Archive of: Good Reads

Title Issue
Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonder of How Animals Find Their Way

Supernavigators: Exploring the Wonder of How Animals Find Their Way

When Cole Porter wrote, “And this is why birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it,” he was referring to falling in love.

September/October 2019
Murder Aboard: The Herbert Fuller Tragedy and the Ordeal of Thomas Bram

Murder Aboard: The Herbert Fuller Tragedy and the Ordeal of Thomas Bram

Murder Aboard jumps right into the action: An 11-person crew of the barquentine Herbert Fuller departs Boston with a load of timber in July 1896, bound for Buenos Aires.

July/August 2019
Sailing to the Edge of Time

Sailing to the Edge of Time

Sailing to the Edge of Time is a splendid book of nautical lore and, in its way, a profound book — a philosophical inquiry into the seductive enticement of seafaring.

March/April 2019

Winter Passage: Essays, Memoirs, Journeys

Longtime newspaperman, travel writer and Ocean Navigator contributor Alan Littell has compiled a volume of his writings that demonstrates both his globetrotting experience and his keen skill at eyewitness journalism.

January/February 2019
Celestial Navigation: A Practical Guide to Knowing Where You Are

Celestial Navigation: A Practical Guide to Knowing Where You Are

This short book — only 133 pages — delivers just enough information for the reasonably competent coastal navigator to become a reasonably competent celestial navigator.

January/February 2019
Modern Marine Weather (Third Edition)

Modern Marine Weather (Third Edition)

The problem with teaching marine weather is the same problem as celestial navigation: How do you demonstrate a three-dimensional concept so that the recipient can visualize it?

November/December 2018
Halfway Rock Light Station

Halfway Rock Light Station

When writing about lighthouses, it’s almost impossible to avoid lapsing into nostalgia or busting out in Faulkner quotes about the past not being dead or Masefield’s lonely sea and the sky.

September/October 2018
Run the Storm

Run the Storm

George M. Foy’s collective biography of a ship and a storm, and of the crew who would die in that storm, is a tour de force of nautical expertise coupled with sensitive treatment of one of the worst maritime disasters in our history.

July/August 2018
Shakedown Cruise: Lessons and Adventures from a Cruising Veteran as He Learns the Ropes

Shakedown Cruise: Lessons and Adventures from a Cruising Veteran as He Learns the Ropes

I approached Nigel Calder’s latest book with the usual trepidation.

May/June 2018
Rogue Waves: Anatomy of a Monster

Rogue Waves: Anatomy of a Monster

Unpredicted and thus far unpredictable waves of vast height and sudden destructive power have long animated the imagination and concern of deepwater sailors.

March/April 2018
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