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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...