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    Please only post any reading recommendations for aspiring cadets here. Note: Please adhere to the site's policy of not distributing copyrighted material!! If you want to find any of these books use your google-fu

    So You Want To Go To Sea
    by Captain Michael Lloyd. Pub 2011. (If you google it you should be able to find a PDF copy!)

    Deep Sea and Foreign Going by Rose George. Pub 2013. Available on Amazon (Such a good read, and PACKED with information)
    Last edited by size4riggerboots; 26 July 2014, 10:51 PM.


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  • #2
    Introduction to marine engineering 2nd edition by D.Taylor

    A bit pricy, but worth a read and pdf available with a google search.


    • #3
      A Captains Duty - Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty
      He doesn't just talk about the hijacking, but his career, brilliant read. Would also recommend Deep Sea and Foreign Going enjoying it so far.


      • #4

        Great book don't worry being a cadet is not as extreme as this any more


        • #5
          I'll echo Lewis's comment above, great book, highly amusing. The sequel isn't quite as good, but it's all relative, as the first is such a cracker.

          As far as 'salty' books go, I would recommend (I can't remember what one is called, so frustrating!):

          Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast
          Charlie Connelly

          Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
          Alfred Lansing

          Heart of Darkness
          Joseph Conrad

          South: The Story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 Expedition
          Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

          The Road to Russia: Arctic Convoys 1942-45
          Bernard Edwards


          • #6
            Finally remembered it, was losing my mind.

            Redburn: His First Voyage
            Herman Melville


            • #7
              I'm currently reading 'A History of the British Merchant Navy' by Captain Richard Woodman. It is published in five books:
              1 - Neptune's Trident

              2 - Britannia's Realm

              3 - Masters Under God

              4 - More Days, More Dollars

              5 - Fiddler's Green

              Sounds like heavy academic stuff I know, but it is actually very good. Well written, often funny and pretty easy to read.


              • #8
                MAYDAY: The Perils of the Waves by Nicholas Faith - it accompanied a TV series that was on channel 4 back in 1998, an interesting book.
                ?Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn?t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.?

                ? Mark Twain
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                • #9
                  @Rootsea I've been trying to get hold of those books for a while now through my local library, they look fantastic but they're dead expensive if you buy them.
                  Insert profound quote here.


                  • #10
                    You can get some of them of amazon in ebook/pdf form for a few quid.
                    I've loaded a few on to my kindle


                    • #11
                      ebay worth a look for books sometimes, get the odd bargain.