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  • 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...

  • Steamboats on the Western Riversby Louis C. Hunter

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 19.99

    Definitive account covers every aspect of steamboat's development: its construction, equipment and operation; the organization and conduct of steamboat transportation as a business enterprise; the hazards and amenities of shipboard life; steamboat races on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers; collisions, explosions and fires; the rise of competition;... 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...

  • 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 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 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...

  • 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. Chronicling both the construction of the towers and the methods of illumination, the text offers a wealth of technical data in highly readable form, plus 261 black-and-white illustrations. more...

  • The Book of Old Shipsby Henry B. Culver

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Of all the ships human beings have constructed to navigate the waters of the world ? from a hollowed-out log sharpened at both ends to modern ocean liners weighing thousands of tons ? those powered by the wind are among the most interesting and beautiful. In this classic review, noted maritime artist Gordon Grant has created 80 magnificent line illustrations... more...