Launch of The Work of the Harbour Master – third edition

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The Nautical Institute today (Wednesday May 16) launched the third edition of its book The Work of the Harbour Master, which will act as a ‘bridge’ for those coming ashore to take up a port post. The book has been compiled with the collaboration of the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA).

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SS Great Britain, 1843 onwards, Enthusiasts’ Manual

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The combination of a publisher with a long tradition of publishing very effective manuals, and an author with a reputation as one of the most respected maritime historians was bound to produce an outstanding book of a subject that deserves that treatment. There are very few truly revolutionary vessels that have survived in any form, much less as fully restored exhibits.

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Master & Madman, The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN

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The Royal Navy was a major vehicle of social mobility. Boys joined as Midshipmen, some volunteered as sailors, and many were press ganged. Once serving the RN, they were treated largely on merit. It was not unusual for a sailor to rise through the ranks, be commissioned and then rise to command a vessel.

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Captain’s Wife

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Abby Jane Morrell sailed with her husband Benjamin on a voyage between 1829 and 1831 aboard his schooner Antarctic. Both wrote books describing the voyage although Benjamin was considered less than truthful and it is his wife’s account that has survived. At that time the whaling industry was reaching its peak and New England ports sent out a steady stream of vessels on whale catching and sealing expeditions, when the value of a single cargo could cover the cost of a new ship’s construction, fitting out, crewing and stores, but still provide a generous profit.

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Polar Ship Operations, A Practical Guide

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The combination of a specialist maritime publisher and an experienced ice captain should be expected to produce a very readable and informative review of polar navigation and the reader will not be disappointed. Although the target audience may be professional seamen, the subject of ice navigation and climate change will appeal to a much wider readership, particularly as the author has made a good job of describing the topics in language that is widely understandable outside the prime target audience.

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Home Plumbing Manual, The Complete Step By Step Guide

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Having read the manual, the typical householder has sufficient knowledge to make a plumbing system safe in the event of a burst or other leak, and to engage a professional without being vulnerable to a plumber who might try to get agreement on unnecessary work. There is also adequate information to enable a much more ambitious approach and to undertake a large plumbing project in the home to replace existing pipes and fit new appliances and equipment. All that the novice DIY plumber requires is attention to detail and a little practice to gain confidence before starting into the job. This really is a very good manual and many readers will wonder why they ever regarded plumbing as a craft skill to be avoided.

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This week on Warfare!

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We had a fantastic response to the launch of our new website last month; an impressive number of visitors to the site, taking the time to have a good look around the new format, a surge of new fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter and lots of really positive feedback letting us know that the new set up is much easier to use, which was our hope for the new Warfare. One of the handy things about being accessible via mobile devices is that you can read an article or catch up on the news if you have a spare few minutes, rather than loading up an entire magazine. However, if you do get interrupted mid-article, Warfare will remember where you got to on the page and save your place for when you are ready to continue reading. Helpful!

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Why maritime educators matter so much

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Maritime educators carry fearsome responsibilities and play a key role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of the ships in which their students serve. Issue 29 of the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin Alert! focuses on the work of the maritime educator and the huge contribution they make to the promotion of best practice. It also examines the additional skills they require in educating the ‘next generation’ of professional seafarers.

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