Book Review: The White Star Collection


Not the Titanic!!




As you can imagine my email inbox has been filling up with press releases for books commemorating the Centenary of the Titanic disaster. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

DVD: The Worst Journey in the World

As regular readers will know, I have occasionally reviewed the excellent series of DVD’s produced by Des Cox of Snowbow Productions who has collated and preserved old film footage from the British Merchant Navy. 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 »

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