Home' Work Boat World : May 2010 Contents THE ICE DIARIES
The Untold Story of the
USS Nautilus and the Cold War's
most Daring Mission
By CAPTAIN WILLIAM R ANDERSON
with DON KEITH
Other books of the USS 'Nautilus'' voyage
under the polar ice cap past the
geographic North Pole have been
produced by the same author and others.
This one is very different, The submarine's commanding officer
sets this version in the context of the Cold War and against the
political backdrop of the times.
The book well describes the geo-political imperatives as well as the
technical and personnel challenges of the breakthrough voyage.
A fascinating and very entertaining tale of one of the last great
voyages of exploration.
Available from Thomas Nelson, Nashville, USA.
TRULY "CLYDE BUILT"
The Scott Family Enterprise
Compiled by WILLIAM KANE
From 1711 until 1984 the Scott family of
Greenock on the Clyde, near Glasgow,
delivered 753 ships. They ranged from
small wooden sailing and fishing boats to
very large steel naval vessels and cargo
ships. They included anything from
tankers to submarines, clippers to tugs.
This "Limited Edition" is based on the Doctoral thesis of the
late Dr Johnston F. Robb. It is idiosyncratic but fascinating for
anyone interested in shipbuilding or its history. The Scotts of
Scotland were one of the greatest shipbuilding families ever.
Through wars, depressions, booms and family feuds the Scotts
achieved remarkable success, with the occasional bankruptcy
along the way, through their more than 270 years in the
A wonderful family company with a very important history.
The Scott business is one of a very small number anywhere that
have endured beyond three generations. The final members of the
family were members of a very small, select group.
Available from Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, UK.
THE BOAT DATA BOOK
The Owners' and Professionals' Bible
By IAN NICOLSON
Another highly refined work from
Adlard Coles Nautical that is aimed at
yachtsmen yet of considerable value to
If you are building, designing, equipping,
repairing or refitting a boat of any kind this tells what, how much
and what kind you need. Equipment, materials, fastenings, spars
and rigging, engines and transmissions and propulsion systems,
design and more. A really comprehensive and useful book.
Even if you have no intention of doing such work yourself, a
knowledge of this book will help you to keep your tradesmen honest.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
One Man's Journey
Biography of John Norman Walton
-- Sole Survivor of HMS Neptune
By NORMA HUDSON
In December 1941 the British cruiser HMS
'Neptune', sailing off Tripoli in North
Africa, hit four mines in quick succession.
She capsized and sank.
Of the ship's company of 765 there was only one survivor,
Norman Walton. His experience as a young man largely formed
his long life.
This biography, a very personal one, was put together by the
subject's daughter. She has undertaken an enormous amount of
research especially as her father rarely spoke of his experiences.
Other books have been written on the HMS 'Neptune' sinking.
This is the only one that focuses on the one person who was
Available from The Memoir Club, Durham, UK.
GERMAN S-BOATS IN ACTION IN
THE SECOND WORLD WAR
By HANS FRANK
Your reviewer has discussed the German
S-Boats, or E Boats as the British called
them, with a number of wartime
commanding officers of Royal Navy motor
torpedo boats and motor gunboats. The
general consensus was that they wished
their boats had been as good.
What they were most envious of was the German boats' diesel
engines for their safety, greater reliability and longer range than
the British petrol engines. They also liked the more seaworthy hull
shapes of the German craft.
The fact is that the originally unwanted -- by the German high
command -- Schnellboots, turned out to be highly useful and
effective contributors. They also contributed to many significant
advances that are now taken for granted in fast patrol and attack
craft and in fast ferries.
That they were commanded and crewed by buccaneering types
contributed to their image. As this book points out, and as many
Allied histories agree, they were not used to best advantage. The
conservatism of Germany's admirals and their high command was
the main reason for this.
Luckily for the Allies, this was the case. If their crews had been
unleashed in the ways they had hoped, these fine craft would have
done far more damage.
Well researched, well illustrated and written. A very valuable
history of a very influential vessel type.
Available from Seaforth Publishing, Barnsley, UK.
CHAPMAN -- 101 THINGS EVERY
BOATER NEEDS TO KNOW
By PAT PIPER
Another of those excellent little "how-
to" books of which there are so many for
the yachtsman and so few for the
This one is full of simple, sensible ideas.
It's all common sense but not always
remembered. The concise, simple format of this little book
means that it is more likely to be read.
Ideal for new chums and anyone who feels he needs a quick
refresher or reminder of marine knowledge.
Available from Hearst Books, New York. USA. Web:
www.sterlingpublishing.com or Capricorn Link, Windsor, Australia.
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