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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd; 1 edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844861481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844861484
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.8 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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The Titanic Pocketbook: A Passenger's Guide is a slim little book chock full of information about the great ship. Written as though it were in fact an informational book for someone considering sailing on board the Titanic, it begins with the background of the White Star Line, giving details of how the ship came into being. It then goes into much technical information about the actual construction materials; from there we are treated to the particulars of the furnishings and decks, and are even given glimpses of typical menus and sleeping accommodations. This book boasts many great pictures from the period and includes diagrams that clarify positions and opportunities. While it is indeed filled with a wealth of information that any Titanic enthusiast would enjoy, it is often dryly written with minutiae such as how the elevators worked within their frames. Still, it is an interesting slant on the ship and one this buff enjoyed. Historical Novel Society

About the Author

Lieutenant-Commander John Blake, FRIN, spent twelve years in the Royal Navy. He has worked extensively with the UK Hydrographic Office, the producers of Admiralty Charts, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. John is the author of the acclaimed Conway publications The Sea Chart (2003) and Sea Charts of the British Isles (2005). His research interests span the maritime world, from nautical charts and surveying to merchant shipping.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan, Devon on 30 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
While numerous books and the two iconic films of the Titanic tragedy have left little unsaid, this handy little book ends where many of those stories begin. Written in an authentic early 20th Century style, it provides a handy guide for prospective passengers prior to embarkation on a routine transatlantic crossing. The confidence of the era shines through the early pages, presenting Titanic and her sister Olympic as the latest jewels in the crown of Britain's maritime power, constructed almost entirely from materials provided by Britain's industrial base. The two commercial giants are the White Star Line and Harland & Wolff, working together to create the most luxurious liners of the day.
The technical description of the builder's yard and the ship are useful, although more likely to be found as content of a "Commissioning Book" rather than a passenger's guide. However, they do provide a context for the reader, presenting Titanic as a pinnacle of technological achievement, considerably better found than many ships of her era. The prospective passenger, particularly one travelling in First Class, might well find interest in the middle section of the book, although the diagrams showing deck layouts are almost indecipherable in this compact format. The many luxurious facilities compare favourably with the cruise liners of today and the exquisite decor with its extraordinary mix of styles and periods is described in detail, with lovely contemporary illustrations. Some of the real gems within this book are to be found in the detail. For example, the "General Information for Passengers in the Second Class" requires that dogs, cats and monkeys are to be caged before being brought onboard and placed in charge of the ship's butcher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janet on 9 Jan. 2013
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it made the perfect present for someone who has everything and is interested in the titanic and what made her work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robert spooner on 6 Oct. 2013
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Full of interesting facts and figures in a handy concise form. Liked the period look and pictures too. Ships plans and equipment sales literature all included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nigel A. Benwell on 15 April 2013
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What a very interesting piece of history, well worth the money and an interesting read.
My son has used it for a school project and wowed the tutor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandi Hall on 9 Jan. 2015
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Very interesting books information on the boat thanks A+++++
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