Home' Work Boat World : April 2010 Contents THE USS PUFFER IN
WORLD WAR II
A History of the Submarine
and Its Wartime Crew
By CRAIG R. MCDONALD
The US Navy's large, long-ranging
submarines were enormously effective.
They were responsible for about 55
percent of the Japanese tonnage sunk in the war.
The author's father was a young sailor on one such
submarine, the USS 'Puffer'. He contacted and interviewed fifty
of his father's shipmates. They provided most of the input and
many of the excellent photographs of this very interesting and
inspiring ship history.
The US Navy had 272 submarines that saw action in World War
II. Of those, 52 were sunk taking 3,617 men with them. The odds
were only slightly less daunting than for US Air Force bomber
crews. Brave indeed.
This very personal book captures life aboard from the
perspectives of both officers and men. It does so very well.
Available from McFarland, Jefferson, USA.
SMALL UNITED STATES AND
UNITED NATIONS WARSHIPS
IN THE KOREAN WAR
By PAUL M. EDWARDS
Another of those very valuable examples
of intensive research that will be valued
for a very long time.
This is fortunate for, compared with
World War II and the Vietnam War, the Korean War has attracted
comparatively little attention from historians.
As well as very thoroughly describing the smaller naval
combatants of the Korean War, the author puts them and the war
itself, into much wider perspective. This is useful and welcome.
It is not often remembered that, in addition to the US Navy,
the navies of Australia, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark,
France, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Thailand and, of
course, South Korea participated in the war against North Korea.
They provided a very wide cross section of naval ships and boats.
The author has produced a detailed and comprehensive listing
of all the vessels involved including warships and supply ships.
Available from McFarland Publications, Jefferson, USA.
A History of the Discovery Islands
By JEANETTE TAYLOR
The Discovery Islands are located in the
northern half of the inside passage
between mainland British Columbia and
the very large Vancouver Island.
A fascinating area and dripping with
history, damp and moss, it is one of the world's wetter areas. This
climatic deprivation has failed to discourage a sparse but
resourceful human population.
Timber cutters, saw millers, fishermen, fish farmers, fish
processors, hunters, trappers, tourism operators, farmers and
prospectors, among others, dot the coasts of the islands. A few have
struck it rich but most eke out a basic and fairly lonely existence.
The maritime connection, of course, has been the almost total
reliance of the local people on water transport. As this fascinating
book describes, there has been plenty of it and of considerable variety.
Available from Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, Canada.
Web: www.harbour publishing.com
BOOKSAGENTS OF INNOVATION
The General Board and the
Design of the Fleet That
Defeated the Japanese Navy
By JOHN T. KUEHN
The American military may have been
woefully and tragically unprepared for the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but they were well and truly
prepared for war with Japan in many other respects.
This fine book, in simple and clear language, shows how well
prepared and organised the Americans in fact were. The careful
analysis, planning and development of The General Board was the
mainstay of this preparation.
The rapid recovery of the U.S. Navy from the trauma of Pearl
Harbor was testament to this. Much of the training, intelligence
gathering, weaponry and fleet development was mindful of the
inevitability of war with Japan.
The General Board was the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary
of the Navy. Its influence on fleet design and organisation was
vital in this.
As the author so clearly shows, the American naval machine
was superior in so many ways to the Japanese. Japan was
incredibly foolish to take on an America that was so much better
prepared than most Japanese wartime leaders ever imagined.
Available from Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, USA.
REEDS SUPERYACHT MANUAL
By JAMES CLARKE
Many professional mariners dream of the
cushy life they could lead by driving a
superyacht around the world from one
exotic paradise to another.
The reality, of course, can be quite
different. Owners and charterers vary
enormously from the charming and generous
to the miserable and malignant. Such is life.
This beautifully presented and illustrated manual -- as befits a
superyacht -- only includes one paragraph on "offensive
behaviour" but it has plenty of details on all other aspects of life
aboard such luxurious vessels.
Naturally, as with so many seagoing activities, much of the
content is grounded solidly in common sense. The technical
details on navigation, safety, ship knowledge, weather, and
communication are similar to what you are required to know as a
Some very useful background and advice for anyone wishing to
turn his superyacht dream into reality.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
THE TUG BOOK
BY M.J. GASTON
Given the very rapid development of tug
technology during the past decade, it was
high time this important and valuable
book was updated.
This new edition is about as up-to-date as
it is possible to be. Its scope has also been expanded to cover more
offshore service vessel and tug and barge activities.
Well illustrated and wide ranging, the book provides a very
clear overview of the state of the global tug industry as of 2008. An
excellent introduction to this very important sector of the
Available from Haynes Publishing, Yeovil, UK.
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