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    Nautilus Bookshop

    Welcome to the Nautilus Bookshop – a collection of great reads to enjoy at sea and ashore. A partnership between Marine Society and Nautilus International, the bookshop stocks recent releases on a range of maritime topics, including ship histories, seafarer memoirs, studies of the Merchant Navy in wartime and even the occasional nautical novel.

    The Book of the Month will feature a special discount during its respective month. All the books here have been reviewed in the Nautilus Telegraph, and new titles are added each month.

    If you have a recently-published maritime book that you would like the Nautilus Telegraph to consider for review, please email:

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    Pilot Ladder Manual: Basic Edition

    This pocket guide provides an overview of the rules, regulations and procedures that should be followed when preparing for pilot embarkation and disembarkation. The text is supported by explanatory photographs and diagrams which demonstrate good and bad practice.

    Churchill's Arctic Convoys: Strength Triumphs Over Adversity

    This thoroughly researched and comprehensive account examines both the political, maritime and logistic aspects of the Arctic convoy campaign. Controversially it reveals that the losses of merchant vessels were significantly greater than hitherto understood.

    Shipwrecks in 100 Objects

    Stories of Survival, Tragedy, Innovation and Courage

    Olympic Titanic Britannic

    The anatomy and evolution of the Olympic Class

    Dazzle, Disruption and Concealment : The Science, Psychology and Art of Ship Camouflage

    David L. Williams examines the origins of maritime camouflage, how it was originally influenced by natural concealment as seen in living creatures and plants and was followed by the emergence of two fundamentally opposed schools of thought: reduced visibility and disruption to visual perception.

    Churchill's Atlantic Convoys

    Churchill’s Atlantic Convoys describes the political, strategic and tactical ebb and flow of events, particularly between 1942 and 1943. Thanks to increased numbers and scientific innovations the Allies slowly gained the upper hand despite a determined German fight back in late 1943 and early 1944. While the U-boat threat was never wholly defeated, the tenacity and sacrifices of the Allied naval forces won the day.

    The Steep Atlantick Stream

    Nautilus Telegraph's book of the month for June 2023.

    Naval Eyewitnesses: the Experience of War 1939-1945

    Nautilus Telegraph's book of the month for May 2023.

    A Maritime Review of 2021

    This book is intended to give a snapshot of the events that occurred in the shipping industry during 2021.

    Bustler Class Rescue Tugs: In War & Peace

    A fine tribute to the unsung heroes and vessels during war and peace. Provides full vessel details. Complemented with many evocative photographs.

    Leith Built Ships, Vol. III, Henry Robb Ltd. (1945-1965)

    Continues the highly-praised story of shipbuilding in Leith. Contains a memorable collection of photographs. Features the post-War golden era of shipbuilding and the ensuing industry changes. Written by a proud shipbuilder who is still active in shipbuilding today.

    The Development of Crude Oil Tankers

    In this engaging book, Dr. Solly examines the history of crude oil tankers from early days when this vital commodity was carried aboard ordinary sailing vessels, through the innovative designs that resulted in significant breakthroughs leading to early single-hulled VLCCs, and the later stronger hence safer double-hulled vessel.

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