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How to Avoid Huge Ships [Paperback]

John W. Trimmer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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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: 22.5 x 16.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,161,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate incident 7 Mar 2012
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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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A U-Boot Kapitän writes 17 April 2013
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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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorely Disappointed 19 Dec 2013
By Ad Kean
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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106 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction but lacking detail. 27 Mar 2009
I too was plagued by Huge Ship issues in my home town of Glastonbury until I found this book.

The author is clearly an expert with regard to Huge Ship identification and avoidance but the text misses some fundamentals. For instance, if the ship is viewed on the horizon, how is one to discover whether the ship is coming towards or moving away from the observer? More diagrams would be useful.

Will the author be following up this work with a more comprehensive treatise? We can only hope.

Only four stars I'm afraid as, even after studying this tome at length, I still managed to walk into a seagoing vessel of some considerable size.

Had the text been clearer I feel sure that this incident could have been avoided.
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135 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Sailor 10 Jan 2011
As a recently retired Captain of a Huge Ship I'd just like to say how devastating this book was to my everyday life.
Haulage on the open seas used to be a pretty lonely and boring job but I always managed to amuse myself by crashing into significantly smaller vessels than my own... Sadly however, since this book was first published, I only ever managed to crash into one or two small boats per year... catalysing my retirement from the industry.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book 11 Jun 2012
By Mike
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most useful book I own 27 Mar 2009
By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE
As I have never encountered a huge ship at all in nearly 30 years of life, some of that by the coast might I add, I can only assume that the lessons this book has taught me have been completely successful. An absolute must for anyone suffering from ship-specific megalophobia.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's vanquish this menace with proper education 18 Mar 2013
To whom it may concern,

Recently I was fortunate enough to elude a marauding "Huge Ship". Thankfully, my father was a cabin lad, and his father afore hime a deck swab. Thus, my family lore is rich with tales of dainty side steps and januty pirouettes to circumvent the grisly end that a Huge Ship takes such mirth and pleasure in providing.

My story is a simple one- a lad born on choppy seas unto the torrid union of a merman and a lusty sea-wench: but this review isn't about my trials and tribulations. As I've outlined, I feel better equipped than most to slip away from the ghastly tentacles and undulating pedipalps of a Huge Ship, as it opens its grisly maw to dismember the unsuspecting. My complaint is- and it is my earnest hope that this will be taken to the highest levels of Amazon management and even to the attention of the most preeminent members of Her Majesty's Government- one of restricted access to life-saving information.

Puruse above, if you will, the tariff applied to this most life-saving of tomes. I humbly implore you to imagine, if you can bear the sheer horror of it, a hospital without nurses. A youth group without correctly CRB-checked parental supervision. A lemonade stall without a disaster recovery plan. Whilst I'm aware such analogies are extreme, and perhaps may induce severe agitation into the fairer sex, such provocative language is needed to illustrate the genunine need: How, with a clear conscience, can Amazon charge 1,342.51 for access to a book that should be a Human Right. If I had my way, I would issue every new-born babe with a copy, and perhaps finally every child would grow up with knowledge of the Dance of the Five Oars, and other tried and tested methods to escape this sea-borne scourge.

I eagerly anticipate a response from the highest decision makers in the land.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hug E-Ships
I once stepped out with a man named Hugh Ships.

He also had huge hips. Which, in part, was the reason I ended the torrid affair.

This book is OK. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Liam Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have gone to Spec Savers
Much much cheaper, there's not a person on this Planet who came out of Spec Savers with only one pair of glasses.
Published 1 month ago by Janine Pemberton
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god for this book
Well just when you think you have nowhere to turn this book comes along! Unbelievable it's changed my life, I swear, last week my car got hit by a massive ship after I parked it to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dean Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Ships? Not a problem anymore.
Ever woken up to the dreaded feeling that the U.S.S Nimitz might have crashed into your kitchen overnight? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Purchase
I thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommend this book to you. As an elderly gent, prone to a whole range of daily catastrophes, I found the advice and information in this volume to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nigel
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped no end
The diet recommended in this book has had a profound effect on my daily routine. I find I am now experiencing 3 or 4 smaller vessels as opposed to one large ship.
Published 3 months ago by Lion-o
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless
I downloaded this book in preparation for my extended mining trip in the Orion constellation. It proved to be a wise investment, as no more than six parsecs into the mission my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Fail to prepare ~ prepare to fail
I have to be honest, huge ships have never been a huge problem for me. I am lucky to as yet have avoided any close encounters (although I did catch the beginning of titanic a few... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms J
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of the frying pan...
Read the book, dodged out of the way of a HUGE ship and WHAM! Straight into the path of a MASSIVE ship.
Published 4 months ago by S. Elgood
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the advice!
Well, all i can say is thankgod for this book. As you can imagine, living in the centre of a city can offer many things, however protection from large incoming sea vessels is not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ShipLover98
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