Annotated Bibliography

Aebi, Tania (with Bernadette Brennan). 1989. Maiden Voyage. New York: Ballantine Books. Aebi left New York at age 18, returning two and one-half years later as the youngest woman to sail around the world alone. A fascinating, readable account of a great voyage.

Bascom, Willard. 1980. Waves and Beaches. New York: Anchor Press. A classic book, very well written by the man responsible for the Mohole Project.

Beach, Edmund E. 1966. The Wreck of the Memphis. New York: Holt, Reinhart and Winston. Story of an armored cruiser driven aground in a shallow harbor by large waves.

Bergreen, Laurence. 2004. Over the Edge of the World. New York: Perennial. The story of Magellan’s historic circumnavigation.

Bowditch, Nathaniel. 2000. The American Practical Navigator—An Epitome of Navigation, 2002 Bicentennial Edition. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Government National Imagery and Mapping Agency. The classic “bible” of sailors and mariners.

British Broadcasting Corporation. 2002. “Rogue Waves.” Transcript of a BBC program on freak waves. First aired on BBC TWO, November 14, 2002. An interesting narrative by people interviewed, including the captain of Queen Elizabeth 2.

Bryant, Edward. 2001. Tsunami—The Underrated Hazard. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Bryant is the first author to raise the question of a much greater tsunami risk in a documented, thorough manner. The best book on tsunami there is. His book proved to be prophetic.

Burgess, Robert F. 1970. Sinkings, Salvages and Shipwrecks. New York: American Heritage Press. The story of salvage efforts at Port Royal, Jamaica.

Butler, Hal. 1974. Abandon Ship. Chicago: Henry Regnery Co. Accounts of the sinking of the Carl Bradley, the Edmund E. Fitzgerald, and the Flying Enterprise.



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Extreme Waves Annotated Bibliography Aebi, Tania (with Bernadette Brennan). 1989. Maiden Voyage. New York: Ballantine Books. Aebi left New York at age 18, returning two and one-half years later as the youngest woman to sail around the world alone. A fascinating, readable account of a great voyage. Bascom, Willard. 1980. Waves and Beaches. New York: Anchor Press. A classic book, very well written by the man responsible for the Mohole Project. Beach, Edmund E. 1966. The Wreck of the Memphis. New York: Holt, Reinhart and Winston. Story of an armored cruiser driven aground in a shallow harbor by large waves. Bergreen, Laurence. 2004. Over the Edge of the World. New York: Perennial. The story of Magellan’s historic circumnavigation. Bowditch, Nathaniel. 2000. The American Practical Navigator—An Epitome of Navigation, 2002 Bicentennial Edition. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Government National Imagery and Mapping Agency. The classic “bible” of sailors and mariners. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2002. “Rogue Waves.” Transcript of a BBC program on freak waves. First aired on BBC TWO, November 14, 2002. An interesting narrative by people interviewed, including the captain of Queen Elizabeth 2. Bryant, Edward. 2001. Tsunami—The Underrated Hazard. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Bryant is the first author to raise the question of a much greater tsunami risk in a documented, thorough manner. The best book on tsunami there is. His book proved to be prophetic. Burgess, Robert F. 1970. Sinkings, Salvages and Shipwrecks. New York: American Heritage Press. The story of salvage efforts at Port Royal, Jamaica. Butler, Hal. 1974. Abandon Ship. Chicago: Henry Regnery Co. Accounts of the sinking of the Carl Bradley, the Edmund E. Fitzgerald, and the Flying Enterprise.

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Extreme Waves Carr, Michael W. 1999. Weather Predicting Simplified. New York: International Marine. An excellent handbook on weather for the sailor or mariner. Carrier, Jim. 2001. The Ship and the Storm—Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome. New York: International Marine/McGraw-Hill. Hurricane (Mitch) that seemed to stalk a modern tall ship, the Fantome. Chapman, Charles F. 1976. Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling, 52nd ed. New York: The Hearst Corporation, Motor Boating and Sailing Division. The bible of all sailors and boat captains. Coles, K. Adlard (revised by Peter Bruce). 1996. Heavy Weather Sailing. Camden, ME: International Marine. A classic book about yacht handling in gales. Couper, Alistair, ed. 1983. The Times Atlas of the Oceans. New York: Van Nostrand Rheinhold. Cummins, John. 1978. The Voyage of Christopher Columbus—Columbus’ Own Journal of Discovery Newly Restored and Translated. New York: St. Martin’s Press. An annotated version of Columbus’ log from his first trip to America. Dudley, Walter C., and Min Lee. 1998. Tsunami! 2nd ed. A Latitude 20 Book. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. History of tsunamis with emphasis on the Pacific region, Alaska, and Hawaii. Description of tsunami warning systems and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Dyson, John. 1991. Columbus for Gold, God and Glory. New York: Simon & Schuster. History of Columbus and his discovery of the New World. Farrington, Tony. 1996. Rescue in the Pacific—A True Story of Disaster and Survival in a Force 12 Storm. Camden, ME: International Marine. The story of a weather bomb and its unexpected impact on a sailing regatta from New Zealand to the island of Tonga. Finney, Ben. 1994. Voyage of Rediscovery—A Cultural Odyssey Through Polynesia. Berkeley: University of California Press. Thorough treatment of ancient Polynesian sailing and navigation techniques, along with a description of the Hokule’a’s various trips. Flayhart, William Henry III. 2003. Perils of the Atlantic—Steamship Disasters, 1850 to Present. New York: W. W. Norton. Story of the SS Pennsylvania and other steamship disasters. Frazier, Kendrick. 1979. The Violent Face of Nature—Severe Phenomena and Natural Disasters. New York: William Morrow. Discusses storms, earthquakes, flooding, and so on, along with forecasting and warning systems, disaster preparation, and response. Frump, Robert. 2001. Until the Sea Shall Free Them—Life, Death and Survival in the Merchant Marine. New York: Doubleday. Detailed account of the Marine Electric disaster. Goss, Michael, and George Behe. 1994. Lost At Sea—Ghost Ships and Other Mysteries. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books. Discussion of the SS Waratah incident. Hendrickson, Robert. 1984. The Ocean Almanac. New York: Doubleday. A compendium of miscellaneous facts about ships and the oceans. Herodotus. 1972. The Histories. Translated by Aubrey de Selincourt. London: Penguin Books. A famous Greek tourist tells of his travels in the ancient world.

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Extreme Waves Homer. 1996. The Odyssey. Translated by Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Putnam. A modern translation of Homer’s epic poem concerning Odysseus’ 10-year wanderings after the Trojan War. Jenkins, Bruce. 1999. North Shore Chronicles—Big-Wave Surfing in Hawaii. Rev. ed. Berkeley, CA: Frog Ltd. Some people even go looking for extreme waves; this narrative tells the story of the world’s most accomplished surfers who have had intimate contact with waves large enough to crush modern oceangoing vessels. Junger, Sebastian. 1997. The Perfect Storm—A True Story of Men Against the Sea. New York: W. W. Norton. The classic story of man trying to survive at sea in the presence of giant waves, with an explanation of one set of conditions that can unexpectedly produce extreme wave conditions. Kane, Herb K. 1976. Voyage—The Discovery of Hawaii. Honolulu: Island Heritage Books. Interesting history of ancient Polynesian navigation by a man who participated in the design, construction, and sailing of the Hokule’a from Hawaii to Tahiti. Kinsman, Blair. 1965. Wind Waves—Their Generation and Propagation on the Ocean Surface. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. A classic treatise on wind, waves, and how waves are formed—some dated material, but extremely well written and entertaining. Knecht, G. Bruce. 2001. The Proving Ground. New York: Warner Books. Gripping account of the disastrous 1998 Sydney-Hobart race. Kotsch, Rear Admiral William J., and Richard Henderson. 1984. The Heavy Weather Guide. 2nd ed. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. A valuable reference book for merchant vessels encountering gales and heavy weather. Krieger, Michael. 2002. All the Men in the Sea: The Untold Story of One of the Greatest Rescues in History. New York: The Free Press. Hundreds of oil field workers are on a barge in the Gulf of Mexico when it is hit by Hurricane Roxanne in 1995. Larson, Erik. 1999. Isaac’s Storm—A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. New York: Crown Publishers. The chilling story of the destruction of Galveston, Texas, by storm surge and large waves. LeBlond, Paul H., and Lawrence A. Mysak. 1978. Waves in the Ocean. New York: Elsevier. An outdated but classic review of wave theory. Levathes, Louise. 1994. When China Ruled the Seas. New York: Simon and Schuster. The story of early Chinese navigators. Lewis, David. 1979. We the Navigators—The Ancient Art of Land Finding in the Pacific. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. Detailed description of ancient Polynesian navigation methods by a man who studied under one of the best surviving navigators. Lochhaas, Tom, ed. 2003. Intrepid Voyagers—Stories of the World’s Most Adventurous Sailors. New York: International Marine/McGraw-Hill. A series of accounts of sailors who have sailed around the world alone, crossed the oceans in the smallest boats, or otherwise experienced the sea and its greatest challenges. Marriott, John. 1987. Disaster at Sea. London: Ian Allan. Accounts of various shipwrecks, including a description of the grounding of the Memphis. Marx, Robert F. 1983. Shipwrecks in the Americas. New York: Bonanza Books. A history of many shipwrecks in the Americas, with a description of how wrecks are located and a section detailing the exploration of Port Royal, Jamaica.

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Extreme Waves Massel, Stanislaw R. 1996. Ocean Surface Waves: Their Physics and Prediction. Singapore: World Scientific. A very comprehensive review of all of the mathematical theories used to model wind-wave interaction. Morison, Samuel Eliot. 1978. The Great Explorers. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. A history of Columbus and other early European explorers and the discovery of America. Mundle, Rob. 1999. Fatal Storm—The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race. Camden, ME: International Marine/McGraw Hill. Another account of the Sydney-Hobart race in 1998 as it was hit by a “weather bomb” with devastating results. Myles, Douglas. 1985. The Great Wave. New York: McGraw-Hill. Tsunami incidents. Naval History Division. 1979. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Vol. V (letters N through Q). Washington, DC: U.S. Navy Department. Battleship Pittsburgh incident in 1945 typhoon. Ochi, Michel K. 1998. Ocean Waves—The Stochastic Approach. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. A summary of modern wave science and the current methods of analyzing and predicting wave behavior. ———. 2003. Hurricane-Generated Seas. New York: Elsevier. A complete treatment of how hurricanes generate extreme waves. Owens, Hugh. 2004. “The Lituya Legacy.” Cruising World, October, 50-52. A little-known but huge tsunami caused by an earthquake-induced landslide—remarkable in that there were surviving eyewitnesses. Pardey, Lin, and Larry Pardey. 1996. Storm Tactics—Modern Methods of Heaving-to for Survival in Extreme Conditions. Arcata, CA: Paradise Cay Publications. A valuable handbook for the small-boat sailor planning to venture offshore. Parry, John H. 1981. The Discovery of the Sea. Berkeley: University of California Press. Description of the earliest sailors, including a history of the Chinese navigators. Prager, Ellen J. 2000. The Oceans. New York: McGraw-Hill. A beautiful, almost poetic, treatment of oceans and oceanography. Preston, Diana, and Michael Preston. 2004. A Pirate of Exquisite Mind—Explorer, Naturalist and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier. New York: Walker and Company. Describes Dampier’s circumnavigations and many contributions to our knowledge of the oceans. Price, A. Grenfell, ed. 1990. The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific—As Told by Selections of His Own Journal 1768-1779. New York: Dover Publications. Cook’s discoveries in his own words. Rhodius, Apollonius. 1998. Translated by Richard Hunter. Jason and the Golden Fleece— The Argonautica. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Retelling of the ancient Greek legend of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece that would entitle him to rule in his own right. Ritchie, David. 1996. Shipwrecks—An Encyclopedia of the World’s Worst Disasters at Sea. New York: Checkmark Books. This book has capsule descriptions of hundreds of sea disasters listed in alphabetical order, including a number of those cited in this book such as Poet, Grand Zenith, and so on. Rousmaniere, John. 1983. The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. New York: Simon and Schuster. A standard guide for sailors in the handling of small craft in rough weather. Science News. 2005. Vol. 167, No. 24, June 11, 382. Underwater rogue wave measurements off Florida during Hurricane Ivan.

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Extreme Waves Shaw, David. 2005. “Badly Caught Out, with Tragic Consequences.” Cruising World, July 18. Rogue wave causes 45-foot Hardin cutter-ketch to founder. Sheets, Bob, and Jack William. 2001. Hurricane Watch—Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on Earth. New York: Vintage Books. A highly recommended book on how hurricanes are formed and describing the history of hurricane forecasting. Simpson, Robert H., and Herbert Riehl. 1981. The Hurricane and Its Impact. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. A classic treatment of hurricanes by one of the men responsible for the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Sverdrup, Keith A., Alyn C. Duxbury, and Alison B. Duxbury. 2005. An Introduction to the World’s Oceans. 8th ed. New York: McGraw Hill. A first-rate book for an overall treatment of oceanography. Taviani, Paolo Emilio. 1989. Columbus, The Great Adventure—His Life, His Times, and His Voyage. Translated by Luciano E. Farina and Marc A. Beckwith. New York: Crown Publishers/Orion Books. Review of Columbus and the discovery of America. Thomas, Steve. 1997. The Last Navigator. Camden, ME: International Marine. Story about techniques of ancient Polynesian navigators. Thompson, Dick. 2004. “Rogue Waves Revealed.” BoatUS Magazine, November, 34-35. A summary of some of the new findings on extreme waves. ———. 2005. “Roughed Up by Rogue Waves.” BoatUS Magazine, September, 26-27. Accounts of recent boat sinkings. Thompson, Tommy. 1998. America’s Lost Treasure. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. The amazing story of the discovery and recovery of cargo from the Central America, also known as the “Ship of Gold,” carrying a cargo of gold bullion and the gold rush miners who had found gold and then lost it in a violent storm in 1857. Trumbull, Robert. 1942. The Raft. Camden, NJ: Henry Holt. The inspiring story of a naval air crew that crash landed in the Pacific during World War II and survived by ingenuity in a small raft. Van Dorn, William G. 1977. Oceanography and Seamanship. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. Another excellent book on oceans and seamanship. A newer edition of this book is available. Walker, Spike. 2001. Coming Back Alive—The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska’s High Seas. New York: St. Martin’s Press. The story of the U.S. Coast Guard rescue of the crew of the fishing vessel La Conte. Warshaw, Matt. 2003. The Encyclopedia of Surfing. New York: Harcourt. Everything you could possibly want to know about surfing may be found here. Wilson, James F., ed. 1984. Dynamics of Offshore Structures. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Engineering methods for the dynamic analysis of offshore structures. Winchester, Simon. 2004. Krakatoa—The Day the World Exploded. New York: Perennial Books. The dramatic story of the island that blew up and the devastating tsunami that followed. Young, Ian R. 1999. Wind Generated Ocean Waves. Oxford, UK: Elsevier. A comprehensive review of wind-wave analytical methods and theory, including wave measurements. Zebrowski, Ernest, Jr. 1997. Perils of a Restless Planet—Scientific Perspectives on Natural Disasters. London: Cambridge University Press. A review of natural disasters (storms, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, asteroid impacts) and their potential or actual impact on life on earth.

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