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How to Avoid Huge Ships Paperback – Mar 1993

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press; 2 edition (Mar. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870334336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870334337
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,265,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Screenie on 7 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
on finding about the existence of this book I immediately set off to purchase it. I, and my family, have been plagued by issues and tragedy from Huge Ship related incidents and I thought this would, finally, bring them to an end. Unfortunately as I approached the only local bookshop that had not sold out of this essential tome the shop was destroyed by a huge ship that came out of nowhere; If only the people that ran the bookshop had made time to read this book their livelihood could have been saved. I still live in despair but hope that others were able to access this book before too much damage was done to their lives.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. G. Gamble on 3 July 2014
Format: Paperback
Huge ships seem to haunt the family since my great-granddad swam into the huge RMS Titanic 400 miles from the Newfoundland coast in April 1912, losing over 1,500 souls in the process, whilst he was working on a solo trans-Atlantic swim.

During WWII, my dad swam into the Bismarck, a huge German ship, in May 1941, spraining his wrist on the rudder and knocking the plug out of the hull with his knee.

So it comes as no surprise that I tell you that I am a professional cross-Channel swimmer and, like my dad and great-granddad, I have been involved with many collisions with huge ships.

Only last spring, I was involved in a collision with a huge Maersk container ship whilst doing breast stroke, pulling a muscle in my arm in the process.

On making the return trip to Dover, via Copenhagan, I then collided with the huge USS Enterprise whilst she was on a courtesy visit to a Danish brewery. This time, despite doing a much faster front crawl, I received slight but painful bruising to my big toe.

Since last year, I have also had collisions with several other huge ships but, on finding and reading this book, I have taken on board the tips provided therein and not had a single collision with a huge ship since.

However, despite curbing all collisions with huge ships, I have had several collisions with small ships just over the past few weeks.

These collisions include an unnamed hit-and-run, whilst doing butterfly stroke in the Baltic Sea, with a vessel owned by a Russian oligarch. I'm afraid the name of the small ship was written in the Cyrillic alphabet so I could not identify the small ship before he got away.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Clarkers on 17 April 2013
Format: Paperback
As a U-Boat captain operating in the North Atlantic, my crew and I have found this book invaluable. Simply by doing the exact opposite of the advice contained within this tome, we have been able to increase our sunk tonnage in the last three months by 36.7%. Have to go - just sighted another Huge Ship. ALARM! VORBEREITEN DIE TORPEDOS!
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135 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Ad Kean on 19 Dec. 2013
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As an individual plagued with chronic constipation and bowel distress for most of my adult life, I felt that my prayers had finally been answered by Captain Trimmer's bold and succinct title. You can imagine my disappointment when I realised that, once again, my dyslexia had let me down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fred on 14 Jan. 2014
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Ever woken up to the dreaded feeling that the U.S.S Nimitz might have crashed into your kitchen overnight? Ever had to stop engaging with your friends and family because you saw a Huge Ship on the horizon and you didn't want to endanger those around you? If you as much as ever had to drop a phone call to escape an incoming Huge Ship, this book is for you. Don't let those Huge Ships rule your life, take control!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By james ellis on 16 Nov. 2014
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I was unfortunate enough to read this (potentially useful) manual, whilst honey-mooning with my partner on a luxury P&O cruise this summer. Ever the budding Orator, I was casually reading out aloud one of the more tense chapters (Chapter 3 I believe) - when my wife suddenly seemed to go into a crazed stupour and threw herself overboard....... to her immediate death.

The post-mortem revealed that she had been unlucky to suffer fatal head injuries, after her skull made contact with the hull of a passing huge ship. A horrible irony, that spoken verse from THIS book, had scared her so much upon the realisation that she was actually sat on the DECK of a huge ship, that her knee-jerk reaction was to leap - unbeknownst - right from the safety of her leather deck chair, straight into the path of another similarly sized vessel.

My only regret is that she hadn't waited a little longer, for the helpful instructions in the 4th chapter, before she made her exit.
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112 of 125 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2001
Format: Paperback
Before I bought this book I often found avoiding huge ships to be a constant problem. Not a week would go by without some sort unforseen collision occuring and ruining my day.
Then a friend bought me this book, and it has transformed my life. I won't give too many of its insightful findings away, but one thing it taught me was to keep my eyes open for any super-tonne moving objects in my path by observing tell-tale secondary effects such as eclipsing of sunlight or other local weather effects (eg. localised protection from rain). It also taught me to try to stay clear of main shipping routes and the sea generally as this is where huge ships are said to frequent.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 11 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
Thanks to this book i will never be hit by a huge ship again.

4 stars only because the author has not written a book about avoiding trains yet.
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