Marine Salvage A Guide for Boaters and Divers

Marine Salvage
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780924486999
  • Druk: illustrated edition
  • oktober 1996
  • 176 pagina's
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While the word salvage conjures for some the visions of the recovery of a treasure from the wreck of a long lost Spanish galleon and for others rescue tugs driving through mountainous seas to aid a stricken vessel, in reality plenty of small salvage operations occur all the time and they have now become a very busy industry. Patching and refloating a sunken skiff or towing in a disabled yacht are as much an act of salvage as refloating a standard supertanker.


The author, Capt. George H. Reid, a licensed U.S. Merchant Marine Officer, has served as mate and master aboard tankers, freighters, windjammers and tugs. He has written several books, is a contributing author to Knight's Modern Seamanship and is extremely well qualified to address the many aspects of salvaging. Reid explains that much of salvage work today is considered light salvage. In 1983, the U.S. Coast Guard discontinued stowage and other casual assistance to boats that break down at sea unless there is a life-threatening emergency. In fact, if the Coast Guard has a vessel in tow, it is instructed to deliver a rescued vessel to a salvor if one appears on the scene. Salvage and rescue operations are often like rendering first aid. Salvors are obliged to make hasty but effective repairs. They should be good swimmers, divers, boat handlers, riggers and patchers, and have mechanical abilities, a sound knowledge of seamanship and the capacity to employ it with imagination. Excluding fire, there are about six different salvage situations: simple grounding, aground and sunk, capsized, sunken, adrift, and submerged or lost objects. Sunken vessels are usually raised by pumping (dewatering), flotation, or filling them with air. Salvage operators also must be prepared to deal with oil spills. In treasure salvage, the three basic elements are discover, uncover, and recover. Wreck searches are carried out with various electronic devices. Treasure salvage is treated differently from conventional salvage, and treasure trove laws apply. If the salvor locates a wreck, he must determine what regulations govern his rights and any treasure recovered. The book shows a sample salvage contract, a Lloyd's (no cure, no pay) salvage agreement, a short salvage contract, and many charts and graphs. Lists provide information to help boaters, salvors, and divers find the gear, equipment, and materials they need. This book is a well-illustrated, user-friendly guide. Coastal Cruising Capt. Reid's how-to book is written for any sailor who ever finds himself in a difficult, perhaps embarrassing, situation that could be resolved with a little common sense, the right equipment, and some trustworthy advice. Reid stresses the fact that anyone with enough determination can perform most moderate salvage tasks, even on a slim budget. This book discusses recovery of sunken and grounded vessels, towing procedures, and general salvage protocol. Ocean Navigator I don't want to destroy a myth, but salvage work ordinarily consists of carrying out commonplace activities under unusual circumstances, says the author in this fascinating but modest book. Well, it may be commonplace to him, but it certainly looks to me as if you've got to know how. Indeed, knowing how and sharing that knowledge with the rest of us in a straightforward, unpretentious and well-written volume is just what George Reid has done. The book has a lot of useful information even if you aren't contemplating giving up your dream of writing the great American novel and going into the business of pulling supertankers off reefs. There are tips on how to weld (or have welded) anchors from scrap metal, how to raise small boats (dinghies anyone?) which have been swamped. Neat stuff like how to raise a boat by towing it. And if your cruising kitty is getting low salvage work might be another means of fattening the cat. Some of the methods and techniques would also be helpful if you found yourself in difficulty in a remote situation and in need of effecting minor salvage work in order to save your own vessel. Most successful salvages are the result of good seamanship combined with a few other skills applied with imagination, according to this book. Captain Reid not only makes a good case for salvage know-how but seemingly covers all the bases: skills, materials and gear and how to acquire them, as well as refloating vessels, conducting rescue tows, and recovering submerged objects. If you are still searching for a stocking stuffer or a last-minute gift for the skipper who has an extensive library, this just might be the ticket. Coastal Cruising



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