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  • The Tryal of Capt. William Kiddby Don C. Seitz

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 7.99

    Kidd, reviled as a bloodthirsty pirate, was a Scottish-born minister's son who may actually have been innocent of piracy but was certainly hanged for it. Based on official admiralty records, this volume offers an astonishing glimpse into the world of 17th-century piracy, the English judicial system, and the dialogue from the actual trial. more...

  • 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...

  • 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 17th- and 18th-century piracy finds the lore about Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Anne Bonney, and other 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...

  • 100 Historic Ships in Full Colorby John Batchelor

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 9.99

    Accurate, full-color paintings of amazing ships ? from the royal barge of the Egyptian pharaoh Khûfu (2657 BC) to the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Seawolf . Extensive descriptive captions. 100 full-color illustrations. 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...

  • Picture History of the French Lineby Jr. William H. Miller

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.99

    Superb pictorial history of the company's fleet of formidable passenger ships: Ile de France , Normandie , Liberté , Colombie , Antilles , Flandre , France , and many more. Over 170 black-and-white photographs document exteriors and interiors, celebrity passengers and shipboard life, while an extensive caption for each vessel give its history,... 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...