Reeds Dictionary of Shipping and Marine Finance
Invaluable for keeping abreast of the terminology and jargon of the shipping world, this dictionary explains the meanings of hundreds of words, acronyms and abbreviations in common use in the shipping and marine finance industries. Among the topics it covers are maritime and port economics, specific American terms, financial terms and definitions of ship's crew job titles.
The Long and the Short of It
How We Came to Measure Our World
In the seventh century a yard was as much a reckoning of the worth of some land as a set measure of its dimensions and, although the term came to mean a unit of distance, the 36-inch standard was not settled until 1855. This light-hearted compendium explores the origins of our weighing, measuring and timing systems from the Babylonian calendar to the metric system.