Home' Work Boat World : August 2009 Contents TUG WORLD REVIEW 2008
Another fine annual round-up from
the International Tug & Salvage group,
this one comprises detailed descriptions
and general arrangement drawings of
36 interesting new tugs that were
commissioned in 2008.
The book also comprises a useful directory
and a news digest. Some of the tugs are also
anchor handlers so they are really OSVs. They range from 7.85
metres in length to 59 metres and have been designed and/or built
in 19 countries.
The tug sector is very international and very rapidly changing.
Levels of innovation and quality are impressively high. This well
presented publication gives a very good overview of the latest
developments among the world's tugs.
Available from The ABR Company, Bradford on Avon, UK.
An Illustrated History
By CHESTER G. HEARN
By Marines, of course, this book refers
to the US Marines, America's seaborne
shock troops who have played such an
important part in so many battles over
so many years.
This is one of a series of similar books describing the
components of America's armed forces. Its interest to readers of
this review lies in the maritime connection.
Beautifully and extensively illustrated, the book very
comprehensively describes the history of the US Marines since
their establishment as a separate and independent branch of the
US Navy 230 years ago until their current activities in Afghanistan
A comprehensive and well presented history of an important
Available from Zenith Press, Des Moines, USA.
Web: www.zenithpress.com and from Capricorn Link, Windsor,
Australia. Web: www.capricornlink.com.au
THE INLAND WATERWAYS
By JANE CUMBERLIDGE
Most people know that Ireland is a very wet
country. Few know, however, that such
wetness serves a number of useful purposes.
Apart from causing the grass -- and other
crops -- to grow, it fills a number of natural
and man-made waterways that crisscross the country. This has
blessed Ireland with a unique abundance of inland waterways.
This detailed and very useful pilot is aimed at leisure boat
people. Nevertheless, there is actual and considerable potential in
Ireland for commercial marine activity of many kinds.
Inspiringly, the author mentions the restoration of some old,
long-neglected commercial waterways. There has been a limited
but similar trend in England and parts of France. Hopefully, the
idea will spread -- anything to get trucks off the roads!
A wonderful cruising area with much more to offer and all
Available from Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, St Ives, UK.
The Epic Life and Death Struggle of the
USS Franklin in World War II
By JOSEPH A. SPRINGER
A very good oral history of a famous incident
of World War II.
The Essex class aircraft carrier USS 'Franklin'
was operating only 55 miles from the Japanese
coast in the dying days of World War II. She was successfully
targeted by a lone Japanese "Kamikaze" aircraft.
Badly damaged by the resulting fire, 798 of her crew were
killed and 487 wounded. Thanks to an enormous and heroic
effort by her remaining crew, with help from its escort vessels, the
'Franklin' miraculously survived. She returned under her own
power to New York.
All this is described particularly eloquently by the ship's
surviving crew members and other contributors to her survival.
Harrowing but immensely impressive.
Available from Zenith Press, St Paul, USA. Web: www.zenithpress.com
and from Capricorn Link, Windsor, Australia.
THE CLARKSON REGISTERS
Offshore Vessel Register
Gas Carrier Register
Bulk Carrier Register
Chemical Tanker Register
After many years of reviewing the Clarkson Registers your
reviewer finds it increasingly difficult to dream up new
superlatives with which to describe them. The problem is that
they keep on steadily improving.
Their first virtue is that they are uniquely useful. They also
happen to be accurate, almost all encompassing and absolutely
Clarkson Research Services, as a subsidiary of the world's largest
shipbroker, obviously has access to an enormous amount of data.
That data, though, would be completely useless if it were not
analysed, compiled and presented properly. That is where
Clarksons excels. It is all presented in the most useful possible
manner on CD and in print.
Available from Clarkson Research Services, London, UK.
The Rescue of Streetcar 304
A Navy Pilot's Forty Hours on the
Run in Laos
By KENNY WAYNE FIELDS
An exciting personal narrative of a US Navy
A7 fighter bomber pilot shot down on his
first combat mission over Laos during the
Mixing adventure and misadventure in almost equal measure this
exhilarating tale details the shooting down of his aircraft and, more
importantly, and more excitingly, his 40 hours on the ground in Laos
behind enemy lines.
The determined and, ultimately very expensive effort to rescue
the author is told in considerable detail from the perspective of
both rescuers and rescued. Almost unbelievably, in addition to
close encounters with the enemy, he experienced close calls with
the local wildlife including a leopard and a tiger as well as the
almost inevitable "friendly fire".
A great tale of endurance and teamwork. A little overdetailed
but that is a minor complaint.
Available from the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
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