Intro to Marine Engineering...?

Discussion in 'The Book Club' started by jockpopeye, Apr 18, 2012.

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  1. jockpopeye

    jockpopeye Badgeman Book Reviewer

    I am just about getting to the end of The Boat (Das Boot) and one of the things I am enjoying a lot is the detail of the various systems of the boat which are often decribed in a fair amount of detail for a book that would regard itself as a novel (I would describe as more of a documentary novel).

    I was wondering, is there an idiots guide to marine engineering / how ships work that someone in the know could recommend?

    I have had a scoot through the internet (including RumRation) and there are a few kiddies books and quite a few expensive technical manuals but nothing that sits inbetween for curious throbbers like me.
  2. Do you mean Marine Engineering as a general topic or re boats in particular, JP?
  3. It's a vast subject, are you looking for historic engineering, ships / submarines etc. Finding a book that covers everything I think will be difficult.
  4. You may find books relevant to class/type of ship/submarine but anything generalised would be a waste of time, the field is too diverse.

  5. There are a couple that I can recommend. One is a SWIFTURE Class dit book, hand written by CPO S-B etc etc and is full (more than full!) of all the information you are seeking.

    The other is the freely available Part 3 handbook, supplied by your local friendly Wrecker/Ch Stoker/29 Wall watchkeeper.

    There are also countless SOP and System books that might help!
  6. 29 Bulkhead watchkeeper went with the S boats SB, T boats never had them nor Astutes.
  7. jockpopeye

    jockpopeye Badgeman Book Reviewer

    To get the correct context, I was similarly curious about the oil industry and picked up
    Oil: A Beginners Guide by Vaclav Smil
    The Prize by Daniel Yergin (highly recommended!)

    I was wondering if anyone knew of similar works covering shipping / ships / marine engineering. I appreciate that it is an enormous subject, but I am really just looking to pick up a taste of it, not get into enough detail to retrain for any sort of ME role.

    Having done a bit more trawling I am thinking of
    History of the Ship by Richard Woodman
    as a kicking off point but welcome any other suggestions, and many thanks for the input.

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