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    Re: What's on your bookshelf?
    From: Dave Walden
    Date: 2006 Sep 9, 21:06 -0500

    I, like Peter Fogg, have far too many books (to some people's way of
    thinking).  Those I listed are indeed only those most relevant to what
    seem to be the main threads on the list.  I am by profession, a naval
    architect, in which I have a degree and 30 years experience.  I have
    worked at a shipyard, a college specializing in Naval Architecture, the
    US Coast Guard, and the US Navy.  I have ridden ships ranging from tow
    boats on the Mississippi, to 1000 foot ore carriers on the Great Lakes,
    to container ships, to Coast Guard cutters, and Navy submarines and
    surface ships.  My specially is hydrodynamics, specifically seakeeping.
    I also have a degree in oceanography, with a specialization in
    physical oceanography (wave, currents, tides, etc.)  (I started in
    physics so have had a fair amount of science and math.  While an
    undergraduate, I worked for the physics department, including building
    equipment for and collecting data using the university's 36 inch
    telescope.)  I own a small sailboat.  I raced "big boats" for many
    years on Chesapeake Bay and offshore.  I was commodore, racing
    chairman, and fleet captain (head boat repairer) of my college sailing
    club.  My other interests include first person accounts from the age of
    sail, seamanship in the age of sail, the poetry of John Masefield,
    nautical fiction (Marryat, Conrad, James Fenimore Cooper) and some not
    so relevant to the list (ancient Greek and Roman history and
    philosophy, the US Civil War, etc).  My grandfather's brother was a
    professor of Naval Architecture at MIT and an author of the first
    edition of Principles of Naval Architecture (the Bible of NA's), his
    other brother was an early power boat racer, the founder and publisher
    of Motor Boating, a founder of the US Power Squadron, and author of
    Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling (the Bible of Boaters in
    the US).  (These two brother were the "Click and Clack" of the boating
    world for those familiar with the NPR automotive show featuring two
    brothers, one an MIT professor of automotive engineering and the other
    the operator of a repair shop.)  I was also for many years a member of
    the Mystic Marine Historical Society, now Mystic Seaport.  Like Peter,
    I've never seemed to have had time to list/organize/read the entire
    library I have.  That would have to include those in my office too,
    since almost all cover the topics he lists.   Maybe, I should have at
    it.


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