The Nautical Cyclopedia
GARY GENTILE'S POPULAR DIVE GUIDE SERIES
ISBN 1-883056-01-2 softcover with color covers 6 x 9 vertical, 136
pages, 133 color photos, 30 black & white photos.
This book is a compendium of facts, data, definitions, descriptions,
information, and trivial knowledge about ships, boats, and man's
commercial and recreational involvement with the sea. More than a
simple dictionary of words, this volume is a blend of terms and
phrases used by marine architects, ship building consultants, naval
personnel, merchant seamen, oceanographers, and the like.
Unlike technical works compiled for those who are already experts in
the industry, The Nautical Cyclopedia tells it like it is, in plain
English, using language which the average reader can understand, and
drawing analogies from everyday life in order to establish a visual
field of reference. Also included are alternative spellings, proper
pronunciations, usage examples, synonyms, antonyms, and
comparatives. Thus a bulkhead is compared to a wall, a deck is
called a floor, a ladder is equivalent to a staircase, a porthole is
defined as a window, and metacentric height . . . well, not
everything can be described in everyday terms.
Arranged alphabetically, and fully cross-referenced for ease in
locating relative terms that are part of the explanation, many terms
are illustrated from the author's store of photographs, many of
which were taken on sunken ships in a variety of underwater
environments, thus adding a new dimension to the written meaning.
The Nautical Cyclopedia is the book for those who are gripped by the
lore of the sea, divers, history buffs, armchair explorers, ship
enthusiasts, readers of nautical tales, and people of all ages. This
handy reference manual is an indispensable guide through the
esoteric terminology of the mariner's trade.
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