The Sherlock Holmes Illustrated Cyclopedia of Nautical Knowledge

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9781889901480: The Sherlock Holmes Illustrated Cyclopedia of Nautical Knowledge

Definitions for all the nautical and maritime references used in the canon of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Capt. Jaffee has written more than a dozen books on maritime history.

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A reference work for every maritime term that Conan Doyle used in the Sherlock Holmes books. Illustrations and maps accompany the entries with citations for each work in which the nautical term in mentioned. --WoodenBoat, July/August 2009

Jaffee, a merchant marine captain and author of many books on maritime history, provides a useful new reference for the Canon. Few readers today keep in mind the vast importance of ships and ports in 19th century commerce. Recall that 71 percent of the earths surface is covered by water. Jaffee covers everything wet from Aar, the river on which Meiringen is located, to Yawl, a small two-masted craft referred to in The Sign of the Four. He explains barques, pea jackets, sheath knives, and Southsea. This is an informative and well illustrated volume to add to your Sherlockian reference library. --The Baker Street Journal, Summer 2009

This Cyclopedia is difficult to categorize. It could be described as a concordance to the maritime/nautical references in the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. Although there have been other reference works about the Holmes series, Jaffee's work is, to my knowledge, the first to focus exclusively on nautical issues. As such, it should be a convenient and handy reference for someone reading, for example, The Valley of Fear and perplexed about what a reefer jacket is. Page 165 of Jaffee's book will provide a succinct explanation. Or, if you are reading The Five Orange Pips and are perplexed when Holmes uses Lloyd's Registers to identify the sailing ship Lone Star, you need got no further than page 109. Or, when two letters referring to the Guion Line are discovered on a dead man's body in A Study in Scarlet, the entry on Page 73 will give you a quick profile of the line. Jaffee indicates that one of his goals is to give accurate definition to maritime terms and phrases used by Watson for the era in which they were written. Effectively, therefore, the entries collectively provide an interesting snapshot of certain aspects of the maritime world in the last quarter of the 19th century, because Conan Doyle wrote the Holmes stories, for the most part, in the last dozen years of the century. From that perspective, therefore, the audience most likely to warm to this book is the Sherlockians, aficionados who call Conan Doyle's 56 short stories and four novels the canon. Particularly useful for such readers is the inclusion, in each entry, of the title of the Holmes story in which the reference occurs. Those interested in the late nineteenth century maritime world will, potentially, find the Cyclopedia an unusual, refreshing and fun take on the period. --Steamboat Bill, Winter 2009-2010

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