Hooke, Norman.


Lloyd’s of London Press, 1st.ed., 1989. Ix + 539 pp. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. Bookplate. Designed as the sequel to Charles Hocking’s celebrated Dictionary of Disasters at Sea which listed the great majority of shipping casualties between 1824 and 1962, Hooke covers a further 25 years with meticulous detail and information on all naval and merchant ship losses, as well as constructive total losses over 500 tons between 1963 and 1987. In addition there is information on smaller vessels down to 100 gross registered tons, where loss of life was reported to exceed 15. The ships are arranged alphabetically as well as being indexed by year of loss in an appendix. The author also analyses the loss of life at sea during this 25-year period, including vessels trapped in the Suez Canal and the casualties of the Falklands and Gulf Wars. The book lists all known specifications and history of losses in a precise form, covering more than 6,000 ships. An extremely useful source of reference.

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