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Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany: A Ditty Bag of Wonders from the Golden Age of Sail Hardcover – 2 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091930669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091930660
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force.

After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy.

Julian writes historical action adventure novels. He is the author of the Kydd series, the story of one man's journey from pressed man to admiral in the age of fighting sail. Fifteen books have been published to date, with another six projected, one each year. As well, he has written 'Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany', a little non-fiction tome and a historical standalone, 'The Silk Tree', set in the time of Emperor Justinian.

More information can be found on his website at www.julianstockwin.com.

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- "In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world." --"Guardian"

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Enchanting miscellany full of fascinating facts and intriguing stories from the golden age of seafaring

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. Fitzgerald on 24 Aug. 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a gem !This cornucopia of maritaime morsels is an absolute delight. All the way through this book there are bit size pieces of information, clearly and cleverly set out which makes it easily digestible.You can dip in and out at your leisure, with each section and subject easy to find and written in a pleasing style.
I recommend it for anyone who is curious about the sea,our linguistic history and particularly to Quiz setters.
If you run a pub quiz, you really shouldn't be without a copy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Watson VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having read all the Kydd series, I eagerly grabbed this as soon as I saw it and was not disappointed; there are lots of interesting snippets from all periods of the great ages of sail, many of them overturning long-held popular misconceptions - great for those "Did you know ... " moments at the pub or a party.
Obviously Mr Stockwin had to do a great deal of research to provide the authentic background and "feel" to his novels, and has evidently squirreled away all those odd-ball facts and anecdotes for the future, in order to compile this little gem of a book.
Each entry covers about a page, usually with an illustrative drawing, artwork or portrait to accompany the text, and there are explanations of common phrases which have been derived from nautical tradition, which makes this a perfect bedtime read.
Thoroughly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Commando Ken on 3 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a very experienced bosun's mate on tallships, namely the Lord Nelson and Tenacious, operated by the charity the Jubilee Sailing Trust, which are the only two Tallships in the world that take able and disabled crews to sea. Apart from that I am a Yachtmaster ex Royal Marine etcetara. Maritime Miscellany is a fantastic book of the golden age of sail. A collection of facts and history that is a must on any sailors bookshelf, whether at home or on board. I have rarely seen or read a reference book that is so easy to read and extremely interesting. If you want to win sea quizzes anywhere in the world this is the book you need at hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Taberner on 14 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Everyone will learn something new from this collection of tales and legends of the sea, plus the fascinating origins of current everyday expressions such as slush fund, hand over fist, wiping the slate clean. There is a mine of information in this ditty bag - and still some pirate treasure to be found - allegedly. Stockwin also corrects some of our best known maritime misquotes (Nelson's last words were not 'Kiss Me Hardy'). Some nice engraved illustrations add artistic detail to the stories. A great book to take when you head for the heads (look it up), or to impress your pub quiz friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johan Fr Knudsen on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
It is suggested that you read Maritime Miscellany before you with great pleasure ( I am sure) dig into 'The life of Thomas Kydd'. read them all, they are fantastic and each book is different. Good reading.
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Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to win a hardback copy of this beautiful book in an online competition, and very beautiful it is too! Great design of cover and interior are evocative of the gold age of the sea, and it's packed with well-explained facts and myths that will fascinate anyone with any connection with the sea, whether as a professional or leisure sailor or a lover of historical fiction and films set at sea. It's the sort of book that you have to keep sharing gems from with whoever happens to be nearby: "Did you know....?"

An easy book to dip into, ideal for the coffee table, guestroom or waiting room. A great gift too, especially in hardback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cheetham on 8 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A handy book of sea which is filled with interesting facts and information. Worth every penny!
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