. The text is perfectly written, very readable and representing the huge efforts of the author in the field of research. The breathtaking story of two passenger vessel groundings that occurred in the coastal waters of Alaska, namely “Princess Sophia” and “Star Princess”, has been told and described in detail.
As the author said, they had not resulted from any single misjudgment or other error but were rather cause by the long and complex chain of happenings, mistakes, coincidences and other events that would otherwise be considered quite insignificant – that is why none of the crew members understood that they were in such a serious danger. And, when they did realize the fact, it was obviously far too late to return; in fact, this is the case with most of the unfortunate events at sea.
In both cases, the crew understood where they were and knew that it was not possible to handle the weather anymore. This is a great story of the two remarkable vessels and the skilled crew who were unlucky to misjudge the deepest and most dangerous fjord in North America. Have a look in this book, it does deserve your attention.
The content of the present volume by Marcus Rediker is intended to provide interested readers with a good insight to the so-called Golden Age of the piracy activities in the Atlantic area. You will know the truth and not what you are usually provided with in the pages of the most popular books and from the screens, where the piracy is actually romanticized.
The author tries to introduce readers to the Jolly Roger – the famous flag of the pirates of all times, as well as the famous figures of the past times. The story told by the author will show you how the old-time seafarers became pirates, what led them to change the occupation, what the reasons were and what the consequences were. In short, the book contains an excellent historical analysis of the above mentioned period, presenting a perfectly researched text.
The readers will benefit from the valuable information about the conditions that took place in the Atlantic of the eighteenth century and that eventually resulted in the splash of piracy activities there. The narrative is brilliant and it makes readers understand that the real piracy was, and still is, something different from what is told in the fiction books and shown in the movies.
As most of the readers declared, this volume is a sort of “miscellany” book, meaning that its content reflects the results of the thorough historical review. The author has covered different categories of vessels, including military vessels and working seamen, passenger ships and so many others.
The readers will find interesting stories about the world famous ships of the past including, but not limited to the “Moby Dick” and the “Beagle”, the “Pinta” and other prominent ones. The stories are written in a very reader friendly manner, making the process of reading even more fascinating.
The present publication can therefore be treated as a genuine treasure and a must-have title for all people who are fond of the sailing and cruising. This is a pretty much easy reading, and the text is free of technical jargon and terminology in order to make sure that the contents will be easily understandable to all readers including those with little to no experience and even the absolute novices.
Note that we have another interesting title – The Knot Bible – by the same author. Make sure you have downloaded both volumes and have a pleasant and fruitful reading – welcome to the magic world of sailing.
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.
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.