Breverton's Nautical Curiosities (Hardback)

Terry Breverton

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Breverton's Nautical Curiosities is about ships, people and the sea. However, unlike many other nautical compendiums, the focus of this book is on the unusual, the overlooked or the downright extraordinary. Thus, someone most of us do not know, Admiral William Brown, is given equal coverage to Admiral Nelson. Without Admiral Brown releasing Garibaldi, modern Italy might not exist. And without the barely known genius John Ericsson designing the Monitor, the Confederacy might have won the American Civil War. Readers will be stimulated to read more about the remarkable men - explorers, admirals and trawlermen - who have shaped our world. The sea has had a remarkable effect upon our language. We hear the terms 'steer clear of', 'hit the deck', 'don't rock the boat', 'to harbour a grudge' and the like, and give little thought to them. In the pages of this book, the reader will find the origin of 'bumpkin', a 'brace of shakes', 'born with a silver spoon', 'booby prize', 'to take on board', 'above board', 'bombed' (in the sense of being drunk), the 'blues', 'blind-side', 'blind drunk', 'the pot calling the kettle black', 'reach the bitter end', 'wasters', 'ahoy', 'all at sea', 'to keep aloof', 'piss-artist', 'taken aback', 'barbecue" and 'bamboozle'. Other colourful terms, which have passed out of common usage, such as 'bring one's arse to anchor' (sit down), 'belly timber' (food) and 'bog orange' (potato) are also included, as well as important pirate haunts, technical terms, famous battles, maritime inventors and ship speed records.


Product Details

  • Product code: AALOZ
  • ISBN: 9781847247766
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 21.0cm x 14.3cm
  • Pages: 384
  • Publish date: Thu Apr 01 00:00:00 BST 2010
  • Book points: 10

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Great buy -

I bought this for my father-in-law as a gift but as soon as my husband saw it he took an instant interest. I had to hide it so I could give it to him for Father's Day and have just ordered another copy for my father-in-law! It's a great factual book for people of all ages, myself and my son have also been engrossed in a few sections too. A must buy for the family if you're into anything nautical.

Mel , Thu Jun 27 13:31:56 BST 2013

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Magical -

With this book you get exactly what it says in the blurb, unusual and downright extraordinary facts and figures about everything naval. It is a superb read that has been well researched and written. Amazing stories you didn't know about naval history. Have it on your bedside table and dip into it on a regular basis.

MTB , Fri Dec 14 18:18:14 GMT 2012

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"Fascinating" -

I bought this book as a Christmas present for a sailing friend of mine and succumbed to the temptation to look inside. It was an infuriating book, as it demanded to be read from cover to cover - and as it was a present, I stopped short of doing that. So - I had to buy my own copy as MY Christmas present from myself. An excellent read, with explanations to all the words that one connects with nautical matters, and a few non-nautical ones that the author insists are derived from our long maritime tradition. There may be a bit of wishful thinking behind some derivations, but it didn't detract at all. This book is an excellent read, and the entries are short enough for it (sadly) to end up in the smallest room in the house. It deserves a better mooring. Enjoy!

Paul Tucker , Wed Apr 13 13:54:02 BST 2011

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