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Boating books review: A find for the ages

Last September a ship was discovered on the bottom of an Arctic bay, solving a more than 170-year-old mystery — the fate of Sir John Franklin, his ships Erebus and Terror, and his 128 crewmembers, who left England in 1845 to seek the Northwest Passage.

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Author Paul Watson is an expert on the Franklin Expedition. He was aboard the icebreaker that discovered Erebus in 2014, and he broke the news about Terror last year. Ice Ghosts takes readers from the story of Franklin and his crew to the modern tale of scientists, researchers, divers and the local Inuit who made the discovery. (W.W. Norton & Co., $27.95)

Axis Subs In The Islands

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Danger lurked at every knot and fathom for sailors during World War II. German and Italian submarines stalked Allied ships, disrupting supply lines and troop transports. U-Boats in the Bahamas is a study of the naval conflicts in the waters around the Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas, where subs sank 130 Allied ships. Professional sailor, maritime lawyer and historian Eric Wiberg grew up in the Bahamas and brings a local perspective to the stories he tells, from the enemy crews of the U-boats to the native islanders who provided refuge to hundreds of castaways. (Brick Tower Press, $38)

An Essential Reference

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Experienced or not, at some point every boater will face challenges on the water. Shifting tides, changes in depth, unpredictable weather, technical failures — there is always something to keep boaters on their toes. When you can’t get reception on your cell­phone, there is veteran out­doorsman Vin

Sparano’s Complete Guide to Boating and Seamanship. With hundreds of full-color photographs, diagrams and illustrations, this is an easy-to-use reference book. It covers boat construction, engines, trailers, maintenance, launching, navigation and first aid. (Universe Publishing, $35)

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue.


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