THIS is the third edition of a handbook of popular nautical information. It has been compiled by a sea-man, and is intended largely, if not chiefly, for the use of general readers. At the same time, it contains much which will interest sea-going folks. It claims to be corrected up to date, but in some sections this can hardly be said to have been accomplished. This is particularly true of information given in regard to warships. For instance, the short chapter dealing with submarine boats does not go bevond the “A” class, whereas last year the “D” class had been reached. The latest developments in battleships are better dealt with, but the inevitable compression which has to be accepted in a book of very moderate size dealing with a great mass of miscellaneous information has resulted in meagre descriptions of types of ships both in war fleets and in mercantile marines. No pretence at originality is made by the author. His task has been one rather of collection and compression of information, and the attempt is, on the whole, fairly successful. The book would prove a pleasant companion to people taking long sea-voyages or short pleasure cruises who desired to identify vessels of different nationalities and different mercantile lines of steamships, or who wished to understand something of the technique and vocabulary of the sea-faring profession.
All About Ships and Shipping: a Handbook of Popular Nautical Information.
By Commander R. Dowling With a Preface by Commander W. F. Caborne, C.B., R.N.R. Third edition, revised. Pp. xvi + 429. (London: Alexander Moring, Ltd., 1909.) Price 5s. net.