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  • Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale-Ship Essexby Owen Chase

    Dover Publications 2015; US$ 6.95

    In 1819, the American whaler Essex was sailing deep into the great equatorial hunting grounds of the Pacific when it was destroyed by a maddened sperm whale. By all reports, the 85-foot whale deliberately rammed the ship twice and sank it. The incident, which occurred in the same year that Herman Melville was born, became a primary source of inspiration... more...

  • The Sailing Bibleby Barrie Smith; Jeremy Evans; Pat Manley

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2013; US$ 28.99

    Sail with the experts! The Sailing Bible is the complete, user-friendly, hands-on manual packed with detailed step-by-step diagrams, lively action photos, and helpful advice on getting the most out of your sailing at whatever level. Whether you are a dinghy or yacht sailor just learning the basics or wanting tips on sailing with the best, this... more...

  • The Finest Hoursby Michael J. Tougias; Casey Sherman

    Scribner 2009; US$ 9.99

    The true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers. In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril. In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged,... more...

  • 100 Historic Ships in Full Colorby John Batchelor

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 9.99

    This collection of magnificent original full-color paintings accurately depicts 100 amazing ships ? from the royal barge of the Egyptian pharaoh Cheops (2657 B.C.) and the Viking ships that visited North America around A.D. 1001 to Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria (1492), and the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Seawolf . 100 illustrations in full color.... more...

  • Architectura Navalis Mercatoriaby Fredrik Henrik af Chapman

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 18.95

    First published in 1768, this remarkable collection of sophisticated line drawings offers a fascinating look at the maritime world of the eighteenth century, documenting merchant and naval ships from various countries. Seventy detailed illustrations chart vessel dimensions, crew size, storage capabilities, and manner of rigging for packet ships, pleasure... more...

  • British Canalsby Joseph Boughey

    The History Press 2012; US$ 21.86

    <div>Describes how canals emerged from the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century, how they thrived and subsequently declined in the face of competition from the railways.</div> more...

  • The Buccaneers of Americaby Alexander O. Exquemelin

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 11.95

    Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Detailed accounts of shrewd and fearless men, excellent navigators, and blood-thirsty adventurers who frequently committed inhuman acts of cruelty ? among them the infamous Henry Morgan. 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 Cruise of the Snarkby Jack London

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 15.95

    Captivating tale of true adventures recounts, with wry good humor, the hardships of a two-year voyage aboard a diminutive and leaky craft. Vital, colorful narrative transcends stormy seas and navigational doubts for breathtaking accounts of natural beauties and hospitality of South Pacific islands. Enhanced with 119 original photographs. more...

  • Donald McKay and His Famous Sailing Shipsby Richard C. McKay

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 16.95

    Rare and valuable study reveals accomplishments of great 19th-century shipbuilder in era of sailing packet and clipper ship. Boston-built McKay clippers?Flying Cloud, Sovereign of the Seas, Great Republic, many more?surpassed in size, beauty, strength and speed all that had gone before. Enhanced with 58 superb illustrations, including a wealth of... more...