Trimmer's book is deceptively simple, take his opening passage for example:
"when walking down a local thoroughfare, or perhaps on a day out to your local dock, and suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, a 40ft metallic compound hull emerges in your line of sight, it is most likely, if not definitely, going to be - a huge ship"
It's theoretical groundwork like this which lacks from today's 'pick and choose' postmodern discourse. Trimmer unleashes this devastating examination with relative ease; most interestingly with chapters such as "Avoiding the ship itself: Moving Left or Right?" which comes up with a flurried and meticulous deconstruction of ethics and theoretical obstacles, for instance "is there anything on either side of the huge ship? - if so, and there is, it is probably, if not definitely, going to be - difficult to move round to that side of the huge ship".
A must for those with an eye for Naval pragmatism and/or a small ship.