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  • The Kedge Anchor; or, Young Sailors' Assistantby William Brady

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 17.95

    Upon its mid-19th-century publication, this book became the Bible of U.S. sailors. Its no-nonsense prose gives specific instructions for knotting and rigging, blacking the guns, and stationing the crew to dealing with the direst emergencies. Enhanced with 70 rare engravings, a glossary of sea terms, and 100 pages of useful tables. more...

  • Sailing, Seamanship and Yacht Constructionby Uffa Fox

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 19.99

    Packed with information, ideas, and more than 300 excellent illustrations, this classic of the genre was written by the father of modern planing sailboats. Most of text focuses on individual vessels; among the 20 profiled are the 60-foot-long Landfall ; the Patience ; and the author's own creation, the Vigilant . more...

  • The Voyage Alone in the Yawl Rob Royby John MacGregor

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 9.95

    Riveting tale of a 1,500-mile voyage on a 21-foot sailboat in 1867, undertaken in response to a "Boat Exhibition" and regatta staged by Napoleon III to encourage the youth of France to explore the rivers and streams of their native land. This rapturous account became known as "the book that launched a thousand ships." more...

  • Jolly Rogerby Patrick Pringle

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Fascinating study of the pirates of the 17th and 18th centuries examines the lives and deeds of Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Anne Bonney, and others, finding the lore about these maritime marauders largely overblown. "Highly entertaining and well-documented." ? The New York Times . 35 black-and-white illustrations. more...

  • Greasy Luckby Gordon Grant

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 7.99

    "Everybody who feels the fascination of seas and ships will be glad of this . . . unique creation of Gordon Grant's pen. . . . The volume is a charming example of artistic bookmaking." ? The New York Times "Mr. Grant skillfully combines in his drawings the romance and reality of the sea. Many of the illustrations have a charm wholly apart from... more...

  • Under the Black Flagby Don C. Seitz

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Riveting account traces careers of buccaneers of many nationalities across 2 centuries and around the globe ? from the West Indies to the South Seas. True stories of such notorious brigands as Captain Kidd and Edward (Blackbeard) Teach, as well as such lesser-known pirates as John Quelch, Christopher Scudamore, and Erasmus Peterson. more...

  • Infamous Piratesby Ezra Strong

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 10.95

    Despite his relatively conventional background?wealthy family, excellent education?Captain Misson of Provence went to sea at age sixteen, and in following his utopian vision became one of the forebears of the French Revolution. When, due to misadventure, he became the saintly pirate captain of the ship Victoire (renamed Republic of the Sea), he... more...

  • Classic Sailing-Ship Models in Photographsby R. Morton Nance

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 17.95

    Loving tribute to the often startlingly beautiful sailing vessels of a bygone age, charmingly depicted in over 120 handsome photographs and 28 drawings. Flemish Carrack, c. 1450; the Norske Löve, 1634; the 90-gun Albemarle, 1680; a Venetian trading Galeass, 1726; a Dutch East Indiaman, c. 1740; and the Great Republic, an American clipper, 1853. more...

  • The Yankee Whalerby Clifford Ashley

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 24.95

    One of the finest, most colorful and definitive studies of whaling ever published. Describes whaling trade, rigging, gear and handicrafts; construction and outfitting of ships, with fascinating details and anecdotes about whales and whaling waters, whaling men, methods of attack, crafts and routines, much more. Richly illustrated with 133 halftones,... more...

  • Pirates and Piracyby E. Keble Chatterton

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 16.95

    Pirates and acts of piracy were not limited to the Caribbean Sea and the 16th and 17th centuries, as is commonly thought, but ranged far across time and place. Men of adventure who took to pirating in classical times around the Mediterranean are featured in these stirring true tales of high-seas treachery. Gripping narratives of corsairs, freebooters,... more...