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MM Lighter Sideof World War IIDuring World War II merchant seamen endured relentless physical and psychological terror from above and below the sea.

The terror from above came in the form of air attacks, E-boats, merchant raiders, shore batteries, storms, and frigid and icy weather conditions. Below, it came from mines and the dreadful menace of U-boats.

During those dark days, with the free world in jeopardy, humor was a welcome relief. In those few years, not too long ago, the free world laughed, cried, and then laughed again.

Laughter really is the best medicine.

The true stories in this book are of the lighter side of the merchant marine. Some are humorous, some are both humorous and touching. Often mariners found humor the only relief available from the pathos surrounding them. We’re grateful, and a little bit happier ourselves, that they recalled these incidents and have given them to us.

Some of these tales will put a smile on your face, some will make you laugh out loud. “A merchant seaman, a navy sailor and a G.I. walk into this bar and …”

THE MERCHANT MARINE LIGHTER SIDE OF WORLD WAR II

by Gerald Reminick

  • Soft cover, 6 x 9, 282 pp., 60+ photos & illus., biblio., index
  • SBN 978-1-889901-68-8
  • Price: $22.95

The MedOn June 10, 1940 Italy declared war on Britain and France. Fighting began in the Mediterranean the following day with the bombing of Malta. What developed was a war within a war. Control of the Mediterranean Sea was essential for the Allies. Without it Gibraltar would be lost, the Suez Canal would be useless, and the planned invasion of Southern France would never happen. .

In The Med, author Gerald Reminick describes, through interviews, photos and documentation, how World War II was fought in this crucial area, how close the Axis came to winning and the essential role played by the U.S. Merchant Marine in achieving victory for the Allies.

THE MED, The U.S. Merchant Marine in the Mediterranean During World War II

by Gerald Reminick

  • Soft cover, 6 x 9, 448 pp., 80+ photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-64-0
  • Price: $29.99

The TugboatsThis book is about all the tugboats contracted for by the U.S. government through the end of World War II. Included are the Defense Plant Corporation, the U.S. Maritime Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army and the U.S, Navy. There is a separate chapter on the Mikimiki Army tugs and two appendices of seldom-seen information and photos on military barges. There are diagrams, specifications and more than 500 photos and illustrations. This is the most complete source available for military tugs of that era. It is also a reader-friendly book, avoiding codes and abbreviations and setting forth the information in clear language.

This is the sixth book (the previous volumes are The Liberty Ships From A to Z, The Victory Ships From A to Z, The Tankers From A to Z, The Freighters From A to Z and The Troopships From A to Z) in Capt. Jaffee’s monumental series on the Maritime Commission’s wartime ship-building program and that of its successor, the Maritime Administration.

The Tugboats From A (A.G. Wells) to Z (USS Zuni) is a large format book, 672 pages on high-quality stock. It is a comprehensive reference for everything known about government-built tugboats through the end of the last “good war.”

The Tugboats From A (A.G. Wells) to Z (USS Zuni)

by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee

  • Hard cover, 8.5 x 11, 672 pp., 500+ photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-57-2
  • Price: $150.00

Troopships

This book is about all the P-type troopships and passenger liners — the twin-stack Admiral class built in Alameda, California, and the twin-stack General class built in Kearny, New Jersey. Also included are the passenger liners built by the Maritime Commission and the Maritime Administration.

It begins with the U.S. emergency shipbuilding program which started in the 1930s and the evolution of transporting troops and passengers by sea. Every P-type ship is accounted for — from A (Admiral C.F. Hughes) to Z (United States) — including who or what she was named for, and all the other names she became known under, cross-referenced and comprehensively listed in the indices. There are diagrams, specifications and more than 300 photos and illustrations. This is truly “the last word” on the P-type ships, and the most complete. It is also a reader-friendly book, avoiding codes and abbreviations and setting forth the information in clear language.

This is the fifth volume (the previous volumes are The Liberty Ships From A to Z, The Victory Ships From A to Z, The Tankers From A to Z and The Freighters From A to Z) in Capt. Jaffee’s monumental series on the Maritime Commission’s wartime ship-building program and that of its successor, the Maritime Administration.

The Troopships and Passenger Liners From A (Admiral C.F. Hughes) to Z (United States) is a large format book, 256 pages on high-quality stock. It is a comprehensive reference for everything known about all the P-type troopships and passenger liners.

The Troopships and Passenger Liners From A
(Admiral C.F. Hughes) to Z (United States)

by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee.

  • Hard cover, 8 ½ x 11, 256 pp., 300+ photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-56-5
  • Price: $100.00

Hard Luck CoastMany seafarers harken back to the “good old days” when cargo was loaded on board a ship in bags, barrels, boxes, crates, bottles, cases, drums, piecemeal and in countless other ways. Freight had textures, odor, feel and character. In this book one can study the evolution of cargo handling from break-bulk ships to early container-break-bulk combination ships to full container ships, barge carriers, liquid natural gas carriers, heavy lift ships and many other types. Inside this volume is everything that is known about the “C” freighters. Every C-type ship is accounted for — from A (Adabelle Lykes) to Z (Zoella Lykes) — including who or what she was named for, and all the other names she became known under, cross-referenced and comprehensively listed in the indexes. There are diagrams, specifications and more than 400 photos and illustrations. The Freighters is truly “the last word” on the C-type freighters, and the most complete. It is also a reader-friendly book, with clean type on high-quality paper, avoiding codes and abbreviations, and setting forth the information in clear language.

This is the fourth volume in Capt. Jaffee’s monumental series on the Maritime Commission’s wartime ship-building program and that of its successor, the Maritime Administration. The other volumes are The Liberty Ships From A to Z, The Victory Ships From A to Z and The Tankers From A to Z.

THE FREIGHTERS from A (Adabelle Lykes) to Z (Zoella Lykes)

by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee

  • Hard cover
  • 8 1/2 x 11, 672 pp., 400 photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-50-3
  • Price: $150.00

The Liberty ShipsThe Liberty ships were the backbone of the Allied supply lines in World War II. Millions of tons of war materiel were needed on battlefronts around the world. The full might of U.S. industrial power was brought to bear and, “built by the mile and chopped off by the yard,” 2,710 Libertys sailed out of American shipyards to deliver the goods. From Murmansk to the great D-Day invasion; in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war; from Iwo Jima and the Leyte landings to the invasion of Okinawa, Libertys were the “bridge of ships” that helped the Allies win the war.

The Liberty Ships from A (A.B. hammond) to Z (Zona Gale) is the result of over five years of exhaustive research and contains everything known about Liberty ships, every single one: who named for; where built, launched, delivered; type engine, operator, wartime history, postwar service; what ultimately happened to each ship. Cross-referenced and indexed under every name each ship was known under, with over 400 photos, this is truly “the last word” on Liberty ships with special chapters on the two Liberty ship museums.

This is a large-size, reader-friendly book, with clean type on high-quality paper, and avoids codes and abbreviations.

THE LIBERTY SHIPS from A (A.B. Hammond) to Z (Zona Gale)

by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee.

  • Hard cover, 8 1/2 x 11, 736 pp., 400+ photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 1-889901-25-3
  • Price: $165

liberty_ships_A-Z2The Victory ships were a major part of the Allied thrust in the Pacific during the last eighteen months of World War II. They supported the great battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, then brought thousands of servicemen home again in “Operation Magic Carpet.” But the fast, versatile Victory ships were also built for the future, and for decades were a mainstay of the merchant fleets of the United States and her wartime allies. Victorys supported the atomic bomb tests, scientific expeditions to the Antarctic, supply missions to the Arctic, the space missile program. They stood by during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Arab-Israeli war and supplied the U.S. military during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

This comprehensive work is the result of five years’ research by Capt. Jaffee into government records, published works, oral histories and other sources. It is everything known about all 534 Victory ships: how the Victory ship program developed; design and specifications; when and where built; engine, operator, wartime and postwar history; every name and owner the ship sailed under; what finally happened to each ship. Special chapters on the three Victory ship museums. All the ships (and all names they became known under) are cross-referenced and indexed.

This is a large-size, reader-friendly book, with clean type on high-quality paper, and avoids codes and abbreviations.

THE VICTORY SHIPS from A (Aberdeen Victory) to Z (Zanesville Victory)

by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee.

  • Hard cover, 8 ½ x 11, 416 pp., 300+ photos & illus., biblio., index.
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-37-4
  • Price: $120

The TankersFrom World War II to Korea to Vietnam to Desert Storm and Iraq, the machinery of war has depended on the steady delivery of oil, in all its forms, to ships, trains, tanks, planes, trucks, weapons, and the supply lines. And that oil is delivered by tankers. America’s tanker industry began shortly after the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania in 1859, grew through the early 20th century, and became standardized during World War II with the development of the T-type tanker — the T1s, T2s and T3s.

Inside this volume is everything that is known about the “T” tankers. It begins with the history of the U.S. emergency shipbuilding program which started in the 1930s and the evolution of transporting oil by sea. But the main focus is on the ships. Every T-type ship is accounted for — from A (A.W. Peake) to Z (Zephyrhills) — including who or what she was named for, and all the other names she became known under, cross-referenced and comprehensively listed in the indexes. There are diagrams, specifications and almost 300 photos and illustrations. The Tankers is truly “the last word” on the T-type tankers, and the most complete. It is also a reader-friendly book, with clean type on high-quality paper, avoiding codes and abbreviations, and setting forth the information in clear language.

This is the third volume in Capt. Jaffee’s monumental series on the Maritime Commission’s wartime ship-building program and that of its successor, the Maritime Administration. The other volumes are The Liberty Ships From A to Z and The Victory Ships From A to Z.

THE TANKERS from A (A.W. Peake) to Z (Zephyrhills) is a large-format book, 528 pages on high-quality stock. It is a comprehensive reference for everything known about all 721 T-type tankers including a separate index of every name a ship sailed under. You can find your ship — or your father’s or grandfather’s — as you discover the indispensable role of Tankers in American history.

THE TANKERS from A (A.W. Peake) to Z (Zephyrhills)

by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee.

  • Hard cover, 8 1/2 x 11, 528 pp., 300 photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-43-5
  • Price: $140

The Last Big-Gun Naval BattleThe Battle of Leyte Gulf — four major naval actions — was the greatest sea battle in history, and the U.S. Navy’s revenge for Pearl Harbor. The Surigao Strait action has been called the Navy’s greatest single triumph, a model of timing, coordination and execution. Among the ships were five survivors of Pearl Harbor including USS Maryland.

Howard Sauer served aboard Maryland. This is a unique, behind-the-guns view — the drills, the Pacific campaigns, the torpedo and kamikaze attacks; and a fascinating eyewitness account riding the battle line at Surigao in the last “Crossing of the T”.

THE LAST BIG-GUN NAVAL BATTLE

The Battle of Surigao Strait, An Eyewitness Account

by Howard Sauer.

  • 224 pp, 70+ photos, maps, illustrations, Appendices, indexed
  • ISBN 1-889901-08-3
  • Price: $26.95
  • Now in its third printing!

SS Jeremiah O’BrienThis second edition is a new history of the Liberty ship Jeremiah O'Brien. Built in 56 days, launched in the midst of World War II, she was expected to serve for five years at most — if she was lucky. This new edition spans the O'Brien's historic voyages from the battlegrounds of Europe and the North Atlantic, the awesome preparations for D-Day and 11 landings on the beaches of Normandy. Then across a half century to her second life as a national landmark and her return to Normandy in 1994. As the last survivor of the great D-Day armada, she was the “centerpiece” of the 50th Anniversary events in England and France.

SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN,

The History of a Liberty Ship from the Battle of the Atlantic to the 21st Century

by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee.

  • Hard cover, 416 pp., 200+ photos & illus., biblio., index
  • ISBN 1-889901-33-4.
  • Price: $35

actionThis is the story of one of the most remarkable sea battles of World War II: a lone American Liberty freighter with one World War I-era cannon and a few machine guns, taken by surprise by two heavily-armed German warships. In a fierce twenty-two minute battle, under heavy attack, aflame and sinking, the Stephen Hopkins guns kept firing, destroying the raider and damaging the blockade runner. It is a story of extraordinary valor under the direst of circumstances.

ACTION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC; the Sinking of the German Raider Stier by the Liberty ship Stephen Hopkins.

by Gerald Reminick.

  • Hard cover, 6 x 9, 320 pp., 100+ photos, charts & illus., biblio, index
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-38-1
  • Price: $29.95