Home' Afloat : AFLOAT May 2018 Contents 54 AFLOAT.com.au May 2018
DVD by Max Gleeson
RRP $30.00 . Running time
approx. 135 minutes
Written words could not adequately
describe the spectacular and dramatic
dives of World War II Japanese shipwrecks
and crashed aircraft in the waters of Truk
Lagoon, filmed in this outstanding DVD.
Truk Lagoon, now known as Chuuk Atoll, is in the Caroline
Islands of the mid-Pacific. It is the final resting place for more than
100 Japanese supply ships, warships, submarines and aircraft – the
legacy of a fierce World War II attack by US bombers in February 1944.
US bombers sank 60 ships, mostly supply ships still laden with
supplies for Japanese bases on the islands, ranging from bottles of
beer and saki to replacement aircraft engines, trucks and bulldozers.
The immediate outcome had a significant bearing on the defeat
of Japan; the ultimate result was an extraordinary collection of wrecks
in close proximity, situated in shallow water.
The DVD Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon covers 15 of the ‘classic’
sjipwrecks, with a chapter given to each vessel. There is also a chapter
devoted to sunken aircraft.
The clever use of American war footage, shot in colour and
embedded through the stories adds to the historical content.
Involving more than 100 dives on the now coral encrusted hulls
in extraordinary clear tropical waters Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon is
required viewing for any diver who has visited or wants to go to Truk
Lagoon, or anyone interested in World War II history. h
Available from Max Gleeson 02 9524 8077.
For more information: www.maxgleeson.com
Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Sailing Alone Around the World
The Illustrated Edition
The first illustrated edition of the classic sailing memoir by Joshua Slocum,
the first man to circumnavigate the globe alone! Sailing Alone Around the
World is Joshua Slocum’s memoir about sailing alone around the world
aboard his sloop, Spray. The book was an immediate success when it
was first published in 1900 and was highly influential in inspiring later
travelers to do the same. Filled with art, photographs, maps, artifacts, and period illustrations, this
new edition will be popular with armchair travelers and maritime enthusiasts around the world.
Included in this edition are excerpts from those who, inspired by Slocum, also circumnavigated
the globe, as well as other well-known sailors, sailing enthusiasts, and sailing writers such as
Henry Dana, Geoffrey Wolff, William F. Buckley, and Nathaniel Philbrick. HB 256 pages $45.00
Barefoot Navigator introduces us to a unique take on navigation – using
the skills of the ancients and technology-free techniques, we learn
how to navigate using the sun, sea, wind and stars, and even the flight
patterns of ocean birds. The first part of this absorbing book recounts a
colourful history of seafarers and their navigation techniques. How did
the Polynesians manage to populate an area of ocean larger than North
America simply by analysing clouds, currents and wind direction? How
did the Vikings routinely travel on the notorious stretches of water between
Iceland, Greenland and Scandinavia? The second part shows how to use
these ancient techniques to supplement today’s navigational hardware,
especially in survival situations. Fascinating history, useful advice, enjoyable writing, and different
to every other navigation reference out there, this second edition has been beautifully packaged
in a hardback format, with new illustrations and thoroughly revised text. HB 304 pages $26.95
The Ship’s Cats Who Lapped and
Mapped the World
by Philippa Sandall
published by Affirm Press
RRP $24.99 (243pp; 14cm x 19m)
To Australians, the most famous feline who went to sea was
Matthew Flinders’ Trim, who circumnavigated Australia and ended
up imprisoned by the French, along with Flinders, on the Island of
While Trim has been remembered in the writings of Flinders there
are hundreds, perhaps thousands of felines who circumnavigated
the world in the days of sail and steam, and continue to do so today.
As Philippa Sandall writes in her delightful little book Seafurrers
(A Cat’s-Eye View of Maritime History), that while the epic journeys
of the bold seafarers of yore – from Magellan to Shackleton – are
well remembered, somehow history has neglected the stalwart,
hardworking species who made it all possible – yes, the noble cat!
In Seafurrers, able cat Bart turned historian, sets the record straight
at last: the ship’s cat(s) proved indispensable at sea – both as pest
controllers and beloved mascots in peace and war.
Thirty eight tales recount the adventures of remarkable cats and
their escapades, from the adventures of Trim (who circumnavigated
Australia), Tom (the sole feline survivor
of the sinking of the USS Maine),
celebrity cat Simon (a veteran of the
Yangtze Incident) and other furry
The book tells of several valiant
(and mostly successful) efforts to
rescue cats that had fallen overboard
The journal of a voyage to Lisbon in 1755 recalls how when the
cry came that a kitten had toppled overboard, the captain slackened
sails and ordered all hands to recover the poor animal.
A passenger, Henry Fielding, wrote: “If puss had nine thousand
instead of nine lives, I concluded that they had all lost. The boatswain,
however, had more sanguine hopes; stripping himself of his jacket,
breeches, and shirt, he leapt boldly into the water, and to my great
astonishment, in a few minutes, returned to the ship, bearing the
motionless animal in his mouth.”
The very damp kitten eventually recovered, “ to the great joy
of the good captain (and we assume, the boatswain); but to the
disappointment of some of the sailors who asserted that the drowning
of a cat was the very surest way of raising a favourable wind,” wrote
Seafurrers is a delight to read, be you a cat lover like the good
ship’s captain or a landlubber with great affection for the feline.
Links Archive AFLOAT April 2018 AFLOAT June 2018 Navigation Previous Page Next Page