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Old 18-09-2009, 05:10   #1
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Reading list for Captain's Exam?

On page 8 of the Third Edition of Charlie Wing's book,"Get Your Captain's License" is a recommended reading list of 31 references. Wing states that this list is from Coast Guard recommendations.

I thought I would check the National Maritime Center website to look for a current list. But the only book list that I can find is a pdf file titled "Deck Exam Reference Library. This list is five pages long!

Am I overlooking something? Where can I obtain a good "short" list of titles. My main purpose is self-education, and to build my personal library, not necessarily to prepare for the license exam.

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Old 26-09-2009, 14:20   #2
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I still have not found where Wing obtained the list in his book.

However, I was able to examine the analogous page in the Fourth edition of Wing's book, and the list differs from the Third edition in only one instance. The ninth entry,Manual for Lifeboatmen, has been omitted from the list in the Fourth edition.

I was considering this list a current,canonical list of works for an expert mariner,but not knowing where the list comes from, I do not know whether it is a valid list. For example, Weather for the Mariner by Kotsch is published in 1983. It is reasonable to expect that there have been changes in weather monitoring and notification in the past quarter of a century that is not covered by Kotsch.

Meteorology by Donn is even older.

How would a professional captain keep current with new technology?

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