Revised and brought up-to-date this textbook has been compiled especially for use in the pre-sea training of deck cadets, ratings and as a guide for GP ratings and all seamen, particularly those attempting their EDH and AB examinations. It contains easily assimilated information on elementary ship construction,compasses, steering, anchors, fire fighting, rope work and knots, splicing multi-plat and wire ropes, lifting tackle, MacGregor hatches, hazardous cargoes and routine maintenance. It also touches on electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), dangerous goods at sea (IMDG) labels in colour and EU classification labelling. The helpful colour diagrams showing the correct way to connect hydrostatic release units (HRUs) has been retained. Some older pictures and diagrams have been kept for historical reasons or to enable comparison with modern counter-parts.