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Disasters at Sea

Disasters at Sea

Based on the author's experience, the book features a mozaic ofaccounts dealing with a wide range of yachts, motorboats and commercialvessels which have encountered difficulty at sea. They are all analysedin a useful yet entertaining way.

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ISBN 9780713688788
Published 18 February 2009 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Pike, Dag
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ISBN-13 9780713688788
ISBN-10 0713688785
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint A & C Black Publishers Ltd
Publication Date 18 February 2009
International Publication Date 13 October 2008
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Pike, Dag
Category True Stories Of Endurance & Survival
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 189mm
Height: 246mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 604g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Water Sports
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 363.12365
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Dag Pike draws on his experience as merchant navy captain, fast boatnavigator and boat safety tester for RNLI lifeboats to focus on a widerange of disasters at sea. He compiles a wide range of accounts ofyachts, motorboats and commercial vessels running into difficulty as aresult of poor navigation, fog, miscalculation, human error, weatherconditions etc and analyses in a readable and entertaining fashion whatcaused the disaster, what went wrong, how it was dealt with and thelessons learned from it. Examplesrange from the Fastnet disaster, powerboat races, boats run down in theChannel, to trawlers pulled under by submarines, ferry accidents andtanker and cargo ship disasters. The incidents include grounding,collision, fire, sinking, ice and storms, and each chapter has anexample from the Marine Accident Investigation Bureau who monitorincidents at sea. This book is a fascinating read for all who go afloat either forbusiness or pleasure, and for anyone interested in just why disastershappen at sea.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review ' Not for the fainthearted but a cracking read nonetheless ' Practical Boat Owner, December 2008

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Author's Bio

Dag Pike's name is synonymous with safety at sea and boat design. Hebegan his career as a merchant captain, went on to test RNLI lifeboatsfor buoyancy and structural integrity, and took up fast boatnavigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around theworld, including navigating Richard Branson's Virgin AtlanticChallenger on the record-breaking fastest Atlantic Crossing bypowerboat. He is now a navigation and powerboat journalist in demandall round the world.

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