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Nautical Books

This collection of nautical books has been specially selected as some of the finest reading about nautical matters and stories of the sea. These maritime tales cover stories about Nelson and Napoleon to the hazzards of the Thames.



Nautical book The Terror befor Trafalgar and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
Voyage to the World's End:
By Malcolm Pate

The story is set in the seventeenth century, but not as you have seen it before. David Penhallion a young Cornish man, together with an experienced sea captain and a wealthy budding politician have a series of adventures culminating in a stormy sea voyage, to a hellish place, where no one has ever been. A terrific adventure set in Cornwall, London and the depths of the southern ocean. It is a tale of love lost and found, of storms, mutiny, murder, revenge and treachery. Throughout the story, a strange apparition of an old seafarer, although terrifying, saves David from a horrible death on several occasions. The ship was close to being overwhelmed by the raging sea, when David saw the apparition, pointing with his crooked finger... They discovered a small island, deep in the southern ocean, which was alive with strange creatures. He was running for his life, for he could hear the deathly clicking behind him... .


Softback edition 6.99


Nautical book Nelson and Napoleon and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
Nelson and Napoleon:
By Christopher Lee
Trafalgar was a victory that would change the course of the Napoleonic wars and that would lead to the British Navy ruling the waves for more than a century. In Christopher Lee's new book he looks not only at this final and decisive battle but also at the thre battles that led up to it: Cape St Vincent (1797), the Battle of the Nile (1798) and Copenhagen (1801). Through these battles he paints a picture of the personalities and the intrigues that were operating at this time, and particularly of the creation of a national hero in Horatio Nelson and his intense rivalry with Napoleon.

Hardback edition 20.00


Nautical book the Real Cruel Sea and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
The Real Cruel Sea:
By Richard Woodman

For the British the battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival. They depended on the safe transit of hundreds of convoys of merchant ships laden with food, raw material and munitions from America to feed the country and to keep the war effort going.
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Paperback edition 12.99


Nautical book Stopping Napoleon and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
Stopping Napoleon
By Tom Pocock

Napoleon was defeated by Nelson at Trafalgar, but this was not to be the end of Britains hostilities with the French Emperor.The suspicion was that he would turn eastwards again and try to take over the vast, crumbling Ottoman Empire, and then attempt to wrest India from England.

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Softback edition 8.99


Nautical book Trafalgar and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
Trafalgar:
By Clayton & Craig

Trafalgar, the men, the battle, the storm , minutely researched, and drawing as much on French and Spanish material as on British. It is also an exciting, and often very moving,narrative history. It is above all the story of the ordinary folk of Trafalgar.
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Hardback edition 20.00


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A Passage to the Torres Strait:
By Miles Hordern

In his early twenties Miles Hordern first crossed the oceans from Northern to Southern Hemisphere, but one final leg of his round the world journey eluded him for twelve more years: the stretch between New Zealand and the Indian Ocean, guarded by the Torres Strait. Throughout this thrilling voyage, Hordern recounts previous treacherous journeys across the Strait, unravelling a multitude of chronicales and histories along the way. .


Hardback edition 20.00


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London Thames:
By Gavin Weightman

Is a cornucopia of wonderful and often unexpected information on the River Thames in London; its tides and trades, dockers and lightermen, bridges and ferries, frost fairs and regattas, wildlife, floods and other hazzards, together with the river's innumerable contributions to the city life and character.


Hardback edition 14.99


Nautical book The Silent Landscape and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
The Silent Lanscape:
By Richard Corfield

Deep below the oceans' surface lies an alien world that even today we have only just begun to explore. The quest to understand the sea bed began in 1872 when HMS Challenger set sail from Portsmouth on the first sea voyage devoted to science. Sailing for three and half years and almost 69,000 nautical miles, scientists and crew alike braved the stifling heat of the tropics for months on end only to suffer the stupefying cold of the Antarctic, enduring danger on the high seas, risking all in the pursuit of knowledge. The undertaking was nothing short of a roaring success. .


Softback edition 7.99


Nautical book This thing of Darkness and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
This thing of Darkness:
By Harry Thompson

This is an epic novel of sea-faring adventure set in the 19th century charting the life of Robert Fitzroy, the captain of `The Beagle` and his passenger Charles Darwin. It combines adventrure, emotion, ideas, humour and tragedy as well as illuminating the history of the 19th century. Fitzroy, the Christian Tory aristocrat, believed in the sanctity of the individual, but his beliefs destroyed his career and he committed suicide. Darwin, the liberal minor cleric doubts the truth of the Bible and develops his theory of evolution which is brutal and unforgiving in human terms. The two friends became bitter enemies as Darwin destroyed everything Fitzroy stood for. .


Softback edition 12.99


Nautical book Lost Voices of the Royal Navy and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
Lost Voices of the Royal Navy:
By Max Arthur

The book is based entirely on first-hand accounts of naval action between 1914 and 1945, with vivid recollections from Gallipoli to the Far East, by way of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

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Softback edition 8.99


Nautical book Maritime Power and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
Maritime Power:
By Peter Padfield

This is a finely written and compelling narrative of wars, campaigns and battles, interspersed with politics and finance.Above all Padfield has provided us with a grand context in which to place these glorious campaigns.
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Softback edition 9.99


Nautical book To Rule the Waves and other nautical gifts from our nautical gift store
To Rule the Waves:
By Arthur Herman

An epic history of the Royal Navy, from the Spanish Armada to the present, that tells the story of how it dominated the world and laid the foundation for the modern age. .

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Hardback edition 20.00



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