Master & Madman, The Surprising Rise and Disastrous Fall of the Hon Anthony Lockwood RN

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The Royal Navy was a major vehicle of social mobility. Boys joined as Midshipmen, some volunteered as sailors, and many were press ganged. Once serving the RN, they were treated largely on merit. It was not unusual for a sailor to rise through the ranks, be commissioned and then rise to command a vessel.

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Captain’s Wife

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Abby Jane Morrell sailed with her husband Benjamin on a voyage between 1829 and 1831 aboard his schooner Antarctic. Both wrote books describing the voyage although Benjamin was considered less than truthful and it is his wife’s account that has survived. At that time the whaling industry was reaching its peak and New England ports sent out a steady stream of vessels on whale catching and sealing expeditions, when the value of a single cargo could cover the cost of a new ship’s construction, fitting out, crewing and stores, but still provide a generous profit.

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Polar Ship Operations, A Practical Guide

B1716

The combination of a specialist maritime publisher and an experienced ice captain should be expected to produce a very readable and informative review of polar navigation and the reader will not be disappointed. Although the target audience may be professional seamen, the subject of ice navigation and climate change will appeal to a much wider readership, particularly as the author has made a good job of describing the topics in language that is widely understandable outside the prime target audience.

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Home Plumbing Manual, The Complete Step By Step Guide

B1715

Having read the manual, the typical householder has sufficient knowledge to make a plumbing system safe in the event of a burst or other leak, and to engage a professional without being vulnerable to a plumber who might try to get agreement on unnecessary work. There is also adequate information to enable a much more ambitious approach and to undertake a large plumbing project in the home to replace existing pipes and fit new appliances and equipment. All that the novice DIY plumber requires is attention to detail and a little practice to gain confidence before starting into the job. This really is a very good manual and many readers will wonder why they ever regarded plumbing as a craft skill to be avoided.

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