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Ocean Life in the Old Sailing Ship Days

by John D. Whidden

John D. Whidden started out at sea in 1834, at the age of twelve, and did not retire until 1870. 

This is his account of over a quarter-century spent on the high seas. 

Orphaned at five, nothing held Whidden...


Learn the Nautical Rules of the Road

by Paul Boissier

Collisions are expensive! Learning, understanding and remembering the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) is essential for anyone venturing onto the water. Leisure boaters, as...


Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring

by Robin Knox-Johnston

On 14th June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race – the first, non-stop, single-handed sailing race around the world. He was an unknown 29-year...


Multihull Seamanship

by Gavin Le Sueur

This is an A-Z of seamanship skills for multihull sailors. There are many textbooks on the market which detail general seamanship principles. This is not one of them. Multihull Seamanship is about sea-going...


The Crew's Pocketbook

by Tim Davison

The ideal companion for anyone new to sailing, or those looking to remind themselves of the essential skills. Written in a friendly and approachable way, it assumes no nautical knowledge and uses diagrams and...


Driverless Cars: On a Road to Nowhere

by Christian Wolmar

Driverless cars are the future. That is what the tech giants, the auto industry and even the government want us to think. Almost daily there are media stories about how we will soon all be able to rip up our...


Finding North

by George Michelsen Foy

Navigation is the key human skill. It's something we do everywhere, whether feeling our way through a bedroom in the dark, or charting a ship's course. But how does navigation affect our brains, our memory,...


Last of the Line

by Patricia Gumbrell

Now that lighthouse automation has been completed, what of the service and dedication to duty that was unfailingly provided by keepers, their associates and their families? Last of the Line is an account of...


The Toronto Carrying Place: Rediscovering Toronto's Most Ancient Trail

by Glenn Turner

The Toronto Carrying Place trail linked Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe, and helped shape the development of Ontario. Its influence is still felt today, though much of the original trail is obscured. Glenn Turner...


Three Kinds of Motion: Kerouac, Pollock, and the Making of American Highways

by Riley Hanick

Book-length essay chronicles Jackson Pollock, Jack Kerouac, and the origin of America’s highway system.


Hillwalking

by Steve Long

Hillwalking is an indispensable guide to the skills required for summer hill walking and is a major reference book for those who wish to lead groups in the UK and Ireland. It is the official handbook for Mountain...


Sextant

by David Barrie

In the tradition of Dava Sobel's Longitude comes sailing expert David Barrie's compelling and dramatic tale of invention and discovery—an eloquent elegy to one of the most important navigational instruments...


Navigation in the Mountains

by Carlo Forte

Navigation in the Mountains - The Definitive Guide for Hill Walkers, Mountaineers & Leaders is the official navigation book for all Mountain Training schemes. Packed with essential information and techniques,...


The Pirate Wars

by Peter Earle

Investigating the fascination pirates hold over the popular imagination, Peter Earle takes the fable of ocean-going Robin Hoods sailing under the "banner of King Death" and contrasts it with the murderous reality...


Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass

by Harold Gatty

Useful, instructive manual shows would-be explorers, hikers, bikers, scouts, sailors, and survivalists how to find their way outdoors by observing animals, weather patterns, shifting sands, and other elements...


Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

by Glen Van Brummelen

Heavenly Mathematics traces the rich history of spherical trigonometry, revealing how the cultures of classical Greece, medieval Islam, and the modern West used this forgotten art to chart the heavens and the...


Sail Smart

by Mark Chisnell

Learn how to sail faster, make the right calls and win races. On-board instruments present modern sailors with a wealth of information. This book explains what the numbers really mean, and turns this information...


Yachting Monthly's Expert Sailing Skills

by Tom Cunliffe

Become a better yachtsman with the help of Tom Cunliffe and Yachting Monthly. There are plenty of sailing and seamanship skills that don't feature on the syllabus of even the most advanced official sailing course...


Backpacker Magazine's Using a GPS

by Bruce Grubbs

Backpacker's Using a GPS: Digital Trip Planning, Recording, and Sharing is a complete guide to the digital mapping revolution including how to do it and how to join it. Plan your trip, record it with GPS, edit...


Basic Illustrated Map and Compass

by Cliff Jacobson & Lon Levin

BASIC ILLUSTRATED MAP AND COMPASS

Wilderness guide Cliff Jacobson created the map and compass curriculum for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and here he shows easy-to-follow steps on choosing a...