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Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany: A Ditty Bag of Wonders from the Golden Age of Sail [Hardcover]

Julian Stockwin
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2 July 2009
Lt Cdr Julian Stockwin shares his love and knowledge of the sea in this entertaining collection of maritime stories and little-known trivia. Featuring nautical facts and feats, including superstitions at sea, the history of animals on the waves - until 1975 when all animals were banned from Royal Navy ships - and how the inventor of the umbrella helped man the British Navy, it is packed with informative tales. Focusing on the glory days of tall ships he explores marine myths and unearths the truth behind commonly held beliefs about the sea, such as whether Lord Nelson's body was really pickled in rum to transport it back to England after his death at Trafalgar. Interspersed throughout are salty sayings showing the modern words and phrases that originate from the mariners of old - 'cut of his jib', 'high and dry', 'the coast is clear', 'first rate' and 'slush fund'. Accompanied by nostalgic black and white line drawings Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany is a charming giftbook guaranteed to appeal to the sailing enthusiast, but also amuse and inform even the staunchest landlubber.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; First Edition edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091930669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091930660
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 14 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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. More information can be found on his website at

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Gem 24 Aug 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedside book! 23 Feb 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Maritime Miscellany 3 Jun 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars tall tales from tall ships 14 Feb 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this first 2 Jan 2010
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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