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Did not read them all but what about ....
In the fiction section,
Jack London, "Sea Wolf" reportedly one of his best (at least the first half- then he goes a bit soft abaft the mizzen mast.
Quite enjoyed the Hornblower and Jack Aubrey-Maturin series, do you guys have any other suggested reading (sailing fiction?)
Non-fiction, Sailors Bible, and a Practical Guide to Keelboat Sailing, as well as Ridpath's book on the stars/planets would seem essential;
there is a true account about the whaling ship Essex, which Melville later made famous in Moby Dick, which is haunting- I cannot think of the title but am sure of you do an internet search you'll come accross it . as they say reality is stranger than fiction !- wouldn't recommend this for those with weak stomachs....but alas it's sailors whom I address!