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The Titanic Pocket Book: A Passenger's Guide Hardcover – 15 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (15 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591148623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591148623
  • ASIN: 1591148626
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,790,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Blake's first book "The Sea Chart", with a foreword by HRH the Duke of York, was published in 2004 and was short listed for the British Book Awards in three categories and for the Mountbatten History prize; it has been reprinted in the UK, and translated, published and reprinted in Germany by Theiss. In 2009 it was reprinted as a softback in the UK by Conway Maritime and in the US by the Naval Institute Press, taken into the RNLI catalogue and reprinted again in 2010. In 2013 it was selected by Nauticalia for their mail order catalogue and translated into Chinese, to be published in China in 2014.

His second book, "Sea Charts of the British Isles", with a foreword by Admiral the Lord Boyce (Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle), was published in November 2005, reprinted in March 2008, and was selected by the RNLI for their autumn 2007, Spring 2008 and Autumn 2008 mail order catalogues.

His third book "Charts of War", published in the UK by Conway Maritime and in the US by Knickerbocker Press in 2007, looks at the role of navigational charts in maritime battle and sea warfare throughout the ages. It was selected in 2009 by Nauticalia for their mail order catalogue.

John contributed the official entry on Cartography for the "Oxford Encyclopaedia of Maritime History", published in January 2008, and is one of the contributors for "Ship", edited by Andrew Lambert and published Conway Maritime in 2010.

In 2006 John, in recognition of his authorship and contribution in the field of navigation, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

His fourth book is entitled "The Titanic Passenger's Guide" and was published in October 2011 for the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking by Conway Maritime in the UK; the Naval Institute Press in the US; Flammarion in France and Heron Book Distributors in Australia. However this book is different. It is what you might have been given were you a passenger on her maiden voyage and, with totally contemporary material including colour images from some seventeen archives, fully describes all aspects of her design, construction, launch, operation and passenger facilities.

He is now working on a handbook on the history and development of sea surveying and navigation.

Author's background

John Blake served in the Royal Navy and in the Reserve for nearly 16 years as an executive and navigating officer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During his naval time he served extensively in sea-going ships and qualified as a navy underwater diver and a naval air defence specialist. On leaving the service he gained a business diploma and moved into retailing, opening three retail stores in Covent Garden, London; Boston, Massachusetts and later in Osaka, Japan, featuring exclusively British gift products.

In 1991 John Blake and his wife started an Intellectual Property Licensing Agency, Classics Licensing Company, and in 1996 initiated and ran the licensing of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office archives, producers of the Admiralty sea charts, as their Licensing Agent for six years under the brand name "The Admiralty Collection®".

He is a keen maritime historian and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He lectures on maritime history and writes regularly for yachting and maritime magazines.

Product Description

Titanic: A Passenger's Guide This guide is a timely addition to Conway's best-selling pocket book series that examines this famous ship from a refreshingly different angle - that of a passenger on board the ship. Full description

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Treat for Titanic Buffs 21 Dec. 2011
By Bruce Trinque - Published on
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As the Preface states, "This guide is such as could have been given to a passenger on board the RMS Titanic of the White Star Line on her maiden voyage from Southampton Docks on 10th April 1912, to be read at leisure during the Atlantic crossing." The text, compiled from various primary sources such as technical publications and White Star Line publicity brochures, covers the design, construction, and operation of the Titanic, as well as First and Second Class accomodations, facilities, and services. The pages contain many dozens of period illustrations of the ship and her furnishings.

I am certain that many a Titanic buff will happily engage in the fantasy that he or she is browsing through this compact guidebook, seated in the Titanic's Lounge or Smoke Room, while the great ship rushes across the dark April waters, the pulse of her engines throbbing from below. "Steward, another whiskey-and-water! There's a chill in the air tonight."
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Titanic Pocketbood: A Passenger's Guide 7 Jan. 2012
By L. S. Mahar - Published on
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I have read dozens of books about the Titanic disaster. This wonderful little book is loaded with intricate details and fun facts not found (for the most part) in other Titanic books. If you are a true Titanic enthusiast, I hightly recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What a great little Book! 11 Jan. 2014
By CMP3 - Published on
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I have scores and scores of books on the Titanic (even the 2 volume Holy Grail: Titanic: Ship Magnificent) and find this short little book quite amazing.

First: It is a book made from very high quality materials. It would be very suitable as a gift.

Second: It is packed with information that is to the point!

Third: Lots of graphics and pictures I have not seen before.

A worthy addition to any Titanic enthusiast's collection.

Don't be shy about the size - you won't be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Titanic 14 Oct. 2013
By Monica A. Murray - Published on
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I enjoy almost anything on the Titantic and this book gives so much information. 'lm very glad I came across it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pocket guide a pleasure! 12 April 2013
By M. V. Ralph - Published on
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There's a whole lot of great information contained between these covers. Great photos and period art work, too. My only critism is the deck plan used for Titanic - It was the Olympic... There are plans of Titanic they could have used instead since there was quite a bit of difference between the two ships. Overall - I would recommend this little book to anyone who has even a casual interest in Titanic.
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