Nautical Trivia: Incomplete and specific

Finally, a gift for the sailor who loves ping pong balls, scurvy, and carnivorous snails!

Artist’s impression of the real book, which is in 3 dimensions and smells like paper

Guaranteed to be 5% more effective at improving crew morale than flogging. Besides, aren’t you tired of buying your fave sailor another novelty sailing T-shirt? Get your fave sailor a novelty sailing book instead!

Buy the book in the US!

Buy the book in Canadia!

Buy the book in the UK!

Got an ereader? Buy the PDF!

Questions? With answers!

You get 120 questions with answers you can read yourself or play as a game with your crew.

Here’s an example:


Next to the Torre de Hércules lighthouse in Spain is a statue. Who is it a statue of?

Tap here for the answer

Breogán, a mythical Irish King who conquered northern Spain

He is said to have built the lighthouse to be able to see Ireland, about 750 km (404 nautical miles) away. The reality is that the lighthouse was built by the ancient Romans about 2000 years ago, making it the oldest, still-existing lighthouse in the world.

As far as we know, none of Khufu’s tomb, a.k.a. the Great Pyramid, was ever recycled into a lighthouse. But he might have been a sailor. A 43 metre (142 foot) ship, built around 2500 BCE, was discovered next to the Great Pyramid in 1954.

Also as far as we know, Cook never had a child named Book.

There’s more

You also get bits of useless information, old-timey pictures, and even recipes for your galley crew.

An octopus who swears that Murex Tenuispina wasn’t so close 10 minutes ago.

What others are saying

Don’t take my word for it. Here are what some made-up people are saying about it:

“Better than that other book by another person about a different subject.”
“This is pretty good chowder.”
“Thank you for submitting your manuscript but this isn’t the kind of book we’re interested in right now.”
“Désolé, je ne peux pas lire l’anglais.”

At your service

Humbly yours,
Supreme Purser