The Royal Navy Officer’s Pocket-Book 1944

B1476

Anova published under their Conway imprint A Seaman’s Pocket-Book which was an edited version of a book produced for issue to all RN seamen in 1943. An equivalent pocket-book did not exist for officers. The pocket-book for officers has been created by collecting and editing a series of pamphlets that were produced in guidance of RN officers. This pocket-book is based on seven of the pamphlets to produce a book that is the same size as the Seaman’s Pocket-book. Where a linen-effect cover was used for the seaman’s book, the officer’s book has been given a leather-effect cover in chocolate brown. Coloured end papers have been used depicting a destroyer and 4 inch gun cutaway at the front and plan view sketches of the bridge of HMS Duncan and the Wardroom and officers’ cabins of a River Class frigate at the back. The reverse of the left rear end paper carries a coloured advertisement for Gieves ‘outfitters to the Royal Navy’ from the 1930s. There is no coverage of fighting and engineering guides, but the seven pamphlets used to create this book cover all the other aspects of the life of a Royal Navy officer in 1944.

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Warship 2007

B1475

Founding editor, the late Anthony Preston, would be pleased to know that the high standard he set for Warship is being maintained. This edition follows the tradition of a selection of extended feature articles covering a range of naval topics from history to the present, with a round up of naval news from the previous year. Each article is well illustrated with bandw images and drawings. The ten articles include an account of the Sea Slug Missile Trials Ship HMS Girdle, the British plan to destroy the German High Seas Fleet using a carrier strike force in 1918, defeated only by the German surrender, a review of carrier development for the Italian Navy, Japanese Hatsuharu Class destroyers, and an examination of the the loss of the battleship Novorossiisk.

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The Restoration Handbook

B1474

Words can become immensely important to purists and the title of this book may set on edge the teeth of many a classic boat enthusiast. For many, the words ‘restoration’ and ‘boat’ conjure up images of ancient wooden hulls and brass work, natural fibre ropes and hand-stitched canvas sales. However, this book recounts the work to bring back a relatively modern yacht to full working order and the visual condition she demonstrated as she entered the water for the first time. This is therefore fairly a restoration story that is presented in the form of a lavishly illustrated handbook. The subject of this book is Samba, a North Wind 40, an Angus Primrose design. The description of the approach to restoration and the account of the work as it progressed can be applied to almost any yacht. As a GRP hull, Sama required repair of osmosis and the restoration covered every part of the vessel. The author starts by saying that he was not too sure where to make a start in writing the book, but he has achieved a logical and readable account from basics through to a fully restored vessel. Much of the book comprises full colour photographs with captions to provide a step by step account of work. When someone tackles a restoration, a common mistake is to concentrated on cleaning back to sound material and then working forward to achieve a result that looks good.

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Nautical Calculation Companion

B1473

This is a weatherproofed handy reference, part of the Wiley Nautical series of guides that can be hung up by a chart table or in the cockpit. There are sailors who seem to manage without any knowledge or skill with numbers or mathematics, but safe sailing requires knowledge of the position of the boat and the course that will take it from one location to another. That requires an ability to use charts and navigational equipment, to read the weather, cater for the effects of the winds and to accommodate the movement of water in tides and currents. This publication provides all of the important numbers and calculations that a sailor will need at some point from preparing to undertaking a voyage.

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Illustrated Seamanship

B1472

An excellent primer or introduction to seamanship for the total novice, a handy book for those developing their skills, and an essential reminder for those becoming rusty after a long winter lay-up. The author has grouped together each of the elements of essential seamanship. The publisher has printed in full colour a lavishly illustrated work. The first section is ropework that is an essential skill but one which can be confusing initially. This is more than a section on tying knots that includes the types and use of rope and the equipment, cleats and winches, with which it is used. Boat handling covers the essential skills of leaving and arriving at moorings, manoeuvring and the use of the controls including the functioning of propeller and rudder. Boat handling also covers the important factors introduced by tidal ranges. Anchoring deals with the types and benefits of anchors, how to secure them to the boat by rope and chain, how to drop them and how to raise them again.

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Norwich

B1471

Jarrold is a long established family business in Norwich, providing a large department store, office supplies and equipment and a large printing works. In fact, the department store is one of the important buildings described in this book. NPI acquired the publishing business in 2007 and is continuing the tradition of high quality guides that were the mainstay of the Jarrold publishing business. This book is a photographic essay of a remarkable city. It contains some outstanding photography and extended captions in clear and concise text. Norwich was once the second city of England and the city walls enclose a larger area than the City of London. As a great Medieval city, Norwich built its wealth on the woollen trade and was famous for its textiles until the Industrial Revolution when the textile mills of northern Britain took over. Norwich was also famous for shoes and other clothing, the shoe industry continuing as a major employer well into the Twentieth Century. As the older industries faded, Norwich developed a strong service industry, which was begun before the Industrial Revolution bit the local textile industry, when Samuel Bignold founded the business in 1792 that was to become the Norwich Union, an international company offering financial services. As a result, Norwich has a rich history and a prosperous present that is reflected in the features and architecture of the city. Three buildings dominate. The road network converges on the Castle Mound, on top of which sits the Norman Keep, an unusually decorated and detailed military building that was also the city goal and place of execution. To the north of the castle sits the City Hall, an example of the architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, with its prominent clock tower and bronze lions. Between and below the City Hall and the Castle lies the colourful Medieval Market. Much of the Medieval walls and towers have survived and the centre of the City is a maze of ancient cobbled streets and buildings. Although 23 miles inland, Norwich was once a major port and the City combines a feel of England and the Low Countries with many examples of Flemish architecture. The University of East Anglia is an example of 1960s concrete and the Forum is an example of glazed modern architecture. The wealth of styles and traditions are beautifully described in the photographs that are the core of this book. The one omission is an account of the tunnels that run under the city. These ancient chalk and flint workings run for miles and periodically collapse, on one occasion almost swallowing a double deck bus. Although tourists are not encouraged to explore the workings, they are an important feature of the city and contributed material for the construction of many of the older buildings and fortifications. The printing quality of this book is excellent and the volume is very good value for money

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Pathfinder Guide Number 48, Suffolk Walks

B1470

Jarrold is a long established family business in Norwich, providing a large department store, office supplies and equipment and a large printing works. NPI acquired the publishing business in 2007 and is continuing the tradition of high quality guides that were the mainstay of the Jarrold publishing business. This book is one of a series of walking guides covering much of Britain and aimed primarily at those who enjoy discovering on foot. Maps are sourced from the Ordnance Survey and are therefore detailed and accurate. Each of the walks, and they range from 2 to 4 hours anticipated duration, could be followed without any other maps or guides, However, many walkers would also probably purchase OS maps from the Landranger or Explorer series and the guide includes details of these large maps. Each walk is carefully described with directions and is headed by a box containing key information including the distance to be walked, a guide time, parking, refreshments, sheet numbers for OS Landranger and Explorer maps, and GPS waypoints. There are good photographs, and colour has been used throughout. Curiously, the guide has not included walks through The Saints, a collection of unique villages with Saxon churches and an extensive network of footpaths, but this may be covered later in another guide and there is a limit to how much can be packed into any single volume. This guide is highly recommended

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Pathfinder Guide Number 45, Norfolk Walks

B1469

Jarrold is a long established family business in Norwich, providing a large department store, office supplies and equipment and a large printing works. NPI acquired the publishing business in 2007 and is continuing the tradition of high quality guides that were the mainstay of the Jarrold publishing business. This book is one of a series of walking guides covering much of Britain and aimed primarily at those who enjoy discovering on foot. Maps are sourced from the Ordnance Survey and are therefore detailed and accurate. Each of the walks, and they range from 2 to 4 hours anticipated duration, could be followed without any other maps or guides, However, many walkers would also probably purchase OS maps from the OS Landranger or Explorer series and the guide includes details of these large maps. Each walk is carefully described with directions and is headed by a box containing key information including the distance to be walked, a guide time, parking, refreshments, sheet numbers for OS Landranger and Explorer maps, and GPS waypoints. There are good photographs, and colour has been used throughout. Norfolk is a great place to walk. A largely agricultural area, it offers a selection of countryside, a rich range of architecture and some spectacular nature reserves. The guide includes walks in the Broads National Park and the bird sanctuaries outside the Park. This guide is highly recommended

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Pathfinder Guide GPS for Walkers

B1468

Jarrold is a long established family business in Norwich, providing a large department store, office supplies and equipment and a large printing works. NPI acquired the publishing business in 2007 and is continuing the tradition of high quality guides that were the mainstay of the Jarrold publishing business. This book is one of a series of walking guides covering much of Britain and aimed primarily at those who enjoy discovering on foot. Where the other volumes contain a selection of walks, this volume provides a first rate introduction to the use of GPS and digital maps. The guide covers a selection of popular GPS devices and is particularly valuable because it describes the limitations of GPS and digital mapping and demonstrates how it can be used in conjunction with the traditional compass and OS map. This reviewer has only just begun a review of the Pathfinder Guides and some volumes may yet remain to be updated and reissued, but the Walks ( Nos 45 and 48) already reviewed have been updated to include GPS waypoints and therefore neatly dovetail with this straight forward and easy to follow guide to using GPS and digital maps. This guide is highly recommended

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Pitkin Guide Castles of Scotland

B1467

Pitkin Guides are printed in full colour throughout and contain a high photographic content blended with concise text. This book in the series contains some stunning photography and provides a very good synopsis of castles through Scotland, many accessible from water. There is a map showing the location of all the castles covered by the guide. Each castle is listed in alphabetic order with at least one photograph, combined with a brief history and description. Scotland has a great many more castles than those described by the guide, but of these additional buildings, many are no more than a mound and the outline of foundations. Those covered by the guide remain as substantial landmarks. Some are now heritage sites, but many are still in use today and can be visited.

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