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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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    Ultimate Sailing Adventures : 100 Epic Experiences on the Water, 2nd Edition

    It is perfect for planning your next sailing adventure, or alternatively allows you to indulge in some armchair sailing in boats and places of your wildest dreams.

    A History of Ship Launches and Their Ceremonies

    The evolution of this practice into today's tradition of breaking a bottle of wine against the bow of a ship before launch, still symbolising sacrifice, is explored as well as the now widely practised custom of inviting ladies to name and launch new ships.

    A True Account: Hannah Masury's Sojourn Amongst the Pirates

    The Book of the Month March 2024. A True Account tells the unforgettable, interleaved stories of two women in different worlds, both shattering the rules of their own society, both daring to risk everything to go forge their own adventure. 'A feast for the sea-loving senses.' - Sarah Penner, author of The Lost Apothecary

    The Pilot Ladder Manual - 2nd Edition (2024)

    This publication details the rules, regulations and procedures that should be followed when preparing for pilot embarkation and disembarkation. It includes relevant excerpts from SOLAS regulations and IMO resolutions. The text is supported by explanatory photographs and diagrams that demonstrate good and bad practice. This second edition supersedes both the basic and advanced editions of Pilot Ladder Manual.

    The First British Empire : Global Expansion in the Early Modern Age

    The Book of the month February 2024. The First British Empire is an authoritative, highly readable and substantial account of the origins, growth and transformation of the British Empire from its European beginnings until the aftermath of the American Revolution.

    Rochdale Canal

    This book tracks its 32-mile length, telling its story in colour through historians, canals users, lock keepers and all those who today utilise the canal in ways its originators never conceived.

    River Thames Dockland Heritage: Greenwich to Tilbury and Gravesend

    London's docks were once the busiest in Britain. They had developed piecemeal from the beginning of the nineteenth century as the existing riverside wharves became too congested and pilfering became rife. Dock systems were built on both sides of the Thames.

    Early Ships and Seafaring : European Water Transport

    This interesting volume is easily accessible to those with little or no knowledge of the building and uses of boats, whether ancient or modern.

    BP Shipping Pictorial: The Golden Years 1945-1975

    An authoritative examination of the 30-year period that covered significant changes in the history of British Petroleum Tanker Company. The Book of the Month - December 2023.

    The Petrol Navy

    The Petrol Navy : British, American and Other Naval Motor Boats at War 1914 - 1920

    The Adlard Coles Book of Mediterranean Cruising, 5th edition

    The perfect companion for anyone who wants to cruise the Mediterranean, whether on their own yacht or chartering.

    British Passenger Liners in Colour: The 1950s. '60s and Beyond

    British Passenger Liners in Colour is just that: a look back at a time when the British-flag passenger fleet spanned the world from Southampton to South America.

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