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Wooden ships, iron men

Wooden ships, iron men

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Sea of the Bear: Journal of a voyage to Alaska and the Artic, 1921” by M. A. Ransom, U.S. Naval Institute, 1964; 119 pp. $35; Free on Google Books. By Sandy Marsters Stuck inside? Stuffing disinfectant-soaked towels under the door to keep out cold and COVID-19? Need an escape? Well,Read More

Traveling with family

Traveling with family

November 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Letters from the Sea, 1882 – 1901: Joanna and Lincoln Colcord’s Seafaring Childhood” by Parker Bishop Albee, Jr. Tilbury House Publishers, 2000; 192 pp. $29. By Sandy Marsters I also recommend “Letters from Sea,” by Parker Bishop Albee, Jr., and published by Tilbury House and the Penobscot Marine Museum inRead More

When humans and hurricanes collide

When humans and hurricanes collide

September 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

“A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes” by Eric Jay Dolin. Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2020; 432 pp. Hardcover $26.96.   Review by Sandy Marsters I swear to God, I hadn’t gotten 10 words into this review when Richard Hawley began singing on the stereo: There’s a storm a-comin’,Read More

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