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A love letter

A love letter

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Voyaging with Marionette” by Ron Breault. Whaler Books, 2020; 305 pp. $39.95. Review by Bob Muggleston The reader’s forbearance is requested. This story is best told over a couple of beers – the downstairs pub at the Brooklin Inn, in Maine, comes immediately to mind – but there are manyRead More

A post-pandemic cruise

A post-pandemic cruise

August 24, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Northern Lights” by Desmond Holdridge. Viking Press, 1939; 246 pp. Paperback $32, Kindle Edition $5. Review by Charlie Doane I’ve said this before, and now I’ll say it again: the book “Northern Lights,” by one Desmond Holdridge, first published by Viking in 1939, is one of the best – perhapsRead More

A deep dive into the world of wreck hounds

A deep dive into the world of wreck hounds

July 25, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Dangerous Shallows: In Search of the Ghost Ships of Cape Cod,” by Eric Takakjian and Randall Peffer. Lyons Press, 2020; 256 pp. Review by Sandy Marsters On any given day, there just may be at least as many vessels on the bottom of the waters surrounding Cape Cod as thereRead More

The sinking of El Faro

The sinking of El Faro

June 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro” by Rachel Slade. Ecco Press, 2018; 416 pp. $12.29. Review by Bob Muggleston In October of 2015 reports emerged that a 790-foot container ship named El Faro had gone missing somewhere off the Bahamas. She’d beenRead More

New Jobson book to benefit Sailing Hall of Fame

New Jobson book to benefit Sailing Hall of Fame

March 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

The newest book by renowned America’s Cup Veteran Gary Jobson provides insight into the lives of the sailors who – over the last few decades – have impacted the sport in the USA. Titled, “Legends of American Sailing – 50 Men and Women Who Shaped the Sport,” 100% of theRead More

The reluctant sailor’s ICW guide

The reluctant sailor’s ICW guide

March 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

Sailing Scared: Maine to Florida 2014-15 by Karlene Osborne; Custom Communications, Inc., 2019; 128 pp.; $16.95. Book review by Randy Randall Reading “Sailing Scared,” Karlene Osborne’s new book about a cruise from Maine to Florida via the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), one realizes early on how entirely appropriate the title is.Read More

Life as a commercial mariner

Life as a commercial mariner

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Tales from a Tugboat Captain: An Inside Glimpse of what it’s Like to Live Where You Work” Thomas Teague; Self-published, 2019; 135 pp. $24.95. Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East OK, so a minor disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for books written by professional mariners. Being on the recreationalRead More

Photo courtesy Marilyn BrighamPhoto logbooks are short on written descriptors, but sometimes a photo -- or a cluster of photos -- says a thousand words.

Creating a photo logbook

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

Guest Perspective: Marilyn Brigham My father, a lifelong sailor and cruiser, suffered a major stroke in his early 80’s. During his recuperation, it was difficult to discern how much he understood about what had happened to him, and what we told him each day. Part of this was that he’dRead More

The ship Endeavour

The ship Endeavour

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World” by Peter Moore. Penguin Random House UK, 2018; 420 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East You’re right, that’s not the way we spell “endeavor” on this side of the Atlantic. Well, sometimes we do, like when we’re namingRead More

Lit picks, and venturing out

Lit picks, and venturing out

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

The first trip to the Isles of Shoals in the new year was a combination supply run for the Star Island caretakers and a reconnaissance mission for upcoming building projects. We loaded a dozen small bags of groceries and a few bottles of wine – enough to get through theRead More