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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
It is a great privilege for Faircount Media Group to have been appointed by the Royal Navy to produce this prestigious publication, commemorating the naming of the aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Today marks the continuation of a great Royal Navy tradition of innovation and invention in shipbuilding and naval aviation.
This publication provides a detailed look at the intense thought and years of planning that went into creating a new class of aircraft carriers, and summarizes the distinguished history of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers and Fleet Air Arm. The authors of the book tried to detail how British innovation and invention made possible the aircraft carrying ships that serve in navies all over the world.
Most importantly, we focus on the people who serve in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, those people who are the heart and mind of any ship flying the White Ensign. Finally, the publication looks to the future of the Royal Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth will definitely be the flagship of a new era for the Royal Navy, the RAF, the Army Air Corps, and the Fleet Air Arm. It has been an honour to be associated with this occasion.
This publication represents the fifth volume of the famous and popular "Secret Beaches" series and is fully dedicated to the Salish Sea. The readers who spend some time with this book will get a great chance to discover the truly noteworthy beaches located in the northern part of the Gulf Islands, including Texada. Quadra, Denman, Hornby and Gabriola.
Theo Dombrowski, who is the author of the volume, provides the readers with detailed descriptions of each of the beaches making them able to choose the right location for their activities, ranging from the romantic cuddles and woodsy walks to the group picnics and family explorations. Take a look in this book and will discover where to launch your boat and get a wealth of other practically useful information.
There are many really indispensable maps that were hand drawn by the author, with the public beach access points being marked on each island; the highly detailed text entries are nicely accompanied with the informative paintings and illustrative photographs, also taken by the author himself...
Obviously, the Second World War would not be won without the brilliant U.S. Merchant Marine playing their role. In peacetime, the fleet was crewed by civilian seamen and it used to carry most of the ocean-borne commerce of the whole nations. In the wartime, the fleet became the real "fourth arm of defence" - they provided the critically important support for the beachheads in all areas.
Twenty Merchant Marine veterans of the Second World War are featured in this book telling you an excellent and fascinating story. Most of them had at least one vessel bombed, torpedoed or mined out from under them, Some of those people were the prisoners of the Japanese army during that war... We can say that the casualty rate suffered by the Merchant Marine was comparable to the one of the Marine Corps.
This is the outstanding book - read it and you will feel yourself there when reading these stories, oral histories collected by Michael Gillen, who is the former merchant seaman. According to the reviews of the book, the author did a really invaluable work which resulted in a remarkably interesting reading, absolutely recommended to all lovers of the naval history and fleet as well as of the truly heroic people of the past.