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Closer to home for you TDW would be:

The white divers of Broome, the true story of a fatal experiment

by: John Bailey

About the pearling industry circa 1912 and the attempt to rid the industry of Asians.
A really shocking read about work practices over 100 years go that are chillingly reminders of some things going on today.

Read that a few years ago along with a couple of others re Broome and the pearling industry. A most interesting era in Australia's maritime history.

I love reading the classic cruising books. Older the better. Of course not a lot is applicable to our situation today but history is history, a good read is a good read.
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I love reading the classic cruising books. Older the better. Of course not a lot is applicable to our situation today but history is history, a good read is a good read.
I've been working on a collection of free books, some I've already posted but they're scattered around. Try some of these:

Free books about sailing & seamanship & boats:

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I cannot recommend Project Gutenberg highly enough to do it justice. Books in several formats, some in audio, or download a .txt version & run it through a text-to-speech translator, all free:

Free ebooks - Project Gutenberg

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===== Sailing & Seamanship =====

"Sailing", by E. F. Knight. Millions of sailors got their start by reading this friendly little book:

HTML:
Sailing by E.F. Knight: complete HTML version

PDF :
E.F. Knight Sailing at Never Sea Land

"The Seaman's Friend" - Dana
The Seaman's Friend by Richard Henry Dana - Free Ebook

"Singlehanded Tips" - Andrew Evans
Singlehanded Tips Book

"Text-book of Seamanship" - Luce
Text-Book of Seamanship

"Practical Boat Sailing" - Frazar
Practical Boat-Sailing by Douglas Frazar - Free Ebook

===== Marlingspike Seamanship =====

Knots, Splices, Rope Work - Verrill
Knots, Splices and Rope Work by A. Hyatt Verrill - Free Ebook

Knots, Bends, Splices - Jutsum
Knots, Bends, Splices by Captain Jutsum - Free Ebook

===== Navigation & Piloting =====

Every sailor should have a copy of

"The Friendly Stars"

free e-book: The Friendly Stars

an elegantly simple introduction to naked-eye astronomy and the 21 brightest stars visible from the northern hemisphere (sorry, antipodeans, I don't know a corresponding title for your skies. If you do, please post it.) These 21 stars are your street signs in the sky. You can start using the book right away, and work your way around the sky over the course of the year. No instruments required, just a clear sky and the good old Mark I eyeball. This the best introductory-astronomy book I know.

A couple of useful astronomy sites:

Heavens-Above shows you what you can see in your patch of sky.

"Follow the arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica": Find Arcturus & Spica

"Step By Step Sextant User's Guide" - Andrew Evans
http://estarzinger.com/estarzinger/pdf/sextant.pdf -

"Celestial Navigation in a Teacup" - Rodger Farley
Celestial Navigation

"American Practical Navigator" - Bowditch
Maritime Safety Information

Coast Pilots & Charts from NOAA:
United States Coast Pilotģ

===== Voyages, True Stories =====

"Sailing Alone Around the World" - Slocum
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum - Free Ebook

"Voyage of the Liberdade" - Joshua Slocum
Voyage of the Liberdade by Joshua Slocum - Free Ebook

"The Cruise of the Snark" - Jack London
The Cruise of the Snark by Jack London - Free Ebook

"Two Years Before the Mast" - Dana
Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana - Free Ebook

"To Cuba and Back" - Dana
To Cuba and Back by Richard Henry Dana - Free Ebook

"The Falcon on the Baltic" :
The Falcon on the Baltic by E.F. Knight: complete HTML version

"Cruise of the Alerte" :
Index of /files/38891

"Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor" - Paul Lutus
* Confessions Online

"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" - Runciman
Windjammers and Sea Tramps by Baron Walter Runciman Runciman - Free Ebook

##### Because not everyone goes upon the great salt sea, or in a great big boat:

"Three Men In A Boat" - Jerome K. Jerome
Three Men In A Boat

"A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" - Thoreau
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry D. Thoreau

"Canoeing in the Wilderness" - Thoreau
Canoeing in the wilderness by Henry David Thoreau - Free Ebook

"Voyage of the Paper Canoe" - Bishop
Voyage of the Paper Canoe by Nathaniel H. Bishop - Free Ebook

"Voyage Alone in the Yawl 'Rob Roy'" - MacGregor
The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy" by John MacGregor - Free Ebook

===== Voyages, Fiction =====

"The Riddle of the Sands" - Childers
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers - Free Ebook

"Stories of Ships & the Sea" - Jack London
Stories of Ships and the Sea by Jack London - Free Ebook

"South Sea Tales" - Jack London
South Sea Tales by Jack London - Free Ebook

"Westward Ho" - Kingsley
Westward Ho! Or, The Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of - Free Ebook

"Treasure Island" - Stevenson
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Free Ebook

===== For Munchkins =====

"Captains Courageous" - Kipling
"Captains Courageous": A Story of the Grand Banks by Rudyard Kipling - Free Ebook

"Yacht Voyage Round England" - Kingston
A Yacht Voyage Round England by William Henry Giles Kingston - Free Ebook

"Coral Island" - Ballantyne
The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean by R. M. Ballantyne - Free Ebook

"Wakulla" - Kirk Munroe
Wakulla: a story of adventure in Florida by Kirk Munroe - Free Ebook

A gentle introduction to Greek myths & hero-tales,
based on stories told by Henry David Thoreau to Nathaniel
Hawthorne's children:

"A Wonder Book" & "Tanglewood Tales" - Hawthorne
A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne - Free Ebook

===== Miscellania =====

National Geographic Sailing Simulator:
National Geographic | Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002 --> this may not work, try this
Virtual Regatta - The world largest sailing community

"Migration of an American Boat Type" - Chapelle
The Migrations of an American Boat Type by Howard I. Chapelle - Free Ebook
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Re: Recommended Reading

Excellent list by the looks of it Manatee. I've read quite a few of them but enough I havn't to make it worth hitting the download button.

I doubt I'll ever prefer reading from a screen as much as turning pages but on board the tablet is a worthy companion. If I ever put my complete library of maritime related books on board I'd probably sink the poor lady.

As for Project Gutenberg ? Fabjous, absolutely fabjous.
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Re: Recommended Reading

The "Old Harry" books by J.D. Sleightholme. Actually, anything by him.

Interview with Des (J. D. Sleightholme)
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The "Old Harry" books by J.D. Sleightholme. Actually, anything by him.

Interview with Des (J. D. Sleightholme)
Absolutely ..... Des Sleightholme's writing is first class. Splendidly Britishly enjoyable.
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I'm just stopping in this thread to say I am slowly savouring the last hundred pages of "Blue at the Mizzen" This whole beautifully written book feels like a gentle denouement to the entire series. I have been voyaging with Jack and Stephen for about a year, and have enjoyed it so much. Fair Winds, Mr. O'Brian.
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Re: Recommended Reading

reading "The Biggest Boat I Could Afford: Sailing Up the U.S. Coast in a Dinghy"
By Lee Hughes.

Not a great book, but a pretty good travel log as he chronicles his voyage up the easter sea coast in a Wayfarer .
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Re: Recommended Reading

Every sailor should have a copy of

"The Friendly Stars"

an elegantly simple introduction to naked-eye astronomy and the 21 brightest stars visible from the northern hemisphere (sorry, antipodeans, I don't know a corresponding title for your skies. If you do, please post it.) These 21 stars are your street signs in the sky. You can start using the book right away, and work your way around the sky over the course of the year. No instruments required, just a clear sky and the good old Mark I eyeball. This the best introductory-astronomy book I know.

A couple of useful astronomy sites:

Heavens-Above shows you what you can see in your patch of sky.

"Follow the arc to Arcturus, then speed on to Spica":

Arcturus
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Accepting your invitation to showcase my wares, I'm pleased to announce that the updated new 4th edition of my book THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP will soon be available from Simon & Schuster.

Over one-third of the text is new or heavily revised -- electronics and radios for instance, and also the chapters on health, safety, heavy weather, and emergencies. We take account of new knowledge about seasickness, hypothermia, fatigue, and other crucial health issues, along with new developments in planning for and managing emergencies and calling for assistance.

Prominent are lessons learned from recent accidents reviewed by US Sailing committees (I served on two of those panels), and from recent tests of safety gear and techniques (I was there, too).

Besides updating so much of the text, we have added many photos to complement the wonderful illustrations by Mark Smith.

Sail safe, sail smart.

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"Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids," Kaya Goodenough Gordon

pretty good book, has a bit of preachy God stuff...which was not to my liking, but maybe others will not find that too bad.

The best part was it seemed very real from the authors observations --- both internal and observations. There was a bit of how the crew of a ship get a long... or maybe don't.

And seasickness, most of what I have read made it sound like getting seasick was catching a cold (rest and it will get better), but the author shows it can be re-occurring and how it might affect the cruising.
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