Book Reviews

The Maritime Art of Kenneth D. Shoesmith by Glyn L. Evans


Many will recognise the art of Kenneth Shoesmith but very few are familiar with his name or how he became such a prolific artist whose posters tempted many to take cruises to exotic locations. Read the rest of this entry »

Book: Unplanned Passage : Peter Russell

Having been a colleague of Peter’s for many years before he retired I was slightly apprehensive when he proudly handed me a dedicated copy of Unplanned Passage to review for the magazine. What if I didn’t enjoy it? Read the rest of this entry »

Britannia’s Realm: In support of the State 1763 – 1815

By: Richard Woodman

Britannia’s Realm is volume two of Richard Woodman’s five volume history of the British Merchant Navy and covers the period from 1763 – 1815. Read the rest of this entry »

ECDIS & Positioning: Dr Andy Norris

Following the publication last year of “From paper Charts to ECDIS” by Captain Harry Gale, the Nautical Institute have now published a full book on ECDIS as volume 2 of their Integrated Bridge Systems series. Read the rest of this entry »


As independent professionals, maritime pilots are autonomous and are normally alone with the ship’s bridge team when undertaking their vital role of conducting ships in and out of port. Read the rest of this entry »

Mooring & Anchoring ships: Volumes 1&2

It is not easy to review two large volumes in half a page but these two volumes comprehensively cover all aspects of of the topic in detail. Although mainly for deck officers there is also much information of value for pilots contained within the pages.

Volume 1: “Principles & Practice” is the most relevant for to pilots and its contents comprehensively detail what it says on the tin! Read the rest of this entry »

The History of the British Merchant Navy

By Richard Woodman

Volume 1: Nepyune’s Trident: Spices & Slaves 1500 – 1807


Those of you who are familiar with Richard Woodman’s books will be aware of his meticulous research and attention to historical detail and this professional ethos to his subject will inevitably ensure that this series of five volumes will become the definitive history of the Merchant Navy. Read the rest of this entry »

RADAR and AIS : Integrated Bridge Systems Vol. 1 By Dr Andy Norris

Radar & AIS web

So far as I am aware this is the first book on radar specifically written for mariners since the old Radar Observer’s Handbook, the last edition of which was produced in 1998. Read the rest of this entry »

From Paper Charts to ECDIS By Captain Harry Gale FNI

ECDIS cover web

This is another timely publication published by the Nautical Institute, which provides valuable information, and advice to mariners as the traditional paper chart is replaced by ECDIS during the next few years. Read the rest of this entry »

Square Rigger Days: Charles Domville-Fife



This book, subtitled “Autobiographies of Sail” was originally compiled in 1938 by Charles Domville-Fife to record the final days of commercial sail but unlike the wonderful books produced by Basil Lubbock which recorded in detail the ships and their trades, this book is the stories of those who actually sailed on them. Read the rest of this entry »

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