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Ships & Shipbuilding

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  • The Seaman's Friendby Richard Henry Dana

    Dover Publications 2014; US$ 10.95

    A rare glimpse into the day-to-day shipboard procedures of the 19th-century. The author of Two Years Before the Mast outlines practical aspects of seamanship such as setting sails and tying knots as well as the roles and duties of each crew member. Includes a glossary of sea terms. more...

  • The World's Lighthousesby D. Alan Stevenson

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 26.95

    This superb, profusely illustrated survey by noted authority recounts the history of seamarks from antiquity to the early 19th century. 261 black-and-white illustrations. more...

  • Learning to Sailby H. A. Calahan

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 9.95

    One of the best guides ever written for the novice sailor. Expert coverage of boat selection, mooring, knots, bending and hoisting sail, much more. 111 black-and-white figures. more...

  • A Short History of the Sailing Shipby Romola Anderson; R. C. Anderson

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 11.95

    This amply illustrated, nontechnical book traces the evolution of the sailing ship over the course of 6,000 years ? from those of ancient Egypt and Crete (4000-1000 B.C.) to the full-rigged clipper ships of the 19th century. The development of northern and southern European vessels is also described. 20 halftones and 134 figures. more...

  • Spars and Riggingby John M'Leod Murphy; W. N. Jeffers

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    An accurate portrait of a ship's rigging and masts, this important study by a U.S. Navy midshipman describes every improvement made in seafaring equipment up to the mid-19th century. Subjects cover everything from anchors, bobstays, booms, and cat-head stoppers, to flying jibs, halliards, nippers, and topsail buntlines. 29 line drawings; 189 figures.... 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...

  • Whale Ships and Whalingby George Francis Dow

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 11.95

    This comprehensive pictorial survey of whale ships of all periods presents over 200 vintage engravings, drawings, and photographs of barks, brigs, cutters, and other vessels. Images of harpoons, lances, whaling guns, and many other artifacts as well as account of New England's whaling industry are also included. A noted whaling authority provides... more...

  • 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...