Maritime Books – yet more reads, for purpose or pleasure

Maritime Books

We just love reading and we love a good maritime book, so we’ve put together another blog, following our last 3, of great maritime reads.

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Moby Duck

The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn 

This is a really great maritime book and such a lovely read. When Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography to find out more. Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable.

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The Life and Love of the Sea

Hardcover – October 6, 2015, by Lewis Blackwell  

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Showcasing cutting-edge underwater photography from the world’s leading marine and nature photographers, The Life & Love of the Sea is a breath-taking visual tour of the ocean’s great diversity and the perfect coffee table book.

Readers get to experience land meeting sea with images of dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, and island chains, as well as the spectacular power of the ocean through a stunning collection of wave photography.

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Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide

Hardcover – August 18, 2014

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by Robert Dinwiddie (Author), Philip Eales (Author), Sue Scott (Author), & 5 more.

Not strictly speaking a maritime book, but the ocean drives our maritime industry, and so we must pay it some attention. From the geological and physical processes that affect the ocean floor to the key habitat zones, flora, and fauna, this second edition of Ocean is the definitive reference to the world’s oceans. Ocean includes an atlas of the world’s oceans and seas compiled using satellite data, brand-new 3-D Earth modeling, and remarkable photography of the marine world that explores the interaction between people and the ocean environment.

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Oceanos – Against All Odds: The Epic Story of the Oceanos Rescue

by Andrew Pike

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In August 1991, excited holidaymakers boarded the Oceanos for the trip of a lifetime. Despite treacherous weather, the captain ordered the ship to set sail for Durban. And so began the ill-fated voyage.  In Against All Odds, Andrew Pike, recreates the compelling drama and extraordinary heroism of the greatest maritime rescue in South African history.

“…author Andy Pike was immersed in the catastrophe. He
brings to the story the ring of insider authenticity. His factual background is profound and forms a lasting record of perhaps the most spectacularly successful and miraculous maritime rescue anywhere in the world” –
​John Hare – Professor Emeritus of Shipping Law,
Cape Town

The book is FRESH on the shelves as we write this – order your copy here: https://www.oceanosrescue.com/home.html


Ocean Station: Operations of the U.S. Coast Guard, 1940-1977

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Hardcover – February 15, 2010, by Michael R. Adams

This book is a well-researched text and a gripping read that tells the tale of the crews of U.S. Coast Guard cutters patrolling the far-flung ocean stations.

The crews were subjected to some of the heaviest weather the sea had to offer yet remained on station to make weather observations and to provide navigation, communication, and search-and-rescue services.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this choice selection of maritime books for your reading pleasure! Stay tuned for more.