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The Wahl Family Boat Builders
By RYAN WAHL
Sadly, perhaps, but inevitably, the world's
wooden boat builders are either closing
down or converting to other materials.
The Wahl family of Prince Rupert in
Canada's British Columbia were fairly typical
of the world's builders of high quality wooden vessels.
As with so many leading wooden boat builders, the Wahls
were part of the great Norwegian diaspora of the first third of
the twentieth century. They settled in western Canada which
was geographically, topographically and climatically similar to
From 1923 until 1990 Ed Wahl and his descendants built large
numbers of wooden, mostly fishing, boats. They were and, in
many cases still are, lovely boats.
A fine record of the boats and the craftsmen who built them.
Available from Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, Canada.
The Complete Guide to the
Ships & Aircraft of the Fleet
By STEVE BUSH
Sadly, it's a pretty thin book these days.
The Royal Navy is a shadow of its former
self and still almost constantly thinning.
Nevertheless, it still packs a powerful punch. Its nuclear
submarines, in particular, are very significant. A new flotilla of
destroyers has commenced delivery and two substantial aircraft
carriers are on order.
As this well illustrated little book shows, the fleet comprises
67 ships and 22 patrol craft. Still a substantial force by most
This is a useful, if very brief overview. Each class of vessel is
accorded a page or two with brief details and a list of all the
members of that class still in service.
Available from Maritime Books, Liskeard, UK.
LE SILURE GLANE
Par J.-P PROTEAU,
O. SCHLUMBERGER, P ÉLIE
The sheatfish (Siluris glanis) is the largest
freshwater fish in Europe. Examples have
been as long as five metres and weighed
up to 200 kilograms.
A branch of the "catfish" family they are
farmed in France and other parts of Europe. Related species are
also intensively farmed in the United States and Asia. They
produce a high yielding, rather bland, but highly saleable flesh.
This useful collection of papers provides a very clear and
well-illustrated overview of the process of farming this interesting
branch of the seafood industry.
Available from editions Quae, Versailles, France.
By BARBARA WEBB
& CRUISING ASSOCIATION
In the absence of anything similarly designed for commercial
mariners, this highly refined little book is nearly as useful for
them as for yachties.
For anyone sailing in European or American waters it is
brilliant. It is to be hoped that it will be expanded sometime to
include the main Asian languages, Arabic and Russian
As it is, it covers English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish,
Italian, Portuguese, Turkish and Greek. Quite comprehensive.
Simply and clearly laid out, it lists every imaginable nautical
word, expression or phrase. Starting in English they are translated
in to each of the other languages in turn.
Practical and useful.
Available from Adlard Coles Nautical, London, UK.
FROM AFRICA TO THE ARCTIC
A Year on the Destroyer
HMS Beagle during WWII
By PETER WARD
The author is a musician who joined the
Royal Navy in 1941 at the age of nineteen.
This book, derived from his diaries,
describes his year as a Leading Seaman
(Radar) during the "busy" part of World War II.
His diary, fortunately, was revived after being unread for fifty
years. The 'Beagle' was the author's second ship and, while still
comparatively small, much larger than the first, a corvette.
The 'Beagle' was a happy, effective ship that covered a lot
of the mid and north Atlantic. She participated in plenty of
action ranging from escorting Arctic convoys to supporting the
D Day landings.
A valuable record.
Available from Brewin Books, Studley, UK.
By TONY GROOM
A simple, straightforward title, for a
simple, straightforward book by an
author who is straightforward but
certainly not simple.
As a teenager the author had no other
ambition than to be a diver. So, logically, he
joined the navy. Thus followed ten years as a
clearance diver which coincided with the Falklands War.
It was then that he very much "came of age". A wild lad who
lived and drank hard but took his day job seriously, very seriously.
This is written in semi-diary form but warts and all.
Somehow, he survived. Inevitably, his navy training led
him to the offshore oil industry. More adventures in the
out-of-the-way places with strange sounding names where that
industry tends to operate.
An unusual, somewhat disjointed, but very good read.
Available from Seafarer Books, Rendlesham, UK.
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