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  PILOTAGE and SAILING DIRECTIONS

ADMIRALTY: Pocket Tidal Stream Atlases

Pocket Tidal Stream Atlases were published by the Admiralty during the second World War and after and were water and wear resistant for use by warships, mariners and small boats. For sale at camberpete’s are APPROACHES TO PORTLAND, THE SOLENT AND ADJACENT WATERS and THE ENGLISH AND BRISTOL CHANNELS. Click for more details.


The North Sea Pilot, Part I, contains a description of the Færöes islands, Shetland isles, and Orkney Islands (Scapa Flow etc.).  Click for more details.
THE NORTH SEA PILOT Part 1.

The North Sea Pilot, Part I, contains a description of the Færöes islands, Shetland isles, and Orkney Islands (Scapa Flow etc.). This, the ninth edition, was prepared by Captain C. M. Gibson, O.B.E., R.N., and contained the latest information received in the Admiralty's Hydrographic Department.1949.



Mr. Ardley had been a Port Officer and Pilot at Haifa handling day by day into and out of  the constricted and often conjested waters of this harbour a multiplicity of ships varying from 30,000 ton passenger liners to coastal tramps of a few hundred tons. Click for more details.
HARBOUR PILOTAGE and the handling and mooring of ships

Mr. Ardley had been a Port Officer and Pilot at Haifa handling day by day into and out of the constricted and often conjested waters of this harbour a multiplicity of ships varying from 30,000 ton passenger liners to coastal tramps of a few hundred tons.



Navigating Britain's Coastline: Portland to Dover

This book, Navigating Britain's Coastline: Portland to Dover by Adrienne and Peter Oldale, consists of a series of views of the coastline drawn from a distance varying between half a mile and four miles out to sea. Beneath each view is a simplified chart of the corresponding area, and guidelines between view and chart pinpoint all the useful identification features.



Channel Harbours and Anchorages by K. Adlard Cole.

From the author's preface..The reception by yachtsmen of my earlier book Creeks and Harbours of the Solent, which has been revised or reprinted six times, has encouraged me to write this companion volume, which takes the yachtsman along the British coast as far as Portland, and across the English Channel to the Channel Islands and the adjacent coasts of France as far as St. Malo. The information and photographs were obtained over a period of eight years in which some fifty crossings of the English Channel were made each way. . .

 

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TAKE THE STRAIN : The Alexandra Towing Company and the British Tugboat Business, 1933-1990 by Tim Nicholson – Describes how the company developed and the part it played in the towage industry through the momentous years of the last one hundred and fifty years
The Alexandra Towing Company and the British Tugboat Business, 1933-1990

TAKE THE STRAIN : The Alexandra Towing Company and the British Tugboat Business, 1933-1990 by Tim Nicholson – Describes how the company developed and the part it played in the towage industry through the momentous years of the last one hundred and fifty years



SHIRE ALBUM 239: Tugs and Towage by M. K. Stammers.

The biggest tugs are capable of handling huge floating structures such as oil rigs on trans-ocean voyages. Towage, whatever the era, is difficult and dangerous and depends upon the skill of the tug crews. Their small size and attractive appearance make tugs popular subjects for preservation.

 

SEAMANSHIP AS APPLIED TO TOWING by Admiralty Pilot W. Prince

W. Prince, an Admiralty Tugmaster and Pilot for more than twenty years based at H.M. Dockyard Rosyth, in his book SEAMANSHIP AS APPLIED TO TOWING compiled from his notes describes the techniques and skills used to tow and handle every type of vessel using screw and paddle tugs.



WONDERS OF SALVAGE by David Masters

David Masters classic Wonders of Salvage; Lutine, Submarine K13, U-boat, Liner St. Paul, Silurus Araby. Diving and salvage in first half of the Twentieth century.



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SAILOR'S CRAFTS by Bill Beavis

SAILOR’S CRAFTS by Bill Beavis: Whether you are interested in making your own cleats, designing a Bosun’s chair or simply learning how to tie a decorative star knot, this book provides all the instruction you will need. Bill Beavis has unbeatable qualifications, drawn both from his own considerable experience as a seaman and also from the fact that he as himself constructed each of the projects he describes



The Book of Knots - BEING A COMPLETE TREATISE ON THE ART OF CORDAGE by ' Tom Bowling ' Published 1870 by ROBERT HARDWICKE, PICCADILLY LONDON: illustrates and describes  Simple or Elementary Knots,  Knots for Uniting Ropes , Ties and Lashings, Anchor and Mooring Fastenings and shortenings  Fastenings to Piers or Posts, Fastenings of Small Lines, The Ends of Ropes, splices and Bands or Ligatures. There are two tables; Round Wire Ropes for inclined planes, mines, collieries, ship's standing rigging, etc. and Flat Wire Ropes for pit's hoists, etc.
The Book of Knots - BEING A COMPLETE TREATISE ON THE ART OF CORDAGE by ' Tom Bowling '

The Book of Knots - BEING A COMPLETE TREATISE ON THE ART OF CORDAGE by ' Tom Bowling ' Published 1870 by ROBERT HARDWICKE, PICCADILLY LONDON: illustrates and describes Simple or Elementary Knots, Knots for Uniting Ropes , Ties and Lashings, Anchor and Mooring Fastenings and shortenings Fastenings to Piers or Posts, Fastenings of Small Lines, The Ends of Ropes, splices and Bands or Ligatures. There are two tables; Round Wire Ropes for inclined planes, mines, collieries, ship's standing rigging, etc. and Flat Wire Ropes for pit's hoists, etc.


SEAMANSHIP AS APPLIED TO TOWING by Admiralty Pilot W. Prince

W. Prince, an Admiralty Tugmaster and Pilot for more than twenty years based at H.M. Dockyard Rosyth, in his book SEAMANSHIP AS APPLIED TO TOWING compiled from his notes describes the techniques and skills used to tow and handle every type of vessel using screw and paddle tugs.




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English Channel & SOLENT area

Wall of England by Ernle Bradford

WALL OF ENGLAND: The Channel’s 2000 years of history by Ernle Bradford - profusely illustrated

 


LONGSHORE AND DOWN CHANNEL - Joan Grigsby- Illustrated by Stanley Rogers

The book opens with an account of her own experiences as one of the crew of a small coasting vessel, and there follows such diverse subjects as Figureheads, Dutch Fishing Craft, life in a Belgian sailor-town - and the wharves and docks of the Thames.

In addition there are charming chapters dealing with her childhood in the old town of Portsmouth

WATERS of WIGHT by Douglas Phillips-Birt WATERS of WIGHT by Douglas Phillips-Birt.

 

First published 1967 by Cassell & Company Ltd., London

Illustrated with charts and photographs.

 

HARBOURS OF THE SOLENT by John Scott Hughes

John Scott Hughes is in home waters, when he writes of Harbours of the Solent.

In his account of these, he combines the sailing directions that are indispensible to the yachtsman with a racy description of the lore of the creeks, inlets and rivers that debouch into the Solent and that are now the home of many thousand small boats, belonging to those who indulge in sailing—the most popular of all our relaxations.

MERCHANT SHIPS OF THE SOLENT Past and Present by Bert Moody

This book is a review of the ships and other vessels using the Solent both at the present time and also those that used to grace the waters. Clearly changes in the actual ships visiting the Solent occur frequently but it is hoped that the tables included in the various sections portray a reasonably accurate survey of those seen regularly.



The Saunders-Roe Princess Flying Boat Project by Bob Wealthy

This book presents the origins of the Princess project in the desire to create the ultimate long-range passenger carrying flying boat, the evolution of the Saunders-Roe Company and a description of the design, development flight testing and eventual demise of the Sunders-Roe Princess as the largest all metal flying boat ever constructed.

The Schneider Trophy Contest 1913 - 1931

Derek N. James in Schneider Trophy traces the development of single engine seaplane racers from pioneer days to the peak of development in the early 1930s.

 

 

With over 200 images and informative text Derek N. James in The Schneider Trophy Contest 1913 -1931 tells the story of this most important of races in this special publication to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1931 race

 

SOLENT, CREEKS, CRAFT & CARGOES by Michael Langley

Using interesting and rare photographs and informative text, Michael Langley has placed particular emphasis on traffic to and from the Isle of Wight. The book starts at Chichester in the east and moves to Poole in the west moving on to a very good coverage of the Isle of Wight. This book will interest anyone familiar with area as well as delight anyone with an association with the creeks and harbours and the varied and changing vessels and their cargoes.


SOLENT SHORES by John Glasspool Illustrated by Jane Michaelis

This book is written for those with an interest in the environment, history and personality of the Solent's shores from Bembridge to the Needles on the Isle of Wight and from Hurst Castle to Chichester on the mainland coast. John Glasspool has sailed and explored the Solent mainly in the smaller shallow draught boats he loves so much.
 


SHIPWRECKS of the ISLE of WIGHT by Kenneth Phillips

The waters around the Isle of Wight are some of the busiest in Europe. Not surprisingly the toll in shipwreck over the centuries has been great. Some like the Mary Rose and the Royal George have become part of maritime history and their stories are well known, but here Ken Phillips unearths the details of many lesser known ships whose dramatic ends are worth recording.


SHIPWRECKS of the WIGHT by J. C. Medland

Many have not yet been discovered, (including huge ships like the 9,044 ton S.S. Mechanician, which was lost in 1917 and disappeared into a shoal of shingle). These offshore wrecks, vessels which foundered in storms or were sunk in war or by collision, are only a fraction of the far greater number stranded and wrecked on the island itself. Most of these escaped, sometimes on the next high tide or by jettisoning their cargo, or through a tow, but many others were driven further inshore, smashed on rocks and strewn along the shore.


Captain A. G. Course, the well-known author and broadcaster, relates an historical background for each port mentioned and provides such valuable information as dock areas, length of quays and depths of water available, annual tonnages and descriptions of imports and exports handled.
DOCKS AND HARBOURS OF BRITAIN BY A. G. Course.

This interesting book covers over seventy ports and particular mention is made of the smaller ports which have made rapid advancement recently. It is much more than a catalogue of facts, and no one is better equipped for writing such a volume than Captain A. G. Course, the well-known author and broadcaster. He relates an historical background for each port mentioned and provides such valuable information as dock areas, length of quays and depths of water available, annual tonnages and descriptions of imports and exports handled. Port management and operation, cargo handling and mechanisation, port labour and National Dock Labour Corporation are some of the other subjects covered with over 40 excellent photographs.



In 1805, after hearing two French POWs have escaped from Portchester Castle at the head of Portsmouth Harbour, two young friends find a wounded man. Subsequent events reveal a long established French escape route.
A PRISONER OF PORTCHESTER by Keith H. Vignoles

This novel for younger readers is set in Portsmouth Harbour at the height of the Napoleonic Wars. After hearing two French POWs have escaped from Portchester Castle at the head of Portsmouth Harbour, two young friends find a wounded man and subsequent events reveal a long established French escape route. This item, attractively illustrated by Richard L. Williamson and competently plotted with good local and historical detail by Keith H. Vignoles is now very scarce.



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Background adapted from the cover of 'A History of LANGSTONE HARBOUR and its environs in the County of Hampshire' by Ronald Tweed"