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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018: The Yearbook

Marvel at more than 100 winning photos from the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) international competition. The Yearkbook is produced by the UK-based Underwater Photography Magazine. It includes the judges' comments and photographers' backstories to enrich your viewing experience. (35.6 MiB, PDF, 162 pages) See also Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019: The Yearbook


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The Youth Guide to the Ocean (1st Edition)

The Youth Guide to the Ocean is copiously illustrated and packed with essential information about the ocean and marine life. Although written and produced for young people, it is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the ocean. This guide is from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the copyright holder. (32.9 MiB, PDF, 262 pages)


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An Introduction to English Sea Songs and Shanties (monograph)

This excellent monograph was written by David Atkinson, editor of the Folk Music Journal published by the London-based English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The document is courtesy of EFDSS and the British Council. (1 MiB, PDF, 34 pages)


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Sea Lanes and Other Poems

Sea Lanes and Other Poems should resonate with all those who have worked at sea. This collection of sea poems, first published in 1921, was written by Burt Franklin Jenness, who served as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy during World War I (CLICK HERE for more about the author). In the title poem, Jenness compares the sea to a lonely road that beckons with its mysterious beauty: "With never a milestone on the way, / Or friendly tavern to greet the sight; / With only the sun to guide by day. / And a single star, perhaps, at night. / It stretches away to meet the sky, / This road that never ends at all. / And up where the meteors blaze and die / It catches the dust when they fall." (3.4 MiB, PDF, 95 pages)


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Singing Histories – Plymouth

Singing Histories - Plymouth is an illustrated booklet featuring 10 songs, mostly with a sea theme, which are part of the history and culture of the English port city of Plymouth. It contains the lyrics and a brief note for each of the songs. This is part of the Singing Histories project of Sing London, the arts organisation whose mission is to unite the nation in song. (1.3 MiB , PDF, 15 pages)


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Hanging Johnny (shanty in MP3)

Hanging Johnny is a popular halyardshanty said to have been sung by sailors on Great Lakes vessels. This is a digitised version of the 1939 recording from the US Library of Congress featuring the unaccompanied vocals of Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. An interesting article about the song and its intriguing title can be found here. (4.9 MiB, MP3, 2:08 minutes)


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Sailing Ships: The Story of their Development from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

Sailing Ships: The Story of their Development from the Earliest Times to the Present Day was first published in 1909 but it remains one of the most comprehensive and well-researched books on the subject. British maritime writer Edward Keble Chatterton (1878 – 1944) provides a huge trove of information plus 130 illustrations.. He concludes the book with a beautiful tribute to the sailing ship: "Now that we have shown...her noble and illustrious pedigree, her ancestry reaching back through the centuries into the first blush of the dawn of the world's creation, perhaps we shall regard her with an interest, a respect and affection at once greater and deepper because we have become better acquainted with the reaons that have caused each of these developments." (13.6 MiB, PDF, 438 pages)


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The Sailor’s Alphabet (sea song in MP3)

The Sailor's Alphabet is a delightful song from the Age of Sail. It was sung by sailors when they were relaxing in the forecastle or on shore. This is a digitised version of the original 1939 recording by Alex Barr, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (11.4 MiB, MP3, 4:59 minutes)


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Drunken Sailor by Midshipmen Glee Club, USNA (sea shanty in MP3)

Listen to the popular Drunken Sailor performed robustly by the 80-member Midshipmen Glee Club of the U.S. Naval Academy. This shanty was part of the album 'Anchors Aweigh! Songs of the U.S. Navy' released in 1977. (4 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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Shenandoah (traditional American folk song in MP3)

Listen to this beautiful American folk song performed by Roger Mcguinn of the popular Folk Den Project. Shenandoah dates back to at least the early 19th century. American folklorist Alan Lomax suggested that it was a sea-shanty that originated with French-Canadian voyageurs. The US Library of Congress notes: "As unclear as is the song’s origin, so is the definitive interpretation of its text. Some believe that the song refers to the river of the same name. Others suggest that it is of Native American origin, for it tells the tale of Sally, the daughter of the Indian Chief Shenandoah, who is courted for seven years by a white Missouri river trader. Regardless of these textual discrepancies, 'Shenandoah' remains an American classic."  This song is published here under Mr. McGuinn's Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US.  (1.0 MiB, MP3, 4:27 minutes)


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Starboard Lights: Salt Water Tales by A.B. Hawser, Master

Starboard Lights: Salt Water Tales was written by A.B. Hawser, pseudonym of Julius Washington Muller (1867 – 1930). Published in 1901, the book is remarkable for its easy, down-to-earth language, and engaging wit. Consider this first paragraph from the first chapter, "What Happened at Sea': "Never mind where this ship was bound. She belonged to a firm of fine, jovial Englishmen?most agreeable persons, with an amiable weakness for overloading and undermanning their vessels. It's easy enough. The Plimsoll's mark that the Lloyds people put on a ship can't talk, and a little thing like jamming cargo in till the mark is way under water doesn't make the craft look particularly bad when she's lying at her berth in a slip where there are no waves." (14.2 MiB, PDF, 223 pages)


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Goodby, fare you well, or Homeward bound (shanty in MP3)

This is a digitised version of the original 1939 recording of Goodby, fare you well (or Homeward bound), a capstan shanty that ends with the triumphant cry "Vast heavin!". It features the unaccompanied vocals of Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, and Leighton McKenzie. This file is from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. (11.2 MiB, MP3, 4:53 minutes)


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The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties (EPUB format for smartphones and tablets)

First published in 1921, The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties is a great read for those who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of shanties (old sailors' work songs). The 30 shanties in this book were collected by Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1865 – 1938), English organist, choir director and music scholar. They are accompanied by sheet music for piano and some interesting notes on each shanty. (1.4 MiB, EPUB)


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Moby Dick by Herman Melville (comics version)

Entertain yourself with this comics version of Herman Melville's great 1851 sea classic. Moby Dick (complete title: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale) is not just an adventure novel but an epic story about man's struggle with nature and his inner self. (2.0 MiB, PDF, 52 pages)


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Coping with Depression

Coping with Depression is a very informative booklet for seafarers and others who suffer from this medical condition and those whose work involves helping the depressed. It is published by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. In an easy-to-read format, it discusses the symptoms and causes of depression, the myths surrounding it, and the steps to tackle depression. (1.1 MiB, PDF, 39 pages)


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Drunken Sailor, The by Leonard Warren (shanty in MP3)

Sing along to this popular sea shanty sung by American baritone Leonard Warren (1911 – 1960) with orchestra and chorus. Warren's version of The Drunken Sailor with arrangement by Tom Scott might even make you want to dance.This is a digitised version of the original 78rpm record released in 1949. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 2:42 minutes)


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The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties (PDF)

First published in 1921, The Shanty Book Part I: Sailor Shanties is a great read for those who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of shanties (old sailors' work songs). The 30 shanties in this book were collected by Sir Richard Runciman Terry (1865 – 1938), English organist, choir director and music scholar. They are accompanied by sheet music for piano and some interesting notes on each shanty. (7.1 MiB, PDF, 75 pages) See also the EPUB edition of this book (for smartphones and tablets)


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Standard Employment Contract (SEC) for Filipino seafarers, as amended in 2010

This official Philippine document stipulates the standard terms and conditions for the overseas employment of Filipinos on ocean-going vessels as amended in 2010. A must-have reference for foreign employers and especially for Filipino seafarers. (8.6 MiB, PDF, 39 pages).


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A Short Guide: How to Protect Your Rights as a Seafarer by Barista Uno

This is not your usual how-to guide on seafarers' rights. It contains a number of practical tips that you won't find elsewhere. The booklet is published by Marine Café Blog in appreciation of the men and women who work at sea and keep the global trade going. It is free to copy and share under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives 4.0 International License . (517 KiB, PDF, 17 pages)


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Rio Grande – Sailors Hornpipe (shanty in MP3)

Enjoy this bouncy shanty which was sung by British and American sailors of old. Rio Grande - Sailors Hornpipe (also known as 'Away Rio' or 'Rio Grande') is courtesy of the San Diego Maritime Museum in California, part of its Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection. The title refers to the Rio Grande do Sul, a state in the southernmost part of Brazil. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3:48 minutes)


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An Ocean Tramp by Philip D. Heywood

Published in 1888, An Ocean Tramp is the kind of book that you will not want to put down once you've started reading the first few paragraphs. It is about the adventures of a young lad who was inspired to go to sea after being fascinated by the stories told by the family neighbour, an old, down-and-out English mariner. Very little is known about the author, Philip D. Heywood, but this short novel attests to his gift as a storyteller. (18 MiB, PDF, 232 pages)


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Erie Canal by Roger McGuinn (a bouncy song in MP3)

You will love the bouncy tune of Erie Canal. It tells a comic story about a tragic boat journey down the historic Erie Canal. The latter was built in the 19th century to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. This song is part of American singer Roger McGuinn's Folk Den project. It being shared by Marine Café Blog under the original Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. .(2.9 MiB, mp3, 3:09 minutes)


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Principal Parts and Sails of 19th-Century Sailing Ships

This is a valuable reference material for sailing enthusiasts, maritime historians, writers and teachers. It describes the principal parts of a sailing ship in the British or American fleets of the 19th century, as well as the locations and naming protocol of masts, yards, gaffs, stays and booms and the sails they spread. (942 KiB, PDF, 8 pages) See also Introduction to Sail and Rigging Types by Martin Hendry (illustrated)


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The Times are Hard (sea shanty in MP3)

Many seafarers will be able identify with the lyrics of The Times are Hard: The times are hard and the wages low/ O leave her Johnnie leave her/ O the times are hard and the wages low/ It's time for us to leave her. This sea shanty is performed by Roots A Capella, a youth choir in Devon, England. The audio file is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance & Music Society. (1.6 MiB, MP3, 1:42 minutes)


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Lost Ships and Lonely Seas

Enjoy these 17 true stories of shipwrecks and other unfortunate incidents at sea. Published in 1921, Lost Ships and Lonely Seas reads like an adventure book. The author, American journalist Ralph Delahaye Paine, throws light on the perils of 19th century seafaring. An excerpt from Chapter 1: The wild gale smote them in the darkness of night. They tried to heave the vessel to, but she was battered and wrenched without mercy. Stout canvas was whirled away in fragments. The seams of the hull opened as she labored, and six feet of water flooded the hold. Leaking like a sieve, the Polly would never see port again. (9.3 MiB, PDF, 450 pages)


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US Coast Guard circular on implementation of ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The United States is not a signatory to ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. However, the US Coast Guard has a voluntary inspection programme for vessel owners/operators who wish to have their compliance with the Convention documented. For this purpose, the USCG issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 02-13 for the guidance of Coast Guard marne inspectors and Recognized Classification Societies or RCS. (837 KiB, PDF, 62 pages)


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A Wanderer’s Songs of the Sea

A Wanderer's Songs of the Sea is a book of poems written by American author Charles Augustus Keeler (1871 – July 31, 1937). The 20 poems are set in different locales around the world. Keeler's style of poetric writing is exemplified by the last stanza of the last poem, 'Leaving Honolulu': Aloha, fair Oahu, slowly palng o'er the tide,/ Your peaks may fade but in my heart your vision shall abide;/ Still the flame of your hibiscus, still those wistful tropic eyes/ Shall entrall me to your palm-groves, shall endear your azure skies!  (2.4 MiB, PDF, 68 pages)


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The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors

Published in 1919, The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors describes the glory days of American merchant shipping. It was written by the noted American journalist and author, Ralph Delahaye Paine (1871 – 1925). The first two sentences will make you want to continue reading till the end of the book: The story of American ships and sailors is an epic of blue water which seems regularly remote, almost unreal, to the later generations. A people with a native genius for seafaring won and held a brilliant supremacy through two centuries and then forsook this heritage of theirs. (6.8 MiB, PDF, 230 pages)


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Day-O (Day Dah Light) by Roger McGuinn (MP3)

American musician Roger McGuinn interprets an old Jamaican song which was sung by men as they loaded ships with bananas. This song is part of McGuinn's Folk Den project. It is shared here by Marine Café Blog under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US. (3.0 MiB file size, MP3 format, 2:10 minutes). See also Harry Belafonte's Banana Boat (Day-o)


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The Buccaneers and Marooners of America: Being an Account of the Famous Adventures and Daring Deeds of Certain Notorious Freebooters of the Spanish Main (edited by Howard Pyle)

This book chronicles the exploits of several 17th-century pirates, including the infamous Blackbeard. It should appeal to anyone who is fascinated with pirates.As American illustrator and author Howard Pyle (1853 –1911) notes in the Introduction: Courage and daring, no matter how mad and ungodly, have always a redundancy of vim and life to recommend them to the nether man that lies within us, and no doubt his desperate courage, his battle against the tremendous odds of all the civilized world of law and order had had much to do in making a popular hero of our friend of the black flag. (20.7 MiB, PDF, 400 pages)


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The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad

First published in 1906, The Mirror of the Sea is a collection of autobiographical essays by Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad (1857–1924) based on his life as a merchant sailor for almost 20 years. Commenting on the book, Conrad wrote: Within these pages I make a full confession not of my sins but of my emotions. It is the best tribute my piety can offer to the ultimate shapers of my character, convictions, and, in a sense, destiny--to the imperishable sea, to the ships that are no more and to the simple men who have had their day. (13.3 MiB, PDF, 336 pages)


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A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (PDF edition)

A Journal of the Plague Year by English novelist Daniel Defoe (1660–1731) is about the Great Plague of London in 1664–65. The story is narrated by one "H.F.", a purported eyewitness. Although fictionalised, Defoe's historical reconstruction of this grim chapter in London's history is convincing. Indeed, parts of it have an uncanny resemblance to events occurring during the coronavirus pandemic that started in 2019. (761.4 KiB, PDF, 181 pages ).


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A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (EPUB edition)

A Journal of the Plague Year by English novelist Daniel Defoe (1660–1731) is about the Great Plague of London in 1664–65. The story is narrated by one "H.F.", a purported eyewitness. Although fictionalised, Defoe's historical reconstruction of this grim chapter in London's history is convincing. Indeed, parts of it have an uncanny resemblance to events occurring during the coronavirus pandemic that started in 2019. NOTE: You need an appropriate e-book reader to view the file on your smartphne or tablet. (413.2 KiB, EPUB).


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The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea by James Fenimore Cooper

First published in 1824, The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea is a novel by James Fenimore Cooper, the first major American novelist and a sailor by profession. Says the Encyclopedia Britannica: The work, which was admired by Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad for its authentic portrayal of a seafaring life and takes place during the American Revolution, launched a whole genre of maritime fiction. It features a mysterious and almost superhuman American sea pilot (based on the American hero John Paul Jones) who fights battles off the coast of England against the British and American loyalists. (10.3 MiB, PDF, 454 pages)


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Rolling Home (a seamen’s song)

Rolling Home celebrates the joy of sailors as they sail back to their homeland. Recorded in 1939, this seamen's song (not a shanty) was performed by Captain Leighton Robinson, Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur and Leighton McKenzie. It is part of the W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection, Library of Congress, USA. (10.5 MiB, MP3, 4:34 minutes)


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Johnny (a sea song from the 1930s)

This old song is about a sailor who comes back from sea in the hope of marrying the girl he loves. He soon realises that she is only after his money. Recorded in 1938, the song was performed by Ward H.Ford. It is part of the Library of Congress W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection. (6.4 MiB, MP3, 2:48 minutes)


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Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates (PDF)

Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates is a collection of eight classic pirate stories written by the American illusrator, painter and author, Howard Pyle (1853–1911). It has been enriched by Pyle's wonderful illustrations, making it a great read for art lovers as well as pirate fans and students of history. Merle Johnson, who compiled the stories, wrote in his Foreword: Pirates, Buccaneers, Marooners, those cruel but picturesque sea wolves who once infested the Spanish Main, all live in present-day conceptions in great degree as drawn by the pen and pencil of Howard Pyle…It is improbable that anyone else will ever bring his combination of interest and talent to the depiction of these old-time Pirates, any more than there could be a second Remington to paint the now extinct Indians and gun-fighters of the Great West. (16.7 MiB, PDF, 341 pages)


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Santy Ano (a lively sea shanty in MP3)

Santy Ano (or Santy Anno) is a sea shanty whose origins date back to the mid-19th century. This version is full of zest and vigour. It is from the Gold Rush Sea Chanteys collection of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. (3.2 MiB, MP3, 3.14 minutes)


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Two Years Before the Mast (an American classic for smartphones and tablets)

Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir by American lawyer Richard Henry Dana Jr. of his two-year voyage from Boston to California as a common sailor on board a merchant ship. The term "before the mast" refers to the sailors' quarters located in the forecastle (the ship's bow). This book was first published in 1840 when Dana was still a law student at Harvard Universiy. In his Introduction, Prof. Homer Eaton Keyes explains why it is an American classic: We read it to-day not merely for its simple, unpretentious style; but for its clear picture of sea life previous to the era of steam navigation, and for its graphic description of conditions in California before visions of gold sent the long lines of "prairie schooners" drifting across the plains to unfold the hidden destiny of the West. (381.3 KiB, EPUB format)


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Pay Me My Money Down (shanty in MP3)

Pay Me My Money Down is said to have been composed by African-American dock workers and picked up by West Indian sailors and sung as a shanty. More about the song here: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-black-origins-of-song-pay-me-my.html This version, performed by Adriano Adewale and Tim Cansfield in acappella, is courtesy of the London-based English Folk Dance and Song Society. (2.2 MiB, MP3, 2:24 minutes)


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Island in the Sun by Harry Belafonte (video clip)

Watch Jamaican-American singer Harry Belafonte perform Island in the Sun in this 1957 video clip. The song was the title track of the 1957 film 'Island in the Sun' in which Belafonte played one of the main characters. (14.5 MiB, MP4, 1:39 minutes)


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List of accredited Philippine maritime schools (as of July 2019)

This is the official Commission on Higher Education roster of Philippine colleges and universities authorised to offer the BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering programmes for academic year 2019-2020. It is inclusive of satellite campuses. The PDF file was created by Marine Café Blog. (804.6 KiB, PDF, 3 pages)


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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (for smartphones and tablets)

Ernest Hemingway's last major work of fiction, The Old Man and the Sea centres on an ageing fishermen who fights an epic battle with a giant marlin. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953 and continues to be loved by millions of readers. (103.3 KiB, EPUB format)


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Randy Dandy Oh by Roger McGuinn (shanty in MP3)

Randy Dandy Oh is a traditional shanty that will make you want to sing along because of its wonderful tempo. This version is by American musician Roger McGuinn and is part of his Folk Den project, It is licensed  under a  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. (3.5 MiB, MP3, 3.03 minutes long)


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Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la Mer) by Victor Hugo

Published in 1866, Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la Mer) is not as popular as Victor Hugo's Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Misérables (1862). It is nonetheless a compelling sea adventure and love story, written by the most important of the French Romantic writers. The story revolves around Gilliat, a fisherman and outcast, who sets out to salvage the steam engine from a wrecked ship in order to win the hand of the owner's daughter. ( 22.6 MiB, PDF, 515 pages including cover)


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The Lusitania’s Last Voyage

The 31,550-tonne RMS Lusitania, an ocean liner owned by Cunard Line, was sunk by a German U-boat on 7th May 1915. This book is a first-hand account of her last fateful voyage by Charles E. Lauriat, Jr., one of the survivors. (4.9 MiB, PDF, 175 pages including cover)


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Classics Illustrated — Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo

Toilers of the Sea (Les Travailleurs de la Mer) is a novel by Victor Hugo, the great French writer better known for his Les Miserables. Published in 1866, it tells the story of a social outcast from the island of Guernsey (where Hugo lived in exile) who sets out to salvage the steam engine from a wrecked ship in order to win the hand of the owner's daughter. This comic book version is a good example of how a literary masterpiece can be popularised through a medium that continues to be loved by millions. (2.3 MiB, PDF, 52 pages including cover)


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Drunken Sailor by Albert Octave (shanty in MP3)

An interesting version of the popular shanty Drunken Sailor — the way it is likely to be sung by inebriated sailors. Also known as What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?, this song is published in this website under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International  licence. (4.2 MiB, MP3, 3:43 minutes)


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Strike the Bell (shanty in MP3)

The song's title refers to the striking of a ship's bell to mark each half-hour of a four-hour watch (eight bells in all). This charming Age of Sail shanty is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection (File size: 2.0 MiB, MP3, 2:14 mnutes)


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Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmate (traditional naval song, MP3)

Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate is a timeless song that was sung by British Royal Navy sailors during the Napoleonic era. This track is courtesy of the Folk Den Project by American musician Roger McGuinn and is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License . (7.3 MiB, MP3 format, 5:20 minutes)  


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Seafarer Mental Health Study

This is the final report (October 2019)  of a study on seafarers' mental health conducted by the ITF Seafarers' Trust and Yale University. Marine Café Blog is sharing the document as part of the growing body of literature on the subject. It is NOT endorsing the findings of the study or its methodology. (File size: 1.0 MiB, PDF, 31`pages)


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The Truth About the Titanic by Colonel Archibald Gracie

The Truth About the Titanic is considered one of the most accurate firsthand accounts of the tragedy. It was written by Colonel Archibald Gracie, a passenger on the RMS Titanic who was part of the heroic efforts to put other passengers onto the lifeboats. Published posthumously in 1913, the book sets the record straight on what really happened. Gracie describes, for instance, the moment immediately after the iceberg struck: It was now that the band began to play, and continued while the boats were being lowered.We considered this a wise provision tending to allay excitement. I did not recognize any of the tunes, but I know they were cheerful and were not hymns. If, as has been reported, ''Nearer My God to Thee'' was one of the selections, I assuredly should have noticed it and regarded it as a tactless warning of immediate death to us all and one likely to create a panic that our special efforts were directed towards avoiding... (File size: 13 MiB, PDF, 366 pages)


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The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility (a novella, for smartphones)

The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility by American author Morgan Robertson is said by some to have foretold the RMS Titanic disaster. The similarities between fiction and reality are eerie indeed. The ocean liner in Roberton's novella was named Titan. It also sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg in the same month of April. And to think that this book was published in 1898 — 14 years before the RMS Titanic met its doom. (File size: 119.6 KiB, EPUB format)


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SHIPS, SEA SONGS AND SHANTIES

First published in 1910, Ships, Sea Songs and Shanties is a real treasure trove. This 1913 edition contains some 80 songs compiled and annotated by an English master mariner, William Boultbee Whall (1847–1917). The illustrations by his niece, stainglass artist Veronica Whall (1887–1967), are in themselves a prize art collection. Anyone who wants to learn more about shanties and sea songs should have a copy of this book. (File size: 8.3 MiB, PDF, 143 pages)  


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The Story of Titanic

The Story of Titanic provides essential facts about the ship, its technical features, and the characteristics of icebergs like the one that sank the ocean liner. It explains, amongst other things, why not more lives were saved during the rescue. This illustrated reference material was published by The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as an activity guide for teachers and has some suggested science exercises for students to try out. However, the information is so well presented that this guide should interest all Titanic history buffs. (File size: 1.1 MiB ,PDF, 48 pages)  


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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (illustrated, PDF format)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem in seven parts by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) illustrated with 38 works by the great French printmaker, Gustave Doré (1832–1883). This jewel of English literature is a story of sin, suffering and redemption.The title character stops one of three young men on their way to a wedding party and mesmerises him with the tale of his youthful saga at sea — how he killed an albatross and brought bad luck to himself and his fellow sailors. (File size: 8.4 MiB, PDF, 54 pages)


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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (illustrated, EPUB format for smartphones)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem in seven parts by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) illustrated with 38 works by the great French printmaker, Gustave Doré (1832–1883). This jewel of English literature is a story of sin, suffering and redemption.The title character stops one of three young men on their way to a wedding party and mesmerises him with the tale of his youthful saga at sea — how he killed an albatross and brought bad luck to himself and his fellow sailors. (File size: 5.0 MiB, EPUB)


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19th Century Maritime Art: Our History in Paintings

Feast your eyes on some gorgeous paintings of sailing vessels that helped shape American history particularly in the New York-New Jersey region. This 36-page pamphlet was issued by the Monmouth University Center for the Arts in conjunction with the October 2011 exhibition, 19th Century Maritime Art: Our History in Paintings, held at the Pollak Gallery. (File size: 5.2 MiB, PDF, 36 pages)


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Introduction to Sail and Rigging Types by Martin Hendry (illustrated)

Introduction to Sail and Rigging Types is a 28-page iillustrated guide to the world of sailing vessels courtesy of National Historic Ships UK. It provides a brief description for each sail and rig type and some colour photos. This is a useful reference for sailing enthusiasts and those who love marine art and photography but don't know the difference between a sloop and a catboat. (File size: 2.2 MiB, PDF, 28 pages) See also Principal Parts and Sails of 19th-Century Sailing Ships.


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The First Voyage Round the World, by Magellan

This is a must-read for all maritime history aficionados. The First Voyage Round the World, by Magellan is about the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan's westward voyage from Spain in 1519 round South America to the East Indies. Although Magellan was killed in Cebu, the Philippines, one of his ships sailed back to Spain to complete the first circumnavigation of the Earth. This book was translated by Lord Stanley of Alderley from the accounts of the Italian chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, and other contemporary writers. (File size: 13.6 MiB, PDF, 361 pages)    


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Haul Away Joe (shanty, MP3)

Haul Away Joe was sung by sailors when they pulled on ropes to raise or lower the ship's sails. This sprightly sailors' work song is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection (File size: 1.0  MiB, MP3, 1:46 mnutes)


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Homeward Bound / Goodbye Fare Thee Well (shanty in MP3)

Homeward Bound, also known as Goodbye Fare Thee Well, is a capstan shanty performed by sailors when lifting anchor at a foreign port to begin their homeward voyage. Other versions of the song may have slightly different lyrics depending on the locale, but the tune has not changed over time. This musical file is courtesy of the Maritime Museum of San Diego in California, USA. It is part of the museum's Voyage of Hope Sea Chanteys collection. (File size: 1.2  MiB, MP3, 2:12 minutes)


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Spanish Ladies (an old British naval song, MP3)

Yet another version of Spanish Ladies, a traditional British naval song that dates back to the late 1700s. This one is from Roger McGuinn's "The Folk Den Project". (File size: 3.6 MiB, MP3, 3:09 minutes) This song is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.


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Banana Boat (Day-o) by Harry Belafonte (MP3)

Banana Boat (Day-o) by American singer Harry Belafonte is a traditional Jamaican song about dock workers loading bananas onto ships at night. Daylight comes, and they look forward to the arrival of the Tallyman, who will take inventory, so they could go home. This is a digitised version of the original single recorded in 1955 by Belafonte with Tony Scott's Orchestra and Chorus. (File size: 5.2 MiB, MP3 format, 3:10 minutes) See also Roger McGuinn's version of the same song, Day-o


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Leave her, Johnny (shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this old shanty (sailors' work song) which is said to have been sung before the end of a voyage when all hands would disembark. This version is performed by Roger McGuinn, best known as the frontman of the American rock band, The Byrds, with accompaniment by John Sebastian. (File size: 4.9 MiB, MP3, 2:41 duration)  This song is published on this website under a Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.


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Sea-Fairies and Other Poems by Alfred Tennyson (illustrated)

Five quarter-centuries after his death, the poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (English, 6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892) continue to delight readers around the world. Sea-Fairies and Other Poems was published in 1890 and contains six of his beautiful, albeit lesser known, poems. Characteristic of the lilting quality of Tennyson's poetic language are these closing lines from 'The Sea-Fairies': O, listen, listen, your eyes shall glisten/ When the sharp clear twang of the golden chords/ Runs up the ridged sea./ Who can light on as happy a shore/ All the world o’er, all the world o’er?/  Whither away? listen and stay; mariner, mariner, fly no more.   (File size: 5.5. MiB, PDF, 48 pages)    


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Whiskey Johnny (sea shanty, MP3)

This rollicking, down-to-earth sailors' song was recorded in 1939. It is from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, in Washington, DC. The performers were Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur, Leighton McKenzie and Leighton Robinson. (File size: 5.3 MiB, MP3, 2:17 minutes) DISCLAIMER: Marine Café Blog is not promoting the drinking of alcoholic beverages. It is sharing this sea song as part of the world's maritime heritage.


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Great Open Sea (sea shanty, MP3)

Enjoy this rousing song performed by New Zealand's Wellington Sea Shanty Society. The W.S.S.S. is composed of a two-man tempest of pure shanty, Vorn Dont le Père Etait Marin and Lake Davineer. They have been belting out traditional sea songs since 2012 to the delight of sailors and landlubbers. (File size: 6.2 MiB, MP3 format, 2:55 minutes)   NOTE: This musical file is published on this website under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US licence    


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Drunken Sailor (a popular sea shanty, MP3)

Listen to one of the most popular shanties (sailors' work songs). This version of Drunken Sailor also known as What Shall We Do with a/the Drunken Sailor?is by The Irish Rovers, a group of Irish musicians formed in 1963 and renamed The Rovers in the 1980s. (File size: 3.7 MiB, MP3 format) See also The Drunken Sailor by Leonard Warren with orchestra and chorus  


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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (for smartphones and tablets)

This masterpiece by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) tells of the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of an evil pirate, Captain Flint. The book is "both for and of all ages," says Stefan Beck in a review published in The Wall Street Journal. He writes: Stevenson's prose is a pleasure not only for its precision and grace but also for its ability to capture the ugly or uncanny. His descriptions of people—Black Dog, a "pale, tallowy figure wanting two fingers"; the Sasquatch-like maroon Ben Gunn; and of course Silver, "hopping about upon [his crutch] like a bird" and grinning from a "face as big as a ham"—bring them forth from the page before any has spoken a word. (File size: 985.8 KiB, EPUB format)  


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Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

The works of Winslow Homer (1836–1910), not least his seascapes, are amongst the most powerful and expressive of late 19th-century American art. Their appeal stems in part from their being location-bound. This article from Antiques and Fine Art Magazine takes a look at the various places which Homer visited and the paintings they inspired. (File size: 1.7 MiB, PDF, eight pages)


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Seafarers’ Statistics in the EU: Statistical review (2017 data STCW-IS)

Published by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on 6th August 2019, this report contains essential information on seafarers from EU- and non-EU countries whose Certificates of Competency (COCs) had been recognised as of 2017. A must-have reference for manning agencies, particularly those that supply crews to EU-flag vessels. (File size: 1.7 MiB, PDF, 59 pages)


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Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) by Herman Melville (for smartphones and tablets)

Herman Melville's final novel, Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative), is essential reading for literary buffs and even admiralty law students. First published posthumously in 1924, the unfinished work tells the story of Billy Budd, a young and handsome seaman who is conscripted into service aboard the HMS Bellipotent in 1797. Budd is popular amongst the crew except for the ship's evil and jealous master-at-arms, John Claggart. The latter falsely accuses him of conspiracy to mutiny. Budd kills Claggart during a meeting between the two men called by the captain, which leads to Budd's court-martial and subsequent execution. (File size: 154.1 KiB, EPUB format)  


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HOKUSAI

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was one of the greatest artists produced by Japan, known worldwide for his iconic woodblock print The Great Wave. Learn more about the life and work of the artistic giant in this Summer 1985 issue of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. A sizeable collection of  Hokusai's prints is featured. (File size: 7.5 MiB, PDF, 51 pages)


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The duty to rescue at sea, in peacetime and in war: A general overview

The duty to rescue persons in distress at sea is enshrined in international law but it is not always clear-cut. This article from the International Review of the Red Cross journal is especially relevant in light of the controversial sea rescues being conducted by charity groups in the Mediterranean. It was written by Irini Papanicolopulu, Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca. (File size: 1.1 MiB, PDF, 24 pages)


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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019: The Yearbook

See the 129 winning images from the 2019 international Underwater Photographer of the Year competition. Since 2015, the British-sponsored UPY competition has been attracting thousands of photographers from around the world who vie for prizes in different categories. This stunning publication, which also features back-stories and the judges' comments, is a welcome addition to any photographer's or sea lover's library. (File size 20.6 MiB, PDF, 173 pages)


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Blood and Water: Human rights abuse in the global seafood industry

Human rights abuse is rife in the fishing industry. This 2019 report from the London-based Environmental Justice Foundation details cases of slavery, debt bondage, insufficient food and water, filthy living conditions, physical and sexual assault and even murder aboard fishing vessels from 13 countries operating across three oceans. (File size: 3.4 MiB, PDF, 44 pages_


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National Geographic’s Guide to Photography: Travel Basics

This 15-page guide was put together by the photographers of National Geographic, which is known for its excellent photography. It provides useful information for the traveller who loves taking pictures or the amateur photographer who just wants to improve his skills. (File size: 4 MiB, PDF, 15 pages)


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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (last chapter, audio)

Listen to a wonderful reading of Chapter 135 (The Chase — Third Day) of Herman Melville's masterpiece. This last chapter describes Captain Ahab's final encounter with Moby-Dick which would seal the fate of the whaling ship Pequod and its crew. Read by James Naughtie and introduced by Peter Donaldson, the audio file is courtesy of The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, in the UK. (File size: 25.9 MiB, MP3)    


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Youth by Joseph Conrad (for smartphones and tablets)

Enjoy this autobiographical short story by the great Polish-born British writer and former ship captain, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)). Written in 1898, Youth begins with five veterans of the merchant navy drinking red wine around a table. Marlow, one of the men, then narrates his first voyage to the East as second mate on board the Judea 22 years earlier, when he was aged 20. The story is punctuated with some moving descriptions of the sea, as in this excerpt: The sea was white like a sheet of foam, like a caldron of boiling milk; there was not a break in the clouds, no — not the size of a man’s hand — no, not for so much as ten seconds... (File size: 74.5 KiB, EPUB) — NOTE: Transfer the downloaded file to your device. You need to have an e-book reader app if you are using a smartphone or tablet, You can also read the EPUB file  on a desktop computer using a book reader such as FBReader.


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Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

If you love whales and dolphins, you've got to read this wonderful booklet from the Scottish Natural Heritage. Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is focused on Scottish coastal waters, where nearly one-quarter of the world's species of cetaceans are found. However, it contains a good deal of general information about these lovable creatures of the sea and some beautiful photographs.  (File size: 3.2 MiB, PDF, 58 pages)


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The Mental Health of Seafarers

This 12-page paper written by Robert T.B. Iversen of the Rotary Club of Melbourne is a worthwhile read. It not only puts a handle on the extent of the problem relating to seafarer suicides resulting from depression, but it also discusses the causes of poor mental health amongst seafarers. (File size: 191.1 KiB, PDF, 12 pages)


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The American Society of Marine Artists – ASMA News and Journal, Fall 2018

Marine art lovers will enjoy reading this Fall 2018 edition of the quarterly ASMA journal. It features the art and career of Mark Daly, a self-taught artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, and MBA graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia. Gracing the cover of this issue is a detail of Daly's Golden Sails. (File size: 2.1 MiB, PDF, 32 pages)


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Sea Shanties (MP3 format)

Sea shanties or traditional sailors' work songs are part  of the world's maritime heritage. The five a cappella shanties contained in the file are from the London-based English Folk Dance and Song Society. They are in MP3 format, which is perfect for listening on your smartphone. (File size: 7.0 MiB, zipped file containing five songs in MP3 format)


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Study of Shells: conchology and shell collecting

This 8-page brochure contains a wealth of information for shell collectors and others who just love shells. Amongst other things, it provides tips on protecting your shell collection. Enioy the wonderful photography, layout and design by Canadian graphics designer Jennifer Harder of The Ink Rag.  (File size: 4.1 MiB, PDF,  eight pages)


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Sinking of the Titanic by Thomas H. Russell

This is a gem of a book. Published in 1912 shortly after the RMS Titanic sank, it is a riveting account of what really happened. The horror the survivors went through is described in chilling detail, as in this excerpt from the book: The women in the lifeboats saw their loved ones plunge to death. The survivors' boats were bobbing along in the waves all within a radius of half a mile of the great Titanic, when, with a roar and burst of spray, it settled and passed out of sight for the last time. (File size: 26.8 MiB, PDF, 353 pages)


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International Hazards Datasheet (for ship engineer/machinist)

This five-page International Hazards Datasheet lists the hazards ship engineers may be exposed to in the course of their normal work — from cuts and injuries caused by sharp instruments to electric shocks and exposure to noise and heat. It also suggests preventive measures for dealing with such hazards. (File size: 61.3 KiB, PDF, five pages)


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International Hazards Datasheet (for seaman/seawoman)

This five-page document could be a life-saver for seafarers working on deck. Co-produced by the International Labour Organization (ILO), it lists, in a standard format, different hazards to which deckhands may be exposed in the course of their day-to-day work. It also spells out preventive measures for dealing with such hazards. (File size: 60.4 KiB, PDF, five pages)  


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Civil Sea Rescue: Annual Report 2017-2018 (Sea-Watch)

This 13-page report is an interesting and informative read whatever your opinion may be on the Mediterranean migrant crisis. It takes a close look at the workings of Sea-Watch, the controversial sea rescue group — how it operates, what drives its members, and where it gets the money to fund its mission. (File size: 3.5 MiB, PDF, 13 pages)


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An Eye for Art: Winslow Homer

Get a fresh perspective on the art of Winslow Homer (1836–1910), the American landscape painter best known for his marine subjects. This four-page monograph is part of the An Eye for Art series of the Washington DC-based National Gallery of Art. It says of Homer's masterful use of watercolour: With quick brushstrokes, he captured crashing waves, moving animals, and the visual effects of changing light. To suggest sunlight, Homer left areas of the white paper untouched. Using this technique, the whiteness of the paper — and not the paint — creates glints of brilliant light. (File size: 11.2 MiB, PDF, four pages)


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Universal Declaration of Human Rights (illustrated)

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains the basic framework for any discussion of human rights, including the rights of seafarers. This edition of the most translated document in the world is wonderfully illustrated by Yacine Aït Kaci (YAK), an Algerian-born French digital media artist. (File size: 1.1 MiB, PDF, 72 pages)


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ILO Maritime Labour Convention (for smartphones and tablets)

Every merchant sailor should have a copy of ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 — known as the seafarers' bill of rights. Have ready access to the full text of MLC2006 on your smartphone, tablet or e-book reader. NOTE: Transfer the downloaded file to your device. You need to have an e-book reader app if you are using a smartphone or tablet. (File size: 99.7 KiB, EPUB)


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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (for smartphones and tablets)

Carry one of the greatest literary classics in your pocket. Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is not just an adventure novel about a mad ship captain and his vengeful quest for the White Whale. It is filled with philosophical musings on life and the human condition. This EPUB edition is perfect for reading on your smartphone, tablet or e-book reader such as Kindle. NOTE: You need to have an e-book reader app installed on your smartphone or tablet. (File size: 537.5 KiB , EPUB)


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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

First published in 1851, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville arguably marks the beginning of modern American literature. It is not just an adventure novel about Captain Ahab and his vengeful quest for the White Whale. As Robert McCrum noted in a book review for The Guardian newspaper: Moby-Dick is...the great American novel whose genius was only recognised long after its author was dead. From its celebrated opening line ("Call me Ishmael") it plunges the reader into the narrator's quest for meaning "in the damp, drizzly November of my soul". (File size: 3.2 MiB, PDF, 861 pages)


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Cullercoats Art Trail: A journey back in time around Cullercoats through the eyes of famous artists

The fishing village of Cullercoats in North East England was an artists' colony that attracted such famous artists as the American painter and printmaker, Winslow Homer. This small travel brochure from the North Tyneside Council throws light on what lured these artists to the place. It features several artworks, including four iconic watercolour drawings by Homer. (File size: 1 MiB, PDF, five pages)


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An Eye for Art: Joseph Mallord William Turner

This four-page monograph spotlights the life and art of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), a British Romantic painter known for his turbulent seascapes. It is part of the National Gallery of Art's family-oriented 'An Eye for Art' series on great artists and their work. (File size: 6.8 MiB, PDF)


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The Art of Clouds

Any sailor worth his salt should be able to tell the difference between the various types of clouds. This unique learning aid from the UCAR Center for Science Education (UCAR SciEd) in Coloroda, USA, uses paintings by famous artists to promote a better understanding of the subject. Included are sea-themed paintings by Claude Monet, John Constable, Eugene Bordin, J.M.W. Turner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Isaac Levitan and Winslow Homer. (File size: 21.1 MiB, PDF, 46 pages)


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Sea Grist: A Personal Narrative of Five Months in the Merchant Marine

This non-fiction book is a must-read for anyone who wants to become a seafarer. Published in 1922, it should appeal to all modern-day readers who love sea literature. Says author Lehmann Hisey in his Preface: "My purpose in relating this experience in the Merchant Marine is to show the fellow who craves sea life and adventure that these things are not all he may think them to be. My service extended over a period of five months and this little tale gives the actual daily life and work, neither softened nor exaggerated, but told exactly as it occurred. I have endeavored to show not only the routine, discipline and associates, but the effect of these on one's character and ideals." (File size: 53.9 MiB, PDF, 269 pages in sequence)


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Sea Garden

Sea Garden was the first book of H.D., the pen name of American poet Hilda Doolittle. Published in 1916, it remains a literary gem. Many of the 28 poems in this slim volume make use of sea-related imagery to powerfully express the poet's angst and her thoughts about love and life. (File size: 1.5 MiB, PDF)


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Marine Art in Australia

This 2014 newsletter opens a window to the world of Australian marine art. It is one of only two issues (the other one is from 2012) made available in digital format by the Australian Society of Marine Artists. Many of the articles were written by the artists themselves and feature their artworks. (File size: 5.3 MiB, PDF)


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Shell Classification Using Family Plates

Marvel at 20 beautiful photographs of shells in this monograph published by Australia's Queensland Museum Network. The plates show common Queensland shells from 38 different families. Each one is accompanied by a brief description of the shell's distinctive characteristics and habitat. (File size: 2.9 MiB, PDF)  


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Ivan Konstantin Aivazovsky (an essay)

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817–1900) was a Russian-Armenian painter who is considered one of the greatest masters of marine art. This short article is excerpted from Views of Russia & Russian Works on Paper, a book written by Roy Bolton and published by Sphinx Fine Art. It offers some interesting insights into Aivazovsky's style and his career as an artist. Two of Aivazovsky's stunning works, A Strong Wind (1874) and Shipwreck (1856), are highlighted in the essay. (File size: 369.6 KiB, PDF)  NOTE: This file is courtesy of Sphinx Fine Art and is for your own private use only.


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The Nikon Guide to Landscape Photography

This must be one of the best guides to landscape (and seascape) photography for both amateurs and professionals. Its 164 pages are filled wiith amazing photographs and expert advice that goes beyond the bare basics  The section on composition, for example, provides some useful tips on how to add depth to an image with the use of lead-in lines and the in-camera technique of creating layers. (File size: 18.8 MiB, PDF)  


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Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

This 9-page exhibition brochure was published by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in conjunction with its Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age exhibit held from1st July to 25th November, 2018. It contains a short essay that explores the multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with water during their Golden Age. The sample artworks are a delight to look at and give some idea of the Dutch genius for marine art. (File size: 1 MiB, PDF)


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The American Society of Marine Artists – ASMA News and Journal, Spring 2019

Have a look at some excellent paintings in this edition of the quarterly journal of The American Society of Marine Artists. The three main articles make for interesting reading as well. Writes Russ Kramer in Making Waves: Studying Contemporary Masters of Sea Painting: "I believe it is imperative that an artist who embarks on the journey of painting water convincingly must observe firsthand, over time, its properties and dynamics. You must stand purposefully on a beach at different times of the year, be on watch overnight far out to sea, or be willing to spend hours studying its responses to opposing forces in a busy harbor..."  (File size: 4.35 MiB, PDF)


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Photographic Exploration of Sea Glass

This short article by Josephine Hyman provides a glimpse of the wonderful world of sea glass. "The term mermaid tears comes from many years ago," Ms. Wyman writes. "It was said that every time there was a shipwreck and sailors would drown, the mermaids would cry and their glass tears were later found on the beaches." With some beautiful photographs, she explains what sea glass is and how it can be differentiated from ordinary pieces of glass. (File size: 4 MiB, PDF)


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