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How to Avoid Huge Ships [Paperback]

John W. Trimmer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 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: 22.4 x 15 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,454,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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106 of 109 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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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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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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38 of 41 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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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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115 of 126 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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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! A book that can help me! 30 Mar 2008
I've been plagued by huge ships all my life. Ever since I can remember. This book tells you all you need to know about avoiding these everyday hazards.

Now I can come and go with complete freedom. Even my weekly shopping is a pleasure!
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109 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stern Theory 8 May 2008
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hungry
I bought this to learn to read... now I can't go into Sainsburys...
Published 17 hours ago by peter 666
4.0 out of 5 stars All about huge ships, worships, internships and fish and ships?
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... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mr. M. G. Gamble
4.0 out of 5 stars No need to avoid him.
Hugh is a fine man, and head of the the Jipps family. No need to avoid him.
Published 28 days ago by Matthew
1.0 out of 5 stars the title is wrong
The title is wrong - replace the P with a T then you have my feeling about Doug who recommended me this book.
Published 1 month ago by Run Grover Run
1.0 out of 5 stars Too effective
I read this book several weeks ago and since then have been unable to return to my home in Southampton, home of most of the UK's cruise fleet.
Published 2 months ago by Small is Beautiful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work
I chose this book for a singular purpose: to avoid a huge ship.

Sadly due to the postal service, my book arrived a day too late. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Moffatt
1.0 out of 5 stars Mistakenly purchased
As sous chef in a local gastro pub I am occasionally subject to the wild rantings of the head chef who is frankly a bit of a primadonna. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason
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 4 months 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 4 months 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
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